A budget-friendly lightweight luggage option for those who don’t travel often
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TripSavvy / Joseph Gonzalez
Lots of pockets
Interior compression system
Fabric snags easily
Few color options
Doesn’t feel like it would last more than a few trips
If you’re looking for a light rolling suitcase on a budget, this is a solid option for you—just don’t expect it to last forever.
We purchased the iFLY EZ Glider so our reviewer could put it to the test. Keep reading for our full product review.
When it comes to packing, finding a lightweight bag to store all of your travel necessities is key. After all, why waste precious luggage weight on the actual bag when you could save it for souvenirs? Weighing in at just over 6 pounds, the iFLY EZ Glider is a great option for those looking to spend less than $60. The bag boasts more pockets than you’ll probably be able to fill, and the button-release handle is seriously simple to use. Ahead, I’ll break down all of the pros and cons of the iFly EZ Glider, from durability and design to portability and where it fits it among the competition.
This isn’t the suitcase you’ll be seeing splayed across Instagram influencer accounts, but it focuses on function above looking pretty. If you’re a fan of a bright yellow and navy blue color palette, you’ll enjoy this luggage more than others.
This suitcase is the cargo pants of lightweight luggage.
This suitcase comes with a borderline insane number of pockets—and I mean that as a compliment. Let’s count them up: zip mesh pocket, a separate pocket to store a pair of shoes (or a few smaller pairs), a hidden-zip cosmetics pocket, and two exterior pockets. There’s also an expansion zipper for when you fill up those pockets just a little too much. To me, this suitcase is the cargo pants of lightweight luggage. There was more than enough room to pack for a long weekend (five days). I was able to fit six springtime outfits, three pairs of shoes, toiletries, and a couple of purses inside without using the expansion zipper. If you decided to use the expansion function, I could easily see this suitcase fitting at least two to three more pieces of clothing. The exterior pockets came in handy for tech chargers.
The EZ Glider comes in three sizes: Carry-On, Medium, and Large, all of which offer a 2-inch expansion. You can also purchase the whole set. I tested the medium-sized bag, which is recommended for three- to five-day trips and measures 24 x 16 x 11 inches. The very best thing about the EZ Glider I reviewed is that it perfectly fits underneath NYC subway turnstiles—something locals and tourists will quickly appreciate.
The 360-degree wheels make pulling or pushing this bag along super simple, and the trolley-style retractable handle is also easy to use. I didn’t find myself struggling to pry it out like I do with so many other suitcases. (Fun fact: I once fell backwards into a mud hole during a thunderstorm in Kampala, Uganda, while trying to engage a suitcase handle. I am very sensitive to the element of portability.) I had no issues getting it around. And when not in use, storing this suitcase is no more cumbersome than any other suitcase.
The 360-degree wheels make pulling or pushing this bag along super simple, and the trolley-style retractable handle is also easy to use.
When the suitcase arrived, I opened it to find that the handle on the top had a slash on it. I couldn’t think of where it came from, but it did tell me one thing: The fabric isn’t the most durable. The bag is made from a hybrid polyester, so it is stronger than more flexible materials like cotton or canvas. Still, if you plan on checking it onto a flight, expect some minor tears eventually. Thankfully, iFly offers a 10-year warranty, but that doesn’t include regular wear and tear and damage caused by carriers.
Wheels are a huge deal breaker when it comes to luggage: Once they’re gone, consider the entire suitcase gone. After taking this suitcase on two flights and through the New York City subway, I put the bag through an obstacle course of sorts at home, rolling the wheels every which way to see if they suffered any wear. For me, the wheels seemed to work perfectly fine, but it seems like time can wear those down as well. Some of the reviews on the seller’s website mention that they become less efficient with more use. This is definitely something to keep in mind if you plan on traveling with this bag often.
The pockets are the real draw with this bag. As I mentioned, there’s a spot for your shoes, makeup, iPad or laptop, delicates—I dare you to use this bag and not utilize the pockets. It’s impossible. The large pockets on the front of the suitcase are especially helpful, as they serve as a great spot to store things you need quick access to like books, magazines, headphones, your iPad, or enough snacks to feed an entire army.
The interior safety straps double as a great compression system as well. Don’t expect any tech-forward accessories, like the in-bag charging systems that put Away on the map. But if you’re looking for simple, functional, and wallet-friendly, you’re in for a treat.
If you don’t plan on traveling that often or making an emotional connection to your luggage, this is a great inexpensive option. If you plan on toting your bag everywhere with you, invest in something a little more durable.
If you don’t plan on traveling that often or making an emotional connection to your luggage, this is a great inexpensive option
The price tag makes it hard to ignore. Most soft-sided suitcases are going to be less expensive than hard-body luggage, but the EZ Glider is a deal on top of a deal.
There are a lot of other options out there—with and without wheels. If you’re looking for durability, look into a hard-body suitcase like Away or Tumi. If you don’t need your bag to last forever, the EZ Glider will get the job done and give you a lot of pockets to work with.
You can also go the route of a weekender bag, like the Everlane Twill Weekender, which I also tested. The only catch here is that it doesn’t have any wheels, so you’ll need to tote your stuff around on your shoulder.
You’re getting a deal with the EZ Glider, but you’re not getting the deal of a lifetime. This suitcase will get your belongings from Point A to Point B, but, in general, soft-sided suitcases don’t last quite as long. It does offer a 10-year warranty, but only for defects in materials and workmanship.
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