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REI Wheely Beast Wheeled Duffel - 28"

The REI Wheely Beast 28 provides you with a convenient way to carry exactly the gear you'll need. It offers ample capacity, easy loading and a durable, dependable handle and wheel system.
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Item # 846053

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  • Main pocket features a panel opening zipper for easy access to contents
  • Internal mesh zip pocket separates items from those in the main pocket
  • Rugged wheels roll smoothly and quietly
  • Telescoping handle locks into up/down position and has soft-touch handle grip
  • Top and side grab handles ease hauling
  • Separate top zippered pocket with "floating" lining allows for variations in packing options
  • ID window is safely secured underneath top flap
  • Exterior side zipper pocket gives you quick access to small items
  • Interior frame provides structure and upright stability for transport ease
  • Main compartment zipper can be secured with a standard travel lock, sold separately


REI Wheely Beast Wheeled Duffel - 28"

Specification Description
Best use Travel
Bag style Luggage
Gear capacity (L) 87 liter
Gear capacity (cu. in.) 5,309 cubic inches
Number of exterior pockets 2 + main compartment
Laptop compartment No
Wheeled Yes
Carry-on size No
Checkpoint-friendly No
Material(s) Nylon
Dimensions 28.5 x 16 x 14 inches
Removable bag dimensions Not applicable
Weight 10 lbs. 5 oz.
Gender Unisex

REI Wheely Beast Wheeled Duffel - 28"

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Rated 5out of5
by fromGreat Bag I got this bag a couple months ago and have checked it on two round-trip flights. So far the bag has held up very well and seems well built. The bag holds a lot of stuff, much more than the typical checked bag. On the first trip my wife packed 4 2-3" binders full of paper and about 3 weeks worth of clothing, including running shoes and steel toe boots, the bag was pretty full and weighted 48 pounds at the airport. On the second trip, we pack two pairs of hiking boots, two pairs of running shoes, clothing for a 4 days of hiking and hanging out in SOCAL, food for hiking and my wife's camelbak backpack and all of our toiletries. The bag on the second trip was 41 pounds. I think as long as you don't pack a bunch of tools or papers in the bag, you shouldn't bust the airline weight limit. I really like the external straps, but wish it had internal straps as well. The handle is nice, long enough for me (6 foot tall) to pull without kicking the bag and it rolls nice. It does not use standard inline skate wheels, so it might be hard to find a replacement years from now if needed.
Date published: 2014-05-30
Rated 5out of5
by fromGood size stays compact Travel frequently to Europe .Like to walk and this bag hold all my clothes and walking poles
Date published: 2013-06-19
Rated 5out of5
by fromLove to walk Use for walking trips to Europe . My walking poles will fit
Date published: 2013-06-19
Rated 3out of5
by fromcracked wheel housing after 3 years of occasional vacation traveling (2-3 trips a year), one of the wheel housings cracked and the wheel no longer rolls. the bag does have some normal wear and tear (fraying around edges) but has held up well otherwise. i did bring it in to the seattle store today to see if they could repair or replace it, but the warranty does not cover "normal" wear and tear, and REI doesn't repair bags. i might look into osprey or eagle creek next time for their more extensive warranties and ability to repair their bags. otherwise, if you're looking for a good overall value, this is it.
Date published: 2014-05-21
Rated 4out of5
by fromBeast as Advertised We have looked for a while to find the smallest wheeled duffle that would hold our walking sticks, allowing us to take them on airplanes. This product fills that need. The bag is light and sturdy for its size, with a large center compartment and small exterior zippered compartments. I took the bag on a test drive and it works well. We recommend zippered packing cubes (Rick Steves) to keep gear sorted in the large compartment. I'd leave the bag at home on a car trip.
Date published: 2013-05-25
Rated 4out of5
by fromExcellent purchase I purchased this for a 15 day trip through Vietnam and Cambodia. It definitely did the trick. I left the States keeping it not full and it's got plenty of capacity left after purchases along the way. Through 10 flights and 7 hotels, it's held up with no damage. It would be nice to have a few additional outer pockets. I also got it in blue with the yellow stripped straps. It was $10 cheaper then the black & grey and it much easier to spot at the airport.
Date published: 2014-03-13
Rated 4out of5
by fromTake it Overseas This is the largest size Wheely Beast that can be used as checked baggage on airline. I used it extensively in airports, on trains, and on streets of Italy. It moved smoothly. The wheels are still in great shape. The wheels don't swivel as on lightweight luggage, so don't expect to roll it through very tight spots. The slide-out handle feels strong. The grip handles, which have to be used to go up steps, are very strong and ergonomically correct in position. Time will tell on how the zippers hold up.
Date published: 2013-06-12
Rated 4out of5
by fromDoes the job A group of 6 of us travelled for 3 weeks in South Africa, and 4 of us had the 28" Wheely Beast, two were the previous style, two were the current style. All of the Beasts were great. I could fit my hiking poles in (telescoped down), all the clothes I needed, and it was easy to move around. Loved the compression straps and handle. We rarely stayed anywhere for longer than a day or two, and were constantly packing and repacking our rented van and the Beasts stacked nicely and held up to the repeated loading and unloading. Highly recommend them for extended travel.
Date published: 2013-11-13

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