No B.S. Summary
Although board bag check in will never be painless, our friends at Balanzza have come up with a nifty little gadget that will make preparing for your next surf trip a bit easier and hopefully keep your bag fees down in the process.
- Accurate Convenient and Simple
The Not So Good
- It took me a few tries to get the batteries in properly but it could just be me being an idiot!
No B.S. Review
Anyone that has traveled with a surfboard or who has had to check luggage knows the pains associated with getting your gear from point A to point B and back. Out of all the travel inconveniences, my least favorite is the dreaded board bag weigh in! The limitations are a bit different with each airline but I know I’ve had to scramble last minute a few times to redistribute items to sneak under the weight restrictions and avoid a price increase. This arduous task used to hold up the check in process and sometimes your trip by going back and fourth with the aggravated airline attendant, adding and removing items until you hit that magic number. Although board bag check in will never be painless, our friends at Balanzza have come up with a nifty little gadget that will make preparing for your next surf trip a bit easier and hopefully keep your bag fees down in the process.
Balanzza (http://www.balanzza.com/) is a small digital luggage scale that is simple to use and accurate enough to let you know if you need to remove some items from your board bag or if you have some extra room for necessities. The scale hooks on to your luggage, board bag, etc. and after a few seconds it beeps and gives a digital read out of the items weight. My packed back with 2 boards, protective packaging, two towels, and a wetsuit top came in at 48 pounds, just under the 50 pound airline limit! I was even able to add a few bars of wax before finally handing it over.
The Balanzza can handle items up to 100 lbs., is slim and compact (it only weighs 3.2 oz) and it makes the perfect companion for packing re-packing on your way back home! Coming in between $20-$25 dollars, I’d say it’s a must for any traveler that wants something more accurate than their bathroom scale to help prepare for travel with less hassles. As always, thanks for reading and be sure to tell a friend…