With generous storage, useful organization and fast, quiet wheels Dakine's Split Roller 85L makes traveling easy
Buy if, You're a frequent traveler who needs top-notch luggage and doesn't mind checking bags in
Pros: Ample gear storage and organization, rolls well, durable, loads of color options
Cons: Roller handle feels plasticy, no keyring clip
The name Dakine might conjure up images of biking, surfing and snow sports but it also has a deep catalog of luggage and everyday bags. The Split Roller 85L is one of its more popular luggage pieces. I’ve lugged this one through a handful of airports in and out of the US to see if the legendary Dakine style has the substance to go the distance.
Split level design allows for easy access and organization
Split-Wing collapsible brace for stability and folds flat for storage
#10 lockable YKK main zippers
Interior see-through mesh dividers
Interior compartment keeps dirty clothes/shoes separate
Tuck away ID pocket for added security
Exterior quick access pockets
Reinforced, replaceable urethane wheels
4.54kg / 10lbs weight
Packing up the Dakine Split Roller
The Split Roller gets its name from the 50/50 opening design. Two buckles and a burly zipper have to be undone to access the bag. Once open, both sides offer nearly equal storage room.
Three large compartments divide up the interiorRussell Eich / Immediate Media
Inside the Split Roller there are three main zippered areas. The largest and smallest compartments have mesh to make finding things a bit easier and the medium-size zone, which is ideal for dirty gear you don’t want to see again, features non-see-through nylon.
I found the various compartments useful to be able to separate my riding shoes and helmet from my casual clothes. The mesh-topped areas were also good for letting a bit of air through (while keeping my things from looking like a yard sale) as the bag sat in, and next to, my tent.
Dakine Split Roller in transit
While in motion, the benefits of the Split Roller truly became apparent. The urethane wheels rolled smoothly and at 77mm in diameter skimmed across even the most broken pavement and parking lot cracks.
The wheels roll smoothly over rough ground and have remained squeak-freeRussell Eich / Immediate Media
The handle when used as a roller bag is on par with other luggage handles: retractable when not needed and somewhat plasticy feeling, but sufficient to do the job.
I did find the two grab handles, one at the top, the other on the side, to be very useful when loading and unloading the bag in cars and off of the airport luggage carousel.
Speaking of the luggage carousel, the Split Roller is too big to be a carry-on item, it has to be checked in.
Dakine’s Split Roller 85L has made traveling and gear hauling a simple taskRussell Eich / Immediate Media