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greylion
02-14-2010, 17:04
I want a light weight travel bag that will hold my dive gear and some clothes for a 5 day trip to a warm water destination and weigh in under 50 lbs., what is your favorite? :smilie40:

fisheater
02-14-2010, 17:26
Travel Concepts' Viaggio semi-rigid sided generic suitcase, obtained cheaply at Tuesday Morning.

It'll hold my gear and clothes and come in at under 50 lbs. Best part is that it doesn't scream "Steal Me, Because I'm Full of Scuba Gear."

comet24
02-14-2010, 21:51
A large rolling luggage bag. When I fly with gear for a week or more I take to rolling bags. One has most of my gear, the other clothes plus gear that's wouldn't fit the larger roller.

sterlinghe92
02-14-2010, 22:25
Idk what gear u guys use or what clothes u weR but my dive gear doesn't all fit in my largish rolling bag!!!!!

Okc_diver
02-14-2010, 23:24
I have a small carry-on that holds all my gear made by deep see and it costs under 100.00 can also be used as a backpack

WaScubaDude
02-14-2010, 23:59
There are a few more details or considerations needed. What will the ground portion of the trip be like? Any long carry or rough rolling required?
Will you use the bag at the resort for transport of gear? Will you use this bag to take your gear on the boat or bring a boat bag as well?

I do second the idea of buying bags that dont scream NICE SCUBA GEAR INSIDE!

mcr0112
02-15-2010, 00:04
I buy a rolling duffle from wal-mart for $19.00.It holds my gear except my mask which I carryon as I can't see without the lens. its cheap and has held up from 2 trips to egypt & 1 to cozumel.

greylion
02-15-2010, 08:12
There are a few more details or considerations needed. What will the ground portion of the trip be like? Any long carry or rough rolling required?
Will you use the bag at the resort for transport of gear? Will you use this bag to take your gear on the boat or bring a boat bag as well?

I do second the idea of buying bags that dont scream NICE SCUBA GEAR INSIDE!

Strictly air travel dragging through the terminal and to the hotel but not to the boat. I want something not just for my dive gear, but also a seperate compartment for clothes. This would be a checked bag.

The Dive Caddy would be cool to own, but my wife isn't going to throw one of those on her back and carry it through the airport, she wants a roller bag.

I've been considering a bag from Armor in their Light Armor collection?

Straegen
02-15-2010, 18:18
Did a quick search as I am always looking for a better bag and found this link:

Armor Wheeled Travel Backpack Protective Bag - Outdoor Recreation - Pool Supplies (http://www.aquasuperstore.com/products/Armor-Wheeled-Travel-Backpack-Protective-Bag~58177.html)

Just under $40 including shipping for one of their best bags. Impressive... wonder how well they hold up.

chinacat46
02-15-2010, 18:38
I just use a duffle bag which weighs about 2lbs empty. One thing you should keep in mind when traveling is you might have a 50lb limit on your international flight but once you are in another country many internal flights have a 20Kg(44lbs) limit.

greylion
02-15-2010, 21:48
Did a quick search as I am always looking for a better bag and found this link:

Armor Wheeled Travel Backpack Protective Bag - Outdoor Recreation - Pool Supplies (http://www.aquasuperstore.com/products/Armor-Wheeled-Travel-Backpack-Protective-Bag~58177.html)

Just under $40 including shipping for one of their best bags. Impressive... wonder how well they hold up.

That's just for the protective cover over the bag, they want $239 for the actual bag at that site.Armor Travel Bag (http://www.aquasuperstore.com/SearchResult.aspx?KeyWords=armor%20travel%20bag)

Straegen
02-16-2010, 01:45
Good catch... looked too good to be true.

bubbletrubble
02-16-2010, 02:15
Costco - Drop Bottom Rolling Duffel bag (http://www.costco.com/Browse/ProductSet.aspx?Prodid=11469069) (I paid $30, now selling for $40). No scuba logos to attract thieves. Hidden backpack straps with waist belt. Wonderful return policy.

