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Seeking duffle bag opinions.(3 posts)

Seeking duffle bag opinions.Willz
Feb 25, 2003 6:21 PM
I am planning on doing the RAGBRAI ride in Iowa in July. From the looks of things, I am thinking I will need a decent duffle bag. Perhaps something that might shed some water. Anyone have any recommendations? Thanks.
Any of the outdoor retailers...Silverback
Feb 26, 2003 8:45 AM
If you can find a newish military-issue bag at a surplus store cheap, that would work fine. The older canvas ones aren't very waterproof.
Most of the outdoor (REI etc) and faux-outdoor (Eddie Bauer, L.L. Bean, Lands End) retailers have bags in a range of sizes. I have a Bauer I bought on sale five or six years ago that will hold all I need for a week with room left over. Still looks like new. I like the full-length zipper, rather than just an opening at the top, because then you don't have to burrow to find your last clean socks.
If you get a bright color, your stuff will be easier to find in the back of the truck or on a baggage carousel.
How big??Lone Gunman
Feb 26, 2003 5:38 PM
Jofa hockey equip bag from Sierra trading post. Freakin huge. Nylon. I am willing to bet if you fill that pup up with gear, it would take 2 to carry it. Consider going to an Army/Navy surplus and getting a duffle bag that has the shoulder straps ala a backpack. Having done several multy day bike trips, the shoulder straps are the way to go especially if gear gets wet cause it gets real heavy, and arms and hands suffer while carrying. Also, plastic bags for packing that have a one way air valve that squeezes out the air saves alot of space.