RocknRoller Multi-Cart R2RT Micro Review
Electric guitar players typically have a lot of gear. Guitars, amps, pedals, pedalboards, stands, etc. Which is great when you are playing at home. But it less than great when have to move a lot of it. If you play in a band or with friends, you know what a hassle it can be to haul everything around. Good cases and gig bags can help keep things organized and together, but you still have to haul them to practice and gigs.
I keep my gigging rig as small as possible. It consists of only one guitar, a combo amp, and a gig bag for effects and everything else. That's only three things to carry, but it is still a lot of weight. One of the locations I practice at has a very long walk from the parking lot to the stage. I used to make it about half way before I would have to switch arms carrying my 40 pound amp. Finally I decided to look for a good cart option.
The R2 Micro
I didn’t want a huge, heavy cart to deal with. And I didn’t want a cheaply made small cart that wouldn’t hold up. Then I discovered the RocknRoller carts. I compared sizes and decided the Micro was the perfect fit for me.
The Micro cart is extendable from 26 inches to 39 inches. I usually only use it in the 26 inch configuration. When it is fully extended it is longer than I need, or like to manage. Especially going through doors that I need to hold open while I pull the cart through. But I have used it extended occasionally.
It features solid metal construction for the most part, with solid (polyurethane foam) tires. The tires seem very durable. It rolls easily on pavement. I don’t think it was really designed for anything other than hard surfaces. Is solid and fairly heavy, weighing in at almost 17 pounds. It should hold up to regular use.
It is supposed to handle up to 350 pounds. My gear weighs about 70 pounds total, so I’ll have to take their word for it.
The cart frame folds up when not in use and doesn’t take up much space. To open the side frames, you have to pull down on wire cables to release the sides. The issue I have with this is the cables that release the sides are quite close to the frame, making them difficult to push down with your foot. I find it easier to just bend over and use my hands. I would prefer to use my foot, but it can be frustrating sometimes to get it to work using my foot. There are wing bolts on the bottom that allow you extend the cart to 39 inches if you desire.
The cart works great for me and my gear. Everything fits snuggly in the 26” configuration. It makes getting my gear from the car to the gig or practice a breeze.
If you regularly haul heavy musical gear around, a cart is a must. The RocknRoller R2 Micro is a compact, rugged, practical solution for those with smaller loads. The cables that release the side frames are a little too close to the frame for easy foot release. And it is just one more piece of gear to keep track of. But overall, I found the R2 Micro a great way to get my gear from the car to the stage.