I admittedly purchased this bag for teaching Basic Life Support for the Provider & CPR/AED courses. This bag fits so much. It is perfect for attaching a rolling-laptop bag and ultralight-manikins in one-roll-and-go kit.
For those that are trying to determine capacity, this bag fits: 5 infant manikins, 5 adult BVMs, 5 infant BVMs. The large exterior pocket fits 4 AED trainers (great for easy access), the side pockets fit the participant exam booklets (If necessary I could fit my instructor manual in this pocket as well) and the pocket mask valves with 1 box of gloves fill the third side pocket.
The downside of this bag: with a lot of equipment it gets heavy and doesn't roll as easily as its smaller counterpart, the 5.11 Mission Ready. It also can be cumbersome loading and unloading it in a smaller vehicle or travelling up and down stairs.
The features were nice but the plastic on the base shattered after 3 trips. Now it can't hold its shape and one of the wheels is slanted inwards. Also one of the rubber grommets for the stabilizing bars busted off.
Not worth the 300 bucks it costs.
Like many other people the interior plastic framework shattered while traveling on a domestic flight. If this bag cannot hold up to a basic flight on a major U.S. carrier then it's not worth the high price. My bag did not show any other damage to suggest it was run over or anything, I picked it up off the baggage carousel and noticed the shape was not quite right and I could feel the plastic inner frame work was shattered. Not worth the money I paid for this. I like the bags features and size but for the brand and the money it should be more durable.
I bought this rolling bag a few months ago and have taken it on several long flights and didn’t have any problems with it. I am planning a trip to a remote town in Peru and will take this bag. I have also used this bag on road trips and have carried heavy items in it and still no problems. I will write a supplemental review if I encounter any problems later.
I bought this bag for a deployment. Like many other reviews, the plastic backing between the two structural arms in the floor shattered. The wheels splay out and can't handle any weight. Where we go, there are a lot of rocks and that's one of the reasons why I bought the bag. The wheels are great, the fabric of the bag is great, the structure is awful. For the price- no way. I tried to figure out how to repair it- you can't and I can't bring myself to buy another one of these for the deployment in a month.
I bought this bag last year thinking that it was going to be the last rolling duffle I would need to buy. Not the case! On my flight home the corrugated plastic on the bottom shattered. Now it's there's no interior support and it's useless.
This lands right between my 2 day roller that fits in over heads and my full size roller (dive bag). I'm not as likely to over load it (75lb+) but you could depending on what all you load.
Only two things I note: The full length side pocket doesn't have a receiver for locking the zipper, and "some assembly required". It ships collapsed, and you'll need to install the two composite rods internal to the main cavity. It's not a show stopper, but it takes a few cuss words and a couple minutes you won't have if you are expecting to open the box, load out, and hit the road. You lose a lot of the quality features if you try to use it without the rods installed. So far, i've tested it against AA, UA, and SWA, with no issues. The first 2 are usually pretty destructive.
If you need to protect something internal from corner impacts, pack it appropriately. The sides are soft, and while the frame will protect against hitting a wall, there is not structure to protect it from the errant pelican case.
I used the SOMS last year for a holiday to the USA after which the plastic base had shattered. Not the end of the world - but when I used it for another holiday this year the wheels splayed outwards and dragging it around was almost impossible. To say this is "tough enough for any environment" is just marketing bullish*t.
Plenty of room. Heavy duty, well constructed. The Main compartment dividers & fiberglass rods that keep the bag square are awesome. No problems with it.
99% of the Airlines take this size bag.
Just weigh it before you go, Because there is enough room to go over the weight limit.
I was looking for bag to carry all of my gear I would need to bring to a range for my pistol permit classes. I searched high and low for a good month or so and then I decided that I would go with a 5.11 product. I was torn as to which bag it would be. I needed a bag to hold 4 or 5 pistols, 4 or 5 ammo bags, 12 pairs of hearing protection and 12 pairs of eye protection along with some miscellaneous items. Long story short, the SOMS 2.0 bag was the bag of my choice. I bought the bag through Amazon because they were the only ones who had it in stock at the time. I purchased the bag in Sandstone and I can't begin to tell you how happy I am with the bag. With my purchase of the SOMS 2.0, I also purchased (5) Ammo Mule Bags and (4) Pistol Bags all from 5.11. With the padded divider in that came with the bag, I was able to compartmentalize the eye and hearing protection from the rest of the items which are considerably heavier than these items. I managed to get everything into the SOMS 2.0 that I want to be able to have at the range, but more importantly everything is neat and organized in one bag. I don't have to carry 3 or 4 bags to accomplish what I have in one. The bag is well constructed. My first trip to the range yesterday proved that this is one tough bag. i was able to throw the bag in the bed of my truck and not have to worry. The wheels and extendable handle make this bag very easy to maneuver with a heavy load inside. Seriously, I don't know if you will find a better bag. One small down fault; I wish it came with more than one divider. I plan to call 5.11 and see if I can purchase an additional.
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