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The sporty looking duffel bag constructed with a packable solution and a waterproof, soft main fabric. The bag offers great versatility with multiple compartments and conversion between bag and backpack.
I bought this bag specifically for use as a carry-on. I couldn't be happier with my purchase. Although I'm newer to the carry-on game (my family got me into the expensive habit of always checking bags), I'd say this is around maximum carry-on size. I took it for a six day trip to California and it was absolutely perfect. This bag has SO MUCH ROOM. I fit everything I needed plus a book or two, extra shoes, my computer, etc. The material appears to be extremely durable and it would probably take a small dinosaur to tear through it. The backpack straps are sturdy, though I do wish it included a chest strap for extra comfort/support. After walking around LAX for a half hour with this thing full, my shoulders were definitely a bit sore.
My Burton gym bag (also a 70L) gave up on me this week, or rather the strap did after years of enduring my ridiculous amount of stuff I pack in it – grown men had trouble lifting it and or more than one occasion I was asked if I was stealing dumbbells or an inordinate amount of towels from my local gym. You get the picture – as I go from work to gym it is packed with all I need and then some, I need a strong bag.
I'm a big fan of the earlier Helly Hansen duffle bags (with the shiny textured PVC tarpaulin fabric), so I decided to give the new version a try. The update uses a smoother, matte PVC fabric (similar to other all-weather duffles), and the design is essentially the same - a flap that opens parallel to the length of the duffle, backpack straps that can be stowed inside the flap, one interior mesh pocket, same dimensions, etc. However, the construction doesn't seem as robust as the earlier version - the fabric seems lighter, the straps are definitely less wide and thinner, and the zippers are not as sturdy. On the old version, the outside bottom panel was not PVC coated (although it was coated on the inside), but it was a sturdy nylon with a water-resistant coating. The outside bottom panel on the new version seems to be uncoated nylon or polyester, although the inside bottom still has the PVC coating. While it might keep moisture out of the bag, it looks like the bottom of the duffle will get wet and stay wet.
This product is as described and held up excellent during my recent trip to Italy. The bag is malleable, sturdy, and well designed. The zippers worked every single time with out any hang up, even when the bag was stuffed to it's maximum capacity. The zipper pocket on the main flap was useful. I managed to fit a JBL Flip 4 speaker, a belt, suspenders, bowtie, various charging cables, and portable battery pack with out any issues. This trip also required me to have a Tux and a suit for a welcome dinner and wedding, I managed to pack both of those, and three pairs of shoes into the bag along with 2 weeks worth of clothes for Italy.
Helly Hansen duffles are nice looking, and made of a very durable synthetic. I mean, nice. I've heard the zipper might not be completely waterproof, but I've had no problems.
I already had the 50l version and this was what was required for that shorter trip/less kit required for the gym. Backpack straps are a bonus and work really well (as they do on the 50l) and would not hesitate to recommend this bag.
This feels very good quality & is clearly built to withstand the elements. The hidden rucksack straps are a nice feature easy to take out & put away if they're getting in the way.
Great looking, elegant, superlight, waterproof and enough liters for a couple of weeks trip. You can perfectly carry on as a bag, although if it is full of stuff can be a bit heavy
Waterproof, lightweight and it looks good. It has a useful side zip section and an inner top mesh zipped section. I use it every time I go sailing. It's a great bag and a worthwhile purchase.