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Gear bag
megraz - 11/30/2021 7:10 PM
Category: Equipment
Replies: 3

Hi! I am recently AOW certified - and finally buying my own equipment. Need suggestions for a travel bag. I’m doing some dives coming up in ports my cruise is going to and want to be able to bring some of my own equipment. I don’t want a full out travel bag though. I was thinking a StahlSac Bonaire backpack but wanted additional suggestions too before I made my final decision. As of right now I have a BC (Zeagle Zena), fins/mask, computer. I do not have a full wetsuit and likely won’t get one any time soon and will just rent as I don’t do many dives where the water is less than 80 anyways, so as long as it fits what I have easily then I’m good with that.
LatitudeAdjustment - 12/02/2021 9:06 AM
If you ever plan to do liveaboards you’ll need something that folds down to stow. I went with a Helium rolling duffle bag
It was the lightest I could find which I needed to do because when coming home the gear was damp and weighs more sometimes putting me over the airline limit
joe_bird - 12/03/2021 9:44 AM
The Stahlsac Bonaire would be a good option for what you’re looking for. My wife has an Akona mesh bag that has wheels, so it can still be rolled up and is great as you accrue more gear up to a full set. I use a Mares Cruise mesh bag that has lasted me 8 years now, no wheels though so I am very jealous of my wife when I’m lugging my gear.
turcottep - 5/07/2023 10:26 PM
Carrying my two-month-old open water, I have a mesh bag that I would never check as luggage. I too need a good travel bag and look forward to hearing what you choose.