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#1 samburumags

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Posted 25 March 2013 - 11:47 AM

I am going to buy a new soft bag for safari and it is difficult to judge the size on the internet.  The one I am looking at is advertised as holding 140 litres. Not being a mathematician I wonder if this is big enough or too big to carry 15KG of items which is the weight allowance for safari flights.  Of course I could fill it with Tusker and being liquid I would know exactly how much beer I could carry! Please help if you can.  I want a soft bag with wheels so if there are any recommendations for best manufacturer etc this would be much appreciated (not the luxury price range please)


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Posted 25 March 2013 - 11:54 AM

140 litres is MASSIVE.  My big rucksack is 65 litres, and when I bought it I was advised not to go any bigger as it would just tempt me to fill it and then it would be too heavy to carry.  You could get bigger ones up to 85 litres, but realistically it would take someone a lot stronger than me to carry that when full.

 

So 140 litres is huge.

 

For 15kg you'd want more like 40 litres- I think the bag I use for my safari main luggage is a 35 litre holdall.


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Posted 25 March 2013 - 12:48 PM

yup its massive -it will be too bulky to lug around. My safari duffel is 60-70L- That gives me large 2 side pockets and more than enough room to carry gifts etc. Have taken a 25-30L as well and it was enough for all personal items if didnt need to stow any photographic stuff but nowadays need the bigger one for the tripod and clamps etc



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Posted 25 March 2013 - 02:35 PM

I'm just trying to picture how big 140 litres would be- probably the size of a body bag!

 

I looked on Amazon for bags that big and I can see it's hard to tell without anything for scale.  However, I found this 140 litre bike trailer.  Next to the back wheel of the bike you can see how big it is-

http://www.amazon.co...64221997&sr=1-4



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Posted 25 March 2013 - 02:36 PM

Mags unless you want to bring back Notch in it, might be a bit too much :)



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Posted 25 March 2013 - 02:57 PM

Apparently this is a 140L ( Though the demo guy says its 155L, the website and description at the bottom of the vid says its 140L). This doesnt look THAT big.

 



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Posted 25 March 2013 - 07:47 PM

Thanks everybody, can you recommend a make and internet supplier?


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Posted 25 March 2013 - 08:06 PM

I have fitted changes of clothing, equipment, boots, sleeping bag, mess kit, water bottles, electronics, batteries,... into a 90litre bag. That reached about the 20Kg weight limit on many international flights. I also took a 35litre carry on bag with valuables, cameras and a change of clothing.

 

I like Outwell bags. They're reasonably cheap so can be chucked when the airlines have destroyed them


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Posted 25 March 2013 - 08:51 PM

Of course I could fill it with Tusker 

 

@samburumags 

 

You sound like the perfect woman....


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Posted 25 March 2013 - 09:58 PM

You might take a look at Eagle Creek. My husband and I travel with one each of the medium duffle 24x12x11 and capacity of 3600 cu in or 59L. It holds a lot and and after two trips they are showing no sighns of wear.

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Posted 25 March 2013 - 10:31 PM

I agree with Marg. My husband and I also used Eagle Creek's medium duffel when we travelled carry on to Africa in 2011. They are great sturdy bags and weigh just over a pound. We managed to pack a lot in them.



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Posted 26 March 2013 - 02:40 AM

I have this bag that I took on both of my trips to Africa and it made it into the tiny storage area of the small bush planes - I know you said you preferred to get one with wheels. I don't know if you'll be on little planes like that but, if so, they prefer you don't have wheels or a handle as they are not flexible to stuff into the small luggage area. Or at least the companies in South Africa prefer no wheels anyway and I can see why as these spaces are really small and they have to literally stuff the bags in! I've heard of luggage with wheels getting damaged due to that.

 

Anyway, this is what I've used and you can carry it on your back with the straps or you can tuck those away and use a shoulder strap or just handle.

 

http://www.ebags.com...ductid=10150072


Edited by SafariChick, 26 March 2013 - 03:10 AM.


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Posted 26 March 2013 - 02:52 AM

Those of you in the US, LL Bean has duffel bags that lasts for literally forever!!!


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Posted 26 March 2013 - 04:02 AM

I think there are bags and bags today that tick so many boxes , you didn't even know those boxes exist! Just don't do what I did- forgot to check if the duffle had zips and ended with this now useless Velcro + strap thing

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Posted 26 March 2013 - 04:09 AM

no wheels....if you see the way the duffles get crammed into the small spaces for bags, wheels do not fit.

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Posted 26 March 2013 - 07:23 AM

If you just want a small bag to carry a few clothes,toileteries etc 30 liters is fine.

rhat is what I have.

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Posted 26 March 2013 - 07:35 AM

I got my 30 litre bag at a Katmandu outdoor shop discount sale , which folk here have problems believing that I walked in by chance when things were going at 1/2 price. I insist that I did.

it is made of a very solid fabric, is very light being only 610 grams empty , well made with great zips and a carry strap.

Well if you get this one at a cheap price it will not be by chance.

I have cheched their site ---- they have an Easer sale australia with a delivery cost added is no good for you, but there is also a British branch see http://www.katmandu.co.uk

I can thoroughly recommend it it goes by the name tanker cargo and can be found with search or under the bags and packs heading at the top. it is now on sales at British pounds 31.49.

their next choice is a 60 L bag for British pounds 59.49 (73 cm high X 33cm wide X 33 cm deep ) which the unsed space will just collaspe

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Posted 26 March 2013 - 07:42 AM

I have rechecked the katmandu site for some reason they don't have measurements for the 30 L bag but if you want a small bag that's the one for you. The external zip can be locked and there is a webbing storage pouch innside the bag's lid.

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Posted 26 March 2013 - 08:15 AM

I highly recommend the Tatonka Barrel Bags - I used to use North Face bags but have now switched to Tatonka. They come in various sizes/colours, are fantastic quality, easy to find in Europe and they look good too: http://www.tatonka.c.../Barrel-XS/1996



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Posted 26 March 2013 - 09:25 AM

My bag is something like this-

http://www.amazon.co...64212487&sr=8-1

 

Although mine doesn't have the straps that enable you to carry it like a rucksack- they look quite a handy addition.  Mine has a clip on/off shoulder strap (looks quite similar to that Tatonka one actually).  It has no wheels but typically only weighs about 7kg when full of clothes, so I don't really feel wheels are that necessary- my hand luggage usually weighs more!  Also, as SafariChick says, often on the very small planes (especially the ones in Bots) they don't like luggage with wheels.







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