Weather Tough Wheelies

Dependable luggage for traveling paddlers

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From L to R: Patagonia Black Hole, Eagle Creek ORV Trunk, North Face Rolling Thunder, EXPED Galaxy, Granite Gear Packable Duffle, Pelican Hard Case

I used to think the greatest source of drybag abuse was the paddling trip itself: brushy portage trails, errant sparks from the campfire, nibbling rodents. But over the years I've come to realize my bags consistently take the most damage in airport luggage systems. More than once, I've stepped up to the baggage claim only to find new abrasions or even scuffs that burned right though the outer material. Other travelers zipped by with their swanky roller bags while I dragged and pushed my lumpy, skittle-colored drybags to the airport curb. This past year I searched to see if the outdoor industry has provided any better options. What I found was a mixed bag, no pun intended. While fully waterproof roller bags are still scarce and two are included in this review. I also got my hands on some durable, water-resistant luggage (you can save your drybags by packing them empty inside one of these tougher bags), which provide alternative options for the traveling paddler.

EXPED Galaxy

Fully waterproof roller bag


Patagonia Black Hole

Quality meets great design in this water-resistant roller bag


North Face Rolling Thunder

Heavy duty, water-resistant roller bag


Granite Gear Packable Wheeled Duffle

Versatility and a lightweight design come together in this water-resistant duffle


Eagle Creek ORV Trunk

This water-resistant bag caters towards the organizer and multi-sport enthusiast


Pelican Hard Cases

The standard in absolute protection from the elements