I commented: “I hate the fact that nearly a quarter of my precious weight allowance is taken up by just the bag itself.”
The Caicos weighed in at 5kg, and I think that for an empty bag that’s quite a lump, but it is built like a tank, with the heavy-duty tarpaulin material making up the bulk of that weight.
Stahlsac later informed me that it has another bag in its range that’s slightly smaller than the Caicos and made with lighter materials. It sent me one to try, so I immediately stuffed it full of dive-kit and took it abroad...

The Design
The Curacao Clipper is a full-sized dive bag with lots of features, and easily held all of my diving equipment as I flew it out long-haul to the Maldives. It is constructed from a heavy-duty Nylon material with a lightweight alloy frame and wheels.
There is a retractable pull-handle and further handles at the top and bottom, which made moving it or getting it in and out of the boot of my car and even onto the conveyor-belt at the airport an easy operation.
Fully zipped compartments allow for easy access to the contents, and four compression straps squeeze everything down nicely when it’s ready to roll.
The really pleasing thing is that it weighed in at just 3.8kg on my digital scales, which meant that I could pack a few more bits and pieces without having to give those nasty check-in extortionists any of my precious après-dive beer vouchers.
The yellow trim made sure that I could see the bag easily on the baggage-carousel at arrivals, but at the same time I love the fact that the livery doesn’t scream “I’m a dive-bag!”
If you have a gold or silver frequent flyer card and thus a generous weight allowance, the Caicos is the right tool for the job.
For the rest of us, battling with 20kg limits and those smiling assassins at the check-in desk, the Curacao Clipper could be our saviour.


PRICE £169
SIZE 70 x 35 x 43cm
WEIGHT 3.8kg
COLOURS Black / grey, black / blue, black / yellow.
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