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BD Creek 50 as carry on

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Josh Cook · · CO · Joined Feb 2009 · Points: 3,293

Does anyone have experience trying taking their Creek 50 on a plane? Too big, or can you get away with it if it isn't fully stuffed?

John Shultz · · Osaka, Japan · Joined Dec 2008 · Points: 45

Hey hombre. I have always been allowed to carry on a 50L pack. Never had any problems. I cinch the compressions straps down tight.

But there is something about haul bag shapes that makes everyone freak out and gets me questioned nearly every time. That thing kinda looks like a haul bag. 

Matt S · · Milwaukee, WI · Joined May 2018 · Points: 0

I've taken my BD Mission 55 as a carry on before.  I got some looks but the airline employees didn't care. 

Lucas deHart · · WNC -> Denver · Joined Apr 2018 · Points: 40

Domestic flight or international? I've had a lot better luck carrying on big bags on big planes for international flights than with small puddle jumpers. I've even done a pretty full Deuter Act Lite 65 for international, although that was a few years ago and I'm not sure I would try it now.

If you get a big bag through security, the worst thing that will happen is that they'll gate check your bag, imo.

mattm · · TX · Joined Jun 2006 · Points: 1,381

It’s pretty tall so on packed flights (common these days) you’re more likely to get dinged as it won’t fit the correct way in. TNF Cragaconda fits perfectly and punches above its 45L weight class in capacity. I’ve done a full Squamish rack, shoes, harness helmet AND 70m in it for carry on. 

Luc-514 · · Montreal, QC · Joined Nov 2006 · Points: 10,117

It won't fit in most airline carry on board measure's. I use the BD Stone 45L and it just fits without the lid.
Some companies may charge for gate checking your oversized and some may let it slip.

grog m · · Saltlakecity · Joined Aug 2012 · Points: 70

I have taken a maxed out osprey 65 liter as carry on multiple trips. Couple key things - make sure you get on the plane as early as possible to guarantee you will have enough room to shove bag into overhead. Always go brain (top of pack) first, then rotate pack in, shove in, as necessary. 

Simon Leigh · · SF, CA · Joined Nov 2017 · Points: 80
mattm wrote: It’s pretty tall so on packed flights (common these days) you’re more likely to get dinged as it won’t fit the correct way in. TNF Cragaconda fits perfectly and punches above its 45L weight class in capacity. I’ve done a full Squamish rack, shoes, harness helmet AND 70m in it for carry on. 

My Creek 50 fits the right way round on most "normal" 737 sized planes as you don't overstuff it.  Tiny planes it won't fit, but 90% carryons wouldn't either.

Chris W · · Unknown Hometown · Joined Jul 2017 · Points: 0

I've carried mine on a few times. It doesn't usually fit right (I have to turn it sideways), but I've never been told I had to check it.

Josh Cook · · CO · Joined Feb 2009 · Points: 3,293

Cool. Thanks for the beta. I'm going to go for it.

@mattm: You brought a 70m? I thought ropes were a no-no? (I'm flying international...if it makes a difference.)

mattm · · TX · Joined Jun 2006 · Points: 1,381
Josh Cook wrote: Cool. Thanks for the beta. I'm going to go for it.

@mattm: You brought a 70m? I thought ropes were a no-no? (I'm flying international...if it makes a difference.)

I took the same pack to Italy a month later for Dolomite run. I took 2x 60m half’s on that one without issue as well

Guideline #1: Don't be a jerk.

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