Hungry, hungry hip ... duffel.
- 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
- Compression straps store inside the bag and can be used as haul handles in a pinch
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No one misses the compression straps? I was all set to get this bag and noticed: no compression straps - when the bag isn't quite full, and being chucked on a plane, especially, having the compression straps have been great with the TNF basecamp. dang...
I hear you regarding what to do "when the bag isn't quite full" (see my review below). My son and I both felt that the 90L was simply too big and, more often than not, there would be too much extra room inside. We eventually chose 60L duffels as the size that would get used more often because it would be "right-filled" more often. Patagonia's Black Hole Duffels are so nice that I would buy one of each size (one for every occasion) if I could afford 'em. I can't, and eventually sold my 90L to buy a 60.
Pic below shows my former 90L during hotel room pre-trip gear sort (it WAS really nice to throw boots, tent, clothes, trekking poles, gear stuff sacks, etc. into this baby and have no worries about having enough room).
- 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 (see my separate, more detailed review for that size). The build-quality of this duffel is excellent, but as I said, the 90L is just a little too big. Even with the padded bottom and thick fabric (14.7-oz 1,200-denier polyester with a TPU-film laminate and DWR finish), this bag doesn't have much form unless it is well-stuffed (and taking a stuffing is what this duffel is all about!). I use the 60L version of this duffel for some airline travel and for hauling backpacking gear that isn't already in my pack (think extra clothes, boots, frisbee, etc.). If I were to carry more backpacking gear (tent, sleeping pad, etc.) the larger 90L size would be more useful. For build quality, appearance and usefulness, this bag gets 5 stars (no deduction because it's the wrong size for my purposes).
Suggestion: Before spending $140 on a duffel bag, make a mock-up 90L duffel out of cardboard - 28"(length) x 13"(width) x 13"(height). Obviously, the cardboard wont "give" like the real deal, but you'll get a good feel if this size is right for you.
Pic below shows 60L and 90L Black Hole duffel bags at trailhead/final gear sort for backpack trip in Utah's Canyonlands National Park.
Can someone tell me what colour the interior of the black Patagonia duffel is? I've found that if the interior is too dark, it's especially difficult to find things inside. Thanks.
It is mostly a light grey. There is some black in there but overall the light grey dominates and provides good contrast to find stuff in there when digging around.
- Gender: Male
- Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
This bag has been a great replacement for an old TNF bag that I had for all my ski gear. When I travel, I can bring along my ski boots and everything that I need for a week of skiing. While I will miss the boot compartments on my TNF bag, this bag does the job reliably with a durable/weather resistant outer and shoulder straps to put on my back. There are two inside pockets that are useful, but the bag itself is relatively spartan. The only thing I'll say that is less than positive is that sometimes the shoulder straps will come loose, and just have to be secured again (happens very rarely, but more than other bags). Great bag for travel, and hauling ski stuff.
Would there be a way to attach a should strap or convert the back pack straps to a one-shoulder strap?
The straps actually adjust to go pretty long and work well for me as a shoulder strap when needed. It would definitely be possible to rig something too to the daisy chain loops, or the backpack straps themselves remove and you could do something there.
- Gender: Female
- Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
I bought this bag for trekking to Everest base camp, which requires a duffle bag for the porters to carry. This was exactly the right bag for it.Took 8 flights, 15 days of abuse on the trek, and came out undamaged. Seems I could always stuff one more thing in it when I needed. Great bag!
This sucker is massive. I purchased for extended weekend trips and tris. Thought I could put all my gear and clothes in one bag. This bag could fit it all and more. Love the color (I purchased the orange) and the fabric is great. Wish it had compression straps, but still love it.
all of my bags were fairly small, carry-on sized bags, so I'd often end up with 2-3 bags when going on a trip with the wife. This bag holds so much that we put all our clothes, shoes, boots, and even a pillow in here with room to spare. Awesome.
It's typical Patagonia quality - Amazing material and flawless workmanship.
My only suggestion for use is to have some smaller bags (like the Eagle Creek Pack-it things) to keep your clothes organized. It is, after all, mainly one big compartment.
Just used this bag during a week-long bike/car camping trip around Oregon and I'm impressed.
Rugged shell material, tough seam construction, and the backpack carry is comfortable and adjustable enough. Haul handles at each end are a huge help and the large, burly zippers never jammed. I'm 5'11 and the backpack carry fit perfectly.
Ended up returning the 60L bag I purchased because it wasn't quite enough to fit enough for a week of biking. The 90L size was right on the money.
Outside pocket fits keys and all the small stuff that would otherwise fill your pockets and the two large mesh pockets under the lid hold toothbrush / journal / etc.
Awesome bag, two thumbs up and five stars.
What the Patagonia Black Hole Duffel Bag in Mango really looks like.
I just picked one of these up because I thought it would slot in perfectly between my size medium TNF Base Camp Duffel, which can be too small for a 4-5 day motel road trip, and my size XL TNF Base Camp Duffel, which is just friggin ginormous. Yes, I know it can be cinched down, but frankly, that thing is a body bag, and more often than not, when I load it up, it is too cumbersome to lug. The medium just gets too tight sometimes, and it is not going to get bigger. I am using both of them to store gear in my garage right now, as they are super tough and durable.
I was right about the Patagonia bag. This fills the bill nicely, and in the meantime until the next road trip, keeps all my gear neatly organized in the back of my rig. I like the flat, padded bottom and the organizer pockets. The fabric seems to either be a lighter weight or just more pliable than the TNF bags, because I don't feel like I have to wrestle it as much, and the zippers seem smoother.
All told, I am very happy with this bag so far, and may look to get one for my wife and son.
I'm 5'5", about 105 pounds. Would the 90L be too big for me to use as a backpack? I'm debating between the 60L & the 90L. If they 60L can pass as a carry on, I'm thinking it'll be too small for a month-long trip.
I think the 90L duffel would be to big and heavy to be comfortably worn as a backpack. If you plan on carrying it long distances as a backpack, I would recommend the 60L. As a frame of reference, most women's backpacking packs are 60-80L and they have frames and padding to be worn as backpacks.
Would this fit as a carry-on on most airlines?
If the Black Hole Duffel 90 was fully packed I don't think it would work as a carry-on, but the Patagonia Black Hole Duffel 60 is the perfect carry-on size no matter how packed full it is.
The maximum size carry-on bag for most airlines is 45 linear inches.