Not sure what to think about Lojel luggage? Well we can help with that - in this review you will learn everything you need to know about almost all of their suitcases!
They are not exactly cheap, but you never expect that from premium luggage. So if you are wondering if they are any good and if they are really worth the money, you've come to the right place!
I won't tell you just about their suitcases - I'll also show you some of their smaller travel bags, that you can also wear every day. So whatever it is that you're looking for, I'm sure you'll find something in our detailed review!
Choosing The Right Piece Of Luggage
What Type of Luggage Do You Need?
Lojel doesn’t have too many suitcases for sale right now, so you can find reviews here of all of the ones that are currently available. First I will tell you about the suitcases, and I’ll review the other bags at the bottom of the page. Use to quick navigation to skip to the bags that interest you the most, or just use the "find in page" option to find the suitcase you’ve got your eyes on.
Additionally, I won’t just show you suitcases – Lojel also has some interesting travel bags and backpacks that would make good carry ons. Or just great everyday bags for people who need to carry lots of gear all the time. Most of their travel bags are actually designed for laptops, and they come in various sizes, so check those out as well.
Suitcases: Choosing A Size
If you’re shopping for luggage first time, I bet you’re having a hard time choosing the right size of your suitcase. I know I was – my first suitcase was a 31” softshell that I wound up gifting to a friend after just a couple of months. Why? Because it wasn’t the right choice for my needs.
Most people think the bigger the better, and in some cases they are right. Yes, you can pack a ton of clothes in a really big suitcase, but can you actually carry it on your own? And do you really need all that space?
Those are the two main things to consider. If your trips are usually pretty short, you should be looking at 24” suitcases max. The larger ones will be too bulky and inconvenient to travel with, and you won’t use them often enough to get your money’s worth.
Especially if you often fly places – a carry on is the most convenient option. Unless, of course, you’re going away for a month – then you do need that giant suitcase. But for shorter trips, a carry on is the way to go. Checking in at the airport is quicker and easier, since you don’t really need to check your bags. It’s always near you, so you know it is completely secure, and you don’t need to search for it on the luggage belt. Or deal with the horrors of lost luggage.
You will find the dimensions of all of the suitcases in the product info boxes.
If You Want To Know More About Lojel...
... I can fill you in. They are a Japanese company established in 1989, which has since expanded internationally. Their luggage is mostly made from high-end materials that are really durable, which is why they are so popular. Plus, they really pay attention to the design of their luggage - all Lojel suitcases are very chic and modern.
Another reason why lots of people buy their luggage is their 10-year warranty. When you get a Lojel suitcase, all you need to do is register it on their website. It will have an ID serial plate, and you just need to type out the number in a form on their web. Pretty simple, right? Not exactly.
You will need to have proof of purchase in order to claim your warranty. Also, it doesn't cover any normal wear-and-tear, nor does it cover damage caused to your luggage by airline staff. The warranty applies mostly to manufacturing defects, which is the usual standard.
And they will replace broken parts of your suitcase that are not covered by the warranty, but you will need to pay shipping costs. If it comes to that, I strongly suggest you check out our guide for repairing your own luggage - it's the cheaper and quicker option.
The Hardside Suitcases
The Carapace suitcases by Lojel are made from advanced polycarbonate. That’s one of the best materials for hardside suitcases, because it doesn’t break on impact. Luggage with PC shells generally has really good impact resistance, because the shell bends under pressure. Obviously, there’s a good chance that it will break over time, but that’s a risk you’re taking with basically any suitcase ever made.
One of the good features of this luggage is latch closure. The Carapaces do not have zippers, which makes them much more secure as checked bags. It’s pretty easy to break into a zippered suitcase, so you want a latch if you’re travelling with really valuable items. It also helps that the one on these suitcases is TSA friendly, so that the agents can safely inspect it if they need.
But lack of zippers also means no expandable capacity. Both compartments have attached dividers, and one of them has a few pockets. So, these are not really the best suitcases for you if you prefer travelling organized.
They have spinner wheels that are easy to manoeuvre, but aren’t the most durable. Especially because they are single – they are lighter and flimsier, so they are more likely to break off. The wheel handle is telescopic and made from aluminium. It locks into different height positions, so you can easily adjust it to whatever fits you best.
The Wave luggage is made from Virgin Pure Makrolon Polycarbonate – a high-quality material frequently used in suitcases because of its impact resistance. The exterior of suitcases is treated to have better scratch resistance than polycarbonate usually does, but you still can’t expect these to look brand new for a while. However, the ribbed shell does help make all the scuffs much less visible.
