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I know a considerable number on here do extensive travelling, so I'm looking for suggestions as to a TOUGH garment bag. This is the bag you hang your suits and hanging clothes in while travelling. Sometimes they fold in the middle, but usually we don't have to do that with the van or the LeSabre. The one we have was an American Tourister, bought it probably 20 years ago, fairly thin nylon, zippers have lasted well, but I repaired it about 3 years ago and it is starting to pull at a few seams and I'd just as soon get a heavy duty one to replace it. I'd love to hear about one with heavy nylon, YKK #10 zippers, really rugged hardware for the handles, carrying strap, and internal doohickey that holds the hangers.

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The Rat Bastard has had one of these for 26 years, back when the company was called Assault Systems. It’s been to Europe, Asia, North- and South America, the middle east, and the orient, strapped to the back of motorcycles, hauled in the back of third-world pickups in countries with no paved roads and has been pampered by valets in $2500-a-night hotels. It was appropriate in all cases, and it’s still going strong. It is heavy and a bit of overkill for just one suit, and if you really overstuff it it’ll get pretty heavy to carry by hand or shoulder strap. About five years ago the urethane lining started to delaminate, but that’s to be expected, and really doesn’t effect the utility of the bag. I just blasted the residual off with a pressure washer as it was shedding on my suits and I’m back in business. It’s easily the last suit bag I’ll own.



[url="http://www.shootingsystems.com/cgi-bin/miva?Merchant2/merchant.mv+Screen=PROD&Store_Code=SS&Product_Code=DGB&Category_Code=GTB"]http://www.shootingsystems.com/cgi-bin/miv...tegory_Code=GTB[/url]



Don’t know if they still make them like they did 26 years ago, but if they do it’ll be bombproof.



Hope that’s of some help,



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A buddie has one of these and has nothing but good things to say about it. [url="http://www.blackhawk.com/product1.asp?P=20GB00BK&C=C1172"]Blackhawk Garment Bag[/url]



Michael
Thanks for such speedy and well-informed replies.
I've had good luck w/ Filson. Link below.

[url="http://www.filson.com/product/index.jsp?productId=2092411&cp=2069836.2065001.2075125&parentPage=family"]http://www.filson.com/product/index.jsp?pr...rentPage=family[/url]



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KS
Thanks, it looks like a very nice piece and it's made in the USA. Of course, Tess must be consulted on our selection, but you all are giving us a very good selection to look at.
Ouch on the prices!



Jerry
True, Jerry, until ya figure that these pieces will very probably last 30 years. Making the per year cost between 10 and 20 bucks a year. We love having good gear that lasts a long time. Over time, it becomes an old friend. And like Filson says, "Might as well have the best."
Eagle used to have them. Orvis or thier sub contractor Duluth pack have a wide selection of colors so you can tell which one is yours at the air port. You should also be able to get your name or ID sewn on them. example Bob (502) 123-4567
Thanks, Abby



Did you mean the eagle creek tri-fold garment bag? Even if you didn't, I added that one to the list!!



Cool!! Orvis and Duluth each have a garment bag. Duluth is made in the USA too.
I was given a Sampsonite garment bag as a gift when I graduated bootcamp to replace the thin vinyl one I was issued. From 1990 until now it has given me no problems and has been around the world a few times. It isn't as pretty as the tacticool ones, but it does the job.
It looks like thats the going price for the really well made ones. Some I have seen were twice as much but of course they were leather or finely woven. I would go with the Blackhawk one. I have an Air Force one that I aquired free in basic and it seems to be similar to the Blackhawk one just with fewer pockets.



Oh... Edit how I love thee. Just found a link to the one I have on sale. [url="http://www.survival-supply.com/usairforcegarmentbag-p-2188.html"]http://www.survival-supply.com/usairforceg...bag-p-2188.html[/url]

Hope this helps.
Thanks Mf and B2. I like the looks of the blackhawk as well, but I want to get a look at all the suggestions. I'm intrigued a bit by the tri-fold versions, but I must admit that our old American Tourister was just a two-fold. Luckily, the AT is still in good enough shape should we want to take it on an airplane trip. Come to think of it, when we went to Iceland, I don't think we took it. We bought up a bunch of rummage sale clothes, nice ones, but inexpensive, and we just left them there with the cousins, then we had room for all the souvenirs we brought back. We also did the same with the luggage...that is, purchased used luggage to go. Our luggage was ancient before that, mostly stuff our parents had purchased.



I'll have to keep that one you suggested in mind for l'il bro for a gift...he was in the Air Force.
[quote name='MichaelForrest' post='245835' date='May 28 2008, 12:53 PM']A buddie has one of these and has nothing but good things to say about it. [url="http://www.blackhawk.com/product1.asp?P=20GB00BK&C=C1172"]Blackhawk Garment Bag[/url]



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I got one of these years ago and love it! Its heavy, tough as nails and well worth the money. I would buy another again in a heartbeat, but at the rate the one I have is holding up I’ll never have to buy another (unless its lost or stolen <img src='http://www.hoodswoods.net/IVB/public/style_emoticons/<#EMO_DIR#>/censored.gif' class='bbc_emoticon' alt=':censored:' /> ).



Oldpagan
[url="http://www.eagleindustries.com"]Eagle Industries[/url] these are the guys I ment. I have one of ther range bags for close to twenty years and it is still going strong.
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