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Patagonia Black Hole 45L Duffel


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    19 Reviews


    Life's biggest question finally answered.

    Nobody knows what's in a black hole, but you know that your climbing, hiking, and traveling gear is in Patagonia's Black Hole 45L Duffel Bag. Inspired by rugged-yet-light alpine packs, the Black Hole features a burly ripstop fabric filmed in a TPU laminate and coated with DWR for the ultimate in wilderness-worthy protection. The padded base protects your gear throughout the trip. Internal organizers and zippered mesh pockets organize all the small things, while the external side pocket stows the duffel for compact storage. Compression straps prevent your gear from bouncing around whether you're traveling via airplane or four-wheeler.

    • Defy physics and find what's inside Patagonia's Black Hole Duffel
    • 45-liter capacity suitable for extended weekend getaways
    • Removable backpack straps let you carry this as a bag or pack
    • Burly ripstop fabrication with water-repellent laminate
    • Bag stuffs inside the zippered side pocket for compact storage
    • Item #PAT023M

    Tech Specs

    900D polyester ripstop, TPU film laminate, DWR finish
    45L (2746cu in)
    Backpack Carry
    padded, adjustable, removable shoulder straps
    1 zippered side, 2 zippered internal
    zippered top
    Claimed Weight
    1lb 11oz
    Recommended Use
    Manufacturer Warranty

    Tech Specs

    • Reviews
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    Black Hole FAQ

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    0:40 How to Put on the Shoulder Straps

    2:08 Can you Fit Two Ski Boots in it?

    3:32 Is it waterproof?

    5:50 Can I take this on an airplane (carryon)?

    Bag is perfect for how I plan to use it!

    • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

    I was looking for a water resistant bag to take out on the boat when I go on dive trips. I needed something to hold a change of clothes, my under water camera housing, my save a dive kit, first aid kit, snacks, sunblock and all the other little extras I have accumulated that I like to have along with me. It is just the right size. I purchased the red bag, it was reduced significantly in comparison to the other colors offered-but red and scuba diving go together so it was the perfect color in the end for it's use. I like the mesh pockets on the top for chapstick, money and ID so they don't get lost in my bag. The bag is light weight which I was so happy about upon arrival. I thought it was going to be heavier then it was just from the look of it. It's very sturdy and I love the back pack straps as it makes hauling all of my gear to the boat easier if I can swing it over my shoulder. Couldn't be happier. I've got Patagonia coats and this is my first go with one of their duffels. I'm sure I will be quite pleased!

    A Fantastic Bag and Our Favorite Size

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

    We have been using Black Hole Duffel Bags for years now. While they arent perfect, they are about as close as we have seen. We love the colors, the weight, the u-shaped top zipper, and the comfort however we do wish that they were a bit more water resistant. Dont get me wrong, they have treated us well which is exactly why we still use them religiously but they are not "waterproof" as you might be hoping. We think the 45L is the perfect all around size and is our go-to for most of our trips and adventures. To see our full review along with more photos here:

    A Fantastic Bag and Our Favorite Size

    Great Bag - Too Bad Didn't Work for Me

    • Familiarity: I returned this product before using it

    Out of the box, I immediately loved this bag (45L in Tidal Teal)!
    I was needing to replace an old (easily 20yrs old) canvas duffel b/c the canvas could not be washed (gross) & the silk lining was finally starting to tear.
    This bag was perfect! Perfect size for carry-on (which is my primary use) & stain resistant material that can just be wiped down if dirty. Awesome!
    Sadly however, I am returning it b/c the shape is too boxy for me. My canvas duffel is the same capacity but is not as tall/deep is and is slightly longer with 2 outside/end pockets. I am only 5'3" and putting the BH on my back was awkward because it's so deep. I tried and tried but this was the deal breaker.
    Two other negatives that I could have lived with otherwise: 1) There's no shoulder strap (however I could have used my old duffel's shoulder strap & easily attached it to the BH's backpack hooks) 2) The mesh pocket on the inside of the flap (instead of being one large pocket) is 2 small pockets ... I usually put larger items (iPad, documents) in this pocket ... like someone else had mentioned, it's a personal preference & would not have been a deal-breaker for me.
    It is a great bag .... just too tall/deep for me.