There are four single spinner wheels on the suitcases. They roll smoothly and help you move around the airport with ease, but they are not really the most durable option. Definitely avoid wheeling the luggage on uneven terrain or cobblestone. Also, the wheel handle is telescopic and it locks into position when extended, for easy manoeuvring.
These Lojel suitcases feature zippered closure, with a TSA combination lock. It’s great for all of you who fly frequently to the States, since the TSA agents can easily open up your luggage without damaging it. But the capacity of these is not expandable, so what you see is what you get, in terms of packing space.
And you don’t really get a lot, except two packing compartments. One has a big mesh divider, and the other one has tie-down straps for keeping your stuff in place. But the suitcases have zero pockets, and that’s a deal-breaker for me. However, since they are stripped of those added features, they are remarkably lightweight – 8.5 lbs for a 31” suitcase is as good as it gets.
The Superlative suitcases are made from Bayer Makrolon Polycarbonate – Lojel’s proprietary material, which is basically reinforced PC. It’s slightly more durable than the basic version, which is a good enough reason to give this suitcase a go. Especially because it also seems to have better scratch resistance.
They are not really lightweight suitcases, but that’s because they don’t have any zippers. Instead they have two TSA latch locks, which are pretty much the most secure option you could hope for. But that also means that the capacity can’t be expanded in any way, so pack lightly.
The suitcases come with double spinner wheels. I prefer these to single spinners because they are a little more durable, even though they tend to be heavier. But they roll really smoothly, they are quiet, and they work very well with the telescopic wheel handle. One thing to note though is that both grab handles are plastic – another way to add to the overall weight of the suitcase. I would have much preferred these to be leather or rubber, mostly because of weight, but also because of grip.
Inside the suitcase is where the magic happens. Both packing compartments are fully lined and both have attached dividers. One divider has a single big pocket, and the other one actually has two smaller pockets. Plus, there is also an additional zippered pocket in the bottom compartment. Overall, these are actually pretty good for organization.
Lojel’s Strio luggage is made from advanced polycarbonate, one of their own materials. It is supposed to have better impact and scratch resistance than regular polycarbonate, especially because of the textured finish of the shell. You can’t really see it from the distance, but from up-close it is obvious that the shell is grainy – kind of like the inside of your car door.
The suitcases have four double spinner wheels that are pretty durable, and that give you really good manoeuvrability of your luggage. They also have a telescopic wheel handle that locks both when extended and stored, which is pretty useful. And the grab handles lie flat against the suitcase when not in use, to maximize convenience of storage.
Another upside of this luggage is the three-digit TSA combination lock. It helps keep your stuff safe from the bad guys, but gives access to the good guys should they need it. But a downside of the Strio suitcases is that their capacity can’t be expanded, so be careful with your shopping on holidays.
There is one pocket in this suitcase, but you do get a little travel pouch inside them. That really helps the organization aspect, especially since it’s the right size for all of your smaller stuff – jewelry, cufflinks, chargers and cables etc. There is one full panel divider that seals off the top compartment, while the tie-down straps do their magic in the bottom compartment.
The Streamline suitcases are actually pretty interesting. They are the first ones so far that aren’t made from pure polycarbonate, but actually from polypropylene. That’s the lightest material on the market for luggage, so that’s an obvious upside. But it’s not as durable or as impact resistant as polycarbonate. It’s up to you – do you prioritize weight or durability?
This Lojel luggage has single spinner wheels, which are actually really small. They’re not too durable, and you will need to replace them eventually. Another thing that bothers me about these is that the wheel handle tubes are on the outside of the suitcase. They are not really protected, and it is easier for them to break or get detached from the suitcase this way.
These have TSA locks, so at least you know your belongings will be secure in them. Additionally, their zippers are burst-free and double-coil, which is a useful anti-theft feature. But it also means that the zippers won’t just rip open, even if you pack a lot more than you should in these.
The interior is rather simple – both packing compartments are fully lined and there are no pockets inside them. There is a full-panel mesh divider in one compartment, and tie-down straps in the other. Overall, I think these are a decent option if you want a lightweight and colourful suitcase. But not if you’re looking for something really functional.
The Horizon suitcases are made from Lojel’s proprietary polycarbonate, just like most other hardshells. But, these also have an aluminium frame, which significantly improves their impact resistance and overall durability. They are a little heavier than most other hardshells, but I think that’s completely fine, considering that you get better durability.
These are zipperless suitcases, and that also contributes to their heavier weight. They actually have two latches, and a TSA approved lock in the middle of them. And what all that also means is that the capacity of the Horizon can’t be expanded at all, so bear that in mind. However, for now you can only get the 28” option, which is pretty large, so you should have enough space in the double packing compartments as is.
