6 Best Skyway Luggage in 2018 reviewed & compared

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Bethany Carter

When you’re looking to for an upgrade to your tatty old suitcase but don’t feel like breaking the bank then Skyway luggage is a good place to start looking. Since 1910 the Seattle based company have been producing elegant yet functional suitcases which are fit for most kinds of travelers.

From making the first ever commercially successful rolling luggage, Skyway has come a long way and their suitcases are known to be affordable, super light & highly functional.

 

Large Checked Pick
Mirage Superlight 28
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Mirage Superlight 28"
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9.6/10
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Ultralight spacious and highly functional design that is built to last
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Carry On Pick
Skyway Luggage Encinitas
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Encinitas 20"
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9/10
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An extremely light yet roomy carry on that's perfect for the minimalist
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Skyway Sigma 5 luggage
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Sigma 5 25"
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9.1/10
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An extremely durable & light option for long term travel
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Their functional designs and durable cases have made them one of the leading luggage producers of the century. Despite their international success Skyway have kept their prices at the budget end of the scale.

6 Best Skyway Luggage

 

1. Mirage Superlight 28"

1. Mirage Superlight 28

Strengths:

  • Four 360-degree spinner wheels
  • Durable and expandable
  • Extremely light
  • One large-pocket interior for easy packing

Weaknesses:

  • Retractable handle tends to jam
  • Too large for some airlines


The Skyway Mirage Superlight is one of our favorites in terms of practicality. This case has a simple yet functional design. It uses compression-expansion zipper system so you’ll have no trouble fitting your holiday shopping inside your case.

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Key Features

  • Size: 19 x 11 x 30.5 Inches (including wheels)
  • Weight: 8.5 Pounds
  • 5 Year Warranty

There are no unnecessary frills attached to the interior either. The case features a full-length mesh pocket on the lid so you can separate your accessories and toiletries from your clothing. Skyway has also added a small pocket to the front of the case so you can quickly access your travel documents, chargers or other easy to lose items.

The soft-shell case made of high-quality polyester which is highly durable and users report that the case is very light. In terms of mobility, we like that it has extra handles on the top and sides to make it that little bit easier to lift it off the luggage carrousel. The only downside is that the Mirage 28 Inch is a little on the large side but many users report that it complies with the majority of domestic and international checked airline regulations even when the case is fully expanded.

2. Encinitas 20"

2. Encinitas 20

Strengths:

  • Made from scratch resistant ripstop polyester
  • Telescopic retractable trolley handle
  • Very lightweight construction.
  • Simple elegant design

Weaknesses:

  • No side handles


The Skyway Encinitas is your convenient carry-on companion for trips of around one week. The case one spacious packing compartment which is perfect for storing your clothes and shoes, while the inside lid features a large built-in zippered pocket which ensures that there’s no wasted space in this bag.

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To create extra packing pace Skyway have included an expandable zipper and fitted the case with external 360-degree spinner wheels. This case also has two easy-access pockets on the front; this is useful for two reasons. Firstly, because some budget airlines will not allow handbags as well as carry-on cases, and secondly because you’ll be able to reach your important items without having to open the main section.

What makes this case a great carry-on option is its weight. At only 5 lb the lightweight frame is certainly not going to take up much of your luggage allowance so you’ll be able you can pack that extra pair of jeans or splurge in the shops while on vacation.

3. Sigma 5.0 25

3. Sigma 5.0 25

Strengths:

  • Extremely durable
  • Lightweight and easy to maneuver
  • Reinforced top and side handles for versatile carrying or lifting
  • 360-degree spinner wheels
  • A removable organizer for custom packing

Weaknesses:

  • No bottom handles
  • Lesser capacity when expanded than other Skyway models


The Skyway Sigma 5.0 25 Inch Spinner Upright is our top pick for long-term travelers. Users have reported that the abrasion resistant fabric holds up to harsh weathers, multiple international flights, and even copes well with the cobblestone streets of Greece without leaving and dents, tears, or marks on the exterior.

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Key Features

  • Size: 25 x 18 x 11 Inches
  • Weight: 7.5 Pounds
  • 5 Year Warranty

The two exterior zippered pockets are perfect for storing your travel documents, phone charger and other bits and piece that you will need while on the go. An adjustable handle makes for more comfortable movement. We also like that the case comes with a removable organizer so that you can customize the interior to suit your packing style.

