Flight carry on Rucksack,advice if one avalable.

Discussion in 'Packs & Accessories' started by lakeshore, Dec 14, 2019.

  1. lakeshore

    lakeshore Trail Blazer

    Anyone come up with a rucksack for hiking gear that can be put in the plane overhead locker.
    My base weight is about 6kg and I sometimes fly to Europe for hikes. I have Zpack ArcBlast which goes in the hold leaving me on board with a Zpack 4:1 shoulder bag for documents and techy stuff. If there is a baggage issue, which has happened, I am vunerable as I would then have no gear.
    The ArcBlast is not far off; if I took the hip belt off and put it in the bag it might just work but I would look pretty silly if it did not fit in the locker. I also ski and see some hefty bags being squeezed into lockers.
  2. Bopdude

    Bopdude Section Hiker

    A good and timely question I'm off to Sweden in a few weeks time and was wondering about taking my Ohm 2.0 as hand luggage as long as I can get it within specs size wise, watching this thread with interest, failing that I'll just take a small 20l bag for day trips out of the cabin.
  3. edh

    edh Thru Hiker

    I've never had my pack checked for size compliance - I don't pack it that full (use a hold bag), so it looks baggy, light, and relatively small.
    I'm generally toting a 30-40l pack.
  4. Chiseller

    Chiseller Thru Hiker

    It's always amazed me the size of backpacks that people board with... I don't risk it and use my RIBZ pack with the expensive or irreplaceable kit needed.
    I. Used the UD 35 as carry on once...
    Always a quandary wether to manage a carry on bag and then buy kit on arrival (pegs/poles/stove) but with Norway/Sweden/Italy it worked out cheaper to pay for hold Luggage.
  5. Whiteburn

    Whiteburn Thru Hiker

    Same here with MLD Exodus.
    Sharps (pegs, trekking poles) + replaceable stuff (food etc) in a taped up rubble sack get checked in.
  6. Teepee

    Teepee Thru Hiker

    If it squashes easily in the cabin baggage size checker box, it's fine.

    Big packs may need the frame taking out and putting in the hold , so it squashes into the dimensions of the checker and fits in the security scanning trays.

    Don't be antagonistic though and load a thick jacket in, wear the jacket onto the plane and walk in with a reasonably empty looking pack and you'll usually have no issue.
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  7. gixer

    gixer Thru Hiker

    What Teepee said

    Used my Arcblast as hand luggage a few times now
    Just compress it as much as you can and it should be ok

    Bit of a tip with hand luggage, staff tend to check wheeled or hand held luggage but don't tend to bother so much with rucksacks

    I use a Peak Design Travel backpack for work, tend to travel a fair bit (15 flights and counting the last 2 months) and if i wear it as a backpack when boarding i've yet to be questioned about it's size
    I've had the bloke in front of me stopped cause he was holding his rucksack

    So cinch it down as much as you can and wear it when boarding it's unlikely you'll have a problem
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  8. Lamont-Cranston

    Lamont-Cranston Section Hiker

    I wear everything large on to the plane -looks like I am venturing in the Antarctic. Plane companies here in Oz have cracked down just recently. Fines galore when none before that. I use a Chaff bag for cargo hold bag to NZ and tape the hell out of it.
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  9. Teepee

    Teepee Thru Hiker

    :D
    Easyjet stopped me at the boarding gate once when I was carrying my size 12 polar boots and tried to charge me £60 to put them in the hold. I'd put my Crocs on because, well, wearing polar boots in an airport is a bit warm.

    The flare pockets in the boots are big enough to put a Croc in each, so I quickly put the boots on and slid a Croc into each boot. Eyes were rolled, charges were avoided. :)

    Those boots cause much hilarity in airport security when they can't get them in the trays. :D
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  10. Lamont-Cranston

    Lamont-Cranston Section Hiker

    Wish you had a pic. Why is there no wildly laughing emoji thingy? Imagine one here.
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  11. Clare

    Clare Thru Hiker

    The problem is poles if you use them. They have to be checked in and once you’re paying for that might as well check the whole thing in. Unless Ed and Gixer got their poles through security?
  12. edh

    edh Thru Hiker

    No, I use a hold bag and either chuck it, leave it at a hotel room for return, or bounce it.
  13. gixer

    gixer Thru Hiker

    Don't use poles :angelic:

    If I need them for my shelter then they go in my hold luggage
  14. Chiseller

    Chiseller Thru Hiker

    We're wondering if a folding pole with blunt ends ( luxe alu dedicated tent pole) would pass through security scrutiny? That way we would manage the trip without walking poles... But then you've the gas stove etc to get through. We could buy pegs there..
    Even then, the cost of a checked-in bag both ways is still more expensive than buying a descent stove in Sweden.

    I guess with a checked bag, I can still bring in a few kilos of meat and Snus...
  15. craige

    craige Thru Hiker

    Why do they object to poles? Do they prevent elderly/disabled people with walking sticks using them? My friend flew over from Germany in October with 2 locus cp3s and stakes in his carry on without issue.
  16. edh

    edh Thru Hiker

    It depends on the vagaries of security staff...
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  17. lakeshore

    lakeshore Trail Blazer

    I put my PacerPoles in the centre of the ArcBlast and at the moment put that in the hold. My trips sometimes involve two flights and the bag is forwarded by the airline to the destination; I hope on the same plane I am on.
  18. Whiteburn

    Whiteburn Thru Hiker

    Because they're specifically listed in the prohibited carry on list.
  19. Whiteburn

    Whiteburn Thru Hiker

    After 'losing' a pack on an outward bound flight to Spain for 2 days I'll not risk any valuable items to the vagaries of airport baggage handling.....only easily replaceable items gets checked in.
  20. Clare

    Clare Thru Hiker

    After being told I couldn't take my poles in hand luggage and then having to pay 18 euros or whatever for the cling film wrapping machine and something around 45 for late booking of hold luggage, I just book it in now. If I travel by plane, which I hardly ever do, its so much hassle not to mention the global warming word which we shall not mention.
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  21. Daymoth

    Daymoth Ultralighter

    I allways put my backpack ( granite gear vapour so about 40-45L) in the overhead. Its way easier to squish it in there than those trolleys of the devil.

    Trecking poles or spikey stuff go in a duffle checked in.
  22. lakeshore

    lakeshore Trail Blazer

    For a while I have used Zpacks flight carry on case at 3.3oz, it doubles as a liner for the back pack. I put this loaded in the hold as I have poles in there.
  23. NEEpps

    NEEpps Ultralighter

    I can recommend the Journext 2 in 1 transit cover / rain cover. Sturdy enough to withstand easyjet handling. Roll top, to get a tight fit, front zip so can be used as a rain cover without removing it. Top and bottom handle. Has velcro strap to stop the cover flapping. Medium fits my OHM. Weighs in at 290g, My osprey rain cover is 96g and the Journext is a lot more waterproof.
  24. allsquare

    allsquare Backpacker

    Never have problems with poles since I raised this issue way back. I put rubber tips on, they collapse small, bind together with Velcro tapes and put in the main body of my carry-on pack. Always gone through security without a problem......
  25. Heltrekker

    Heltrekker Summit Camper

    EasyJet's check-in gestapo once stopped me because I had a handbag as well as my carry-on (hey, I'm a girlie, where else do you put your multitudinous beauty products when you're not on a mountain). I put my handbag in the carry on until I was round the corner on the walkway, then pulled it out again.

    Never been bothered flying with poles, even by EasyJet, I have Fizan Compact 4's for flying, they shrink down very small and I shove them in next to my tent inside a 40l pack.
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