5 Major Differences Softside and Hardside luggage

While going on a business trip or a family vacation, the choosing part of the right kind of luggage is a major troublesome activity that one needs to tend to. There are loads of factors, based on which one has to decide on the luggage that one needs to carry.

These days with the number of choices available in the market, one has to decide first on the material of the luggage built. However, no matter how many options are there to avail, the basic difference is only two. First, Softside cases and second the hard side cases. So, one has to decide on the product type first.

At the end of the day, the basic purpose is to carry one’s belongings. But, how to carry is the major factor that needs to be decided. Let’s go through a few of the basic nuances that should be considered while choosing a set of luggage.

The Softside Luggage

The soft side luggage is generally built out of canvas or nylon material. Which, is flexible, light in weight, kind of damage proof, more availability of space within, and not to forget economical too.

The Hardside Luggage                                                                                                                      

The hard side luggage is basically built out of tough material like toughened polycarbonate fiber or plastic. They are generally heavy, have limited space, prone to damages, and are rather expensive than the soft sided ones.

Let us elaborate on the above

Material – Softside luggage’s as stated above are built of softer materials like canvas or nylon. Which are generally expandable as per requirements with some extra adjustments. This allows to put in some extra pieces of stuff. On the flip side, hard side luggage’s are built of stiff materials like toughened plastic or polycarbonate fiber. They are not flexible and can fit in only a certain volume of quantity.

Damages – Softside luggage’s are kind of damage proof, as they can be straightened out even after an impact that is taken by the outer shell. Yes, a deliberate intrusion is not supposed to be considered. Whereas, the hard side luggage’s can take an impact, but are vulnerable enough to leave a mark on the shell that can be for eternity.

Weight – Because of the building material, the weight of the luggage is quite significant. Softside luggage are generally light due to the material it is built with. However, hard side luggage is heavier due to the hardened building material.

Pricing – Normally this factor has nothing to do with the kind of luggage. However, in normal circumstances, soft side luggage is comparably less expensive than their hard side counterpart. Due to the process cost to build a hard vs soft luggage, the pricing varies in the market.

Weather Resistance – Here is one factor that is definitely a plus point for a hard sided luggage. They are weather resistant. One can be at a peace of mind with their valuables set inside hard-side luggage. Their hard shell like structure will not allow the weather to play a spoilsport in carrying stuff to any part of the world. However, soft side luggage will have a chance of damaging one’s stuff if left in a bad weather situation. Their softer materials will not be able to protect the stuff within.

There are many more specific characters of soft side luggage and hard side luggage. However, I hope the above few general factors as per my views, will help decide on the kind of luggage one needs to select before embarking on a trip.