The top and side handles are spring loaded and they can rest flat against the suitcase when not in use. But they’re not really thin – they are made of plastic, so they will still stick out a little. In addition to them the suitcase also has a telescopic wheel handle that locks into position when extended. The wheels are single spinner and they’re decent but not really that great.
The Horizon has two fully lined packing compartments. The top one has a full panel divider with two zippered pockets, while the bottom one has a single pocket inside and tie-down straps. I'm not a huge fan of the lining - it's harder to notice dirt on darker fabrics. But I guess that's a individual thing, and it's not really a reason to avoid this suitcase.
The Hatch is a really interesting suitcase. It has a polycarbonate shell with a scratch-resistant texture, so it should hold up really well. But that’s not the interesting part – the suitcase has a single packing compartment, unlike most other hardshells. The lid on the front of the shell opens up and gives you access to your stuff inside – very convenient if you need your stuff to be easily accessible.
You will be able to take out the things you put in the pockets on the lid in mere seconds. But there are some downsides to this feature – the lid is raised from the body of the suitcase, and so it sticks out. This makes it more likely to get caught in the overhead bins, especially if you pack too much in the suitcase. Which will be pretty easy to do, with the expandable capacity.
Additionally, the lid is smaller than the actual packing compartment, so it might be a challenge to fit everything inside properly and fill out the corners of the luggage. But at least there are tie-down straps inside that ensure your clothes won’t just spill out when you open up the Hatch. And there are a few more pockets inside the packing compartment, for easier organization.
This Lojel suitcase has a TSA approved lock, which keeps your belongings safe. The spinner wheels and retractable wheel handle give you great manoeuvrability of the luggage, but they aren’t the most durable. And the grab handles lie flat against the shell, so that it is easier to store the suitcase in cabin.
The Nimbus suitcase has a unique feature – it is the only Lojel suitcase that is actually weatherproof. It features BASF German technology – a rubber zipper that fuses the shell together and doesn’t allow any water to get inside the suitcase, unlike regular zippers. That could a useful feature if you are planning a trip to a rainy area and you want to make sure none of your clothes get wet.
The shell of the suitcase is made from Virgin Makrolon Polycarbonate and it has great impact and scratch resistance. There are double spinner wheels on the suitcase, which roll smoothly and quietly. They even perform well on uneven terrain, but it does wear them out faster than smooth airport floors. The overall durability of this suitcase will depend on your often you travel, and what conditions you put it through.
The top and side grab handles are spring-loaded, meaning that they lie flat against the suitcase when you’re not using them. This makes it easier to fit the Nimbus in overhead bins, and ensures that the handles won’t stick out or get caught on anything.
The interior is divided into two packing compartments, which are secured by a TSA friendly lock. One of them has a mesh zippered divider that covers the entire packing compartment, while the other one has tie-down straps. There is just one pocket inside this suitcase, so it is not really great for organization. Maybe if you put some packing cubes in it?
Lojel Ascent IATA
IATA in the name of this suitcase stands for International Air Transport Association. That’s because the Ascent’s carry on size is both approved and recommended by IATA. So, you’re pretty much guaranteed that you’ll be able to carry this on any plane. The weight of this suitcase is also impressive – it’s the lightest out of all Lojel suitcases I’ve reviewed here.
It has a durable and scratch resistant shell made from polycarbonate, which is ideal for a hardshell. But the shell does have a smooth texture, so any scuffs and scratches will be clearly visible. Also, this suitcase doesn’t have reinforced corners or a frame and it is not as sturdy as some others we checked out.
But keep the size in mind – this is a carry on, and you don’t really need to worry about baggage handlers tossing it around. So, I think it should hold up pretty well. Except the wheels, maybe – they are single spinners and they are not remarkably durable. But wheels are usually the first thing to go on a brand-new suitcase, so it’s not really a big deal.
Lojel’s Ascent opens up into two packing compartments. But there’s only one pocket inside this suitcase, and it is on the divider – not really great for organization. The bottom compartment has tie-down straps that keep your clothes in place, and the external TSA lock will keep everything safe when you doze off on the plane.
Other Lojel Bags
Lojel Exos (The Hybrid Suitcase)
The Exos is different from the other Lojel suitcase because it is a hybrid. The bottom compartment of the suitcase is made from polycarbonate. But the top compartment is actually softside, which is both good and bad. It’s bad because it doesn’t really have the best impact resistant, but at least there are corner guards. And it’s really good because you get the advantages of the typical softshell on the front – additional compartments.
