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From the road to the river.
The Outdoor Research Rangefinder Duffel might look like a standard duffel for travel, but its fully taped, waterproof fabric proves that this bag thrives on river trips. The two carry straps double as lashing points or compression straps, and the main compartment has organization pockets for your convenience. Outdoor Research built this bag's base out of nylon for long-lasting abrasion resistance.
- Two-layer polyester shell
- Nylon base
- Fully taped seams
- Two carry straps
- Zippered main opening with organizational pockets
- Item #ODR002H
- Q & A
It has a stylish look while being quite rugged and waterproof. The small size is great for short trips and you can use the handles as backpack straps for short durations. I'd like to have more pocket space for small items. This is a great bag!
High quality but smaller than expected
- Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
-Impressive build quality
-Sleek, attractive look; works well for business and leisure travel
-Super lightweight (noticeably lighter than my other duffels)
-Robust and water-resistant; feels indestructible
-Somehow more cramped than another duffel I have of similar size but different dimensions (Everlane Weekender) -- perhaps because material does not give or stretch as much.
-Opening is narrow, making it hard to pack/unpack/access contents
-Straps did not feel stable when wearing as a backpack; wanted to constantly slip off shoulders (could experiment with tightness to possibly mitigate; I am thin and tall, by way of reference)
I am a frequent traveler and as such have become a duffel-bag enthusiast (fetishist?). For a light packer I find that they offer the perfect balance of form factor, weight and portability. I love to throw a well-made duffel over a shoulder to dash on and off planes, trains and automobiles, instead of fumbling with rolling suitcases that typically weigh more than 8 pounds empty.
I also love that more companies are making duffels with adjustable straps such as this one, as I find that using both handles over one shoulder is far more comfortable for long walks through airports and down city streets, than a single shoulder strap. Somehow this method distributes the weight more evenly for me. Having the option to wear as a backpack is a bonus.
Outdoor Research has done a great thing with the Rangefinder Duffel in terms of making it both weatherproof and attractive looking, as most duffels usually only get one of those two criteria right.
If there was a medium size -- about 22 inches in overall length -- between the small and the large, I think it would be perfect for me. But as it is, the small is too small and the large is too large for my needs, which include using it for domestic and international trips that range in duration from overnighters to more than a week.
I ask a lot of my gear and this duffel nearly does it all.
I'm going to try a Fjallraven No. 6 Small next and see how that goes.
Kudos to Backcountry.com for being a great company to work with, both in terms of value (got a great Cyber Monday discount on the bag) and customer service (order shipped promptly with concise confirmation emails; plus, staff was attentive regarding my inquiry about returning the bag).
A durable, classy travel bag
- Familiarity: I've used it several times
These bags rock. They're simple, durable and exactly what you'd expect in a travel bag. Having traveled with these over the past month, I can say they are just what I hoped they would be: a classy travel bag that is easy to carry, easy to spot on a airport carousel and doesn't go crazy with unnecessary pockets and straps. I've been using the larger one for longer trips via plane and car; the smaller one for weekend jaunts and in-town activities.
Perfect travel bag
- Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Large size was perfect for week+ long river trip. Plenty of room for my "spring" wardrobe (shorts, puffy, rain coat, etc.) and toddler's clothes. I was impressed at the waterproofness sitting in the bottom of the canoe, rainstorms.... Not even damp on the inside. Durable for traveling. And carry straps work as a make-shift backpack for short distances. It comes on every trip with me.
Great size, great feature, great bag!
- Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
This duffel bag is the perfect size for a long weekend or an long over seas trip. I have used this bag a ton and never seen any wear at all, it is very durable, functional and keeps your clothes dry when the weather is not so great.
The best part is when your not using it, it folds down to nothing, taking up no space in your closest or other bag. Great value!!!
Does it come with a should strap?
Does this have any inside pockets?