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Linger Longer with Gili Gear Bags

Gili Gear Bag founder Derek Redd
Gili Gear Bag founder Derek Redd

When divers hear the name Gili, most of us think of the three islands in Indonesia, famous for their pristine coral reefs and large populations of sea turtles. Inspired by a trip to Gili Air, the smallest of the three islands, Derek Redd, the founder of Gili Gear Bags returned with. met with Derek at the 2019 Blue Wild Expo in Ft. Lauderdale, where we took a look at the many configurations of gear bags and portable yoga/camp mats. Made in the USA from re-purposed marine-grade vinyl, these mesh products are waterproof, UV resistant, breathable (the mesh allows water, dirt, and sand to drain through), as well as stain-proof and easy to clean.

Equipped with heavy-duty, molded lockable zippers and double-sewn seams, the duffel has a neoprene handle that doubles as a shoulder strap and all the duffel bags are equipped with a grab handle on the end. Every Gili Gear Bag is unique, as the colored, nylon threads are randomly distributed in the weave.

Sized to handle everything from cosmetics and small gear to freediving fins and scuba gear, there is a Gili Gear Bag for any outdoor sports enthusiast. The XL Gear Bag ($99.95 USD) is 42” (106cm) long and is designed to accommodate the length of freediving and spearo gear. The 34” (86cm) x 16” (40cm) LG Gear Bag ($89.95 USD) comfortably holds a travel BCD, fins, a regulator and scuba gear.

Gili Beach Mat
Gili Beach Mat

The Gili Beach/Camp Mat comes in two sizes. The standard ($39.95) is a comfortable 30”(76cm) x 72” 182cm) and the large Beach/Camp Mat ($119.95) is a beefy 6’ (182cm) x 10’ (304cm) and comes equipped with corner loops for staking down. These eco-friendly mats are great protection for feet around the camp, or for putting your gear on at the beach.

For more information on the entire line-up of Gili products, visit their website at

John Griffith
John Griffith
John Griffith is an avid SCUBA and Freediver based in Southeast Florida, with over 34 years of experience in the recreational, military and commercial dive fields. Retired from military service, John completed Bachelor Degrees in both Business Administration and Journalism, a M.Ed and PhD in Education. John is a driven conservationist and social activist...with a great passion for sharks, cigars, rum and writing. John is an Associate Editor with


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