Bow case/pointers for air travel

Raj patel

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Can any of you with expertise in this department please steer me in the right direction. Quality of case needed to Check. Any other advice would be appreciated.
 

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Pack your bow case to 49.5#. They don't seem to be too concerned with the dimensions, the weight is what puts it to oversized. Pack a bunch of your clothes around your bow, anything else you can get in there.
 

dsotm223

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Something that is sturdy, SKB or lakewood comes to mind. Pack just under 50 lbs. Make sure it has locks AND locations to ad locks. I recommend using different locks for example, case locks, a pad lock and a combination lock or sub in a cable lock.
Pack clothing around bow to help protect it.

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I use a Plano Protector with added extra padding. I lock it twice with 2 small tsa locks and then I put a buckle strap tight around the case so even if a hinge was broke, it cannot open. Its been on countless trips, works great, and makes me smile when it performs the same simple duty my partners $400 Pelican Air case does for around $50.
 

nettereo16

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I put mine in a soft rolling golf bag. wrap that sucker up with all your soft stuff.
Pack it to 49.5#. The rolling wheels really helps when you're carrying other luggage/coolers as well...
 

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I use a Plano Protector with added extra padding. I lock it twice with 2 small tsa locks and then I put a buckle strap tight around the case so even if a hinge was broke, it cannot open. Its been on countless trips, works great, and makes me smile when it performs the same simple duty my partners $400 Pelican Air case does for around $50.


Wait till you get that Plano busted. Saw it happen this year. Buddy wasn't happy at all. Everything turned out ok, except for flying it back home. I put it in the truck with me to get it back.
 
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Wait till you get that Plano busted. Saw it happen this year. Buddy wasn't happy at all. Everything turned out ok, except for flying it back home. I put it in the truck with me to get it back.

Thats why I run a strap around it. It's held up 6 years of trips so if nothing else I got my moneys worth lol
 

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Thats why I run a strap around it. It's held up 6 years of trips so if nothing else I got my moneys worth lol


I'm not saying you haven't gotten your monies worth. Not saying they are bad cases either, just not the same as a heavy duty pelican or skb. It's up to the individual how important the protection of their things are.
 
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Raj patel

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Thank you guys for the help. I guess I’m wondering if this seemingly not so robust skb case I have is sufficient or it’s recommended getting one more robust. Should I use this and pack it with clothes or upgrade to a case with less flex. Thanks again guys!
 

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Gearqueer

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Thank you guys for the help. I guess I’m wondering if this seemingly not so robust skb case I have is sufficient or it’s recommended getting one more robust. Should I use this and pack it with clothes or upgrade to a case with less flex. Thanks again guys!

I’m sure you will be just fine with that case. I wouldn’t over-think it. If you’re nervous I’d get a couple luggage straps to put around it.


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I have a Pelican Air 1745 Bow case. It was expensive, but it is built like a tank. I have flown with it twice. Nothing moves around if you use the straps and blocks like you are supposed to.
 

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Thank you guys for the help. I guess I’m wondering if this seemingly not so robust skb case I have is sufficient or it’s recommended getting one more robust. Should I use this and pack it with clothes or upgrade to a case with less flex. Thanks again guys!

I have the same case. While it may work I wouldn’t trust flying with it.


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ncavi8tor

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All good suggestions. I would also suggest you put a plastic tie-wrap around your string and cables so the bow cannot be drawn back. Keeps a bored baggage handler from "checking your poundage!" Haha

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I put my bow, quiver and small arrow tube plus spare bow in a Prime soft case along with a few clothes. The soft case goes into my Cabelas Ripcord rolling duffle, size XL along with spare boots, pack, sleeping bag and the rest of my clothes for padding. I fill to 49#s unless on northern flights that have a 70# limit. Works very well for me.

Cabelas does not sell the Ripcord XL rolling duffle anymore last time I looked. They were about 44” x 18” x 18” bag dimensions and weighed about 9#s empty and had an extendable handle and a couple Strategic end lifting straps. Cost $159 US.
 

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All good suggestions. I would also suggest you put a plastic tie-wrap around your string and cables so the bow cannot be drawn back. Keeps a bored baggage handler from "checking your poundage!" Haha

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We just throw a pistol in with our bows so nobody can open our cases.


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