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Hard bow case recommendation?
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Contributors to this thread:
Jasper 07-Mar-18
sdkhunter 07-Mar-18
Russell 07-Mar-18
hammer 07-Mar-18
Kurt 07-Mar-18
Xbowdoctor95 07-Mar-18
Grunt-N-Gobble 07-Mar-18
Jasper 07-Mar-18
Jasper 07-Mar-18
AaronShort 07-Mar-18
akbow 07-Mar-18
MathewsMan 07-Mar-18
bowhuntbob 07-Mar-18
Jasper 07-Mar-18
krieger 08-Mar-18
Mr.C 08-Mar-18
pirogue 08-Mar-18
jstephens61 08-Mar-18
Mertyman 08-Mar-18
c5ken 13-Mar-18
petedrummond 13-Mar-18
petedrummond 13-Mar-18
StickFlicker 13-Mar-18
petedrummond 13-Mar-18
t-roy 13-Mar-18
From: Jasper
07-Mar-18
When I've flown in the past I've borrowed a friend's SKB. Going to Nebraska on a turkey hunt next month and want to buy my own case. What are my options other than SKB for 2 bows? I love the SKB, just want to see what else is out there before I buy. Thanks!

From: sdkhunter
07-Mar-18
I've got an SKB double bow case, the 4217 I think... Really nice case - would be good to fly with - if ever needed...

I've seen the Lakewood Double bow cases and they are nice too... If you ever fly - the SKB would be the one I would lean towards...

https://www.lakewoodproducts.com/product/double-bow-case-41/

From: Russell
07-Mar-18

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I sold my Lakewood bow case and bought a Tuffpak.

From: hammer
07-Mar-18
Just got my SKB 4217 for my trip this May...Looks like it's made real well w a warranty that can't be beat and there's room for our 2 bows... Have a Plano case but not loving the flimsy plastic...Not worth the risk...good luck

From: Kurt
07-Mar-18
Cabelas Ripcord XL rolling duffel for $150 allows you to put a soft bowcase case inside if your bow in soft case is shorter than 41-1/2" or so. Duffel is 42" long x 18" wide x about 18" tall if totally stuffed. Works great for two bows and all your gear. Wasn't too bad for oversize charges at $26 (under 50#) and $28 (when over $50) flying in Canada recently. Certainly avoids the cost of checking another bag due to the volume you can carry in it. Pack your clothes around the bow(s) and it is good protection. Roller wheels and handle make moving it around easy too. YMMV.....good luck.

From: Xbowdoctor95
07-Mar-18
The Plano AW case seems to be stout. Much cheaper then an SKB as well.

07-Mar-18
I recently bought the Plano AW case (the one with yellow handle) and it is stout. Thicker plastic than their other models. You just have to be sure your bow will fit due to the pillars. My Nitrum, because of the riser shape, just fits. However the riser and cables do touch the pillars. I wrapped the pillars with felt for extra protection, but the good thing also is the bow just cannot move around in the case at all.

From: Jasper
07-Mar-18
Is the Plano AW a double case? That's what I'm looking for

From: Jasper
07-Mar-18
I looked up the Plano and it's a single. Not many choices in double cases, will probably go with the SKB

From: AaronShort
07-Mar-18
I have a pole mountain hard case that pretty durable. Fits 2 bows. And the positive is it doesnt look like a bow case.

From: akbow
07-Mar-18
Check the weight on a double SKB. I use my bowcase to carry optics, GPS, and other expensive stuff since I can lock it. With my SKB I was always pushing weight limits for flying. Then the airlines was able to wreck it (the SKB was tough, but the baggage handler was apparently tougher)--broke a handle and one of the locks off. Nothing missing, but busted up. replaced it with a lightweight Plano--no issues with weight anymore and I figured if they can break my SKB they can break the Plano and I can buy two more and still save money over the SKB.

From: MathewsMan
07-Mar-18
I would recommend NOT using a hard case. There are numerous soft options which adequately reduce size, cost, and headaches all around.

From: bowhuntbob
07-Mar-18
SKB!

From: Jasper
07-Mar-18
Mathewsman,

Do you fly with a soft case?

From: krieger
08-Mar-18
Is Pole Mountain out of business? I liked that case and didn't get one bought when I should have...dangit.

From: Mr.C
08-Mar-18
SKB baggage handlers are ruthless gorillas

From: pirogue
08-Mar-18
You must not want to spend much, which is fine, especially if you don't have much in your bow. If I ever needed another to replace my metal Kalispel, which is no longer made, I would get a Pelican.

From: jstephens61
08-Mar-18
I have a Pelican for the AR and a SKB 4217 double for the bow. Both have served me well. Have you noticed that most cases are compared to the SKB? There’s a reason for that.

From: Mertyman
08-Mar-18
The SKB I have is technically a single bow case, but I can fit my 2nd bow in a soft case inside of the hardcase. Makes for great versatility having one case that can be used for one or two bows. Unfortunately I can't remember which model # it is.

From: c5ken
13-Mar-18
SKB all the way. A lot of money but your stuff will be secure...i

From: petedrummond
13-Mar-18

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Soft rolling duffels are the best i found. Been everywhere with my badlands terra glide. Clothes cushion bows and one less bag making it easier and cheaper.nobody gives it a second look. Been to europe africa canada and all over us from new york to washington to texas and no problem. Never been inspected anywhere.

From: petedrummond
13-Mar-18

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Soft rolling duffels are the best i found. Been everywhere with my badlands terra glide. Clothes cushion bows and one less bag making it easier and cheaper.nobody gives it a second look. Been to europe africa canada and all over us from new york to washington to texas and no problem. Never been inspected anywhere.

From: StickFlicker
13-Mar-18
My Hoyt is about 1 1/2" too long to fit on the badlands... The double bow SKB that I've used in the past used to be excluded (archery equipment) from oversized charges on Delta on all of my flights to Africa, but they have changed that. Now it is 10" too big, and may incur substantial charges depending on the ticket agent.

"I use my bowcase to carry optics, GPS, and other expensive stuff since I can lock it."

I would NEVER, EVER put expensive optics, GPS etc. in a checked bag! They open locked bags all the time for TSA checks, etc., and things can easily just disappear. Plus, many airlines exclude cameras and other such items from their liability if damaged while in checked luggage. Always carry-on such items!

From: petedrummond
13-Mar-18
Thats why badlands doesnt get checked. It looks like clothes.

From: t-roy
13-Mar-18
krieger.....My understanding is Pole Mountain is out of business. They are a really nice case. I’m glad I bought mine when I did.

X2 on the Terraglide, if your bow will fit.

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