Diver Kat
02-16-2010, 08:40
Costco - Drop Bottom Rolling Duffel bag (http://www.costco.com/Browse/ProductSet.aspx?Prodid=11469069) (I paid $30, now selling for $40). No scuba logos to attract thieves. Hidden backpack straps with waist belt. Wonderful return policy.Nice bag - I think I've seen it in Costco, but weighs in at 11.5 pounds which means more than a 5th of your allowable weight is already eaten up.

greylion
02-16-2010, 08:47
Costco - Drop Bottom Rolling Duffel bag (http://www.costco.com/Browse/ProductSet.aspx?Prodid=11469069) (I paid $30, now selling for $40). No scuba logos to attract thieves. Hidden backpack straps with waist belt. Wonderful return policy.Nice bag - I think I've seen it in Costco, but weighs in at 11.5 pounds which means more than a 5th of your allowable weight is already eaten up.

Yeah, that's what I was thinking, but it is affordable. I'm looking for something lighter.

bubbletrubble
02-18-2010, 01:25
The drop-bottom part and the wheels add a significant amount of weight to the Costco rolling duffel. I thought the backpack straps wouldn't be very useful at first, but I've actually used them a couple times and they do work. I'm not so sure that the bag is prohibitively heavy. The Akona Lightweight Rolling Duffel (http://www.akona.com/product.php?product_id=267) of comparable size weighs 9 lbs. 6 oz. I can live with an extra 2 lbs. given the price and excellent return policy.

Diver Kat
02-18-2010, 09:39
Costco - Drop Bottom Rolling Duffel bag (http://www.costco.com/Browse/ProductSet.aspx?Prodid=11469069) (I paid $30, now selling for $40). No scuba logos to attract thieves. Hidden backpack straps with waist belt. Wonderful return policy.Nice bag - I think I've seen it in Costco, but weighs in at 11.5 pounds which means more than a 5th of your allowable weight is already eaten up.

Yeah, that's what I was thinking, but it is affordable. I'm looking for something lighter.
Walmart lists several rolling duffel bags that are reasonable in price and weight - I attached a link for one. If they carry them in the store you might be able to check out the durability. Problem is always once you start adding wheels and pull handles it pops the weight up.

Walmart.com: Traveler's Club 30" Rolling Duffel, Navy: Luggage (http://www.walmart.com/catalog/product.do?product_id=8186910&findingMethod=rr)

greylion
02-18-2010, 12:18
Thanks Kat, that is a good deal.

I talked to my wife this morning about this and we seem to be leaning towards a Stahlsac Jamaican Smuggler or Cozumel Cruiser or Armor Light Armor roller. Anyone own one of these?

Stahlsac Jamaican Smuggler Roller Dive Bag reviews and discounts, Stahlsac (http://www.scubatoys.com/store/detail.asp?PRODUCT_ID=JamaicanSmugglerRollerBag)

Armor 110 Light Armor Roller Dive Bag reviews and discounts, Armor (http://www.scubatoys.com/store/detail.asp?product_id=110LightArmorBag)

Stahlsac Cozumel Cruiser Duffel Dive Bag reviews and discounts, Stahlsac (http://www.scubatoys.com/store/detail.asp?PRODUCT_ID=Stahlsac_Cruiser_Duffel_Dive _Bag)

Diver Kat
02-18-2010, 16:04
Thanks Kat, that is a good deal.

I talked to my wife this morning about this and we seem to be leaning towards a Stahlsac Jamaican Smuggler or Cozumel Cruiser or Armor Light Armor roller. Anyone own one of these?

