I’m always on the lookout for great travel gear, so when I got the chance to get my hands on the Lojel Juna I couldn’t wait to try it out and give it an in-depth review.
The Lojel Juna is one of the newest travel suitcase releases from Lojel, and although I’ve only had it for a few days I’m already quite pleased with the quality and overall friendly design of the Juna.
As per the description on their website, the Juna is a stripped down yet fully functional wheeled suitcase that boasts a minimalist and geometric design.
Right after pulling it out of the box, I was immediately pleased with my first impressions of the quality and build-design of the Juna, and over the past few days I really put it through the wringer to see what it was able to handle.
Today, I want to talk about my Lojel Juna review and explain why I think it’s such a great choice if you’re looking for a lightweight, fully functional, and stylish wheeled suitcase.
Lojel Juna Review
Here’s a quick look at some of the main features that you can expect with the Juna:
- 4 pairs of dual wheels
- Flat profile handle
- TSA-friendly zipper lock integration
- Hard-shell exterior
- Easy interior access
- 4 different colors available
- 3 different sizes available
Size (Weight and Shape)
I received the small sized Juna, and there are two other sizes (medium and large) that you can choose from.
As a lightweight traveler, the small size was perfect for me, and I quickly noticed that the shape of the suitcase was a lot more streamlined and smaller but then similar suitcases I have from Heys and Samsonite.
Even side by side with my Heys luggage, I found that the Juna featured a much simpler design with a focus on style and functionality rather than trying to pack it full of different features and pockets that really don’t make sense when you’re traveling.
For the interior capacity, the small sized suitcase comes with 37L interior storage. the medium-sized suitcase comes with 75L, and the large comes with 115L of interior storage space.
Considering the bulk of my traveling is done using just a 25L backpack, the size of the small Juna gives me a little bit more space and a lot more versatility compare to having to carry everything on my back.
The four sets of wheels at the bottom definitely add some bulk to the overall size of the suitcase, but you’ll still be able to easily fit it into the overhead compartment on a plane and I doubt you’ll run into any issues fitting it into the luggage size requirements if you’re traveling on a budget airline.
When it comes to the weight, the small suitcase comes in at just 5.8 lbs, which is surprisingly lightweight given all of the extra hardware that this suitcase comes equipped with compared to a simple backpack,
The large model is a little bit heavier, coming in at 10.4 lbs, so that’s something to consider depending on your style of travel.
Interior (Features, Storage, etc)
The interior of the Juna is rather basic and simplistic, which is one of the things that I really love about it.
Sometimes when you get a suitcase there are all these different pockets and other random storage features or accessories inside that you really aren’t able to take advantage of when you’re traveling for any extended of time.
Thankfully, this is not the case with the Juna.
After opening it up, there are two different sides that you can use for packing your clothing and other pieces of travel gear.
Laying flat,the left hand side features a small, zippered compartment with a mesh cover so that you can see everything that’s inside.
This compartment is great for storing small, loose accessories that don’t take up too much space and that you also don’t want tumbling around the inside of your suitcase when you’re in transit.
It also helps to keep any of your dirty laundry, in a packing cube of course, in this compartment as well because it’s easier to keep track of it and it’s also kept away from the rest of your clothes and gear.
The compartment on the right hand side is much larger in depth, giving you more storage space, and this is where you’re going to want to keep the bulk of your clothing and gear.
You can easily fit a pair of shoes in here along with some clothing items and anything else that you don’t want to keep in the zippered compartment.
There is a small, zippered pocket at the side of the larger compartment, and this is great for storing anything like small travel documents, loose electronic accessories, makeup, or anything else that’s small that you don’t want tumbling around your suitcase when you’re on the go.
Of course, there is a buckled strap that you can adjust to keep everything in place when it’s packed in the larger compartment.
Overall, this is a really straightforward layout and design when it comes to the interior of a suitcase and this really helps to make it a fully functional piece of luggage without any wasted interior space or useless accessories.
Durability and Design
As I mentioned above, I’ve only had the Lojel Juna for a few days now so I haven’t really been able to try it out for long term use in regards to durability.
However, at first glance it definitely appears to be rather durable in build quality.
The zippers do up without any give or hesitation, and they don’t feel poorly made like you sometimes find when companies use lower quality zippers.
The exterior is a hard, polycarbonate shell, and although it doesn’t feel as heavy duty as my other Heys suitcase, I really can’t see it breaking or falling apart in transit as it does feel very sturdy from what I can tell.
Rolling it along, the wheels roll very smoothly and there aren’t any weird motions that the wheels go through when they’re turning or changing direction.
One thing I noticed with both my smaller Heys and Samsonite luggage is that the wheels would often get caught in a fixed position if I changed direction, although I don’t find this to be the case with the Juna.
Finally, the handle hardware operates very smoothly, coming in and out of the case with ease, and there also aren’t any pressure points where the handle gets stuck when it’s being retracted.
One of the only drawback that I want to mention is regarding the TSA zipper lock.
I haven’t done any air travel with the Juna just yet, so I haven’t checked it underneath the plane, but I have had a very poor experience with every TSA zipper locking mechanism on every other suitcase that I’ve used.
When you’re traveling on the bus or train you don’t have to worry about this at all, but when it comes to plane travel, especially if you’re checking your suitcase, it often happens that the TSA zipper lock completely breaks off sometime during transit.
What happens is that when you lock the zippers, they’re in a fixed position, so if something heavy bangs against the mechanism or it gets caught on something, they’re just going to rip off.
This actually happened on my very first day using my small Heys, and ever since then I haven’t been able to use the zippers properly.
I’m excited to see whether or not this happens with the Juna, but to be completely honest I am definitely expecting the mechanism to break the zippers, so we’ll see how it goes and I’ll be sure to update this review regarding what happens.
After using the Lojel Juna for a few days already, I have to say that it’s a great choice if you’re looking for a reasonably priced, trendy, and lightweight suitcase.
There are quite a lot of plain and boring looking pieces of luggage out there, so it’s great to have something like the Juna that boasts a minimalist yet fashionable design while still being a practical suitcase for traveling with.
The build quality is great whether you’re traveling long-term or just spending a few days away from home, and the Juna doesn’t come with any useless features that you aren’t going to be able to take advantage of every time you travel.
Regardless of which size you go with, all of them are rather light compared to the competitors, and this makes it even a better choice if you’re a heavy packer or you want to pick up some souvenirs for your friends or family without having to worry about your airline weight restrictions.
At the price point, the Juna still the great choice And I would definitely recommend it if you’re looking for something lightweight, fully functional for traveling with, and trendy in design and appearance.