Built to take thousands of miles of abuse.
- Shoulder strap carrying handles for easy backpack-style carry
- Zippered media pocket so your tunes don't fall out
- Interior zippered pocket provides extra security for valuables
- Locking zippers so your bag doesn't open itself
- Haul loops on both ends so your buddy can help when the load becomes extra-heavy
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TNF base camp L and XS vs Marmot M
TNF bags are built better (materials are a little better, design is a LOT better), with the exception of the amount of pockets on the Marmot.
Dimensions of the small bag
- Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
The dimensions of the Long Hauler Duffle Small are: 11.5 x 20 x 12in.
Go with TNF Base Camp
- Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
I needed a medium carry-on sized duffel, and this came up on steepandcheap for half price. I picked it up. I'll say it's decent, but it's no North Face Base Camp duffel (I have one in Large). There are a few nice things about it, such as the multiple pockets as others have mentioned. The ability to use it both as a backpack or clipping the straps together as a single strap is nice. However, compared to TNF duffel, the backpack straps leave much to be desired. Whereas TNF straps are burly and almost comfy, the Marmot ones are floppy, get twisted, and are too narrow to be remotely comfortable. The material on the top and sides of the Marmot bag are nice PVC coated fabric, and the bottom seems tough enough to stand up to heavy use. However, again TNF wins for using a ridiculously tough, coated fabric for the entire bag, and a tougher material on the bottom.
The most annoying thing however, about the Marmot bag, is that the bottom is floppy, there's no structure, while the sides are somewhat rigid. If you fill the bag halfway up, it's going to sag like crazy on one side. Many duffel bags have an internal plastic sheet on the bottom to give some structure, this doesn't. TNF bag is structured enough not to have this problem.
Overall, this bag gets the job done, but not as well as TNF bag. It's nice, and if you don't have a TNF bag, you'll probably like it. For the price I paid, I'll keep it, it works, but if you're going to pay full price or can find TNF Base Camp on sale, I'd go with it instead. It's more well-designed, more durable, and (in my opinion) looks better.
- Familiarity: I've used it several times
I have the medium that I recently used as a carry on no problem. Along with my Eagle Creek pack it system I was able to fit everything I needed in here for nearly 3 weeks away from home and easily fit it in the overhead compartment. Inside is a mesh pocket on the lid which is handy for things you know you are going to need upon your arrival. There is also another internal storage pocket on the inside which I don't use because I feel like it actually limits your storage space when you put things in there. This has a handle on each end, backpack straps which can me fastened together to form a sling or carry handle. They are also removable on one end. My favorite feature on this bag is the outer stash pocket on the top end. It is small but it is perfect for a few items that you need to access quickly or frequently. Very durable bag all around, especially the bottom.
Versatility and Durability
- Familiarity: I've used it several times
Just returned from a 10-day trip to western Montana. As a guide, I carry a ton of equipment all around the country. Grabbed a Long Hauler XL for this most recent trip. First off, the XL is BIG. Possibly too big. I carried 67 pounds (yes, I paid for the overweight baggage fees) of gear through the airports. Unlike my shoulder, the bag didn't hesitate. 10 days worth of clothing, rain gear, jackets, 2 pairs of hikers, spotting scope, tripod, optics, medical kits, etc. all fit with ease. If you can fit it, this duffel will haul it. BTW - the bright orange bag can be seen from the terminal as it is loaded on a jet, and you'll never guess which bag is yours at baggage claim!
Marmot Long Hauler Duffle Bag - 50L
Solidly built, go-to duffle bag
I have the M in black. The size is perfect for a carry-on while also limiting me to bring only what I need. Pair this with the Marmot Ultra Kompressor backpack and you can travel far and wide. The shoulder strap is comfortable and the option to wear as a backpack is nice, though I haven't needed it yet. Only two compartments (main and side) but each has zippered areas within so you can separate the important stuff easily. This thing is so well built I don't see how I won't be travelling with it ten years from now. Another winner from Marmot.
Medium as EQ Bag / Carry-on
- Familiarity: I've used it several times
Picked up a medium. A bit smaller than expected (in comparison to our mammoth TNF Base Camp), but fit's more than enough. Currently sits in a closet as a grab-and-go EQ bag, but recently used as a carry-on for an international flight. Not as bomb-proof as the TNF bag, but nice to have something a bit different. Side (round end) pocket is a great addition for electronics and passports. Would (and have) recommended to friends. Only downside would be the shoulder strap configuration, where the buckle sometimes digs into my chest when wearing over the chest (i.e. messenger-bag style).