Stahlsac Jamaican Smuggler Roller Dive Bag reviews and discounts, Stahlsac (http://www.scubatoys.com/store/detail.asp?PRODUCT_ID=JamaicanSmugglerRollerBag)

Armor 110 Light Armor Roller Dive Bag reviews and discounts, Armor (http://www.scubatoys.com/store/detail.asp?product_id=110LightArmorBag)

Stahlsac Cozumel Cruiser Duffel Dive Bag reviews and discounts, Stahlsac (http://www.scubatoys.com/store/detail.asp?PRODUCT_ID=Stahlsac_Cruiser_Duffel_Dive _Bag)

Haven't seen these, but both Stahlsac & Armor make good products.

CWSWine
02-18-2010, 18:35
I purchased the Osprey bags after a friend sent his 12 year old Osprey bag in for warranty service and they basically sent him back a new bag. The down size in they are expensive but with a life time warranty against any damage including airline damage I figured they were worth it. I really like the compression straps and they are longer than standard back so full size fins fit. The carry on has a detachable day pack that doubles as you second carry on.

Osprey Packs, Inc. :2010: Official Site (http://www.ospreypacks.com/)


http://www.ospreypacks.com/images_products/52_549_lg.jpg

Carry on bag we purchased.

http://www.ospreypacks.com/images_products/54_625_lg.jpg

gee
02-18-2010, 22:15
I picked up the ArmorBag a few months ago to replace an L.L. Bean rolling duffle that I used for years. I took it in a scuba trip in December and can give it an opinion of it. It holds a full set of gear including a pony but minus a regulator set and mask. I'm able to easily stay under the 50 lb weight limit. The bag is light due in part to not having an extension handle. But that also introduces one of the major drawbacks-Pulling the bag a long distance is awkward. Also, The bag doesn't stand up on it's end when loaded. If I had to do it over, I would get another Bean rolling duffle.


Thanks Kat, that is a good deal.

I talked to my wife this morning about this and we seem to be leaning towards a Stahlsac Jamaican Smuggler or Cozumel Cruiser or Armor Light Armor roller. Anyone own one of these?

Stahlsac Jamaican Smuggler Roller Dive Bag reviews and discounts, Stahlsac (http://www.scubatoys.com/store/detail.asp?PRODUCT_ID=JamaicanSmugglerRollerBag)

Armor 110 Light Armor Roller Dive Bag reviews and discounts, Armor (http://www.scubatoys.com/store/detail.asp?product_id=110LightArmorBag)

Stahlsac Cozumel Cruiser Duffel Dive Bag reviews and discounts, Stahlsac (http://www.scubatoys.com/store/detail.asp?PRODUCT_ID=Stahlsac_Cruiser_Duffel_Dive _Bag)

greylion
02-19-2010, 09:34
Thanks gee.

gNats
02-19-2010, 09:44
I bought a Coleman roll duffel from Target stores in January 2009 for my trip to Bonaire. It was perfect. It has 2 distinct packing areas. When flat, it zips the entire case to reveal a "hidden" or lower area. The lower level held my fins, BC, shoes, and lots of my clothing. The top 2 compartments held wetsuit, toletries, and remaining clothes.

This bag was checked. I packed my reg, computer and mask in my carry-on.

I really liked the idea of buying "normal" luggage, rather than some of the very cool looking scuba luggage. One reason was price. The other reason has to do with the word SCUBA on my luggage.

PS - This was my second luggage purchase. The first was returned to the store because my fins did not fit well. You may want to take measurements of your fins before you shop to save yourself the trip.

Diver Kat
02-19-2010, 09:58
I really liked the idea of buying "normal" luggage, rather than some of the very cool looking scuba luggage. One reason was price. The other reason has to do with the word SCUBA on my luggage.
I'll second this comment. We use regular luggage without anything to identify that there is scuba gear inside. No point in advertising and making it easier if someone at the airport is looking to obtain some free gear ...

gNats
02-19-2010, 10:27
I really liked the idea of buying "normal" luggage, rather than some of the very cool looking scuba luggage. One reason was price. The other reason has to do with the word SCUBA on my luggage.
I'll second this comment. We use regular luggage without anything to identify that there is scuba gear inside. No point in advertising and making it easier if someone at the airport is looking to obtain some free gear ...

