Giant Loop - Zipper vs. Roll Closure

Discussion in 'Equipment' started by lvscrvs, Jan 15, 2020.

  1. lvscrvs

    lvscrvs Long timer Supporter

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    Thinking about picking up a Great Basin.

    Anyone gone from the older zip style to the newer roll closure bag?

    Thoughts/Comparisons? Plusses / Minuses?

    thanks!
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  2. Schmokel

    Schmokel Key to Happiness: Low Expectations

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    I would think over time a zipper would just get punished to all hell. I use a simple roll-top Nelson Riggs and they're great. Roll it and click. Done.
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  3. Baroquenride

    Baroquenride Everyone dies, but not everyone truly lives.

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    I'm watching this closely. I've got a knockoff GL Great Basin with the zipper and I've overstuffed it in the past causing the zipper thread to break, leaving a small hole which allowed water in. I can tolerate it for the price I paid, but keeping my eye out for a used roll top version.
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  4. lvscrvs

    lvscrvs Long timer Supporter

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    I have a Coyote with the zipper and it doesn't function as smoothly and easily as I'd like, especially when the bag gets anywhere near full. If i don't finesse it it feels like it could fail. On the whole though I really like the lighter weight and simplicity of the GL system.

    Roll tops like Schmokel mentioned are attractive but I prefer to have heavier items down the sides of the bike rather than sitting up on the tail. Lower center of gravity plus more protection for the sides of the bike.
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  5. Schmokel

    Schmokel Key to Happiness: Low Expectations

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    Yea, my saddlebags are roll down.
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  6. Cam

    Cam Been here awhile

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    Go with the roll down. More durable, lasts longer and better water resistance. A zipper failure on the trail sucks. There is a reason virtually every dry bag out there uses a roll top enclosure.
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  7. River-Runner

    River-Runner Been here awhile

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    My bag is older with a zipper. On a cold morning, the fabric gets stiff and the zippers are thus hard to move/close. It is tough as nails and has held up very well. I'd buy it again with the roll closure but I'm too cheap to update.....
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  8. Grinder

    Grinder Wrong way 'round

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    I’ve got the zipper version, it’s fine. It’s tough as hell and has been abused. If I were doing it again it would be the roll top. It’s a good idea and allows for that extra bit of adjustment in and out if needed.
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  9. tbarstow

    tbarstow Two-wheelin' Fool Super Supporter

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    Go roll top. The zipper gets dust in it and gets difficult to open and close.
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  10. squish

    squish Out of the office.

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    I have roll top Seal line bags, and a zipper TNF duffle.

    Roll tops for long term durability and better chance of them staying waterproof for the longer haul.

    Zippers win hands down for speed of entry.
    But the are more prone to leaks and malfunction.
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  11. usgser

    usgser Long timer

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    I'll vote for roll top.
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