Skylite Rolling Duffle Bag

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A member of my family is planning to go on a brief academic-related field trip in a few months, and I’ve been thinking about how best to help them pack for a good experience. A rolling suitcase can be just the thing. We own an older luggage set from Target that includes a small rolling suitcase with a telescoping handle, but it’s not much to look at. Then I spotted some rolling duffle bags as limited-time specials at Aldi.

Skylite Rolling Duffle Bag

The Skylite Rolling Duffle Bag (Product Code: 816388) cost $19.99 at the time of publication. That’s pretty inexpensive compared to other rolling duffle bags on the market.

This is an Aldi Find, so it’s only in stores for a short time. Each store gets one shipment, and after that sells out, they’re gone until Aldi decides to bring them back, whenever that might be. Aldi does not offer online ordering for products not in stock at your local store.

Skylite Rolling Duffle Bag

Here’s more information about the rolling duffle bag:

  • Durable fabric
  • Telescopic handle
  • Inline skate wheels
  • Velcro wrap for handles
  • Side shoe compartment
  • Spacious main compartment with two-way zipper
  • Exterior pocket with zipper closure
  • Available in Small Gray Melange, Small Color Splash, Small Navy/Brushstrokes, Large Gray/Black/Orange, or Large Black/Lime
Skylite Rolling Duffle Bag

Details about the bag. (Click to enlarge.)

I bought the Small Navy/Brushtrokes bag. The pattern is unique enough that it hopefully it won’t be too hard to spot among other pieces of luggage when traveling with a group. The pattern on the bag I bought is also suitable for either men or women.

The size difference between the large and small bags was only a few inches (in some aspects, less than an inch of difference), which accounts for the fact that they are both the same price. The large bag measures 27.54″ x 12.01″ x 15.75″ and weighs 5.07 pounds. The small bag I bought measures 27.36″ x 11.61″ x 12.99″ and weighs 4.67 pounds.

The small bag is still quite large, and it’s bigger than the Aldi folding duffle bags my family has been using for road trips and camping trips for years. It can easily hold enough stuff for several days, perhaps even a week’s worth of clothing if you pack smart.

Skylite Rolling Duffle Bag

Main storage compartment with two-way zipper. The white section is the side shoe compartment.

Besides the spacious main compartment, this bag has a side shoe compartment — basically a large space that juts into the main compartment but is completely separate. I could see this also being good for storing dirty laundry if you want to keep it separate from the rest of the bag’s contents.

Skylite Rolling Duffle Bag

Side shoe compartment.

This bag also has a smaller compartment on the bottom end that could be used for storing socks, underwear, a book, headphones, or other small- to medium-sized items.

Skylite Rolling Duffle Bag

A smaller compartment on the bottom end.

Finally, on the storage front, this bag has a small side pocket that could hold little things such as ponytail holders, jewelry, a phone, tickets, or other items.

Skylite Rolling Duffle Bag

Small side pocket.

In addition, a zipper hides the telescoping handle. Unzip it, grab the hard handle, and pull up to extend the handle. Simply push it back down again when you’re done using it. There’s also a fabric carrying handle near the zippered area that holds the telescoping handle, and there are two Velrco-wrapped carrying straps if you want to carry the bag in a more traditional way rather than rolling it, so you have a few ways to carry this bag.

Skylite Rolling Duffle Bag

Telescoping handle.

So far, everything about this bag seems to work as it should. The zippers are easy to use, and the telescoping handle is a nice feature. I’m also impressed with how large this bag is for only $19.99. It seems to offer the best of both worlds in terms of combining the flexibility and “softness” of a duffle bag on top with the structure of a rolling suitcase on the bottom.

Just keep in mind that because this is a duffle bag, it doesn’t have that stiff outer shell that helps protect the contents inside. If you’re mostly packing clothing and shoes, though, this could be just the ticket. It could be especially handy if you aren’t able to easily carry heavy bags, since this one can be pulled along behind you.

The only thing that remains to be seen is how it holds up to travel. I’ll update this post with potential new developments after we’ve had more time to put this bag through the paces.

The Verdict:

The Skylite Rolling Duffle Bag comes in large or small sizes, and even the small is pretty roomy with enough space to easily pack for a weekend trip or even longer. It features a main compartment and several smaller compartments and side pockets, including a shoe compartment on one end. The telescoping handle is a nice addition for times when you have to haul your luggage from one point to another. At first glance, we’re impressed by this budget-friendly luggage.


About Rachael

Rachael is the Co-founder of Aldi Reviewer. When she isn't busy shopping at Aldi, she enjoys cooking, gardening, writing gothic romance, and collecting more houseplants than she probably should. You can learn more about her at rachaelsjohnston.com.

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