Best Dive Bags 2019
Quick Comparison Chart
Mares 415576 Cruise Mesh Duffle Bag
Mares Cruise Mesh Backpack Deluxe
This backpack style mesh bag has both a drawstring top as well as a lateral zip which increases your access. The design also features a padded external pocket which could be useful for gauges, keys and other bits that you want to be stored separately.
Pro:- External pocket
Con:- Doesn’t pack away as well as duffle mesh bags
Meister Mesh Duffel Backpack Dive Bag
Globetrotter by Akona
If you travel light and hate waiting for your luggage, then this bag is the answer to your prayers. Granted it’s not going to accommodate the bulk of a dry suit, but for tropical destinations it’s great. If your gear is travel format, you’ll have even more room. You can pair this with the Akona Regulator Bag which fits neatly in the bottom, or you could carry the regulator bag as your handbag if airline restrictions allow this.
Pro:- Suitable for carry on
Con:- Not the largest
Cressi Large Capacity Trolley Bag
This bag is large and tough. The main compartment zips open on three sides allowing very easy access, each side features large fin pockets, and smaller external pockets allow you to organize accessories. As well as the re-enforced telescopic pull handle the bag can be moved using padded backpack straps. The backpack straps pack neatly away when not in use.
Pro:- Large and durable
Con:- Backpack straps are not so comfy
TUSA Dive Gear Roller Duffle Bag
This bag has a large main compartment plus a fin pocket at the side and another two zippered pockets to allow you to stash things you need to get to easily. Compression straps with plastic buckles allow you to tighten your bag and an external bungee gives you an extra place to store things to free up your hands too. The base has mesh panels for drainage and airflow which is useful if your gear isn’t dry when you pack it. Move it on wheels or with the duffle handles.
Pro:- Large and durable with plenty of compartments
TUSA BA0301 Roller Mesh Bag
This mesh roller bag is more suited to dive travel that wouldn’t involve airports. The mainly mesh construction allows you to throw your wet gear in and effortlessly pull it along the pier to your car. The bag comes with duffle handles and a shoulder strap and has an external pocket too.
Pro:- Great for short trips
Con:- Not suitable for air travel
Choosing The Right Dive Bag For You
If you travel to dive, then you will likely end up owning both types of bag. Think about how you will use each style, what you need it to hold and how you like to organize your kit. Make sure it’s easy for you to manage; diving is great fun, but an unruly bag can make going diving a chore.
There are two different types of dive bag, one for travel and one for hauling your gear from dry to wet to go diving. Both do need to be comfortable for you to handle and large enough for your kit.
Travel bags are usually either roller bags, duffels, or backpacks but there are a few hybrids. The hybrids feature backpack straps alongside a duffle or roller bag set up or wheels married with a duffle style; either give you better manageability for different circumstances but will add to the overall weight.
A travel bag will typically be robust enough to be able to stand up to the rigors of travel and offer some protection for your kit. Look for tough high denier material and re-enforced stitching. For security reasons consider if you want your bag to be branded which might aid opportunist thieves.
- Although it needs to be sturdy, do think about the weight the bag is adding to your allowance
- If you opt for wheels, make sure they are strong
- If you opt for a duffle style, make sure the straps are re-enforced and go all the way around the bag to avoid tearing.
- Metal zips and salt do not mix; check the stitching for strength too
- Look at how the bag opens and the access it gives you for ease of packing
- Think about whether you need compartments and zipped pockets
For taking your gear to the boat or jump off point you need a bag that’s flexible and not bulky so that it can be stashed tidily away. The bag needs to be breathable and ideally have mesh drainage so that your gear doesn’t fester within.
Most dive bags are duffle style, but there are a few with backpack straps. Those with backpack straps balance the weight of your gear more comfortably and free you up to carry other things more easily, but if your gear is wet, it will drip down your back and legs.
- Even though this bag is flexible it still needs to be strong, choose strong material and stitching
- Make sure the zip is high quality, strong plastic.