Carrier Duffle 55
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.
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.
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.