Gobbles up your gear and keeps it safe from Boston to Beijing.
Imagine a hungry, hungry hippo with its jaws wide open and its leathery tough hide ready to put up with years of travel. Basically, that's the Patagonia Black Hole 60L Duffel Bag. With double-thick fabric, a waterproof coating, and adjustable backpack straps for long hauls, there's not much that this gear back can't swallow up and carry for you. Unlike the hippo, the Black Hole does have an exterior organizer pocket and a padded bottom. So in that sense, this expedition bag has the upper hand.
- Removable shoulder straps with a padded back panel offer a comfortable long-haul carry solution
- Double-layer fabric is abrasion-resistant and coated with water-resistant DWR to keep your gear dry
- Four corner-mounted webbing daisy chains give you a place to tie down big loads
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- Gender: Male
- Familiarity: I've used it several times
Two years ago I bought a 90L Black Hole duffel to shuttle gear to/from backpacking trips. That bag was a little larger than I liked, so... last year, I got the 60L version. This duffel is built like a tank (14.7-oz, 1200-denier polyester with a TPU-film laminate, DWR finish and a padded bottom). The zippers are heavy duty and operate smoothly. There are three modes of carry: top handles, "haul loops" on each end and removable, padded shoulder straps. Other Black Hole reviewers have bemoaned the lack of a single shoulder carry strap. This isn't a problem for me and you could add one if you like (adjustable shoulder straps are available at travel/luggage stores). For quick-grab items, there's a small zippered pocket on the outside and there are two zippered mesh pockets inside of the lid. The rest of your gear simply goes into the Black Hole's gaping maw. Patagonia's 60L Black Hole is a pleasure to own... highly recommended.
Suggestion: Before spending $120 on a 60L duffel bag, check capacity by making a mock-duffel out of cardboard - 23.5"(length) x 13"(width) x 11"(height).
Pic below shows 60L and 90L Black Hole duffel bags at trailhead/final gear sort in Utah's Canyonlands National Park.
Does anyone know if the 60L would be big enough for a pair of size 12 snowboard boots, helmet, base layers, pants and jacket?
The 60 liter should be plenty large to fit those items plus additional space for more clothing. The dimensions of this bag are 23.5" x 13" x 11"
Suggestion: Before spending $120 on a 60L duffel bag, make a mock-up out of cardboard - 23.5"(length) x 13"(width) x 11"(height). Obviously, the cardboard wont "give" like the real deal, but you'll get a good feel if this size is right for you. I've bought both 90L and 60L versions and, for my purposes, I like the 60L better.
- Gender: Female
- Familiarity: I've used it several times
I went through 2 North Face duffel bags (the small and medium size ones) before settling on this patagonia bag and loving it! TNF small bag (42L) was too small and medium (72L) was too big. At 60L, this Patagonia bag was just right! (I will sign this review "Goldilocks" :) ) I also love the extra compartments on the Patagonia. 1 front pocket and 2 on the inside of the top flap. Perfect for a girl like me who wants a place for everything and everything in its place. The material of bag seems a little less rugged and thick compared to TNF, but it's perfect for me and my use. I found the TNF material to be too rugged (if there's such a thing), making it too bulky, heavy and harder to carry. I would definitely recommend this bag to anyone looking for a great 60L duffel.
- Gender: Male
- Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
Great size for a weekend trip if you travel lightly. The small zip up side pocket is too small for travel documents or boarding passes and essentially worthless. The shiny blue material is hideous but functional. Would be 5 stars if it weren't so ugly. (I guess it's in the eyes of the beholder) There was a green/black color combo in the 45L that was ok looking but was too small for my needs.Even with the cosmetics, It will likely be my "go to" travel bag for flights. I ended up using the back pack straps almost exclusively, even though I put on a shoulder strap with small carabiners.
- Gender: Male
- Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
I spent a month (give or take) living out of this bag traveling around Croatia. The volume was perfect for swallowing a few changes of clothes, sandals, and the camera... but not so big that it felt unwieldy or excessive. The pack-straps make throwing it on and running across town from the ferry to catch a bus a breeze, and the exterior is durable enough that it still looks like new after a dozen bus trips in the cargo hold, about the same number of flights, and a handful of car trips between. I never had any trouble fitting it in the overhead compartments on any of the flights I was on... even when stuffed to it's capacity. On the rare flights I did check it- it was easy to spot coming down the conveyor too. I wish it had waterproof zips on it just to sweeten the protection it offers your stuff a bit. But even without, I wouldn't hesitate to buy this bag again.
I have been looking for the perfect hand carry travel bag for a while now and I came across this one and The North Face Base Camp Duffel Bag. They have the same design concept, a duffel bag that can be carried as a backpack which is pretty awesome. I got the 60L in blue lagoon and it is gorgeous! In comparison with the The North Face Base Camp Duffel Bag, this is A LOT lighter. That's a good thing since when traveling, you don't want the unnecessary additional weight just from the bag alone. The material seems to be durable even if it's light. It's supposed to be water resistant but just like any other material, it can only repel so much water. So yeah, don't try to submerge it and expect for your stuff inside to be completely dry. Since I just got this bag and I haven't used it, I don't know how comfortable the straps will be on my shoulders. That's the beauty of Backcountry.com though, you get to test it and return it if you're not fully satisfied ! SO THANK YOU! Just to give y'all an illustration, i'm 5'5" and the 60L is perfect for my height. The size comparison of this bag with the The North Face Base Camp Duffel Bag would be the medium although The North Face is a bit bigger. 539 cu in difference which isn't really a lot.
I love this bag. It is perfect carry-on size that can be easily thrown on your back via the backpack straps. The material is durable and highly water resistant. The bag seems lighter than the North Face base camp duffel although the heavy material of the base camp may be slightly more durable (this is anecdotal at this point)
What the Patagonia Black Hole Duffel Bag in Mango really looks like.
I bought this to leave in the truck with all my gear. It is a little smaller than Id like but the 90L is to big. I can find an extra layer top and bottom, boots size 26.0 Lange RC130's, my Arcteryx micon pant and jacket which have a little loft. deoderant, two sets of goggles, hestra vertical cut freerides and spring gloves. Squeezing in my stash kit, two extra sets of socks and I'm ready to go!
I got this bag a few months ago (been looking at it for a year now) and its great. I'm a Firefighter and always on the go, I had been looking for a great bag to carry from station to station and we receive a lot of rain here in the South. The bag has held up and it's very durable. The bag holds all my gear, and its taking abuse nicely. It's a bit pricey, but it's well worth the price. It's small enough to shove in my locker but you'd be amazed at how much it holds.
I am primarily looking for a bag to haul my ski stuff to the mountain everyday. Would this bag be able to fit my ski boots, a jacket, a couple layers, some gloves, and a helmet? If the helmet wouldn't fit I could attach it to a strap or something. Is the 60 enough, or should I get the 90L size?
I believe the volume is perfect to fit all your items you mentioned. My one concern would be the ski boots. Check the dimension of your boots and see if it will fit in this bags dimensions: 23.5" x 13" x 11".
If it looks like they won't work, here are the dimensions for the 90L: 28" x 13" x 13"
get the 90L
I am looking for a bag that conforms to 12"x13"x24"....is this bag the right size. Rafting trip....
The Black Hole 60L is 23.5" x 13" x 11". Looks like you are good to go on the dimensions.
shows the backpack straps, traditional duffel handle, and handles on the end. All make for a kick ass easy to use travel bag.
not sure if a ski boot or a coke can does a better job of showing relative size...