The Exos has a large zippered pocket on the front, which is great for any last-minute items you remember to pack. But what’s even better is that you have an entire front compartment with a padded sleeve for electronics, magazines or whatever you want to put in it. And that’s in addition to the two packing compartments.
The typical hardside features you get on this hybrid suitcase are the spinner wheels and the TSA lock. The retractable wheel handle locks into multiple stages, allowing everyone to adjust it to the right height. And the top and side handles are spring-loaded, so that they can rest flat against the suitcase when you’re not using them.
Overall, the Exos is certainly an interesting suitcase. It has the best of both worlds – the compartments and organization of a softside and the safety and ease of manoeuvring of a hardside. If you want to try out something new, I highly recommend this suitcase!
Lojel Urbo Vachetta Bags
The Urbo Vachetta bags are a great option if you don’t really need a proper suitcase. All of them are carry-on sized, and can fit all your in-transit necessities.
The type of bag depends on your personal style and preferences. The backpack is pretty unique, while the other three bags are actually really similar. And all four of them have a trolley sleeve, and are made from the same materials – vegetable tanned leather, polyester, cotton and felt. So, you can expect the same quality whichever one you pick up.
The backpack is a great option of you’re looking for convenience. It has a few different secret external pockets, so your personal items should be pretty safe in it. And it also has both zippered and slip pockets inside. There’s a sleeve for your electronics, which can fit a tablet or a 13” laptop at best. So, not a great choice if you have a large laptop.
If you want to get the largest Urbo Vachetta bag, then pick up the duffel. It is 21” wide and bout 14” tall, so it can easily fit your 15” laptop. The duffel also has a secret external pocket, as well as a bunch of smaller pockets inside. It’s a great bag for overnight or weekend stays, and it’s actually really comfortable to carry around thanks to the padded shoulder strap.
The messenger bag is for you if you want something that you can carry your stuff in every day. It has a divider inside, so you can easily organize your on-the-go must haves. And it has plenty of smaller pockets, as well as a secret pocket on the back. The shoulder strap is adjustable and padded, and actually pretty comfortable. The messenger bag can fit 13” laptops at the most, but I’m not 100% if it has a proper sleeve.
The Tote is super similar to the messenger bag. It has a divider with a laptop sleeve inside, which can easily fit a 13” laptop. There are a few smaller pockets inside the bag, and a secret one on the back. The crossbody strap is padded and comfortable, and the bag itself is pretty lightweight (2 lbs 6 oz) and easy to carry around. Probably the most functional choice for an everyday bag.
Lojel Luggage Review: The Top Options
Some suitcases definitely stood out from the bunch, due to better features. So, let me tell you about those!
The Lojel Nimbus is definitely a suitcase that stood out from the bunch. It is the only that has a waterproof construction, which is perfect if you want to use it as a float. Instead of that giant flamingo everyone else seems to have. Jokes aside, the suitcase has a pretty sturdy construction with a polycarbonate shell and spinner wheels. It also has two packing compartments that are pretty spacious, but only have one pocket. If you don’t mind the lack of organization features, it’s definitely a great choice.
- Rain-Proof Zipper System
- Weather-Resistant Sealed Case
The Ascent IATA is one of your safest bets. For one thing, the suitcase is actually recommended by IATA as a carry on, so it is the perfect size. It has a sturdy polycarbonate shell with great impact resistance, but average scratch resistance. The texture of the shell is smooth, so you will face some nasty scuffs eventually. But the best thing about the Ascent is that it is the lightest Lojel suitcase in this review, and that definitely deserves a shout out.
- Quiet running casters; feather weight and durable
- Convenient tsa lock system
The Carapace suitcase mostly stood out because of the design of its shell. But then you look closer and you see that this is a zipperless suitcase, with a TSA latch. This is extremely safe, and it’s great if you travel with really valuable items – say you really don’t want anyone finding those diamonds behind the lining. This Lojel suitcase also has spinner wheels and a wheel handle that locks into several height positions, which is one of my favorite features.
The Lojel Exos suitcase is definitely worth a shot. It has a hybrid construction, with the hardside back and the softside front. This gives you an additional compartment and pocket on the front of the suitcase, which make organizing your stuff a piece of cake. But you are also getting the usual hardside features, like the spinner wheels, TSA lock and two packing compartments. If you’re in the mood to try out something new, definitely give the Exos a go.
- Adaptative Hybrid Material
- Quick-Access Front Compartment
Head over to Amazon if you want to see more photos of these Lojel suitcases, as well as their prices. And if you haven’t found what you’re looking for, check out our other luggage reviews!