If you’re on a longer trip then you’ll probably want a case which allows a little wiggle room for souvenirs on the return trip and the Sigma 5.0 has just that. Again, Skyway has opted for a simple compression-expansion design, using a sturdy zipper which allows for an extra 2 inches of packing space. It’s slightly less than is offered by other Skyway models but considering the price and durability, we still think that the Sigma 5.0 is a great case.

4. Nimbus 24"

4. Nimbus 24

Strengths:

  • ABS Hardshell for extra luggage protection
  • Cushioned handles for comfort
  • 360-degree spinner wheels for easy movement
  • Simple two-section design for practical packing
  • Expandable size
  • Easy to clean

Weaknesses:

  • No outside pocket
  • Heavier than a softshell case
  • No bottom handles

This is our pick for the top hardshell offering by Skyway. The Skyway Nimbus is made from high impact ABS material meaning that it should be able to withstand the rigors of travel and the wrath of busy airport staff.

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Key Features

  • Size: 13.5 x 17 x 24 Inches
  • Weight: 9 Pounds
  • 5 Year Warranty

Although the bold colors do allow scuff and dirt marks to show a more then they would on darker cases, we like that Nimbus 24 Inch is easy to spot, and many users report that the case is easy enough to wipe clean.

We found that, despite being a hardshell case, the Skyway Nimbus is reasonably light and many users confirm that it’s also very easy to walk with due to the four 360-degree spinner wheels. When it comes to packing this case uses a split-book style which separates the case into two large compartments. The interior also features a large mesh pocket and elasticated straps which lets you organize your belongings and prevents items from knocking about.

Due to its size and convenient dividers, we recommend this case for travelers who will be moving about and changing accommodation frequently, or for travelers who will be sharing one case.

5. Mirage 2.0 24"

5. Mirage 2.0 24

Strengths:

  • Lightweight and easy to maneuver
  • Made from water-resistant rip-stop material
  • Stylish design
  • Bottom handle

Weaknesses:

  • Less resistant to damage than hardshell cases

This is another elegant and durable case from the Skyway’s Mirage collection. Like its cousin, the Mirage 2.0 24 inch is fitted with 360-degree spinner wheels but, due to its smaller size and lightweight frame, you won’t have to worry about meeting baggage restrictions.

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Key Features

  • Size: 8.5 x 16.5 x 26.5 Inches (including wheels)
  • Weight: 6.6 Pounds
  • 10 Year Warranty

It features a roomy main compartment which is convenient for packing the bulk of your luggage while the mesh organizers on the lid and elastic straps will keep your socks from your ties and hold your toiletries in place. The Skyway Mirage 2.0 can also be expanded using a self-repairing zipper to provide an extra 2.5 inches of packing space.

What we particularly like about the Mirage 2.0 24 inch is that the case is fitted with a handle on the bottom as well as the top and sides, which makes it easier to lift into overhead lockers or pop in the back of a taxi. No more getting your hands dirty on spinning wheels.

This case is a good option for business travelers as the padded front pocket is large enough to store a thin laptop or tablet while the small zip pocket can hold a smartphone.

6. Mirage 2.0 Underseat Rolling Tote 16"

6. Mirage 2.0 Underseat Rolling Tote 16

Strengths:

  • Compact size for short trips
  • Bottom grab handle
  • Lighter than other models in the Mirage 2.0 collection
  • Weather resistant and durable

Weaknesses:

  • No Laptop pockets

The Mirage 2.0 Under Seat Rolling Tote is without the doubt the best on our list for overnight trips and business travelers. The sturdy in-line wheels make it more compact and users agree that this doesn’t compromise on the movability.

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Key Features

  • Size: 16 x 13 x 7.5 Inches
  • Weight: 4.8 Pounds
  • 10 Year Warranty

. In fact, due to its square-like shape and small size, we’ve found it to be much easier to maneuver compared to typical roller bags, which is useful when you need to go directly from the airport to a meeting or business lunch.