Anyone fit the large as a carry on?
Anyone fit the large as a carry on?
I don't think it'll work unless it's mostly empty. Most carry on limits are 45 linear inches and at 12.5*12.5*29 you are over the mark at 54 linear inches. You might get away with it if the flight crew isn't being strict.
- Gender: Male
Got the Medium first. It is more like a large gym bag. Exchanged for large, very easy process. Haven't used yet, for trip in January.
Could use a pocket on the other end.
I am trying to find dimensions of this bag...
I am trying to find dimensions of this bag for each size - length/width/height
12.5*12.5*29 for large from marmot web site. I purchased one a month ago on sale, but this sale is better. Looks great and well constructed, have not used it yet.
Good all rounder
- Gender: Male
- Familiarity: I've used it several times
This bag is a great all round duffel for any sport or traveling. I have always liked the Marmot's Long Haulers and I have all the sizes. Some of the nice features are the side zipper pocket which has small pockets in side of that for storing little items..like your keys or phone. The other nice feature is the handle/backpack straps and how they are easily used. I would have given this a 5 however I dont like the new design on the strapes as much as the earlier version. Marmot move the lower connection points closer together so the strape tend to dig in to your side more so I dinged it a point. I have also used the TNF based camps as well and prefer the strapes on this bag vs having the straps separate.
Like it...almost love it
So I've been looking for the ideal duffel to use as a carry on for 2-3 day business trips or vacation. Couldn't find anything that gave me everything I wanted. Then I found this bag (in a M). The L is carry on size and fits more stuff than my 22" roll away that I usually carry on a flight. The bag seems to be durable (have only used it on a couple trips) and I imagine it would hold up well for outdoor adventures.
So here's my overall take: I wanted something that had a shoulder strap as well as the typical dual handles for carrying by your side. Didn't care as much about the backpack straps. What Marmot did with this bag is took the backpack straps and made them an all-in-one type system. So, there is a velcro strap that ties the backpack straps together when you want to use the straps as a shoulder strap or handle. Essentially you just have to adjust the length of the straps to fit what you want. I'm not a huge fan of the system (I'd prefer two handles and a shoulder strap separate from everything else) but it works. I almost bought the TNF Base Camp Duffel but it doesn't have a shoulder strap. I realize these bags are more for backpacking and outdoor adventures so the backpack straps make sense. I was really surprised to see so many bags without a shoulder strap.
A couple of things I really like about the bag are: the material - durable but not overdone (TNF base camp seems to be almost too much); the exterior end zip pocket - this is ideal for separating and organizing, be it wet clothes, electronics, toiletries, whatever; the interior top mesh pocket (great for dirty clothes); and the interior zip bag pocket (also good for basic organization and separation). I feel a lot of the bags lacked this functionality so having the extra pockets and options was a big selling point for me.
Overall, this is a fantastic bag. Only reason it doesn't get 5 stars is because of the all-in-one carrying system (wish it had separate shoulder strap and briefcase handles). Currently, I can't find anything that encompasses all that I was looking for so this is the top of the list in my mind.
How many liters/cu is the XL version of...
How many liters/cu is the XL version of this bag? It only lists the volume of the Large and Medium sizes.
It appears it would be somewhere around 85-100 liters and 6700 CU.
The XL Long Hauler is 110 liters or 6700 cubic inches.
Perfect "Go To" Duffel
I bought the medium and large version of this bomb proof bag. I don't know what else a company could do to improve on this. I like the storage pocket on the end of the bag. Roomy and great for electronics or anything else you need easy access to. Inside you'll find a zippered pocket perfect for wet or dirty clothes and there is another zippered pocket on the underside of the top flap. I looked at the North Face duffels and decided they may be slightly better for hardcore expeditions but I needed the ultimate everyday duffel and the Marmot is it.
Viable alternative to Patagonia and TNF Duffles
I was torn choosing between The North Face Base Camp and the Patagonia Black Hole, but stumbled across the Marmot Long Hauler and was intrigued enough to make it my choice. For one thing, this one is designed with more zip pockets inside and out compared to the other two, and i like the minimalist approach of designing the backpack straps so they can double as shoulder and hand straps. The compression straps on the XL version (which the Black Hole doesn't have) and locking zippers are also a great feature. The build quality is superb, though I wish Marmot used the waterproof material for the bottom as well. If you're going on an expedition or hard core wilderness trip, the Base Camp is a classic and probably still your best bet, but consider this one for more 'normal' global travel where toughness, practicality and good looks all count equally.