I needed a unicycle carrying case for airline travel, and wasn’t satisfied with using a cardboard box because I didn’t feel it would provide much protection, so I searched the forums for a solution.
I saw that John Childs had recommended the Triall3 Sports Clam Shell Wheel Safe. After checking some reviews of this case elsewhere on the net, and finding them to be all positive, I went ahead and purchased this case from a retail outlet called trisports.com. Total price including shipping was $286, and the case arrived in 5 days after ordering. I saw some lower prices from competitors, but these companies had some negative reviews, and trisports.com seemed to have a fair number of happy customers so I went with them.
Attached are some pictures of the case. The case consists of two pieces of a hard black plastic (?) material which go together like a clam shell, and is secured with two metal locking tabs (see photo). There are two red adjustable straps made of a strong fabric which go around the case and these appear to provide extra protection against the case coming apart accidently, rather than a primary means of holding the case together.
There is one carrying handle. It wasn’t too hard to lug around for short distances such as inside the airport, but for longer distances it would get tiring to carry.
Inside there is plenty of foam cushioning and lots of space to store gear. I was able to fit my 24" Muni with Hunter frame and Gazz tire (deflated), air seat, seatpost, Camelback, gloves, pedals and cranks, shin pads, and extra tools. The only piece of equipment I could not fit was my helmet which went into my duffel bag.
I just got back from an airline trip and the case and all the contents survived unscathed. There was one problem when the case was being unloaded into the baggage claim area. Because it was so big, it got stuck on the conveyor belt and blocked all of the baggage behind it for a while. A baggage handler had to walk up the conveyor belt and unstick it.
Afterwards I found that one of the red straps had gotten stretched a few inches – I guess it got snagged on something. But still the case showed no sign of coming apart and the strap stayed in place.
Overall I am pretty happy with this case and it seems to be sturdy outside and provides good protection for the contents. My one complaint is the straps could be better designed not to snag on stuff and loosen up like they did during transport on the airline. Perhaps I can find some metal straps that would fit more snugly against the case.