It has come to this: gear to hold your gear. The end of the world must be nigh, but the good news is you’ll be taking it all with you in the REI WheelyBeast.
Sporting wheels, an extendable handle and a frame that allows it to stand up straighter than Forrest Gump in leg braces when parked, the Beast is surprisingly easy to maneuver. That’s no small feat given its ginormous 7,200ci capacity.
There are plenty of small organizer pockets inside and out, plus a zippered boot compartment ideal for dirty gear. Heavily padded handles are set up for a two-person lift. Compression straps snug it all down, and the top flap has a hidden ID card holder.
The beast is definitely built to take abuse. The only defect I found was two aluminum L-brackets inside the liner that had extremely sharp edges. A few minutes with a file and they was smooth, like buttah. This load monster will take a fully rigged climbing pack complete with ice tools and boots, with room left over for pornography. For your friends. ‘Cause, you know, you yourself would never…