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
Members get access to exclusive content like this but they also get..
- Fewer ads
- Post comments to stories
- Join in forum discussions
- Sell unwanted kit for free in our Classifieds
- Automatic shop discount on Singletrack merchandise
- Access more members only content
Premier members get more
- Magazine content in print 6x/year post free
- App access to every new issue of Singletrack
- Ad free website
- Big discounts on shop merchandise
- Access downloads like GPX files, PDFs and even iBooks
- Full mag archive access to all Singletrack back issues
Premier membership starts at just £2.50
FREE TRIAL OFFER
Sign up for any of our membership plans and we won’t take payment from your account for 7 days. Try out the ad free website and access our magazine archive for free for 7 days. Cancel your account within the 7 days and no payment will be taken. Free Trial provides access to digital features only and does not include printed copies. Excludes gift subscriptions.
Why do you ask for registration to view some articles?
We get asked this a lot. The simple reason is that content is increasingly expensive to commission, create and publish and where once the cost of this process was mostly covered by advertising revenues, now that’s no longer the case. We increasingly rely on our paying members to keep Singletrack going and we’d love you to become one of our supporters. however, that’s not we are asking right now. You can read the rest of this feature simply by registering an account on our site.
How does being a free, registered user help you?
It’s NOT so we can sell your email details, or even to send you newsletters. Our last newsletter was sent out in early 2018 – we really should send out a few. It’s not so we can show you more ads either – in fact when you register we show you fewer ads. The reason is actually because registered users come back and look at more of our content. They start interacting with us and posting comments of their own and joining in forum discussion. That level of interaction is what eventually feeds our new subscriber numbers and so for us the journey to gaining new subscribers is to start by encouraging you to simply register an account. We hope that the benefits that will bring to you will be the first step in you joining us as a Singletrack Premier supporter.
|Product:||Split Roller 110L Bag|
|Tested:||by Wil Barrett for 12 months & two complete laps around Planet Earth|