Hard bow case for flying

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  1. mhouck06

    mhouck06 Weekend Warrior

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    I currently have the Plano field locker bow case. I will be flying this Feb and just want to make make sure I have an adequate case for flying.

    Currently my Mathews V3X fits in the case but there is not much tolerance with the sight installed. I will most likely have to take my sight off, which is fine especially with new set up.

    I have traveled with the Plano field locker rifle case and had no issues.

    My plan is to stuff as much clothing as I can into the bow case to help eliminate any voids. I will also probably be transporting my .454 Casull in the case, wrapped in clothing which I have done with success in the rifle case.

    The other cases I was looking at were the SKB and Pelican travel cases. I have read that the pelican can be a pain to fit some different bows in.

    I am just looking for any real world experience. The arrows don't matter... I can travel with them in my suitcase or bow case. Right now with the Plano, I will probably travel with 6 in the bow case.
     
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    cantexian Grizzled Veteran

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    You will probably be just fine with the plano case stuffed with clothes. I have done that several times without any issues. Make sure you take broadheads off the arrows and put them in case. You don't want to have them bounce around in luggage transport and accidentally cut a string or cable.
     
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    SKB
     
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    I picked up the SKB Bow Traveler case last year and really like it. I don't put my bow in a case very often and when I do it's usually for longer trips where I'm traveling and bringing lots of clothes with me. I was able to fit all of the clothes I needed for a week long elk trip in the top duffel area, plus all of my bow and archery stuff in the bottom. It's exactly what I was looking for and I've always liked SKB's quality.
     
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    My SKB got retired when came out on a conveyor belt in Denver with holes in it and cracks around the latches.

    I switched to a Sitka Nomad and haven’t looked back. I can fit a ton of other gear/clothing/ sleeping bags, boots Ect around the bow and get the most out of the 50 pound allowance while padding my bow. Probably have about 40 flights or so on it and it has worked fantastic. Just another option.
     
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    I used to use a Plano double rifle case with my Oneidas. I looked at the SKBs, but I think they were a bit heavier than my new Plano (All Weather, maybe).

    I've been pulling a layer of foam and v filling the case with clothes and other soft / light extras.

    It doesn't get the mileage trial gets, but has survived planes, rampers at various airports (CLT, ATL, KCI, DIA, DFW), buried in the back of vehicles, truck beds, etc.

    Ymmv
     
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    I have read that the sitka nomad is actually too large dimension wise and gets charged the oversize fee, regardless of weight. Have you experienced this?
     
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    I like that case! Can you lock the zippers?
     
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    Nope, haven’t been measured yet
     
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    Yeah, there are holes in the zippers to run a lock through if you wanted to.
     
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    Got a SKB Double bow case that made a trip to Africa, now it sits in the shop. I picked up a Eberlestock B1 Hercules and my bow fits fine. Load it with clothes, gear and bow, toss it in the truck and go.
    If I fly again, I’ll definitely use the SKB. Load it, lock it and not worry.
     
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    SKB is the standard. They're cases are top notch. My friend just bought a case.. I want to say it was a pelican of sorts and then bought a couple slabs of uncut foam. He layed his bow in and traced it, then cut it to exact fit. The bow fits like a glove in with not need for straps, etc., and its extremely well padded. Looks like a killer setup too because if you switch bows you can get new foam and do it again.
     

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