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Re: Small laptop-based looping setup: case (slightly OT)
As a great alternative to the SKB cases, there is a fantastic case made in
the US by the company called GATOR CASES.
Their ROLLER RACK CASES
are light weight, durable and have a telescoping handle and recessed
as well (like the kind found on most good
They are like SKB's (pretty light and not as sturdy as ATA cases) but I
have to agree to
disagree with Travis' assessment that you shouldn't fly with them (all due
respect, Travis, because I know you have a lot
of experience with touring)
I have toured in 12 countries in 3 years now and flown a lot with my GATOR
CASES; abused the hell out of them (try hoisting
2 6 space rack cases and two huge suitcases up and down the subways in
London and Paris as my wife and I did).
and I love them.
I've had to occasionally replace latches and even wheels on my Gator 6
space cases which is pretty typical
if you do a lot of touring anyway (I was forced to roll them over really
rough cobblestones in both Paris and Stockholm
which will wear out any wheels on any luggage pretty quickly) and I have
found that the people at GATOR have been incredibly helpful in replacing
parts that wear out, including sending me a new set of wheels to Europe in
the middle of my
tour. I just can't say enough good things about this company. I only
wish I had
an endorsement with them....................<smile>
They are so convenient that I will never dream of going back to SKB cases
Also, for added stability and protection I always use wide dayglo green
nylon suitcase straps (two to each case and available at any discerning
travel store) so that if a latch ever bursts that the case will not fly
open. The bright straps help you spot your gear at the baggage pickup
Additionally, the fact that they are light means that you can make it onto
lot of flights that have weight restrictions.
American International flights have a limit of 70 lbs (32 some odd kilos,
pardon my bad metric conversion)
per bag and many are reducing that to 50 lbs (22 kilos?). Many
European flights have far, far smaller weight limitations before they
adding price to your plane ticket. I was assesed $600 extra for excess
baggage for one 45 minute flight from
Stockholm to Glascow!!!!!! I never took another plane in Europe for the
next two months after that sobering experience.
Also, remember that 8 space racks and greater are no longer allowed on
This means that the very heavy duty ATA cases just reduce the amount of
you can bring with you despite the fact that they
are heavier duty than the GATOR or SKB models.
gratuitously and tangiential to this thread:
SOME STRATEGIES I'VE USED FOR GETTING MAXIMUM GEAR SAFELY ONTO AIRPLANES
1) Put your sensitive electronics inside of your normal
suitcase surrounded by soft clothing, filling your Flight cases with other
less vulnerable things for flying.................
then just reassembling your rack case when you get to your destination.
I did this flying to Japan and to Switzerland this summer.
2) Alternatively, you'd have to measure but I imagine that you could get
4 space rack into the overhead containers
so that means you can take your sensitive stuff onboard with you and
the ragged handlers.
3) I also sometimes put FRAGILE, GLASS stickers on my
bags..................that tends to make even the most rugger baggage
handlers sit up and take notice.
4) I try to chat up the people at the ticket booth and ask them if I can
hand deliver my equipment to the plane. Since 911 they never let you do
this anymore, but frequently, they will have a word with the baggage
It's not foolproof but anything to get your gear their safely.