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caroln
09-26-2007, 13:44
Does anyone have a suggestion for a dive bag that will fit all your gear but can still be carried on to a plane? I am currently using a costco kirkland rolling duffel which works well, but I'm wondering if there's anything better out there. What are you all using?

dallasdivergirl
09-27-2007, 12:24
are you wanting all of your gear as a carry on? or all of it to be safe when you get off of the plane.

I use my regular luggage carry on for my bdc & mask, two changes of clothes, shoes, & swimsuits. I carry a kelty back pack for my reg and the rest of my carry on stuff (food, books, pillow, purse, travel docs, meds).

Fins, wetsuits, and booties go in my non carry on.

I have the Akona AKB155 Evolution Roller Bag that I will test diving this coming week on a trip to Bonaire.

ScubaGir1
09-27-2007, 13:41
I have a XS Scuba bag set: giant roller bag, mesh bag for dive boats, mask bag, regulator bag, and a dry bag for dive log. So far, I LOVE the set. Very good quality, and fits all my cold water diving stuff w/o a problem (since that was my biggest problem with fitting gear. Cold water gear is so much bulkier and bigger!). :smiley20:

Oh, and the only thing that wouldn't go in the "checked bag" would be my regulator bag. That I would carry on.

ccarter
09-27-2007, 13:44
I have an XS Scuba Deluxe Mesh Roller Bag or some variation of that name.. it's pretty big and swallows a lot of gear.. but lately I've been preferring the Akona Backpack with the side zipper.. I think it's like the Deluxe Mesh Backpack or something.. can't fit as much in there but I usually just carry my BC slung over my other shoulder or something.

somewhereinla
09-28-2007, 00:10
I have the Akona evolution bag as well, I looked for a long time for a bag that would be strong, compact yet could carry a set of cold water gear. The evolution is perfect and it comes with a mesh bag and a reg padded bag.

http://www.scubatoys.com/store/detail.asp?product_id=AKB155

caroln
09-28-2007, 10:23
are you wanting all of your gear as a carry on? or all of it to be safe when you get off of the plane.



I want to carry everything on. The only problem I've had with gear not being safe is the airlines losing my bag, or things being stolen from checkin luggage. I'm taking a trip later this year connecting through Miami, and that airport is notorious for gear being stolen so I don't want to let it out of my hands.

caroln
09-28-2007, 10:27
I have the Akona evolution bag as well, I looked for a long time for a bag that would be strong, compact yet could carry a set of cold water gear. The evolution is perfect and it comes with a mesh bag and a reg padded bag.

http://www.scubatoys.com/store/detail.asp?product_id=AKB155

That's a really nice looking bag, but definitely not carry on size. Are you worried at all that being obviously a scuba bag, your bag may be gone through and things stolen? Have you ever had any issues with that?

Charles R
09-28-2007, 10:54
I use my old Tumi carry on rolling suitcase all of my gear fits and sometimes i can even fit some clothes

dallasdivergirl
09-28-2007, 10:55
are you wanting all of your gear as a carry on? or all of it to be safe when you get off of the plane.



I want to carry everything on. The only problem I've had with gear not being safe is the airlines losing my bag, or things being stolen from checkin luggage. I'm taking a trip later this year connecting through Miami, and that airport is notorious for gear being stolen so I don't want to let it out of my hands.

The only thing I really could not get in my carryon would be fins & I have seen some folks actually carry those on or pop them on the side of a carry on.

I don't put any gear that I consider "life-saving" or personal in my checked luggage. My reg, masks, and bc are with me at all times when travelling. Renting fins, wetsuit & booties is OK with me & I have had to do it before. If they are hard up enough to steal my $30 ebay shorty they are more than welcome to it.

caroln
09-28-2007, 14:47
I don't put any gear that I consider "life-saving" or personal in my checked luggage. My reg, masks, and bc are with me at all times when travelling. Renting fins, wetsuit & booties is OK with me & I have had to do it before. If they are hard up enough to steal my $30 ebay shorty they are more than welcome to it.

I don't mind renting fins etc either, but it sucks when they are stolen. I hated my first set of fins, but I still paid a hundred bucks for them, so it's aggravating for someone to just rip them off. I actually can carry them on by using a snorkeling bag as my 'personal item' but it's not the most comfy bag to carry since the straps aren't padded at all. I figured someone had probably figured out a better solution by now, but it seems the choices are either take your chances with check in, or basically what I'm already doing.

dallasdivergirl
09-28-2007, 15:09
I don't put any gear that I consider "life-saving" or personal in my checked luggage. My reg, masks, and bc are with me at all times when travelling. Renting fins, wetsuit & booties is OK with me & I have had to do it before. If they are hard up enough to steal my $30 ebay shorty they are more than welcome to it.

