Allen S.wrote a review of Mountain Hardwear Expedition Duffel Bag - 2750 - 8000cu in on November 4, 2015
Familiarity: I returned this product before using it
I have several duffles and have used them for climbs in the US and abroad including Nepal. I always preferred the NF duffel even though the old model of the MH duffel seemed to be on par. Not so much anymore. The newer 2015/16 version of this MH duffle has now been updated. I had a L new one of the original model and several of the L North Face duffels. The original MH one shown in the Outdoor Gear Lab test (black and orange) that I had was unused and you can see by my photo how the coating on the entire bag was simply delaminating and peeling off all over. MH said just a factor of the material. I returned it to MH 10/2015 and they just replaced it with the new model. The material of the new model feels much thinner and much, much, lighter weight (#3-10oz total weight) as it is made with a much thiner and lighter material than either the old MH or the current NF duffels. It just doesn't feel as heavy duty or as tough. The new version also has exterior and interior color changes, pretty plain outside look (mine is all black), no outside obvious MH logos, no aluminum tubes on the end handles which were nice, a new outside daisy chain, 1 outside side pocket, 1 business card holder on the side, a bright orange interior color, 2 interior end zippered end pockets, and the same type of interior compression straps. It also has a different U shaped top zipper which opens with 2 separate zippers instead of one zipper that opened both sides with one pull and the flap is backed by velcro and a new design for the shoulder straps.
I'm hoping that the new material will be an improvement over the old one but I much preferred the color, details and material thickness of the older model. I have had no issues with the NF duffles which seem to be way more heavy duty now.