Eckla Gear Carts Review

October 21st, 2011 by Denise Ippolito

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I’ve finally decided on a cart!  I was on the hunt to replace my homemade cart, and Outdoor Photo Gear sent me the two different Eckla Gear Carts to evaluate.  I’ve decided on the Eckla Beach Rolly.  I thought I would give you a rundown on each cart.

There are two different styles of Gear Carts by Eckla that are available:  the Multi Rolly and the Beach Rolly.  These carts are both light weight and fold easily to fit in the car. Both are durable multi-function carts with all-terrain tires. The tires are very versatile and can go anywhere you need them to go–whether it’s over rough terrain or sandy beaches. These carts carry your gear instead of you humping it on your shoulders or back! The no slip grips on the handles are fantastic and as soon as I saw them I knew I would like them. The handle is tall enough so that when you are rolling the cart, you don’t hit the back of your ankles – which was one of the problems I was having with my homemade cart.

The Multi Rolly comes fully loaded with gear pouches, hooks, no slip grip handles and even a fold-down shooting seat.


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Here are some of the features:
German engineering and construction
10″H x 3″W (25 x 8 cm) knobby all-terrain tires
Rust proof heavy duty aluminum frame
Cargo hooks attached to frame
Pockets hold tripod feet securely
Separate fold-down seat allows you to sit & shoot without unpacking

And the all-important specs:
110 lbs (50 kg) hauling capacity
264 lbs (120 kg) seating capacity
Payload space 20W x 14D” (50 x 35 cm)
Payload back height 21.5″ (55 cm)
Seat size 18W x 16D” (45 x 40 cm)
Weight 15.4 lbs (7 kg)
Folds flat 27.5 x 26.8 x 6″ (70 x 68 x 15 cm)
PRICE: $299.95

Below is the Beach Rolly Gear Cart which has a simpler design and is the one I decided to go with, as I like the side covers.  This model also comes with the no-slip grips and the all-terrain tires that I like so much.


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Here are the Beach Rolly Features:
German engineering and construction
10″H x 3″W (25 x 8 cm) knobby all-terrain tires
Rust proof heavy duty aluminum frame
Double-walled nylon bucket hopper/seat construction
Converts from hauling mode to seat

Beach Rolly Specifications:
176 lbs (80 kg) hauling capacity
264 lbs (115 kg) seating capacity
Payload area floor 18 x 14″ (46 x 35.5 cm)
Payload back height 24″ (61 cm) and 41″ (104 cm) high with windscreen
Weight 10 lbs (4.5 kg)
Folds flat 28 x 26 x 3.5″ (71 x 66 x 9 cm)
PRICE:$199.95

I added a Multi-Holding Bar so I could strap in my tripods and other gear.  It’s available for both carts.


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There are other accessories too, such as a cargo net (definitely recommended), a bottle holder and a fold out bar to add space to the bottom payload area.

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Here is an image of my gear cart shown with my two tripods, my 500mm lens, 1 camera body (I was shooting this image w/ the other :) ). My 100mm Macro lens and assorted gear. I still have room for my cooler and some additional lenses. The black plastic cart is from Staples and cost $6.99. I use the straps that come with the optional Multi-holding bar to secure my tripods. I place my other gear including my 500mm lens in the cart. The black netting is elastic and secures easily to the cart with the hooks that come with it. I can also pull the netting up over my gear if I overload the cart.

I’m thrilled that I was able to replace my homemade cart.  These Eckla carts are fantastic.  Once you use one, you’ll realize how easy it makes it to haul your gear around.  I’m sure you’ll see lots of them on the beaches when you shoot!

You can see Denise’s website at www.deniseippolito.com.

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