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Duffel bag for next year

PostPosted: Mon Sep 15, 2014 6:49 am
by bogiesan
I saw hundreds of these REI Roadtripper XXXXX-L soft duffles, 42"x18" for less than $60:
http://www.rei.com/item/870772/rei-roadtripper-duffel-xxx-large

and these from North Face, heavier duty but smaller, 32"x19"x19", $170:
http://www.rei.com/item/804288/the-north-face-base-camp-duffel-x-large

but this beast from Cabela's is significantly larger and it has wheels, 42"x18"x18" for about $150:
http://www.cabelas.com/product/Cabelas-Ripcord-Wheeled-Duffels/1315826.uts?Ntk=AllProducts&searchPath=%2Fcatalog%2Fsearch%2F%3FN%3D10000051%26Ne%3D10000051%26Ntk%3DAllProducts%26Ntt%3Dluggage%26Ntx%3Dmode%252Bmatchallpartial%26WTz_l%3DHeader%253BSearch-All%2BProducts%26WTz_st%3DSearchRefinements%26form_state%3DsearchForm%26search%3Dluggage%26searchTypeByFilter%3DAllProducts%26x%3D12%26y%3D2&Ntt=luggage&WTz_l=Header%3BSearch-All+Products
Darned thing weighs 11 pounds so, if you need the additional volume for bulky winter clothing or a thick sleeping pad or crave the convenience of wheels, you're going to need to reduce your total mass a bit to stay within CO's 60lb single-bag limit.

Re: Duffel bag for next year

PostPosted: Tue Sep 16, 2014 2:19 pm
by greglee
I have used the REI xxxl duffle (the one with the rat on end) for 20 co's and it work great. Light and had to replace zipper 5 years ago. Good for another 10 trips or so.

Re: Duffel bag for next year

PostPosted: Fri Sep 26, 2014 8:45 pm
by Jenn
What in the hell are you all packing in those enormous duffels? I'm not intending to be critical or a jerk -- I really want to know. I really felt like I overpacked a LOT -- my bag weighed 35# -- and yet, I saw some ENORMOUS bags (including the buddy who traveled with me).

I packed WAY too much clothing - and - granted, I did T&P -- but I had a Luxury Lite cot which took up the same space/weight as my small tent.

Here's the duffel I used (size "Regular" 24"L x 12"W x 12"H with 3,456 cu"): http://www.cabelas.com/product/Cabelas- ... 735042.uts

And here's my packing list for that duffel bag:

clothes:
SS cycling jerseys (4)
cycling shorts (4)
shorts (2)
long underwear (1)
LS tech shirt (2)
SS t-shirts (2)
S socks (5 pr)
L socks (1 pr)
bra/tank tops (5) 
sun shirt (1)
underwear (6)
sport bra (2)
compressing rain jacket
bike gloves (2)
GoLite insulated vest
coolmax beanie
book
bra (1)
GoLite capris
flip flops
Teva sandals (which I did not use once!)

dry goods:
chomps
GU Brew tablets
Ultima (1)
justins nut butter packets
seitan/soy jerky
bottle opener

tent stuff:
sleeping pad
sleeping bag
luxury lite cot
tent lamps (1)
tea towels (2)
ear plugs
warm gloves
clothes line

towel
swim suit
toiletry bag
sunblock (2)
toothbrush/paste
first aid

gadgets:
Garmin Edge 510
Edge charging cable
power bank (2)
USB wall charger
Garmin HRM strap
mini speaker
iPhone & earbuds
iPhone charging cable
maps
notebook
lip balm
wallet
notebook/journal
dig camera chrg/bat/card
glasses & sunglasses
leatherman knife

NOT IN DUFFEL:
bicycle
helmet
tube/flat kit
pump
water bottles (2)
lip balm


The only thing I wish I had done was get a colder rated sleeping bag and leave behind the Tevas, and maybe more of the clothing (really only need 1 jersey, 1-2 sport bras and 2 pairs of shorts).

