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Gear Review

5 5

Excellent duffel bag

Surprised there aren't more reviews of these duffels. I've looked at TNF, Patagonia, and Marmot, and several other duffel bags. It really came down to a dead heat between Marmot and Mammut. I ordered the Mammut cargon 60L bag and am highly satisfied. I needed a 60L bag to carry my canyoneering equipment. I did like the Marmot bags as well, but they come in atypical sizes: 50L and 75L. I thought about the 75L bag, but that bag is too long IMO (it is 29.5" long), making it difficult to carry and stow. Both Marmot and Mammut duffels seem to use the same strap configuration, which can be used as backpack straps or can be joined together as a single handle (comment by reviewer below about "tuck away" shoulder straps--at least the 60L does NOT have this, I don't know what he is talking about). Of course, these backpack straps can be removed. None of these duffels are waterproof, but the bottom of the Mammut is a water-resistant vinyl material--good if you are setting your bag down on wet ground or damp grass. In contrast, the vinyl material on the Marmot appear to be on the TOP & SIDES of the bag (judging by picture). The Mammut has one "outside" zipper pocket on one end of the duffel, which is of good size. The main compartment is easily packed and accessed through zippered lid. There are two zipper "mesh" pockets on the underside of the lid (for personal items,e.g. keys, cellphones, etc.). Finally, on the inside front there are three "organizer pockets" for holding items that partially close w/ velcro tabs. On the outside of the bag, there are two sets of three attachment points for clipping items to bag w/ carabiner. Two compression straps and two handles (on the ends) round out the features of this bag. To me, this bag is a keeper.

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Only the 140L Mammut model has the zippered pouch for the shoulder straps. I agree that the Marmot was a close 2nd, but the 110L XL was a disaster on the back.