Review | The Dakine Split Roller 110L is a rolling duffel bag that’s ideal for travelling riders

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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.

dakine split roller bag
No more hiking packs for me – I’m all about the rolling duffel now.

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
The Split Roller is available in 75, 85 & 110L sizes.

Dakine Split Roller Bag

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Review Info

Product:Split Roller 110L Bag
Tested:by Wil Barrett for 12 months & two complete laps around Planet Earth

Comments (9)

    ive had one a few years – one of them dead satisfactory purchases!! love it.

    I had one, and thought it was ace – then it got folded literally in half in some baggage machine going through SFO. I needed something to get home with and started to look at what might be more durable and went for an Ogio 9800. The Ogio actually kicks the Dakine into touch – it’s got a totally rigid base (this is what sold it to me after my previous SFO experience), massive wheels (10cm+ I think – it rolls gravel paths fine), fabrics are super tough, compressible, etc. But – it’s hugely expensive (£270 full price – but I’ve seen it as low as £150), and it isn’t as ‘organisable’ as the Dakine. Not saying the Dakine one is bad at all – it’s great – but if you want something even more durable & grr, the Ogio is it.

    @mahalo – Agreed for sure. This one has already seen a lot of travel time, and it’s been a useful companion so far.

    @cx_monkey – What a bummer! That really doesn’t sound like a fun experience at all 🙁
    That’s a good shout on the OGIO bag, and it sounds like you’ve got exactly what you need there. Which model did you go for? And any idea if it’s much heavier than the Dakine bag?

    [ST Wil]

    “Which model did you go for?”

    “Ogio 9800”

    Both Dakine and Ogio with same flaw for my liking. No removable straps to convert it into backpack…


    4.7kg before you even think about putting something in it?!?

    The Ogio is even heavier, according to their own website – it weighs a freakin’ STONE!

    Nope. Maybe mine was an earlier version, but the bag itself was so heavy that if you filled it up, you were well over your baggage allowance. Also, not as tough as I would like either.
    IMO, eagle creek duffles are in a different league in terms of durability and lightness – cheaper too, and come with a genuine lifetime guarantee

    I’ve had my Dakine Roller for over 15 years now. It just takes all the abuse I throw at it when travelling and has paid for itself and has outlived other bags!

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