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Posted 25 October 2006 - 02:12 PM

This bag is almost identical to the Smart Parts Freighter Bag at less than half the price.

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I've been looking for an ideal gear bag without luck recently. I've tried generic rolling duffels, NXe and Dye brand paintball specific bags and so on.

I carry a LOT of gear:
  • Smart Parts SP-8 w/stock
  • NXe Tactical Vest
  • 5 Q-loader pods or 4 140-rd pods
  • backup hopper
  • tool & parts kit (half the size of a loaf of bread)
  • Radarchron handheld chrono
  • V-Force Profiler mask
  • Neoprene Scuba boots (waterproof - good for slimey indoor fields)
  • CADPAT camo pants, shirt & bandana
  • ...a bunch of stuff I'm sure I've forgotten.
A big problem with other duffels is they don't seem to have enough BIG compartments - lots of little ones but nothing to seperate marker from, say, vest or clothing.

The problem I've had with paintball specific gear bags is they seem designed for speedball markers - the main compartments aren't big enough for a milsim marker and a vest.

I was at CostCo the other day just for DOO DOOs and giggles and came across a bag that's turned out to be PERFECT.

Enter the Ricardo of Beverly Hills "Beyond a Bag" 30-inch rolling bag.
6300 cubic inches of storage (103 litres for us metric folk). This would be the equivalent of an expedition sized backpack.

For about $45 Canadian, this bag holds everything listed above - and has room for my ghillie poncho.

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The two main compartments are huge. One, I keep my tactical vest in, the other has my marker with room for a barrel kit and the ghillie. There are "shoe" compartments - one I do use for shoes, the other I put my mask in.

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If you can find this bag, especially at a store with a return policy like CostCo, GET IT. If it doesn't fit all your paintball gear - which I would be surprised to learn - return it. I suspect you'll keep it.

Oh yeah - it has inline-skate wheels and a telescoping handle as well as hidden backpack straps and it's massively overengineered. My last duffel disintegrated when I got all my gear in it and tried to pick it up. This one is beefy ripstop with reinforced stitching and handles.

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Top marks. PERFECT BAG.

I went with the green version. FWIW, it looks more "olive" in person - the photo makes it look like lime.

This post has been edited by C.J.: 25 July 2007 - 06:02 PM


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Posted 17 July 2007 - 02:19 PM

JT Profiler mask? Don't you mean V-force?
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Posted 25 July 2007 - 06:04 PM

View Postcommander mike, on Jul 17 2007, 05:19 PM, said:

JT Profiler mask? Don't you mean V-force?


Why, yes, yes I do mean the V-force. Correction made!

BTW: I still have this beast of a bag. I only use it for longer term or out of town games where I'm bringing a lot of ancillary gear, changes of clothes etc. For local stuff, I stick with a 35L Outbound backpack with the mask clipped to the outside.

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