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Old 04-07-2013, 10:21 AM   #67
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How to carry your Benchmarks?

Like many, we find Benchmark Road & Recreation atlases to be the best of that genre. But they are pricey -- well over $20 ea. -- and the covers are not durable enough for our purposes.

We also find it impractical, and expensive enough in its own ways, to drive to some office-supply store and stand at a machine for a time photocopying pages for trips that are often long, usually involve multiple pages, and sometimes traverse multiple states.

So we prefer to bring our Benchmarks.

That has meant tearing up covers, and even losing one now and then.

What to do?

After searching for a practical moto-solution, we came up the SealLine brand of water-tight map cases, by Cascade Designs. The clear, 12 mil vinyl is tough, and lets the traveler see what's inside. The heavy-duty zip closure seems durable and tight. D rings at each corner provide means to secure them to a bike, in our case, to the pillion area. And for those who appreciate a "Made in the U.S.A." label, they're made in Seattle, Washington.

We recently purchased the large size on Amazon for $19.95 -- not cheap, to be sure. But given the cost of replacing torn up or lost atlases, possibly worth the price. The size is more than adequate for one atlas, and plenty big for multiple atlases and any other paper references we need to protect.

Here's what ours looks like strapped and hooked to the seat of a KLR:

Perhaps this is a solution for you as well.

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