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Gear Bag
lerpy - 10/21/2011 4:32 PM
Category: Equipment
Replies: 8

Ok sending out another request for input. Getting ready for my dive trips south, need to buy a new gear bag. Looked at some nice ones from Akona and Mares, something with wheels, the only issue is they are about 10" totaly larger than the what the airlines technically allow. Has anyone had any issue with bags size, weight I know for sure they check, but I have never seen a bagged measured, although my GF is saying she has. We are flying with US based airlines so some input from my friends in the states is appreciated, what is the feeling on baggage now, super tight or are most bags for checked going ok.

As well any suggestions for bags that will hold gear for two people, will be taking our 5MM not 7MM so more room in that sense. Any suggestions for bags would be appreciated.

Rich-D-Fish - 10/22/2011 12:01 AM
I don’t know the brand of my dive bag, but it’s aprox the same size as my largest suitcase, with two zip on regulator pockets on top of that, and I’ve never had anyone measure it. They have however tried to ding me for weight. That is why I carry my heavy regulators and dive lights inside my camera bag as carry on. I think my large dive bag weighed 49 lbs on my last trip, and no one was the wiser that my pelican camera case weighed 65 lbs.
LatitudeAdjustment - 10/22/2011 8:37 AM

With the airline weight and size restrictions I went with the lightest rolling duffle bag I could find. The reason it’s a duffle bag is there is never any room on a liveaboard to store a suitcase! And I got blue because everyone else waiting ar baggage claim has black. You don’t want one with dive flags on it announcing to third world baggage handlers that there is something inside worth stealing.

It’s a Delsey Helium
WreckWench - 10/22/2011 2:51 PM
I always recommend using a gear bag that is NOT scuba-specific....why advertise you have expensive gear in your checked luggage?

I have also had two scuba gear bags break the first or second time I took them on a trip, so now the ONLY bag I will use is a rolling duffel I bought from LL Bean. Reasonably lightweight but rugged, and the best part is if it every breaks a wheel, or the zipper breaks, whatever, they will replace it for free.

Can’t beat that....
divemedic035 - 10/25/2011 10:27 AM
Aqua lung has a new bag that weighs 4 pounds empty and carriers a 100% lifetime warrenty... cost is about 200 us. Has more than enough to take 2 complete sets of gear and clothes...
allstarwa - 10/26/2011 7:28 PM

We actually use the largest Eagle Creek Duffle bag with no issues. The bag weighs about 1.5 lbs and after we pack everything other than regulators they usually come in about 40 lbs, so there’s lots of room for extra clothes for shore or souvenirs. They don’t have wheels, but 3 dollars for a cart or tip for a baggage porter is cheap when all is said and done.

We’ve been traveling with them for years with no issues.
MDW - 1/04/2012 7:19 PM
DiveCaddy. Can’t beat it. Fits everything and classifies as carry-on.
BK641 - 3/02/2012 7:42 AM
Just watched the video’s on DiveCaddy, seems like a perfect bag for a 4 or 5 day trip to a warm weather destination.