CURV is a woven fabric reminiscent of carbon fiber, in this case used to produce shock-absorbent hard-shell luggage of incredible lightness. We borrowed the 28" four-wheel Firelite model from a friend to use for a month-long trip around Australia and New Zealand, and now it's on our own Christmas list.
Empty, we could easily lift and carry it with out pinky finger. Even the wind tried to blow it into the street. Packed full at the end of our trip, we still didn't near the 50lb limit. It maneuvered like a dream, stood out on the baggage claim belt, and it didn't nick a bit during the entire journey of nearly 23,000 miles.
Where to buy: Since CURV is relatively new, you should be able to find the cases in most luggage and travel stores, plus luggage departments in larger stores like Nordstrom and Macy's. Of course there's always the internet. If you're really lucky, buy it direct from a Samsonite retail store (locations around the world, including Boston, San Francisco, Singapore, Hong Kong).
How much: From $450 - $615, depending on size. The red 28" Spinner pictured above is the $565 model.