If you are using it when flying.....it looks to me like the 'protector' bit might be on the bottom of the bag - I don't like that idea as a gargantuan baggage handler throws your duffle about....dints and dents?
I wrap my axe/crampons and huddle them with clothes around in the middle of the bag when flying + use old sock packed chopped yoghurt (Lactobacillius acidophilus obviously) cartons for the pointy bits.
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My cheap Gelert duffle is starting to show it's age, with a few small fabric tears at the seams. Which got me thinking about making a new duffle, but nicking the carry straps off the Gelert.
I looked at the design and wondered why it's barrel-shaped... The only reason I could think of is to eliminate the need for sharp corner seams, which are vulnerable stress points. I'm sure a gently-rounded rectangular corner would work just as well.
Fancy axe points are all well and good, but not everyone needs them. So they're limiting the versatility of the bag (or adding dead weight when not needed). I use axe head & spur protectors made from lumps of recycled EPE foam packaging.
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