I don't mind renting fins etc either, but it sucks when they are stolen. I hated my first set of fins, but I still paid a hundred bucks for them, so it's aggravating for someone to just rip them off. I actually can carry them on by using a snorkeling bag as my 'personal item' but it's not the most comfy bag to carry since the straps aren't padded at all. I figured someone had probably figured out a better solution by now, but it seems the choices are either take your chances with check in, or basically what I'm already doing.

is this (http://www.amazon.com/dp/B000GGBA98/ref=nosim/?tag=yahoo-sg-20&creative=380333&creativeASIN=B000GGBA98&linkCode=asn) or this (http://www.scubatoys.com/store/detail.asp?PRODUCT_ID=NomadWheeledCarry-On) more like what you are looking for? They do have the fin strap down feature and they are carry-ons.....

somewhereinla
09-28-2007, 17:51
I have the Akona evolution bag as well, I looked for a long time for a bag that would be strong, compact yet could carry a set of cold water gear. The evolution is perfect and it comes with a mesh bag and a reg padded bag.

http://www.scubatoys.com/store/detail.asp?product_id=AKB155

That's a really nice looking bag, but definitely not carry on size. Are you worried at all that being obviously a scuba bag, your bag may be gone through and things stolen? Have you ever had any issues with that?

Sorry, didn't get you wanted a carry-on... I always take my reg., computer and compass with me and check in the rest.

try this, same idea in a carry-on...

http://www.akona.com/product.php?product_id=223

edge900rr
09-30-2007, 18:10
Has anybody used this?
http://scubatoys.com/store/detail.asp?PRODUCT_ID=NomadWheeledCarry-On

when you have a bag like that for a trip do you bring a second mesh bag to take your gear to & from the boat?

JoannD
10-01-2007, 07:06
I carried on my gear (all but fins) last Sept going to Provo. I was also worried about my gear getting safely through Miami. I bought a new dive bag designed for carry on use. By the time it was packed, it was too big to put in the overhead comparment. I ended up using my old wheeled carry on. I got all my dive gear (except fins), a swimsuit, dive skin, toothbrush, & change of clothes in it. It worked out great. The bag is just a big cavity and abut 12 years old.

caroln
10-02-2007, 15:22
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Sorry, didn't get you wanted a carry-on... I always take my reg., computer and compass with me and check in the rest.

try this, same idea in a carry-on...

http://www.akona.com/product.php?product_id=223

That's a nice bag, and only weighs 6 pounds which is great. I think I may order this.

caroln
10-02-2007, 15:27
Has anybody used this?
http://scubatoys.com/store/detail.asp?PRODUCT_ID=NomadWheeledCarry-On

when you have a bag like that for a trip do you bring a second mesh bag to take your gear to & from the boat?

I would definitely take another bag for the boat. Small six pack boats don't have a ton of room for bulky bags to be stored so you need something that can be stuffed under the bench. I've seen this bag in person, and it may possibly fit a set of dive gear, but there's no way you're getting any clothes or anything else in there with it.

BobArnold8265
10-06-2007, 21:28
Unfortunately, I have too much gear that I travel with to possibly get it all into a carry-on sized bag. So I carry-on what I consider the most important stuff. Reg, computer, mask (I use a prescription mask), camera and a dive skin. Everything else is check in.

datamunk
10-06-2007, 21:47
i just have some giant mesh bag i bought from an employee... im a big guy, so i have a large wetsuit, fins, bc (except now its back to my diverite so it smushes up)

i used to have, and i promote, for "average size divers" the akona bag with the zip side and drawstring top. the zip allows for easy insertion or removal of gear... dries reallywell..

DZorn00
10-17-2007, 10:32
I wear a 5x suit and xxl fins, don't think I can get any bag to hold all my gear for a carry on.

