Can't just toss stuff into it.Telescoping handle does not lock in up position.
My medium Nike was no longer making the grade as my gear got more expensive and I got more paranoid about its safety. Stuff rattled around my gym bag so I did some research and decided on the 4 Day Roller for a few reasons. (1) It was not too big, (2) Has the choice of rolling it with the telescoping handle when it is very full OR wear it like a backpack when its not too heavy. (3) I feel Dye bags are quality and can stand some serious abuse and (4) Could hold 2 setups plus other gear.
I tend to over-research my purchases so I did not make this purchase lightly. I am fortunate enough to have a fantastic proshop - Rochester's own PBLNY - that spoils the sh*t out of its customers. They let me play with so many bags of all sizes from NXe, Dye, Proto, and JT. After rolling them around the showroom and slinging them on my shoulders I decided that I was most comfortable with the capacity and size of the 4 Day Roller. It is not the biggest bag and it is not the most feature-packed but it serves my purposes and fits my needs perfectly. Everyone should make up their own mind but if you do not have a sweet proshop close by like I do, then you must make your decision based on reviews like this so I'll do my best.
I'll tell you what I have in my bag:
The main compartment is sealed with a mesh flap so you can see the contents easily have peace of mind that nothing has moved and there is a bottle divider whose position can be velcroed to any spot in the main compartment.
2 45/45 tanks, 2 Halos, spare freak barrel, 3 barrel squeegees, 3 140rd pods, 1 100rd pod stuffed with a piece of foam to protect 4 freak inserts, sandana, bandanas, 2 microfibers, 2 rags.
There are 2 gun sleeves that are velcroed to the bag. They can be removed individually. I put each gun with it corresponding barrel in the sleeve. Since I've owned this bag my barrels have never gotten banged up or scratched being stored this way. Things are secure enough when everything is zipped up.
The top flap can be expanded and has pockets on the inner AND outer sides. Between these is a compartment with criss-crossing elastic bands that have snap-closures. There is enough space in this compartment for a set of spare clothes and/or up to 2 bags of paint. I usually leave my spare clothes in my trunk and put extra paint here. The inside of the top flap has zipped pockets with enough room for a headlamp, 4 barrel bags (I give them to noobs who lose theirs), teflon tape, electrical tape, spare circuit board in an anti-static bag, and a garbage for whatever. The outside has two pockets. One is small and is used to hold my cellphone, wallet and car keys. The bigger one holds a small toolkit, extra macroline, wooden spoon (shocker owners know why), needle-nosed pliers, metric and standard hex wrenches, and the first barrel bag I ever owned and still use. The outside of this pocket has a criss-crossing mesh of flexible cord which can hold a big water bottle.
The telescoping handle is a perfect length but does not lock in the up/down position. The shoulder straps have beefy pads to disperse weight. There is a chest strap off of the shoulder straps for added comfort. The backpack has cushion where your shoulder blades would meet the bag.
Cleaning is easy. Wipe with a cloth soaked with hot water then a clean dry one. Done!
I think I got everything.
After reading this, you should know if this is right for you. But I would make the same decision if I had to do it all over again. The bag has been through alot and is still in fabulous condition. No regrets. Would get a 10/10 if the telescoping handle locks in the up/down position.
9 out of 10
Last edited on Monday, February 12th, 2007 at 5:41 pm PST