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ROLLING THUNDER - 36"

4.5 8 Reviews

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Details

Ready for the long haul, this 36" rolling suitcase now sports a lighter, more user-friendly design and is generously sized to safely get all your gear to your final destination.

Features

  • Now with a lighter, more user-friendly design that reduces weight by 25%
  • Bomber Base Camp material is paired with rugged nylon for extra durability
  • External top zipper pocket for easy access when stowed in overhead compartments
  • Perforated exposed back panel reduces weight without sacrificing strength
  • Plastic bumpers on wear points for extra abrasion resistance
  • Internal mesh pocket
  • Die-cut ID window
  • Coated daisy chains for durable lash points

Product Specifications

Style:
C097
Fabric:
1000D polyester with TPE lamination, 1680D nylon
Avg Weight:
10 lb 4.4 oz (4660 g)
Volume:
9458 in3 (155 liters)
Dimensions:
18" x 36" x 15.8" (45 cm x 91 cm x 40 cm)
Source:
Imported
Guarantee:
Lifetime Warranty

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(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Rolling Thunder 36inch - AMAZING

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from USA

Pros

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Long Vacations
      • Moving lots of luggage

      Comments about TheNorthFace ROLLING THUNDER - 36":

      I absolutely love this bag. I ordered one grey, then got another orange. The orange really looks fantastic!

      I was surprised how light they are – they are only 1 pound heavier than the 30inch thunder.

      This is the largest roller bag I could find online, and it is superb. I used 2 of these to move to a foreign country. In each bag I could easily fit suits, pants, shirts, ties, winter jackets, a good amount of casual clothes, several pairs of shoes in each, towels, toiletries, hangars, electronics, as well as bundles of documents which I put into the cover flaps. And there was still room for more.

      Each bag has 2 internal straps that wrap around from the bottom base inside, to help compress and secure the contents before closing the bag.

      It is easy to go over the weight limit with these bags, but I did not have much choice since I was moving all my stuff and wanted to only take 2 bags to minimize the # of pieces I had to carry. One bag ended up weighing about 54 pounds, and the other was at 63 pounds. Some airlines have max checked bag weight of 50 or 70 pounds before they charge fees, but some have max 25 pounds; depending on business/economy class etc.

      The dimensions are over 62 inches, but I have never seen anyone measuring - on this trip, or any of my other trips with large bags over the past few years.

      The bag is very well made. Handles are very sturdy, and zippers are smooth. The top of the cover overlaps against the zipper line which helps protects the zipper line (i.e. from water seeping in).

      The diagonal handles at the top are great when rolling this bag so that the edges of the bag don't rub into your hip as you roll it.

      The wheels are also very tough and look like they will last a long time.

      Overall I am extremely pleased with the Rolling Thunder 36inch. It is a superb bag for hauling a lot of gear and is very durable. I am happy it has a lifetime warranty as well.

      • Travel Frequency:
      • 0-5 Annual Trips
      • Primary use:
      • Personal
      • Was this a gift?:
      • No

      (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

       
      4.0

      Great Bag for Hauling Gear/Equipment

      By 

      from USA

      About Me Practical, Stylish

      Pros

      • Easy To Access Items
      • Easy To Identify
      • Good Capacity
      • High Quality
      • Stylish

      Cons

      • No Patch Kit
      • No Thru-Bolting
      • Rivets
      • Wobbles

      Best Uses

      • Hauling Equipment
      • International Travel
      • Long Vacations

      Comments about TheNorthFace ROLLING THUNDER - 36":

      Bottom line: This bag hauled and protected my expensive motorcycle gear over a long international trip and functioned as designed. Love it.

      Details: I bought this bag (36") for a trip to India where I needed to carry a lot of motorcycle gear and clothing on a 3 week tour through the mountains. The bag itself went on 10 different jets round trip from the US so it had plenty of airport handling. Overall, it seemed to hold up very well except some abrasion to the outer rubberized coating. On the actual trip, it was hauled in a van so not much abuse or exposure to the elements other than in/out daily at various stopping points where it was thrown around.

      The airport handling instantly made the bright orange dirty but that is to be expected and adds character in my opinion. The orange is awesome for spotting the bag a long way out on a bag carousel or when they're tossing it into a jet on the tarmac - it's nice to have something that stands out in the sea of black bags. As mentioned earlier, there was some chaffing of the outside rubberized coating that wore through to the fabric in one spot. I think it was partially due to how I had the bag packed but on the other hand I wish it was a little more robust. Basically the toe of a riding boot was putting a pressure on the bag and it rubbed through the coating in that area. I'm not concerned about aesthetics of the patch but that is one thing to consider when the bag does get used in a rough environment: how do you repair damage to the coating if/when it wears through? Perhaps the NF support people can comment on that?

      • Travel Frequency:
      • 0-5 Annual Trips
      • Primary use:
      • Personal
      • Was this a gift?:
      • No

      (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Great duffel!

      By 

      from Undisclosed

      Site Member

      Comments about TheNorthFace ROLLING THUNDER - 36":

      Great duffel. Large capacity. Rolls well. Very sturdy.

      (7 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

       
      1.0

      Rolling Thunder - 36"

      By 

      from Japan (military assignment)

      Site Member

      Comments about TheNorthFace ROLLING THUNDER - 36":

      Purchased this luggage at an REI store in Oct 2014, and by Mar 2015 the bottom front portion of this luggage had two ripped holes. This is my third Rolling Thunder Luggage, but the first two were earlier generation models. Same occurred, as well as the wheels broke off or fell apart. Unfortunately, this is the only luggage that provides me with the ideal cubic space that I need. I am currently looking at other models and brands that would provide a much sturdier luggage.

      Definitely, NOT designed for rugged use, or for frequent global travelers, especially military or similar careers

      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      4.0

      Almost Perfect in Every Way

      By 

      from Washington DC

      Site Member

      Pros

      • packable
      • Waterproof

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Hiking

        Comments about TheNorthFace ROLLING THUNDER - 36":

        I used this bag for a 10-day trip to South America, and it was a great choice. Very durable and not overly large, unlike those huge hiking backpacks everybody has (which you can also only load/unload through the top, so you have to remove all your stuff if you want to reach something at the bottom). I used vacuum bags to pack everything and even had space left over. The backpack straps are convenient for when you want to wear and not carry the bag. My only complaints: the straps are removable and therefore sometimes become detached when you're trying to put the bag on. There is also no shoulder strap included, so you cannot sling the bag over your shoulder as you would a regular duffel. But I used a removable strap from an older bag and it worked fine.

        (3 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        The Orange Beast

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        from Undisclosed

        Site Member

        Comments about TheNorthFace ROLLING THUNDER - 36":

        I was able to fit two sleeping bags, two day packs, three pairs of shoes and two weeks of clothes in this bag on a trip to New Zealand. It rolls smoothly and can be stood up on end. Handles at both ends allow two people to carry it if needed. Its bold orange color can't be missed on airport baggage carousels.

        (1 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Great purchase

        By 

        from Undisclosed

        Site Member

        Comments about TheNorthFace ROLLING THUNDER - 36":

        Love it and north face was awesome with handling shipping and all

        (7 of 9 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Perfect size for bulky ski and outdoor gear.

        By 

        from Undisclosed

        Site Member

        Comments about TheNorthFace ROLLING THUNDER - 36":

        Largest roller bag on the market. Got 1 then immediately ordered another

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