    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

    I use this bag for everything. It works great as a carry-on, a bag for weekend car camping, a gym bag etc. I initially purchased this duffel to use for a trip to Costa Rica. I was able to fit 10 days worth of clothes and essentials in it and didn't have to worry about checking a bag. Now I use it almost every week to throw clothes in for a weekend camping trip and as a gym bag to carry clothes to work after a morning mountain bike session. The interior pockets are nice to keep small items organized and the large open space makes jamming in the rest super easy. My only regret is that I picked this bag up before the integrated shoulder straps and only have the one messenger bag style strap. Pick up one of these the materials, zippers and styling make for a perfect on the go duffel.

    uncomfortable straps for a petite person

    • Familiarity: I returned this product before using it

    Wanted to like this as its so sturdy, packable, and minimalist (I use packing cubes so don't like too many partitions). The backpack straps are probably fine for a larger person, but at 5'1" I felt they were for someone with broader shoulders. They kept slipping and didn't distribute the weight correctly.

    Great Size, Sturdy, Comfortable

    • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

    Reviews of the Black Hole have become something of an echo chamber but I’m going to keep the trend going: this is a great bag. I spent a lot of time researching and debating sizes and brands, and am really glad I got the BH.

    First, who I think should buy this: I would say 45L is the perfect size as a gym bag (with change of clothes/towel/small accessories) or a 2 day trip bag. If you are a packing cube enthusiast and you take pride in minimal packing for maximum time, I could fit 4 eagle creek packing cubes (large, medium, small, XS) in my 45L with room for a toiletry bag, puffer jacket and accessories. If you’re really good you could probably make this work for a week long trip if you only had a single pair of shoes and enjoy packing minimally with cubes or a similar system.

    If you like to overpack and be very prepared, or have many “genres” of clothes and shoes for a trip (hiking, going to the gym, etc) then I would go toward the 60L as your maximum carry on size. When I travel I usually have three pairs of shoes (work boots, two pairs of gym shoes), and gym accessories that occupy a lot of space. The 60L is perfect for this. I travel internationally at least once a year for up to two weeks and the 60L checks every box I could need for that trip.

    As an aside, I considered the 71L base camp duffel for a long time but 60L is probably on the high end of carry on acceptable size, and I knew 71L would have to be checked

    If you check everything anyway and like to overpack, get the 90L. I would only recommend the 120L if you’re packing for a ski trip for 2, or traveling the world for at least a month.

    Now the quick hits:

    - construction quality
    - backpack straps ease of add/removal
    - color (paintbrush red is an awesome color)
    - durability
    - size (honestly, 45L is JUST right)
    - Patagonia reputation (warranty especially)

    - my only complaint is that I wish the mesh compartment inside the bag was one large compartment rather than two separate. This is a very personal issue as the two small compartments are perfect for small accessories like cables or chargers. But if it was one solid mesh compartment it would perfectly fit an iPad - which, ultimately, can just be stacked on top of the bag.
    - I wish there were more bright color options across all sizes, but again that’s a minor complaint.

    If you want a duffel that looks sharp, can withstand a lot of abuse and can be your go-to, I can’t see why you’d buy anything else.

    Great duffel!

    • Familiarity: I've used it several times

    Awesome bag. Super tough and well made. The 45L is the perfect size for 2-3 night trips, and the convertible shoulder straps make for two great carrying solutions.

    Perfect Carry On For The Plane

    • Familiarity: I gave it as a gift but have feedback to share

    This was a Gift to my Brother In law and this is what he had to say about the bag:
    "I live out of my gym bag when I travel, for small get away's I don't take much because i'm bouncing around with family so I don't want to lug a heavy bag. The 45L is perfect for taking on the plane and easily transportable, I can even convert it to wear it as a backpack which is a huge bonus. I love the simplistic style and just has enough organization, not to much its super durable! Take that baggage handlers and airport convener belts. Its my go to bag for all my small adventures!"

