Sea to Summit has taken your average Duffle Bag to new heights. Not only are they rough and tumble with plenty of features and full of innovation, they also come in four sizes and an array of colours. Ideal for your toughest expedition or just a weekend visit to the in-laws, the Sea To Summit Duffles have you covered. Sea to Summit does it again with another Gear Of The Year Award, bravo!
The Backcountry Skiing Canada Team.
The Sea to Summit Duffle is ready for your next adventure as a fully featured expedition bag. The bag is made from rugged technical materials and offers three different carry variations. Durability, convenience, and simplicity all come together to create a bag suited to haul everything you need.
Durable, water resistant, well thought out and of course Sea To Summit.
The base of the duffle bag is made from ridiculously tough 1000D nylon. This is the highest denier nylon fabric that Sea to Summit uses and it’s designed to be used and abused. The inside of the fabric features a polyurethane coat to add water resistance. The base is also padded in order to protect your belongings.
The rest of the duffle is made from 900D tarpaulin that is both rugged and waterproof. The tear-resistant 900 denier yarn provides tensile strength and is laminated on both sides; the exterior laminate is abrasion resistant and water-shedding, while the interior laminate offers further waterproofing and offers some rigidity to the fabric. This rigidity allows the duffle bag to stand on its own to facilitate easy packing
A large padded lid protects your gear, and makes packing easy and fast. The lid also has an interior pocket for smaller items. The dual zipper is built extra tough so it won’t break under tension; it’s also puncture resistant!
The duffle bag can be carried with two handles, as a backpack, and with a single shoulder strap. The two handle and backpack modes require no adjustments and are essentially the same system used differently. The handles also feature magnets that hold them together. The straps all feature wire gate carabiner style attachments that not only make life easy but are way more bomber than your average plastic attachment point. The single shoulder strap requires no extra strap; simply unclip 3 of the handle clips and reassemble as a single strap.
Lash-loops and tie down points make it easy to lash it to your preferred mode of transport, and compression traps keep the bag tight when not filled to the brim.
The Sea to Summit duffle bag keeps it simple while providing a rugged and versatile hauling system. The compression straps, various tie-down and lash loops, and 3 way carry system make this bag convenient to any mode of transport.
The only complaints I have are that the bag lack accessory pockets and isn’t fully waterproof. The main pocket is huge and offers easy access to the whole bag, and the interior lid pocket is a good start, but having multiple small pockets allows for easy organization of smaller items. While this is not essential and would add both bulk and complexity, it is a “nice to have”. The bag is very water resistant and I would be stoked with it in most conditions. But in those rare cases when mother nature is letting it all out, things like taped zippers would be welcomed with open arms.
While on the topic of zippers, these are the beefiest zippers I’ve ever seen. The double zipper system is like a zipper on steroids! It still slides easy and features a little hoop to throw a lock on to keep your stuff secure.
I really like the wire gate hooks that attach the straps to the bag. This hassle free system makes it quick and easy to switch up the carrying modes and is about as bomber as it gets. I also like that the way the straps overlap in the single shoulder strap mode means double the padding when the load is concentrated on one shoulder.
A similar bag is the Patagonia Black Hole duffel. The Patagonia bags are slightly less expensive and have more inside pockets, but I like the simplicity and ruggedness of the Sea to Summit carrying system; no extra straps to stash/lose, and durable metal attachment points.
Price: $139.95CAN / $119.95US, $159.95CAN / $139.95US, $179.95CAN / $159.95US, $199.95CAN / $179.95US
Volume: 45, 65, 90, 130L
Weight: 1650g / 3.7lb, 1750g / 3.8lb, 2050g / 4.5lb, 2450g / 5.4lb
Dimensions: 58x29x29cm / 23x11x11”, 66x33x33cm / 26x13x13”, 74x37x37cm / 29x14.5x14.5”, 84x42x42cm / 33x16.5x16.5”
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