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post #11 of 23 Old 04-04-2019, 01:32 PM
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You guys don't find your side entry cases a pita?
Pulled off and flopped on a bed they work okay.
Top case for stuff you need on the road.
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I have different side cases, but don't find them a PITA, though I mostly use mine for commuting and around town. For longer trips, I sometimes use an internal bag, like MAZ4ME. And I could always add a gusset / liner type thing to prevent gear from spilling out, something like Caribou Cases liner). DIYing something similar would be pretty simple.

Like MAZ4ME says -- no digging through top-loading cases to find stuff.

And as a bonus, my side-loading side cases aren't nearly as wide as any of the top-loading options. (Though to be fair, they're smaller at 19L each...but big enough for my purposes.)
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Web, I use Roadgear zippered mesh bags in my oem side cases. Large open weave, you can see everything in the bag, easily fits the contours of the side cases. No digging through top-loading case to find anything.
I just found them to be a PITA to pack. With my small Givi top loads I can push all kinds of stuff in them... nice and compressed and they just keep taking stuff.

Do you have a link to your mesh bags? I'm always open to changing my mind.

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Can you fit a large full face helmet in the v35's?

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I have different side cases, but don't find them a PITA, though I mostly use mine for commuting and around town. For longer trips, I sometimes use an internal bag, like MAZ4ME. And I could always add a gusset / liner type thing to prevent gear from spilling out, something like Caribou Cases liner). DIYing something similar would be pretty simple.

Like MAZ4ME says -- no digging through top-loading cases to find stuff.

And as a bonus, my side-loading side cases aren't nearly as wide as any of the top-loading options. (Though to be fair, they're smaller at 19L each...but big enough for my purposes.)
What side loading cases do you have that are 19L?

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I have Hepco Becker Lock-It racks and Storm iM2370 side cases. I already had the racks and case mounting hardware from a second-hand set of Caribou Cases with 40L SKB cases. (Those suckers are HUGE!) I just moved the case mounting hardware to the iM2370s. Doubt I'll ever go back to the 40L, though I still have them...just in case.

(Incidentally, I love how I can remove the the entire side rack assembly with 4 quick 1/4-turn allen-head bolts. Though to be honest, I almost never do.)
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Can you fit a large full face helmet in the v35's?
My large Shoei Neotech will NOT fit in the V35's.
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I love my V35's. They hold lots more than my old 21's, look better, and pack just fine. Someone once said the Trader Joe Cooler bags available for about $8 will fit them great and makes packing easier. I have seen them there, and might pick one up as test. The 45's are gigantic, 21's too small, the V35's... just right.


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I have v35’s that I bought fairly cheap off CL. I ended up ordering the Givi inner bags to go with. Cost about $80 but well worth it to me.

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I like the 42L top case, my full face Bell helmet fits in there, but it is tight. I have a half helmet I some times carry if I need to pick someone up. That will it in my side case.

Older Givi 35L side case and 42 L top case

For me, the side cases can be tough to load and unload during daily runs. I stuffed items in bags to keep them from falling out when I am on the road; but it always feels like a cord or strap gets caught and the side cases get distorted. Never had top load side cases, but it feels like they would work better.

I talked to a luggage guy last year, he tells me that the difference between hard side and soft side luggage really comes down to your preference for the clam-shell hard case or top load soft case. He thought it was about 60% top load and 40% clam-shell. The side bags are a similar choice.

We ended up purchasing the soft luggage with the top load.

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