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I purchased this bag for my wifes gear as her previous Mares bag dimply didnt hold up. When it arrived, I was a bit concerned as it just didnt appear that it would hold all of the intended gear and other items. I was wrong. In the main compartment I placed: my wifes split fins, her BC, mask and snorkel, 2mm wetsuit (shorty), booties, a skin, and miscellaneous items such as swimsuits, t-shirts, etc. I also included a twin-size feather pillow (we are allergic to foam pillows and were not sure the resort would have feather pillows). The soft nature of the bags material coupled with the four pull straps allowed everything to be nice and compact. The weight at the airport was about 41 pounds. Our regulators were carried as carry-on baggage on the plane. The zippers appear to be quite strong as well. However, since this was the first use of the bag, it remains to be seen how it hold up. At this point, I am very satisfied with it.
Great bag to carry on the dive boat and to dip everything into fresh water at the conclusion of the dive. Edges of BCs, etc. can get caught in the mesh, but that would be expected. Overall, great for the price.
i used this bag on a march 2007 trip to jamaica. i was able to pack the following: 2 sets of fins (1 set in the fin pockets and 1 set in the bottom of the main compartment), 2 bcs, 2 shorty wetsuits, 2 skins, 2 sets dive boots, 2 dive masks. one regulator and computer in the regulator bag included with this bag carried as hand luggage on the plane the other regulator was carried in a separate reg bag. the main bag was also carried aboard the dive boat on a couple of occasions to facilitate carrying all of the gear. it fit easily under the seat. it did have a tendancy to tip over when fully loaded. weight-wise, i expect that i was close to 50 poinds, but as the flight was a charter, weight was not closely watched. the included security sleeve is a bit hard to get on a fully loaded bag, and it is not easy to roll the bag sometimes with the sleeve in place as the sleeve could get caught in the wheels. i did not use the shoulder straps. i would give the bag 5 stars except for its tendancy to tip over when fully loaded.