Everybody could use another duffle bag, especially if it’s your first and only duffel bag. You may have noticed that duffel was spelled two different ways in that opening sentence. The reality is, duffels are so versatile, even the spelling police will let you spell it two different ways, that’s how universal the appeal of a duffel is. And who cares how you spell it, the important thing is to own one. Two is better, but three might be a symptom of sickness.The motivation for most people to get a duffel bag is to stash a whole bunch of stuff in a large haul sack that you can drag to an airport before flying off to some remote location and disappear from the world for awhile. It is hard to beat the utilitarian simplicity of a duffel, even if you feel the need to organize everything inside it, either in smaller, lighter duffel bags, packs, pouches, and stuff sacks, or just all thrown in like a giant garbage bag except this isn’t garbage, this is all your gear for a month or a season.
To make a duffel bag truly useful, it needs to be tough enough to withstand abuse – repeatedly. Tough enough to be crammed full of more stuff than you can carry, only to be drug over dirt, across asphalt, and dropped from high places without bursting even though it’s practically bursting with too much stuff. Red Fox Duffels are made for the sort of abuse the comes from adventure. The fabric is a high denier weave with PVC applied under extreme pressure to both sides. Water rolls off it, and even if the outer coating is scratched, a second layer inside protects your stuff.
The main compartment is accessed with a beefy, horseshoe-shaped #10 YKK zipper. Under the main panel door are two mesh organizer pockets.To that we add sturdy handles at both ends. The main handle clasps two webbing straps together with double-locked velcro strips so it won’t unfurl when you lifting a heavy load.
It comes with two padded shoulder straps so you can put it on your back for longer carries than from your car door to the skycap at the curb.
When it’s not full, compression straps on the sides can reduce volume, or use ’em to lash even more stuff to the outside of the duffel.
Red Fox Expedition Duffels come in four sizes, and four colors. Get the 120 liter Expedition Duffel or 100 liter Expedition Duffel liter duffel for expeditions, or a 70 liter duffel for a long weekend, or a 50 liter duffel for short trips. If you know you’re going to be traveling on pavement, Red Fox makes Roller Duffels too with strong, yet replaceable wheels (they may be tough, but alas, they are not eternal).