The Travel Duffel from Peak Design is a simple travel companion with some very useful features like weatherproof materials and killer external access pockets.
Material Choice:Sub-Par Satisfactory Excellent
Excellent dirt resistance, scuff resistance, water resistance. Custom hardware. Weatherproof, 100% recycled 400D nylon canvas. 900D bottom fabric. Silicone-coated mesh internal pockets.
Build Quality:Sub-Par Satisfactory Excellent
Solid all around. The design itself thoughtfully deals with common points of failure.
Water Resistance:Sub-Par Satisfactory Excellent
Great protection from weather for your gear. Water sealed zips, totally water resistant fabric.
External Access:Sub-Par Satisfactory Excellent
Two layers of external pockets on both sides of the bag. Each large enough for a water bottle. Some have simple internal org panels.
Internal Organization:Sub-Par Satisfactory Excellent
Zipped pouches inside the bag, one on either side.
Capacity:Sub-Par Satisfactory Excellent
No gimmicks or extra material on this thing, so it's just pure capacity in the main compartment. More capacity than some +40L bags.
Carry Comfort:Sub-Par Satisfactory Excellent
Shoulder strap is fine. Top and bottom handles are great. Main handles can get irritating. (More in video.) Wish there was a way to carry the bag from the pocket-side of the bag
Doesn't Look Weird:Sub-Par Satisfactory Excellent
Sleek, clean, minimal.
Shoulder strap is totally satisfactory, no problems there. But the handles can get a little irritating. You’ll get used to your own way of organizing them before you pickup the bag.
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