    Perfect summer weekend bag

    • Familiarity: I've used it several times

    This is the perfect weekend summer bag, when all you really need is a change of clothes or two, and another pair of shoes, plus a jacket just in case. The backpack straps are detachable when you don't need them, and are comfortable if you do. Everyone should have at least one of these! They go perfectly with the black hole packing cubes, a medium cube fits great!

    Great for quick trips

    • Familiarity: I've used it several times

    This bag is the best duffel out there. The material is very durable, it's simple and easy to use with an almost perfect design. It is a must for quick trips.

    Best Bag!

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

    This is the perfect carry-on bag. I have one in yellow and black and love them both. I prefer to fly with the yellow one because I can spot it easily...especially if I end up having to check my bags for any reason. I love that I can carry it on my back or my shoulder as well. This bag is WELL worth the money.

    Weekend Bag

    • Familiarity: I've used it several times

    This bag I took on a real quick weekend bike trip to Santa Cruz . I was able to fit all of my riding gear including my helmet as well as my every day gear.
    The best part was it was a perfect carry on bag for the flight. It fit everything I needed, I could carry it on my back or on my shoulder, and it fit everywhere I went.

    Perfect carry-on bag for the plane

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

    Durability, Functionality and Color! This bag is perfect for the carry on for planes and if you looking for a weekend trip this 45L is brilliant! The Backpack straps are removable and the whole bag stuffs into its self when not in use. The materials used on all the Black Hole line are super bomb proof and you will love the color choices. Anyone doing any traveling where you don't want to check a bag on the plane should get his duffel.

    My Goto Carry On/Weekend Bag

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

    Whether it's flying across the country or going on a weekend camping trip, this no-frills bag does it all. It fits everything I need for up to a weeks worth of traveling, is incredibly durable, and fits anywhere you need to put it (e.g. Airplane carry on, etc.)

    My only complaint is that the shoulder strap isn't the most comfortable, but it does the job just fine.

    Perfect Weekender

    • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

    I already owned the 60 L version of this bag, but decided it was a bit bulky for a weekend or carry on only trips. Cut to this 45 L option, and I have never had a bag that has so quickly surpassed my expectations. I bought this in anticipation of some upcoming trips, but got to put it to the test this past weekend on a road trip to Denver. I was able to stash 3 days worth of clothes, my down jacket, laptop, chargers, snacks, and an extra pair of shoes- all with room to spare. This bag truly is a Black Hole.

    Perfect Carry-All

    • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

    I bought the Black Hole Duffel to use as a carry-on (and only luggage piece) for a week long trip. It was able to hold a few sets of clothes, an extra pair of shoes, and toiletries comfortably while still having extra room. There are 2 zippered mesh pockets, and 1 zippered lined pocket that is nice for stowing away liquids, etc. without worrying about a spill.

    I didn't check into the hotel til late in the day, and comfortably carried the duffel through the city using the backpack straps. It was raining the entire time I was walking around, but the interior never got wet. This bag is amazing, versatile, and durable. Highly recommended!

    All in 1 travel duffel

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

    I'm a huge fan of these style of duffels regardless of brands but this particular Patagonia black hole model is ideal for any travelers needs. This size is cleared for carry on and can pack a pretty impressive amount of clothing , More than enough for two weeks in europe personally & the best part is once you're there if you empty it out it's an ideal size for use around the city or on small day trips!

    Great Travel Bag

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

    This bag is a great carry on. I packed jackets, toiletries, and clothes for 5 days for a trip to Utah with it. The backpack straps are great while going through the airport. I had to walk 1/2 mile through Hartsfield-Jackson Airport to get to my terminal and I was comfortable. This bag is perfect for trips up to 4 or 5 days. And I just took this bag on a 3 day trip to Nashville and had room to spare in the bag while packing toiletries, clothes, and jackets. Great bag.

    Unanswered Question

    What are the dimensions of this bag? Is it carry on like the older version?