I suppose a similar product used to carry my marker would be just throwing it in any old duffel bag or carrying it loose. The case option is much better, without a doubt
Spyder Xtra - Stock.
Secures marker for safe transport.
Soft non-scratch interior.
Zipper gets stuck easily.
No weight balance.
Well, I didn't want to carry my marker around loose or just throw it in a duffel bag with my other paintball goodies, so I picked up this case at the local Wal-Mart for $17. It does just what I want it to: carries my marker without getting it all dinged up in the process.
The case comes with six Velcro straps, four twelve inch and two six inch, which snugly attach themselves to the soft interior of the case, either side actually. Keep in mind that this is not made to be a complete gear bag, just a marker case. Even though it would be nice for a little pocked on it, that's not what you're paying for.
Let's review the strengths:
Secures marker for safe transport: It does just that. The straps hold the marker in place. Close it up and head out knowing that your marker won't knock around in the bag or shift around if you put the case down and pick it back up.
Soft non-scratch interior: When I read that it uses Velcro to secure the marker, I thought one side of the case, if not both, would be that rough plastic Velcro martial. To my delight, it was not. The only things made of that material are the strips themselves.
Time for some weaknesses:
Zipper gets stuck easily: The case has a zipper on each side. When bringing the zipper around a corner, it can easily get stuck on the fabric that covers the zipper track. You have to back it up and start again, but sometimes this takes a few attempts. Its not too annoying, just enough to make me utter a naughty word.
No weight balance: I'm not even sure if any marker case fixes this. The marker only fits one way in the bag. At least mine does. Body on one side, barrel on the other. The case isn't tall enough to put the body in the middle and the detached barrel under it. Thus, when you carry it by the two handles, the bag tilts one direction based on where the marker body is.
I would recommend this product. It does what the packaging advertises. My marker is protected for transport and even storage without scratching it up. And at $17, the price is right.