An indispensable way to carry and protect your gear.
- Main carry handles with integrated padding quickly convert to shoulder straps for carrying the Alpaca as a backpack
- Padded top lid protects your gear and has a large U-shaped opening for easy access and organization
- Cross-over compression straps and interior straps keep gear from shifting while in transit
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Sturdy, with many good features
This duffel is more structured, a bit heavier, with great features, and the sturdiest of the several models I considered. It seems more ample than its 120-liter capacity (120L is ideally sized at the airline limit of cumulative dimensions to avoid oversize bag fees: L x W x H < 62"). It has a huge, convenient D-flap that is padded and semi-rigid that they claim improves comfort on the back. The zipper, well-tucked under a weather flap, is a bit sticky and does not have lock loops, but you could lock the two tabs together. The interior is lined with a light color so you can see your stuff. The Gregory is a top pick for a college student, camping, or lugging gear to a boat or cabin.
Downside? Curiously, the two compression straps cross over the not-very-compressible D-flap which rides on your back when carrying on the shoulders. The bag's ends and sides are seamed together with semi-rigid piping, providing good structure, but when loaded with 40+ lbs. on the shoulders, the boxy shape impedes walking since the piping cuts into the back of the lower hamstrings on my 5'-7" frame. I think you'd have to be well over 6' tall for this not to happen. The smaller models would not have this problem. Other than that, the design has many clever and functional features.