Car­rier Duf­fle 55

RECOIL OFFGRID - - Pistol Caliber Compatibility -

Cana­dian com­pany Arc’teryx has an in­ter­na­tional rep­u­ta­tion for mak­ing top-notch climb­ing, ski­ing, and hik­ing gear. So, it shouldn’t sur­prise any­one that its Car­rier Duf­fle 55 is one tough, tech­ni­cal SOB. The P.U.-coated ny­lon fabric com­bined with sealed seams and Arc’teryx’s trade­marked Wa­ter­tight Zip­per shrug off rain, snow, and hail like no­body’s busi­ness. In fact, in our test­ing, not a sin­gle drop of wa­ter got to the in­te­rior.

But how does it per­form as a go-bag? This duf­fel is def­i­nitely durable. De­signed for a va­ri­ety of uses (com­mut­ing, trav­el­ing, win­ter spor ts, etc.), the Car­rier Duf­fle 55 can with­stand rig­or­ous daily use in as­sorted en­vi­ron­ments. From the ma­te­ri­als and hard­ware to the straps and stitch­ing, ev­ery­thing spells sturdy. The quick-re­lease shoul­der straps are both re­mov­able and ad­justable, so you can carry the bag as if it’s a backpack, sling pack, or brief­case (thanks in par t to four grab han­dles, which also work as lash points). The in­te­rior is white, al­low­ing greater vis­i­bil­ity in­side.

On the flip­side, most duf fels have only one com­par tment, and this Arc’ter yx model is no ex­cep­tion . So, if you’re bug­ging out, the con­tents might slosh around in­side. Oh, and mi­nor com­plaint: When packed full, it looks like a big shiny black pil­low on our backs. Not exac tly in­dis­creet nor aes­thet­i­cally pleas­ing .

Over­all, a hard-core pack that’s highly weather re­sis­tant and ver­sa­tile enough for var­i­ous du­ties … but its lack of in­te­rior di­vi­sions might give prep­pers pause.

PROS:

Im­pres­sive weath­er­proof­ing con­struc­tion

Storm flap helps keep rain and wind out

Can be car­ried like a backpack, sling pack, or brief­case

When not in use, it can be stowed com­pactly in the in­cluded mesh bag. When in use, the mesh bag can dou­ble as a travel or­ga­nizer and be thrown in­side the duf­fel.

CONS:

Just one large com­part­ment; no di­viders or pock­ets to keep your gear or­ga­nized.

It’s not the coolest look­ing nor the most dis­creet duf­fel on the mar­ket.

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