REI Wheely Beast Wheeled Duffel - 28''is rated4.75out of5by8.
Rated5out of5byrofr58fromVery nice bagI travel by air frequently for work. Although a carry on bag would suffice for most trips, I often like to bring along some camera gear to take advantage of visiting these new places. This bag is just the ticket. It allows me to easily carry a tripod and a few pieces of camera equipment in addition to the clothing I need for work. I've been using it for six months and have taken it on about four trips. The wheels appear to be very durable, I have confidence in the zippers and a really like the top inner pocket for carrying and keeping shoes separate from clothing. I've shopped and looked at a lot of bags and this is definitely one I will stick with.
Date published: 2013-05-24
Rated5out of5byHikerBabefromBest luggage purchase ever!Bought this to replace an ancient duffel bag that had finally died. I needed something big and wanted the duffel design, because it allows you to just throw in everything and basically cram it in. I did not initially want a wheeled bag, but that was all I could find in this size. I could not be more pleased. This bag is very sturdy, the straps are well placed to hold everything in place (from the outside), the wheel mechanism doesn't add much weight, and the bag has a nice expandable end pocket for dirty clothes or whatever you want to throw in there. Great design. I have used this for a couple of 3-4 day trips (in winter when your packed clothing is bulky), and it held everything I needed. I put my snow boots in a plastic bag and just threw that on top with no problem. One of my trips was on a plane, and the bag (and contents) survived without any problem. Bag design and features are very user-friendly. This is last year's model, but I would assume the current version holds up just as well.
Date published: 2013-03-21
Rated5out of5byMW DCfromGreat bag.Great bag. Frequent trips to Colorado with 3 kids. Bought another to match which should help to keep weight down. You can get more than 50# in if you try. Many handles and quality build.
Date published: 2013-01-23
Rated5out of5byJohnnyOh!fromDurable and efficientMy job requires a great deal of air travel. It is well-known that baggage handlers provide the ultimate test to any suitcase.
This bag has now made a dozen or so trips, meaning it has been in about 24 cargo holds. After those trips, the bag looks like the day I received it. It appears more durable than anything I've used before. The zippers do not have the metal pulls that seem to constantly get broken. The wheels are large and easy to move. The ability to cinch the bag down to compress the contents seems to help protect those contents. Finally, the separate space for shoes is great. I can put my dress shoes, some sneakers and my Vibram Five Fingers all in that space and still have plenty of room for clothes for a winter's week on the road.
I liked it enough that I bought another as a Christmas gift for my girlfriend.
Date published: 2013-01-20
Rated4out of5byJohn J PfromGood travel itemThe bag was used for airline travel and the orange color received scuff marks from the airline bag handlers.
Date published: 2013-01-16
Rated4out of5byPhaolofromGood so FarWe bought one Wheely Beast 28" when it was on sale. We liked enough to get another (unfortunately, the sale had ended). The luggage is basic, but still has several storage options. It's not too heavy. I like the tie-downs and large handles. We've only used the pieces for one trip, so time will tell if they are durable. But, thus far, I would recommend the Wheely Beast.
Date published: 2012-10-11
Rated5out of5byrashoopfromThe Beast does SwitzerlandMy wife and I just got back from two weeks in Switzerland, in which we relied almost completely on Swiss Rail for transportation. I knew that "traveling light" would be important as we'd be lugging everything on and off trains, as well as between them... up and down ramps, stairs and elevators. After that, we'd potentially need to walk fair distances, dragging our luggage behind us, looking for that night's logdging. Well, the Wheely Beast was more than up to the task. Large capacity, large wheels, and incredible build-quality fit the bill. For the final point, the body-material is soft and very durable, the zippers are some of the most durable looking, and smooth operating, I'd ever used. I have no doubt that this bag will be in use for years to come.
For space, there was more than enough to store all the clothes and equipment we needed for two weeks (though we knew we'd have access to a washer and dryer mid-way through the trip, so we really only brought a week's worth of clothing). We also didn't keep delicate gear like cameras and iPads inside... that went into a camera daypack.
Also toward build-quality, the telescoping handle is solid, and rugged feeling.
My only nitpicking would have to do with the big, floppy convenience-handle at the top. Compared with the similar Eagle Creek rolling bag that we also had*, this handle was just too loose, long and floppy, and that made "clean & jerk" style heave-ho lifts of the bag a bit more challenging. Also, the main compartment is just one big compartment. While this worked fine for us, having smaller interior compartments may be preferred by some for more organization.
*The Eagle Creek, also purchased from REI (Outlet) will be going back to REI, and we'll be purchasing another Wheely Beast. After our two week trip (which was its maiden-voyage, just like the Beast), I noticed that the nylon lining had ripped where it stretches over an interior framing detail. Not a good design. And the wheels just didn't roll as nice as the Beast. Overall, the comparably-priced EC rolling duffel just can't compare to the Beast. One area where the EC bag beat out the Beast was weight. Unloaded, it would a good pound+ lighter than the Beast. Give me a better-made, slightly heavier bag any day.
Date published: 2012-10-01
Rated5out of5byLoMafromgood with rough terrainWe use these for storing and transporting camping gear from the garage to walk-in campsites. They can go over rough terrain and rough stairs and will not tip over. They are easy enough for me to get into and out of the station wagon even when full with a heavy load - the leverage seems just right even though I do not have a lot of upper body strength. The design si good when pulling the beasts up stairs too - they don;t get caught on the lip of the treads like many bags we tried did.
The zippers seem strong and easy to use - no snagging. The straps and bungee points also allow you to lash on other stuff to the front of the bags. I wish there were side handles to help maneuver the bags onto their sides when loading up the car.
We store our tent and big heavy sleeping pads in one, and the camp kitchen (including dutch ovens) in another wheelie beast. Makes storing and dealing with heavy bulk incredibly easy!
I do wish the 28" model was just a bit bigger - the 35" model is too big.
Date published: 2012-09-05
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REI Wheely Beast Wheeled Duffel - 28'' Customer Reviews