How to pack 10 extra pounds of stuff for free or the return of the duffel bag.
Posted 10 April 2011 - 01:48 PM
I decide to weigh my empty wheeled 30" suitcase. 12 pounds. I check online and the average wheeled suitcase that meets the airline max 62 linear inch size requirements weighs 12 pounds. Wheeled duffels are slightly lighter. Super light bags are 8-10 pounds and cost $300 or more.
Out of curiosity I look at non-wheeled duffels. Eagle Creek 30" duffel. $85 for this years model, $65 for last years model, weight............ 2 pounds.
Looks like I am going to use one of those $2 airport luggage carts and get a little more exercise carrying a duffel. At least I'll be able to bring 48 pounds of stuff instead of 38.
Posted 10 April 2011 - 03:53 PM
Also, airport luggage carts are $4 here in SF. Where are they $2??
Posted 10 April 2011 - 04:12 PM
Posted 10 April 2011 - 07:39 PM
Which is handy, as for long trips or if I just have lots of luggage, all my big bags are duffels.
Actually now my weekend bag is a duffel too !
Posted 10 April 2011 - 08:07 PM
Problem is Porter Case PCII doesn't fit Sizewise dimensions and is HEAVY. And they also don't hold up well in checked in. I've got 3 broken ones to prove it.
I have a Porter case for carry-on that converts to a cart that can work well with this set-up. Hmmmm. The duffels hold up okay through being checked?
Are these any stronger than 1200 ballistic nylon? My old ballistic duffels got ripped apart at the seams when caught on something. Happened to me @ LAX and CDG. I swore them off because of that.
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Posted 10 April 2011 - 10:49 PM
The material is resistant to tears and scraps as well as being water resistant. They also have straps so you can carry them as a duffel or as a backpack which is useful is you are caught out by lack of cart etc.
They come in a variety of sizes with the large weighing in at 1.7 kgs (3.9lbs).
Cost is also pretty reasonable given the life time warranty.
Posted 11 April 2011 - 10:47 AM
This is a repeat route we are taking, so I know that there will be luggage carts all along the way. I had to carry the thing for a distance the last time I used it, which isn't fun.
Two trips and it has a nice tear in it, which I have duck taped on the inside.
I paid about $40 on Amazon.
Posted 11 April 2011 - 08:20 PM
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I have no idea what any of that means. Fabric looks sturdy, but it is thin. At 2lbs there has to been some kind of compromise.
Posted 11 April 2011 - 09:32 PM
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Posted 29 April 2011 - 03:53 AM
I use the DiveCaddy for my scuba gear. I can fit my Vortex V-12 (i have a size 12 shoe), my Oceanic Probe LX (size XL if not mistaken), 1st/2nd stage with octopus and pressure gauge, 5MM full wetsuit, hood, pinnacle boots (7mm i believe), gloves, mask, battery box (think small pellican box full of batteries), and two head mounted Sun Tilos lights. All of this comes to just about 50 lbs. I have flown US Airways four times and Southwest (ok Southwest doesn't really count since they couldn't care less). Absolutely no problems using it as a carry on - and dammit, 50 lbs is heavier then I thought it would be lol.
We've been using 2 LL Bean large duffels for many many years. They're rock solid and dirt cheap (around $50 if I remember correctly). I can highly recommend them.
For my camera, I have my nauticam 550d, one strobe (i could probably get a 2nd in there), some misc stuff (cables, dive watch, medicine, moisture munchers) stored in a medical bag. The bag is JUST big enough to fit all of that stuff. It's my "purse" carry-on. Again, same as above, no issues going places with it.
As far as TSA search, depending on which airport I go to and who I deal with, ends up being what gets searched. One time they wanted to see my camera bag, and another time they wanted to see my battery box. They never once asked me to undo my dive caddy bag.
Yes the dive caddy is pricey, but I do love it. For the most part I carry ALL of my dive gear with me (exception dive knife, and a few other minor things). That's comfort. If the airline loses my suitcase at most I will be out a dive knife, a spare light, a few nicknacks, and clothing. The most important thing is that the dive WILL GO ON!
Now once I start diving with my dry suit I will be taking that with me to destinations with cold water....that is definitely going in the suit case. I need to get dive insurance for gear lol
Posted 13 May 2011 - 06:16 AM
... duffles made by Mountain Tools, Wild Things, North Face and some other climbing gear mfgs are the way to go... ... the biggest concern is always the zippers.
My biggest concern is me!
I may be getting old, but I'm hoping to blame an expanding amount of gear: my spine is now complaining about humping two North Face duffels and I've invested in the (wheeled) tourist versions...
Posted 02 June 2011 - 01:15 PM
And yes, why do so many bags have great outsides and cheap zippers?!
Posted 20 June 2011 - 02:24 PM