Re: Duffel bag for next year

PostPosted: Fri Sep 26, 2014 9:20 pm
by bogiesan
My list looks a lot like yours. Swap out the feminine accessories for some male-centric accoutrements. Add my tent, better sleeping bag, ThermaRest, and a few toys I like to have along. The tent and pad are big tubular packages and mass about 11 pounds for both.
I've been doing this for many years and I've gotten it down to only what I need to be warm and dry. That means some rain gear and cold weather wear that we luckily did not need but life would have been miserable without this gear if we'd had rain, snow or colder mornings. That stuff is about 6# and I always have it on CO, maybe not on Ride Idaho, a month earlier and in a drier climate.
My duffel massed close to 52# after I moved some things to the bike's bags.
I'm sure some of the bags I saw weighed much more than 60#. They had chairs, sun shades, computers, electric toothbrushes, air flossers, hair dryers, &school. Whatever you need to be comfortable and feel like home.

Re: Duffel bag for next year

PostPosted: Fri Oct 03, 2014 11:17 am
by StarlightPurpleIF
Jenn wrote:(really only need 1 jersey)


As someone who does unsupported touring, I say be careful going that route. In hindsight, you may have been able to get away with one jersey this year, but if you get wet, there is no opportunity to dry your one jersey and it's cold the next morning you might regret the decision to only bring one.

Re: Duffel bag for next year

PostPosted: Fri Oct 03, 2014 2:22 pm
by lars
I too have been doing CO for many years and tend to go the minimalist, plus a few luxuries, route. You always need some cold weather and rain gear just in case. And I've gone the luxury of including a DSLR and a few lenses adding about 5# to the load.

I was helping out with T&P registration on Saturday afternoon and it was interesting how many singles in a tent were planning on using both of their luggage tags. They had planned on 120# in two bags for their own personal use. I wonder how much a gas powered generator weighs?

Re: Duffel bag for next year

PostPosted: Sun Oct 05, 2014 7:48 am
by grandpabent
What is this? Do tent and porter residents get bring two bags where as the poor folks only get to bring one.I have been doing this ride since before t&p existed and this is the first time I have heard anything about them getting an extra baggage allowance.If true does not make sense as they are not packing a chair or a tent.

Re: Duffel bag for next year

PostPosted: Sun Oct 05, 2014 9:36 am
by bogiesan
grandpabent wrote:What is this? Do tent and porter residents get bring two bags where as the poor folks only get to bring one.I have been doing this ride since before t&p existed and this is the first time I have heard anything about them getting an extra baggage allowance.If true does not make sense as they are not packing a chair or a tent.


Each tent ispriced to hold two cyclists. If you're solo, you pay for, and are entitled to, presumably, two of everything.

Re: Duffel bag for next year

PostPosted: Sun Oct 05, 2014 9:41 am
by bogiesan
Found a few more monstrous duffel bags at Campmor.
Here is one, there are more if you look around.
http://www.campmor.com/Product___90411

Re: Duffel bag for next year

PostPosted: Mon Oct 06, 2014 4:20 pm
by lars
Bogiesan has answered the original question. If a single person in T&P is in a tent, they still get two luggage tags. In the past I've actually given one to a non-T&P cyclist who's bag would be delivered to and picked up from my T&P tent and they would setup in adjacent empty space.

But, honestly, it seems anything is available for a price. I tried to start a thread on CO add-ons but have not attracted a poster willing to discuss additional services they get for a fee. I do know the services range from essentially a private T&P service that would transport luggage beyond 60# limit to hiring a student to drive their RV as a rider guest.

Re: Duffel bag for next year

PostPosted: Wed Nov 26, 2014 8:22 pm
by Entiat
My bag weight typically depends entirely on how late I pack it. If I am on the ball and pack a few days ahead of time, it's light and I've carefully selected what I need.

Other years when I pack as I'm rushing out the door - I just sortof throw everything in and hope for the best - those years my bag tends to be a monster.

35 pounds is about right for my pre-planned years, and that includes the tent (I don't do T&P any more - I hate having my tent right on top of others).

Last year, though...we had the RV so it didn't matter :-)