The hard part is finding "normal" luggage that is lightweight and can adequately accomodate fins. Plus, I knew I needed a rolling bag, since I would be self-shlepping my gear. I looked at a lot of bags and thought they would be a great size only to realize that the "main" compartment was too small for my fins. A lot of duffel style bags have end compartments, which really cuts down on the overall length of the main compartment.

This goes without saying, but when packing, use every nook in cranny in your gear to pack stuff. We took lots of snack food items to Bonaire; I packed our snacks in my dry wetsuit booties, my fin pockets, empty BCD weight pouches. If it was a space, it was filled. I was amazed at how much space my gear took in my one available travel bag. Even though I took the minimum of clothing, it was still a full and tight bag.

Diver Kat
02-19-2010, 11:04
I really liked the idea of buying "normal" luggage, rather than some of the very cool looking scuba luggage. One reason was price. The other reason has to do with the word SCUBA on my luggage.
I'll second this comment. We use regular luggage without anything to identify that there is scuba gear inside. No point in advertising and making it easier if someone at the airport is looking to obtain some free gear ...

The hard part is finding "normal" luggage that is lightweight and can adequately accomodate fins. Plus, I knew I needed a rolling bag, since I would be self-shlepping my gear. I looked at a lot of bags and thought they would be a great size only to realize that the "main" compartment was too small for my fins. A lot of duffel style bags have end compartments, which really cuts down on the overall length of the main compartment.

This goes without saying, but when packing, use every nook in cranny in your gear to pack stuff. We took lots of snack food items to Bonaire; I packed our snacks in my dry wetsuit booties, my fin pockets, empty BCD weight pouches. If it was a space, it was filled. I was amazed at how much space my gear took in my one available travel bag. Even though I took the minimum of clothing, it was still a full and tight bag.

LOL! Sounds like we 'operate' the same way! I currently use a standard 26" rolling suitcase made by Delsey (known for their lite-weight products) I can just fit my Apollo Bio fins in it. I pack things in every nook & cranny. Small items go in my booties which go in the fin pockets. We also bring energy bars & mix for our SI's, and some snacks. It gets real interesting when we get there and I have to remember what's packed in what, in what! It's become an art form getting everything to fit in that suitcase and a small rolling bag for carry-on. Had to go completely rolling finally on both bags as I blew out 5 discs on my back. But hey! Who needs to travel with clothes! As long as I can fit my dive gear, I'm good to go! :smiley2:

I will say - other than TSA dumping my cocoa mix out in my bag one trip home :zx11pissed: - we've been lucky and no one has messed with our bags. They even went to Cozumel without us one trip - they made the plane, we were bumped off - and when we got there a day later, the bags were all fine, and had not been touched.

greylion
02-19-2010, 18:49
Bought the Stahlsac Jamaican Smuggler, thanks for the ideas.

Zeagle Eagle
02-19-2010, 23:10
The drop-bottom part and the wheels add a significant amount of weight to the Costco rolling duffel. I thought the backpack straps wouldn't be very useful at first, but I've actually used them a couple times and they do work. I'm not so sure that the bag is prohibitively heavy. The Akona Lightweight Rolling Duffel (http://www.akona.com/product.php?product_id=267) of comparable size weighs 9 lbs. 6 oz. I can live with an extra 2 lbs. given the price and excellent return policy.
I bought a high end Akona rolling suitcase/dive bag. I won't buy another Akona product. All the inside pockets have torn at the zippers and the liner is also torn. The handle on the outside, used to pull the bag, is cheap and will not stay up. It's also too short. If I try to roll the bag backwards the handle collapses. The wheels are cheap plastic and won't stand up to anything more than minimal use. I am looking for a replacement bag, very light and durable with skater type wheels and no logos to indicate dive gear. One that will be long enough to put my Apollo fins in.