Although this is the lightest item on our list of Skyway luggage the Mirage Rolling Tote isn’t missing any of the features that its big brothers have. The case features a fully retractable and adjustable handle and a padded top and bottom handle which is particularly useful if you’ll be using public transport a lot. It’s also made from water-resistant ripstop fabric, so your case should still look brand new after multiple uses.

Realistically, you’re unlikely to fit more than a few days worth of clothes into this lightweight carry-on but we still think that is an excellent choice for on-the-go travelers. With two exterior side pockets, a large zippered sleeve and a mobile phone sized flap pocket, you’ll probably be able to leave your briefcase at home and travel hands-free. Even the main interior pocket is fitted with a hinged front pocket and elasticated straps so the case can be opened, providing access to a water-resistant toiletry pocket, whilst the case is standing upright. Perfect for freshening up before hitting the boardroom.

Criteria We Used to Evaluate

 

Skyway luggage is known to be practical & affordable. Another brand with similar traits but also does well aesthetically is Delsey which is a great alternative as well. Their collections include a wide variety of styles and sizes some of which are tailored towards long-term travelers while others are more appropriate for overnight or long weekends. Luggage sets are also an option if you would like to save even more & give yourself a lot more options. We’ve taken the time to do the in-depth research for you and determined our list of the top Skyway luggage using the following criteria.

 

Design and Practicality

No one goes out to buy a suitcase that they can’t use or even one that they’re disappointed with aesthetically relative to others around them. Therefore, we look firstly at the logistics of the case, the layout and the usefulness of its additional features. For example, does it have a separate pocket built into the lid, does the case allow for wrinkle-free packing, and are there any dividers or quick-access pockets?

The Skyway cases that we’ve chosen for our top 6 have fairly simple designs without any unnecessary bells and whistles. They feature exterior pockets with secure zippers, interior mesh dividers and most optimize on space by fitting the wheels on the outside. If you are looking for more premium options then luggage by Tumi or B&R should be on your radar.

Secondly, we look at the overall aesthetic of the item. Is it modern and elegant or does it look something that just been dragged out from underneath Great Aunt Zelda’s bed? We’re happy to say the Skyway cases on our list are defiantly suitable for the 21st century. Most make use of dark colors which are appropriate for both business and leisure travel.

 

Quality of Zippers, Handles, Materials, etc.

The materials used are important too. Generally, we look for cases which use durable fabric which is weather resistant and won’t scratch or tear easily. Both soft-shell and hardshell cases should hold their shape well so that they still look new, even after multiple uses, and zippers should be strong enough to accommodate moderate overpacking and slide easily without catching on the fabric or sticking. We also like cases that we can pick up without fear of the handle popping off.

 

Q: How can I clean/maintain my Skyway suitcase?

A: For most cases, both hard and soft shell, a damp cloth or sponge should be enough to clean of marks left from dust and dirt. For tougher stains, a diluted alcohol or household spray can be used but you should avoid using abrasive sponges or any products containing bleach which can damage the color.

 

Skyway luggage fit their cases with self-repairing zippers and re-enforced exterior handles which are hardwearing and durable, while their retractable trolley handles can be adjusted to the comfort of the user. They use ripstop polyester in their soft-shell cases while their hardshell cases are made from ABS plastic which is long lasting and resistant to wear and tear.

 

Size and Weight

This is one of the most important factors because when you invest in a case you’ll want to know that it meets with airline luggage regulations in terms of size. Additionally, we look for cases which are lightweight so that the frame isn’t taking up a large portion of your luggage allowance and so that you don’t need to employ a bodybuilder to lift it into an overhead locker.

Top quality cases should also optimize on space, particularly when it comes to carry on luggage. One of Skyway luggage’s signature features is its use of Terylene polyester which, as well as being crease-resistant, is a very lightweight fabric.

 

Additional Features

We look for any additional features which set our choices apart from the thousands of other suitcases on the market. This includes security features such as TSA approved locks, lockable zippers, and luggage tags, or packing features such as garment carriers, straps for holding things in place, dividers for toiletries, and front pockets for your travel documents.

 

Q: What is covered by the Skyline Warranty?

A: Breakages which are the fault of the manufacturer are included in the 5 or 10-year warranty. These types of faults will typically become clear within the first year and you can fill out an evaluation form to send to Skyway for approval. The warranty does not include damages caused by general wear and tear or by airlines.

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