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Old 02-10-2013, 01:51 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Sportube thoughts? Travel bags/Cases

Anyone here have or have an opinion on the Sportube travel cases? They obviously look very sturdy and durable, providing the most protection to your equipment. Considering most airlines have a max bag limit of 50 lbs are the sportubes too heavy? They come in three sizes and I am thinking about getting the biggest, series 3. Anyone have this series or a different one? My main concerns are the weight of the case and the price. Does anyone recommend a different travel bag/case?
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Old 02-13-2013, 09:00 AM   #3 (permalink)
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In the past i used the burton wheelie gig bag, and recently I got a burton wheelie locker bag.

Both work very well. I think that a hard case is overkill unless you travel a lot and in really rough conditions. The two bags that I mention above are both padded and once you cram all your other stuff in them there's lots of additional padding.

The wheelie locker can tempt you to take too much, it holds a lot of stuff and you can wind up over the weight limit, without any effort at all on my last trip I put three boards, two sets of bindings, boots, helmet, and all my outerwear plus tuning tools in there and was over the limit but lucked out and didn't get dinged.
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I have a sport tube.

I load it with My NS sl 158, my wifes Ride omg 147, both have bindings.

I also put my boots, helmet. several pairs of goggles, 2 pairs of impact shorts, and 4 pair of gloves in it.

It weighs 48 lbs loaded that way.

I highly recommend it.
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Old 02-17-2013, 02:59 PM   #5 (permalink)
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I've got the series 3 as well and highly recommend it. It's been in many airplane cargo holds and is virtually indestructible. The only issue I've ever had with it is the handle which eventually wore down and broke. I definitely recommend buying the spare handle and the TSA-compliant lock if you plan on flying with it.
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Old 02-18-2013, 11:21 AM   #6 (permalink)
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I went ahead and bought the series 3 for $170 delivered. I will be interested to see how much I can fit in it without going over the 50lb baggage limit.
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Old 02-19-2013, 08:05 AM   #7 (permalink)
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I have a Rome Cache wheelie bag. I prefer it over the hard case bags because you can store it better and it feels more flexible all around. It is very well made, has plenty of padding (no damage after around 20 flights with the bag) and fits 2 boards with bindings and boots and some clothes. Also nice pockets. One of which you can access from the outside and inside of the bag. Wit two boards you have to unscrew one pair of bindings though. It's also pretty light.
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Old 03-19-2013, 02:21 AM   #8 (permalink)
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We have the series 3 case and just flew to Seattle with it. I was able to pack a 152 jackpot with bindings, my wifes 147 arbor swoon with bindings, two pairs of boots, goggles, and knee pads into the case without issue. I left the bindings on and everything fit pretty well. Total weight was about 47 lbs. Definitely does a great job of protecting your gear. Make sure you use the pull handle.

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