snotch
02-25-2010, 13:36
I usually go by 'you pay what u get for' policy on things to buy, like some things you can skimp but others you can't

Zeagle Eagle
03-04-2010, 17:18
Did a quick search as I am always looking for a better bag and found this link:

Armor Wheeled Travel Backpack Protective Bag - Outdoor Recreation - Pool Supplies (http://www.aquasuperstore.com/products/Armor-Wheeled-Travel-Backpack-Protective-Bag%7E58177.html)

Just under $40 including shipping for one of their best bags. Impressive... wonder how well they hold up.
I am sure you picked up on this. It is a cover for your luggage not the actual luggage and it's $47 with shipping.


After paging through the thread I see someone else already picked up on this. Sorry for the double post.

diversteve
03-05-2010, 01:42
Look for a wheeled tennis duffle bag. One that's sewn square with a big racket pocket on the outside - a pair of XL Split fins fit in there with a some effort. I think the TSA just leaves them in there...lol.

I have one that I paid $50 for at least 5 years ago. It has a hard plastic bottom with rubber skids. An internal metal bracket holds the wheel axle and the telescoping handle. The wheels are about the size of roller blade wheels.

It takes all my gear, (including my Ranger with a doubles wing) all my clothes, and I'm often still around 45 lbs until I fill it with junk I never use. I don't carry a wetsuit though. Mine is a neutral blue with no logos. It does not have a separate compartment for clothes.

It's made by Pinnacle. (not the dive people)

It does not stand on it's own but the flat top allows me to clip my carry-on roller on top of it for transport - I have a clip that goes through the top handle conveniently. It has one small 1" tear near the top after 5+ years of 2-3 Int'l flights/year.

cbope
03-12-2010, 13:00
Does anyone have a DiveCaddy bag? Just found it today online, looks like a pretty neat idea though it's not budget-priced. But, it's certainly cheaper than the lightweight Samsonite luggage the wife and I bought a few months ago.

Oren
06-24-2010, 18:15
Im considering the dive caddy as well just i don't know if you can lock it? No lokc is fine for carry one but often when traveling to remote areas or even taking a bus you carry one items that would otherwise be carry on for a plane. As for a great carry one bag try the Osprey Porter 46. My favorite travel bag.

wereeagle
10-10-2010, 00:34
Which carry-on did you get? Never know what's gonna happen to all these toys if checking in. Thanks,


I have a small carry-on that holds all my gear made by deep see and it costs under 100.00 can also be used as a backpack

navyhmc
10-10-2010, 02:41
Does anyone have a DiveCaddy bag? Just found it today online, looks like a pretty neat idea though it's not budget-priced. But, it's certainly cheaper than the lightweight Samsonite luggage the wife and I bought a few months ago.


Im considering the dive caddy as well just i don't know if you can lock it? No lokc is fine for carry one but often when traveling to remote areas or even taking a bus you carry one items that would otherwise be carry on for a plane. As for a great carry one bag try the Osprey Porter 46. My favorite travel bag.

I know it's an older thread... I have a dive caddy and I do like it. A few caveates:

1. No, you can not lock it,
2. it is a little pricey, but I think for me it was worth it.
3. There is a learning curve to packing it. The more you use it or play with it the better and easier it gets.
4. The section for a wetsuit is more planned for a one-piece 3/2 or equivalent. But the spider bag will accomodate a 7 mil j/j.

I've not had a problem yet with carrying it on the plane with me. It's a little big, but will fit unre most airline seats or up above. Underneath, you will probably have to remove the top "turtle bag" to fit but it comes off easy.

Okc_diver
10-10-2010, 13:08
Which carry-on did you get? Never know what's gonna happen to all these toys if checking in. Thanks,

It's made by deep see:

Deep See: Part of the Aqua Lung Family of Brands (http://www.deepseeinc.com/products/excursion_roller_bp.html)