GlockGuy
10-23-2007, 20:34
I have had an Armor bag for over a year. I use it for dive travel as well as business. The best part is that it has a cover that goes over the bag and snaps with a strap down by the wheels. This protects all of your zippers and hides the fact that it is designed for dive gear. I'm sure this is a coincidence, but in 4 trips this year with the cover in place, the TSA has yet to pull the cover off and inspect the contents. Every other bag ends up with the TSA paper inside stating that it was inspected. This bag will hold 2 sets of fins, my BC, 2 piece 5 mil wetsuit, mask, snorkel, dive light, wreck reel, dive skin and a few sets of shorts/t-shirts, in addition to gloves, hood and booties. Scuba Diving did a review on it some months ago. From the hotel, I remove the cover and roll it right onto the dive boat!

#89 Backpack with wheels
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(Available May 2006)
Meets airline standards
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Locking pull-out handle
Interior fin pockets
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Padded contoured shoulder straps
Built in padded regulator pocket
Rubber handle on top
Footer handle on bottom
PK repairable zippers
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Size: 28x18x11

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Lock your gear two ways
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Includes side cinch straps and ID tag holder. http://armorbags.com/images/bags/sm/Pro-2.jpg (http://armorbags.com/images/bags/Pro-2.jpg)

Damselfish
10-23-2007, 23:30
We travel a fair amount, often through Miami, and have never had anything stolen from a checked bag. We had luggage delayed for a day once going someplace and once coming back. It might sound like a good idea to carry on the gear but in reality I think very few people do, and you're definitely making compromises. If you really want to do this, instead of find just the right bag (a carry on can only get so big) you could concentrate on the gear itself, minimizing size and what you take. For example, look at some of the shorter fins.

Wick00311
10-25-2007, 08:24
I just bought the armor #94 Island Hopper bag from Scubatoys. They don't have it listed on the website yet, but they have it in the store. Here is the picture of the bag: http://www.armorbags.com/images/bags/94island_hopper.gif
I got my BC, REG, Computer, Wetsuit, Two Masks, Snorkel and little things to fit very comfortably in the bag. It has cinch straps on the side to hold Fins if you don't check them. Also, it comes with a detachable bag to hold personal stuff with you at your seat. The bag also can be a roller bag or backpack. This is really a versatile bag that holds alot, and is pretty cheap. I think Scubatoys has it for $78.

No Misses
10-25-2007, 09:34
This is just a thought. I often travel for work. I need to carry a lot of electronic test equipment. I ship the test equipment to my hotel up to a week prior to my arrival. That way I do not have to carry it all through the airport. JM2c

bubbletrubble
12-05-2007, 00:26
I don't want to hijack the thread here, but several people have mentioned that they are forced to pack their fins in checked luggage. If the goal is to fit ALL of your gear in a carry-on and you're having difficulty fitting those big, heavy fins into 22" rollaboard luggage, you may want to look into getting some lightweight, shorter traveling fins. I've been quite happy with the APS Mantaray fins, which are vented paddle-style fins. They definitely aren't as fast as my Tusa X-pert Zoom splitfins, but they are much more maneuverable. I can do frogkicks with them, and they perform much better for wall diving and holding precise hover positions over a reef. An added benefit is that their large foot pockets allow me to wear them with my wetsuit or drysuit boots. The owner of the company is a San Diego local who allows people to try out the fins over at Catalina Island in the summer. Check out his website at:
APS Mantaray Home Page (http://www.apsmantaray.com/)
My APS Mantaray XL fins are only a shade over 19.5 inches long. According to the dealer specs, they weigh 1.7 pounds total.

azdiver
12-13-2007, 22:19
What about just packing most of your gear and clothes in a regular 22" carry-on suitcase and packing your fins and a few other goodies in a mesh backpack. Depending on your gear and the amount of clothes you need on a trip you should be able to meet airline restrictions for a carry-on and a personal item.

Jaymeany
12-14-2007, 05:22
For the people who packed carry-ons and were rejected: what happened? Did you have to gate check or did they catch you early and you had to do a regular check? for example can I just pack a bag that is a little too big and gate check it so I don't have to go through teh hassle of waiting to pick up my bag at teh luggage claim? If you have done this how big/what bag did you use.

azdiver
12-14-2007, 17:21
I've never had a bag rejected as a carry on at the gate when I used to be able to fit everything in a rolling cabin size luggage and small duffle. However that was when my bc was a seapro travel pac. When that finally disintegrated I began checking everything but my regular and camera equipment through in a cheap 28" rolling suitcase!

DRNightdiver
02-08-2008, 15:07
A dive buddy has the Armor #89 and he loves it. I will be purchasing one very soon. It's very strong, large enough for all his gear and it looks good.