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My reliable duffle bag just bit the dust and won’t make it along this summer. Anyone have a suggestion for a make/model for a replacement that has worked for them for the week?


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Iceman, April 1, 2013 at 6:54 am

Go to REI and see if they have any rolling duffles on closeout (otherwise they are expensive). They have some absolute bulletproof rolling duffles that have survived 3 ragbrai’s for me and two other 7 day biking trips plus my kid’s summer in Ireland. The ugliest color is best – they don’t sell and they are easily spotted in the bag piles.



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Ian Wilson, April 1, 2013 at 6:57 am

I bought and used one of these last year

it is very water proof and has backpack straps



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Ian Wilson, April 1, 2013 at 6:59 am

the link doesn’t seem to work

go here



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Sandaltan, April 1, 2013 at 9:22 am

Years ago I bought a Seattle Sports H2O bag from Sierra Trading Post and it is still doing the job and keeping my stuff dry. This looks like the same bag.




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Mike M. in Denver, April 1, 2013 at 10:39 am

I second the REI suggestion. They’re not the cheapest, but they have a lifetime guarantee on all their gear. I took a well-used two year old backpack to them when the zipper started to fail, and they replaced it with no hassle whatsoever. My wife and I have REI duffels we use for RAGBRAI, and they’re quite solid.



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Satman, April 1, 2013 at 11:09 am

I use a Hockey gear bag. It’s good for the bulky stuff:
Tent, sleeping bag, mattress, pillow, easy chair. I have
a smaller Sierra for clothing and other gear. Remember ~
pack it like it’s going to get tossed!



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Michrider !!!, April 1, 2013 at 12:20 pm

The bigger your bag, the more stuff you’ll pack into it!!! You should be able to pick your bag up, above your head. If you can’t, it’s too heavy!!!! Remember to show a little compassion to the luggage crew who handle your bags twice each day!!!!



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Pdiddly, April 2, 2013 at 9:45 pm

If you’re a golfer and have a rugged travel bag, consider using that. Oh, and maybe a couple clubs will find their way along as well. You never know!



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Sandaltan, April 8, 2013 at 8:39 pm





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Pdiddly, April 8, 2013 at 10:18 pm

Sandletan, that was fricking awesome. The fig leaf end zone dance was just plain wrong!

I think you nailed the prep video.



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getaclueblue, April 9, 2013 at 8:29 am

I picked up a nice Swiss Army brand roller duffle bag at a Ross store here in our area. My wife said it was a good brand and should hold up. It was less than $50.



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ts, April 9, 2013 at 3:01 pm

Assume that your bag will be thrown out onto the street from a height of 10 feet in the middle of a downpour and go from there.



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deweyheidi, April 9, 2013 at 3:27 pm

Military surplus duffle bags. TOUGH!!!!!! and cheap.



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CyclingRoberto, April 9, 2013 at 4:40 pm

Kayak bags. Tough and submersible.

See you on the road.



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jsm, April 10, 2013 at 10:16 pm

What ever kind of bag you get will be banged up and looking like a veteran of a drop down Everest at the end of the week, so don’t get too attached to the new look. Best advise is to make sure it stands out. Put bright duct tape stripes and lots of them so you can see your bag in a stack 6 ft tall, 20 ft wide and 60 ft long. Watch the informational video on this site under About RAGBRAI, what to pack section.



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