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Tumi Tegra-Lite Vs. Hartmann Innovaire

Tumi Tegra-Lite Vs. Hartmann Innovaire

Tumi Tegra-Lite and Hartmann Innovaire are two hardshell bags that pack some drool-worthy design elements into their cases. While Tumi’s Tegra-Lite is entering its third incarnation, the Hartmann Innovaire is brand new to the travel scene. Don't let this fool you with how these two stack up as contenders.  Let’s dig into the details of these two bags in this edition of our carry-off to see which one will be the best sidekick for your travel plans.

Exterior Case

The Tumi Tegra-Lite New International Carry-On and the Hartmann Innovaire Global Carry-On Spinner are nearly identical in their casing. Both use a woven fabric to create a beautiful hard shell exterior, yet these two cases couldn’t be more different. Hartmann is all about reaching the lightest weight possible for a carry-on. In contrast, Tumi has multiplied the layers of hard shell on this case and add corner guards to making a more resistant exterior.


Tumi’s wheel system is a dual 4-wheel design that works wonders rolling down the terminal. Their design will keep you from dragging on a carpet and will offer smoother turning. Hartmann sticks with a sturdy single roller wheel on their design.


The Hartmann Innovaire comes in at a featherlight 4.3 lbs. while the Tumi’s case will be 8.3 lbs.


In terms of internal packing, these two designs diverge in just how much help you desire from a bag. The Hartmann Innovaire is going to stay true to its minimalist nature giving you a mesh pocket and elastic tie-down straps that are free-form for easy storage, and play nicely into the lightweight ease of this design. The Tumi Tegra-Lite establishes a space for classic storage that may lean towards business or formality. They’ve layered their interior with an easy to clean nylon, and have given you a lid pocket with a hanger hook so that you can hang a few outfits and keep them protected in separate pocket storage. They’ve chosen tie-down straps for the bottom half of their interior storage.

The Takeaway

If we had to summarize the decision between these two carry-ons Kaehler would sum it up as the choice between the unbeatable featherlight Hartmann Innnovaire design, or the incomparably durable Tumi Tegra-Lite's design. We'll leave it to you to pick your poison. Either way, we're certain you'll have a winner on your hands.