Mares Cruise Backpack Pro Review
A great dive-travel bag is good to the extent that it can be durable, strong and protective. Every diver is aware of this truism. The issue, however, is finding the best travel-dive bag that can totally protect your expensive gears without a doubt. In this Mares Cruise Backpack Pro review, we will be discussing how this awesomely efficient bag has the capacity and wherewithal to not only effectively protect your gears in it, but also be a comfortable luggage when you need to haul it around.
Although it is the intro of a new collection from Mares, the Cruise Backpack Pro is a super dynamic travel bag that is worth every dime invested in purchasing it. This is because it is durable enough to serve you for a long time, big enough to contain all your diving needs at a go and rugged enough for usage in sandy beach tracks. Now, what more would you be looking for in the best dive-travel bag if not these?
For its features, it has a strong large set of wheels, a highly efficient telescopic handle for pulling the weight of the bag, external fin pockets to conveniently stow away your dive fins. It also has spiral type zippers, well-padded shoulder straps in case you feel more convenient carrying it on your back. There are the stainless steel rivets, a nylon cover to further protect the bag and the gears you will pack inside it, and finally an additional beauty case that has a mirror inside it, all to give you that unequalled experience of comfort and convenience.
As mentioned earlier, the Mares Cruise Backpack Pro can be pulled along on its 9 cm (in diameter) and 3 cm (in width) wheels that have a wide wheel base for strength and stability. And if not, it can be converted to a backpack and strapped over the shoulder. Either way, there is mincing words about the unreserved comfortable experience the bag delivers.
As a backpack, the bag has two well-cushioned shoulder straps that are strong enough to pull the weights it carried without a fuss. These straps come with squeeze-styled side release buckles. By size, this bag has been rightly adjudged as Mares biggest bag thus far. Since the bigger the stronger is Mares’ philosophy, you have no worries whatsoever about the efficiency of this great backpack.
In the interior, aside from the fancy beauty case mirror, you are given a space for carrying things like your ID, passports and any other document that you need easy and quick access to. This special pocket is perfectly positioned within your reach: at the zipper pocket that contains the telescoping handle of the bag.
The bag’s material is made of reliable 600 Denier nylon and heavy-duty polymerizing vinyl chloride (PVC) for unreserved protection for the bag and the contents. The tough bottom grab handle gives a reassuring stand to the bag when you are stationery. For its construction, there are doubly toughened railings on the inside that gives it a good framed structure. As for the lower section of the bag, you have a well-toughened material that is resistant to abrasion, wear and tear.
In test, the bag conveniently contains a 7mm wetsuit, two dive masks, one BCD, reel, a surface marker buoy, hood, a pair of dive gloves, and two sets of fins and a few other miscellaneous details. Even with all these, there was still enough room in the bag to include some additional gears. This goes to say that the Mares Cruise Backpack Pro can hold enough gears to two divers if they can pack things lightly.
In dimension, the bag measure some 18.5 inches by 12.5 inches by 31.5 inches i.e. 47 by 32 by 81 if you are measuring in centimeters. For its internal space, the bag can take a volume of 7,811 cubic inches or some 128 liters and weighs only 11 lbs. (5kg) when empty. Now, we must give it up for Mares for crafting such awesomely big bag that is still reckoned as lightweight and compact when packed. Kudos Mares!
Bag: 600 Denier Nylon and PVC, Hardware: Stainless Steel
Straps / Handles
Top & Bottom Grab Handles, Adjustable, Padded Shoulder Straps, Telescoping Trolley Handle
Volume in Cubic Inches and Liters
7,811 cubic inches (128 liters)
Backpack and Duffel Convertible
Total Measurement in Inches and cm
18.5 inches by 12.5 inches by 31.5 inches (47cm by 32cm by 481cm)
Bag Weight (when empty)
11 lbs. (5 kg)
Spiral Zippers With Pull Tabs
- Telescopic handle
- Backpack shoulder straps
- Heavy-duty wheels
- Hard bottom
- Spiral zippers
- Detachable pocket
- 600-denier nylon and heavy-duty PVC
- Durable zipper closures
- 5-inch (9 cm) diameter by 1.2-inch (3cm) wide treaded wheels
- 2-year limited warranty
- Overall measurements: 18.5 inches long by 12.5 inches wide by 31.5 inches high (47 by 32 by 81 cm)
- Volume: 4.5 cubic feet (128 liters)
- Weight, empty: 11 pounds (5 kg)
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Pros and Cons
- Highly Durable
- Great Strong Wheels
- Very Large Space
- Rather Soft Handle
- Relatively Loose Handle
- A Side Handle Would Be A Good Addition
- Wide Fins May Be Squeezed To Fit In Fin Pockets
This is one amazing back that has been proven capable of packing a light collection for two diver on a trip. If not for anything else, that alone makes it a great bag to have.