Wil experiences a revelation after testing the voluminous Dakine Split Roller travel bag
I’ve recently come to the realisation that, for far too long, I’ve been attempting this whole travelling journalist caper completely the wrong way.
Over the years, I’ve battled numerous plane, train, ferry and car journeys with just a big ol’ hiking pack. Yes, point and laugh at me and my inexperienced traveller ways as you like, but I will say that my cheap and well-worn 65L Black Wolf pack has served me well over the years. From my early backpacking days, through to several overseas relocations, it’s lasted a good while and is (*touch wood*) yet to give up despite being overloaded to zip-bursting proportions on many an occasion.
Trouble is, when you’re lugging around a dozen copies of Singletrack along with all your riding gear, shoes, pedals, cameras and assorted content creation paraphernalia, it becomes especially heavy and awkward to manoeuvre. That’s made all the more apparent when I’m carrying my regular work laptop backpack with me, which results in the somewhat embarrassing double-backpack conundrum.
Upon reflection though, I might have just realised the root cause of my terrible posture.
Having grown rather jealous of all the sleek travelling apparatuses used by the experienced mountain bikers I’d bump into on various press trips and riding holidays, I decided it was time to bite the bullet and try out one of these dedicated rolling duffel bags.
Dakine Split Roller Bag
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|Product:||Split Roller 110L Bag|
|Tested:||by Wil Barrett for 12 months & two complete laps around Planet Earth|