Space Compressible Bag BRS-9212ZG Vacuum-Seal Travel Roll Bags, Set of 4
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- 2 carry-on-size and 2 suitcase-size reusable transparent travel bags
- Vacuum-seal design creates up to twice as much storage space
- Roll air out through the one-way valve to compress bulky items
- Airtight and watertight seal protects against dirt, moisture, bugs, and odors
- Carry-on-size measures 13-1/2 by 19-1/2 inches; suitcase-size measures 18 by 22-1/2 inches
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ITW Space Bags travel bags are made of the same durable material that our regular space bags are made of so you can use them over and over again. Because of the clear see through film, you can keep your cloths organized for speedy security checks at airports. Not only can you pack twice as much in your suitcase now, but as you use your travel bags they will keep dirty and damp cloths away from your clean clothes. To use, simply load your travel space bag and starting at the zippered end roll the air out for a tight sealed package. Then add all those items you would not have had room for in your suitcase!!
Top Customer Reviews
I bought the Space Bag Travel Roll Bags four years ago when I moved to Texas from Florida. I have since moved four times and for each move these bags were invaluable. I felt compelled to write because someone complained they were impossible to get the air out of them. I follow the instructions on the bags and don't overfill them, and run the plastic tab over the opening until it's really sealed. Then I roll them and sit/kneel on them on a rug or similar surface to get resistance...and I'm no Amazonian woman, but I can get the air out of them. They're actually a lot of fun to own. I've used them while camping and air traveling too. I watched my suitcase from the plane get completely soaked, but I wasn't worried about my clothes b/c I knew they'd be dry, and they were (it was everything else in the bag that was soaked). So... in short, I recommend them.
UPDATE: Nov. 2012
I can't believe I've had some of these bags for 8 years now! At this point there has been some attrition and maybe 2 or 3 bags were sent to the recycling bin. But, some of them are still in use today! Other from that, I patched 2 or 3 of the bags with clear packing tape and they still work. Others are completely in working order no patches or anything. My mom gave me one of her new ones recently and I'm really impressed with the improvements in the zip area. In the past you had to push down hard on the zip tab to really get a seal.
Not only do the Space Bags save space, they help me to organize my clothes and keep clothes from wrinkling. I always pack a couple of extra Space Bags to cover any purchases I make while traveling.
The only downside to these bags is they are a bit thin and sometimes get a hole in them after a few trips. All in all, the Space Bags are great!I never pack a suitcase without them.
1. In a smaller suitcase (like a carry on) you may not get the full value from these. They work better in a larger suitcase.
2. Most airlines have a 50lb weight limit on suitcases. Compressing out the air out of your clothes doesn't remove weight. So you may want to verify how heavy your bags are before you get to the airport.
3. Since I was able to get so much more in my carry on bag, TSA had to hand check it. They claimed that the machine couldn't see through everything I had in there. Fortunately, they didn't want to open up and look in all of these space bags. During this hand check I realized that it is possible that the may want to and how big of a pain that would be.
None of these things are deal breakers for these. You just need to use them a few times and figure out the best way that they can work for you. I am anxious to see how they are going to work for an upcoming family Vacation for My wife and I are taking our three kids on.
UPDATE: MAY 2010
I have noticed that these rip easily. I mean, it is a glorified ziplock bag. I went on a trip and the bag ripped, so now all the stuff that fit into my carry on bag had to be really shoved back in to get home. YMMV
All that being said, these bags are useful but have one particular quirk. If you truly roll these up from the zippered side, the clothes tend to bunch at the other end because they slide. We have found that rather than rolling, it is better to lay the bag on a firm surface and lay down on it slowly. However, that is not nearly as quick or convenient as rolling them and as such, makes them less likely to be used more than once or twice for the purpose of reducing bulk.
There are some positives regardless of the amount of air you squeeze out (or don't squeeze out as the case may be); these bags are heavier duty than regular ziplock bags and can be used to store items to keep out dust, mildew, etc. They are also useful when travelling when you are likely to have wet swimsuits, towels, or other items that you need to keep separate from your other clothes.
I rated these bags 3 stars due to the rolling issue I mentioned above; it really takes away from the ease of use and original intended purpose (to have your clothes take up half of the normal space). Sometimes this product (or other versions of it with different numbers of bags) is part of Amazon's 4-for-3 promo, so be on the lookout.
As a side note, I do use the regular non-travel space bags with on issues and find them to perform exactly as they are supposed to even after years of being in storage.