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Vagabond Soldier Friday, November 21st, 2003
Period of
Product Use:
3 years1 of 1 people found this review helpful.

More than 5 years
Products Used:
JT's big gear bag. Pelican 1600 hard case.
Currently: Pelican 1660 hard case.
Marker Setup: AKA Excalibur with first gen. Maxflow bolted on, Sniper II with CCM pump kit, Autococker, JT Spectra, JT Proteus, about 15/140 tubes, Bluez 5 pack, Halo B, Rick AK, Rev, CP pro barrel kit, and an assortment of other barrels.
Strengths: Bag material, bottom rails, countoured shoulder strap, wheels, pull tabs on zippers
Weaknesses: Plastic clips on shoulder strap, zippers, parts pocket
Review: After three years of use I've put to rest the Planet kitbag. There are a lot of good features of this bag. It is solidly built out of some very durable material. It has a set of heavy duty skid rails on the bottom of the bag which prevents the bottom from taking the brunt of any impacts. All the sides of my bag are just as good as the day I got it. I can not say the same however for the shoulder strap. The shoulder strap is held to the bag by two big quick disconnect clips. I liked this feature when I first got the bag but I quickly learned that if you put a full load in the bag you will stress these clips and they will eventually break. It did take a year to break but considering I used this bag for another two years this was quite annoying, especially since I live on the third floor in my apartment. The shoulder strap was really nice since it was designed to keep the bag to your side. This let me get down the narrow stairways without banging on the walls as I went down. Even though the shoulder strap had broken the bag wasn't totally lost. The wheels on this bag are pretty tough and the bag is designed to use them. It has a pull handle on the opposite end so you can drag this bag around relatively easy. I was kind of concerned that the wheels were on the same side as the goggle pocket but they never got crushed. The goggle pocket is also big enough to fit two masks in it easily. The pull handle on my bag was offset a little which I don't know was intentional or not. This meant that if I wanted to pull the bag I had to use one side (right side) or it would track all funny. This tended to be annoying at times. On the inside things were about the same. The divider was a very nice touch. Iím actually still using the divider. There are straps on the side for barrels but these can be tricky to use. I had a 16 inch AA barrel that was hard to get in and a 10 inch SS barrel that barely fit in the holders. I eventually just threw my barrels down in the bag rather than use the straps as it was more trouble than it was worth. Barrels I tended not to use often stayed in them though and kept them out of the way of the ones I did you a lot. Now that I got a barrel kit with its own carrying case the straps are a moot point. Probably the most annoying part of the entire bag has got to be the parts pocket. The rest of the bag is built with a good bit of solidness to it but this pocket is like an after thought. Parts would come out of it, the top flap was so long that it would cover things and get in the way. I just left it empty and kept it folded up against the side. If this pocket were to disappear from the design, it wouldnít bother me a bit. There is also a pocket at the end that is suppose to be used for papers and such but to be honest I never really used it. It however never got in my way. The zippers have a very nice rubber pull tab on them that makes opening and closing the bag easy even with gloves on. I did however have a problem with one of the zippers on the top lid slipping but this usually happened when I fully loaded (maybe overloaded) the bag. It was easy to fix just by yanking on the zipper pull and realigning the zipper.
Conclusion: I would still be using this bag but I have been given a pelican 1660 case. It holds just as much as this bag but it is a hard, lockable case. All my equipment sits in foam forms so it doesnít get banged around as it would in any soft bag carrier. This might not be an issue to you but when you find chip and scratch marks in your fiber wrapped tank you start to get a little concerned. All and all the Planet kitbag is one of the nicest bags Iíve seen and I retire it with no bad feelings.
8 out of 10

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