Which Wheeled Duffle Is Best? - 2018 Update

WHICH WHEELED DUFFLE IS BEST? - 2018 Update

A wheeled duffle bag is an extremely flexible and durable piece of luggage, and meets the needs of many travellers. Whether you are off on a school camp (Euston) or off to India (Fast Track) there is a wheeled duffle to suit you.

 

4 KEY QUESTIONS

1. Do you want a zippered dividing panel? 

That is what I need simply want a big bag on wheels, or do I want to be able to open the bag “like a book” and have the option of two compartments e.g. Delphin Corfu. These split compartment duffles allow you to keep your clean clothes separate from your dirty clothes or boots.

High Sierra Endeavour
                                                              
Delphin Corfu Duffle


 

2. Do you want Backpack straps? 

If you are off on a rugged adventure involving mud and slush or very rough ground, you will definitely need your backpack straps to get out of there. But even if you are “glamping” (glamour camping) Europe, some travellers like to put their wheeled duffle on their back, for when they need their hands free such as; to get off and on a train, hold tickets or child’s hand. The backpack straps can be of basic quality, to be used for short periods of time, or they can be trekking quality.

High Sierra Composite wheeled backpack black soft side    

             
                                                              
                       
        

Caribee Backack fast trak wheeled

Basic Backpack Straps       

High Sierra Composite 

Trekking Backpack Straps

Caribee Fast Trak

     

3. How rugged is your planned trip? 

School Camp?  You simply need a large “bag on wheels”, to carry your child’s sleeping bag, pillow and Junk food! 

EG. The budget Euston by IT luggage!

School Camp < $60

Euston Duffle blue soft side
                                                              
Euston Duffle red soft side

Backpacking Europe?  When backpacking around Europe, the key issues are; Volume, Backpack straps and Wheels. In Europe, temperatures are unpredictable, so having enough volume for warm clothes is a big plus. Backpack straps are optional as you rarely leave the pavement; however simple backpack straps are of benefit for stairs and trains, when it is useful to have your hands free. With wheels, avoid budget wheeled duffels, as weeks of cobblestones will severely test them.

High Sierra AT7 Wheeled duffle split compartments

                                                              

Delphin Corfu Duffle

Straps:

High Sierra AT7

No Straps:

  Delphin Corfu

 

Into the Wilds of….?   Australian owned and designed outdoor gear is built for serious adventure.  Both Explore Planet Earth and Caribee, produce ranges of rugged, fully-featured wheeled duffels, with quality wheels and quality harnesses, if required.  

When facing extended periods with your bag on your back, you must invest in a quality harness system, to protect your neck.  Ladies especially should look for waist straps to get the weight onto their hips.

Explore Planet Earth Caracas duffle backpack straps

             
                                                              
                                                 

Caribee Scarecrow duffle wheeled

Straps/Harness:

E.P.E Caracas - Has adjustable harness heights

and hip straps. Hence at only 65L it is excellent for the more

petite hiker

 

No Straps/Harness:

 Caribee Scarecrow

 

4. Waterproof?  The above Caracas wheeled duffle has a rain cover, however for serious wet weather conditions, Explore Planet Earth  also has the Pisces 90L waterproof wheeled duffel.

                                 

 

                                                                                         

Explore Planet Earth Pisces 90 Litre duffle wheeled black

 E.P.E Pisces 

SUMMARY

For an enjoyable trip, these key issues, need to be your focus, ahead of cost and aesthetic appeal.

Level

Manufacturer

Model

Size

Compartments

Backpack Straps

Durability

Budget

IT LUGGAGE

Euston

109L

1

No

Modest

Medium

DELPHIN

Corfu

110L

2

No

Moderate

HIGH SIERRA

AT7

96L

131L

2

Yes

Moderate

HIGH SIERRA

Composite

80L

94L

1

Yes

Moderate

Heavy Duty

CARIBEE

Scarecrow

75L

100L

2

No

High

 

CARIBEE

FastTrack

75L

85L

1

Full Harness

High

 

EXPLORE PLANET EARTH

Madrid

80L

110L

2

No

High

 

EXPLORE PLANET EARTH

Caracas

65L

1

Adjustable Harness

High

 

EXPLORE PLANET EARTH

Pisces

90L

1

No

High

 

 

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