Friday, April 18, 2014

RightLine Gear Car Top Duffle Bag Review

RightLine Gear Car Top Duffle Bag Review - The Ultimate Large Bug Out Bag?

One of the most critical items you need to get you and your family out during a “Bug Out” situation is the ability to get all the stuff out you supposedly want to bug out with. A large duffle is one of the most flexible bags on the planet. A large duffle can haul firearms, food, clothing, shelter and all manner of items. 

Generally though, they are about as waterproof as your average pasta sieve. When I was at this year’s SEMA trade show (Automotive Speciality Equipment Manufacturers Association), I saw a pretty neat item. Beyond the $40,000 Duck Dynasty trucks and branded accessories, $2000 high polish rims, and $3000 camouflage axles, I saw a great $70 product, a simple waterproof 36”x18”x13” duffle which could be mounted cartop.

Right Line offers a variety of external hauling carriers for cars and trucks. Among the many variations and model, they have a simple waterproof duffle which is perfect for almost any bugout purpose. 4.9 glorious square feet of storage space which will easily contain most AR15s, plenty of ammo, food, tarps, a tent, and even a camp stove… or two. There is a ton of room in this simple duffle.

Now here is the really cool part about the RightLine Gear Car Top Duffle… its waterproof.  Yes, OK, I think I already mentioned that. But the reality is that it is actually really waterproof. You know, pack it full of toilet paper and run it through a carwash and there is not a drop of water on the paper type waterproof. The Duffle features welded seams, a urethane coated zipper, and a Velcro-close zipper cover.

Unlike the giant strap on cargo options, this duffle can actually be lifted when properly loaded. You can pack it, strap it on, and then carry it what you need it. Beyond tossing the Car Top Duffle in the back of your truck bed, it can be locked down with the included straps to your truck’s tie downs or rooftop on any vehicle with or without a roof rack with the supplied adjustable straps and rubber coated hooks.

Ok, neat, its a waterproof duffle, so what? Well the big revelation for me was that I had been shopping for waterproof duffles/sacks and the good ones are far from cheap. In fact most are in the $125-$200 range for models far less than half that the size of the RightLine gear Car Top Duffle.  I could pick up three for the price of one of the other comparable models I was looking at and they were not equipped nor designed with tie down straps for cartop carry. The RightLine Car Top Duffle is not a revolutionary idea or terribly unique, it is just a stunning great deal which I stumbled on which can fill a critical need for those that want something for preparedness, the next camping trip, or just hauling all your kids stuff to college on a rainy day.

Capacity: 4.3 cu ft
Dimensions: 36” L x 16” W x 13” H
Designed for any size vehicle, WITH or WITHOUT a roof rack
100% Waterproof with welded seams, urethane coated zipper, and Velcro-close zipper cover
PVC Coated Mesh - a stiffer nylon re-enforced PVC
Includes: Car Top Duffle Bag, (2) nylon straps, (4) Car Clips and complete set up guide
Retail Price: $69.95


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