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Transpack as a carry on?

post #1 of 26
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Does anyone know if the Transpack TRV will fit overhead as a carry on? If not, my wife has an XT1, will that fit?

I don't mind not packing my helmet as a carry on, but I'd like to be able to carry my boots as well as some other essentials.

We have 3 different size Transpacks, but I'm the only one who cares about their boots.
post #2 of 26
I use mine with just my boots on the outside compartments and nothing on the inside except for a book & i-pod, which I take out once on the plane. If there's nothing in the middle, it will fit, with the exception of the regional jets and prop planes.
post #3 of 26
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Originally Posted by nogophers View Post
I use mine with just my boots on the outside compartments and nothing on the inside except for a book & i-pod, which I take out once on the plane. If there's nothing in the middle, it will fit, with the exception of the regional jets and prop planes.
That's pretty much what I've done. Boots and just a few other items as a carry on. I've not had a problem yet. You certainly couldn't pack it full and get it in.
post #4 of 26
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Originally Posted by nogophers View Post
I use mine with just my boots on the outside compartments and nothing on the inside except for a book & i-pod, which I take out once on the plane. If there's nothing in the middle, it will fit, with the exception of the regional jets and prop planes.

yep this works
post #5 of 26
Yeppers.
post #6 of 26
Agree that it will fit with an empty middle, but you run a small risk if the screeners decide to get picky and enforce the actual dimension requirements. If you don't need to carry on extra stuff, pack your Transpack full and check it as a bag then just carry on your boots with no bag. This always works.
post #7 of 26
We usually put one days worth of ski clothes in the middle (base layer, socks, pants), gloves, and helmet and goggles. If you pull the helmet out when you put it in the overhead it will squish in fine.
post #8 of 26
Not sure which transpack model I have (XT?), but I do use it as a carry-on when I fly for skiing. The usual packing - helmet/goggles, gloves, and shell pants in the middle, boots on the outside. I wear/bring shell jacket, so nothing I can affort to lose is checked in as luggage. Well, except for the skis.

Based on the posts I found here a while ago, I take out the helmet just before the x-ray machine, so the bag can easily fit through the machine. If they said something about it, I was going to clip it to the bag, which I read a lot of people do, or even put it on my head.

Bag screeners are cool with it - one joked if I was going to check in my bike as well (my helmet looks a bit like a motorcycle helmet).

The transpack won't fit in most overhead bins with the helmet inside, but you shouldn't have any problem keeping it clipped to the bag, or keeping it under the seat.

If they let me carry on one ski item, it'd be my boots. I wonder what they'd say if you boarded with the boots on....
post #9 of 26
If you have to get on one of the smaller jets or turbo props the pack may not fit in the over head bin. I ran into the problem last year. I solved it by pulling out the boots and putting those under the seat. I did not have the helmet in the bag as that makes it too fat for any overhead bin I've used.
post #10 of 26
Just wear your helmet when you get on the plane...there is a good chance you will get the row to yourself.
post #11 of 26
Ahr Ahr Ahr! With the current record on airplanes safety, to wear an helmet isn't such a bad idea!
post #12 of 26
Any info about prices of the TRV ? It looks interesting...never saw one around here...
post #13 of 26
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Originally Posted by Nobody View Post
Any info about prices of the TRV ? It looks interesting...never saw one around here...
I own the TRV...Great bag, though sometimes hard to find in stock. Here is a link at Amazon:

http://www.amazon.com/Transpack-TP-0...0051565&sr=8-2
post #14 of 26
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Originally Posted by Philpug View Post
Just wear your helmet when you get on the plane...there is a good chance you will get the row to yourself.
post #15 of 26
Careful carrying on boots without a bag, I had a grumpy TSA agent tell me they "could be considered weapons". Not sure if that has teeth when push comes to shove, but he asked they be in some sort of bag going forward.

Sounds like the makings for a good comedy!! "Ski Boots on a Plane"
post #16 of 26
My kid has been on lots of planes, commuter and long haul, out to Hood, Whistler and Austria ..... Transpak as carry on with no problems.
post #17 of 26
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Originally Posted by RiDeC58 View Post
I own the TRV...Great bag, though sometimes hard to find in stock. Here is a link at Amazon:

http://www.amazon.com/Transpack-TP-0...0051565&sr=8-2
Thanks!
post #18 of 26
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Originally Posted by SJB View Post
Careful carrying on boots without a bag, I had a grumpy TSA agent tell me they "could be considered weapons". Not sure if that has teeth when push comes to shove, but he asked they be in some sort of bag going forward.

Sounds like the makings for a good comedy!! "Ski Boots on a Plane"

The hell that would be raised if someone told me I couldn't bring my boots on the plane and subject them to possible loss...
post #19 of 26
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Originally Posted by Philpug View Post
Just wear your helmet when you get on the plane...there is a good chance you will get the row to yourself.
Works even better if you wear it backwards!!!!
post #20 of 26
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Originally Posted by Atomicman View Post
Works even better if you wear it backwards!!!!
I won't step over the line..I won't step over the line..I won't step over the line..I won't step over the line..I won't step over the line..I won't step over the line..I won't step over the line..I won't step over the line..I won't step over the line..I won't step over the line..
post #21 of 26
I use the Transpack as the boot bag in my skis+boots=one piece checked baggage equation. But I don't put my boots in the Transpack ... I just pack other stuff in it. It's nice and roomy.

Then I carry on my boots (and pants and gloves and goggles) in a regular roll-a-board suitcase.

This way you get to check one more piece of luggage than you would if you checked skis plus a suitcase and carry on your bootbag, but you don't have to check the boots.
post #22 of 26
I've had similar experience with my transpack. They'll fit if not stuffed completely full. Can get the necessities but not much more in them and make it work.
post #23 of 26

I just wanted to revive this 5-year-old thread to say that Epic Ski is a great site! I needed an answer to exactly this question because I'm leaving for Chamonix tomorrow, and here is all the info I need.

post #24 of 26
Good luck at the airport. I'm also on the fence trying to take my transpack as a carry on. I will measure it when I pack on Saturday. The maximum combined linear measurement of a carry on for United is: (length + width + height) must not exceed 14 inches x 9 inches x 22 inches (23 x 35 x 56 cm) or 45 linear inches (114 cm).

I like the ideas of putting the boots in a standard carry on wheeled suitcase, but not sure if they'll fit.
post #25 of 26
I never have a problem with the Transpack as a carry on. As suggested long ago above, keep stuff out of the middle and you'll be fine. I usually put a small bag/backpack in the middle that has anything I'll want during the flight then take that stuff out to put under the seat in front of me while the Transpack goes up top.
post #26 of 26

Mine work on larger jets overhead, smaller it may need to get checked after boarding. Which is still fairly foolproof, and free. I've never had anyone call me on the measurements. 

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