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Patagonia Black Hole® Duffel Bag 55L

Kinda Large
March 4, 2020

Big, tough, comfortable travel bag

It's cavernous inside but not ridiculously large outside. The shoulder straps are easy on/off and comfortable. If it lasts like all of the other Patagonia stuff I've accumulated over the last three decades like I expect it to, I'll be happy.

February 22, 2020

Great Bag

We have three black hole bags and love them all. Patagonia stands behind their products, period.

February 7, 2020

Great, but could be better.

I absolutely love this bag. I use it all of the time. It is my camp bag, my weekend bag for trips. I take it with my Mountain biking to hold my gear. This really has become an everything bag for me. It's great except for one thing. The "water resistance" on the bottom of the bag is lacking. Why add such awesome TPU fabric to the top ... Read Morewhen sitting on wet grass will allow moisture to soak through? I am always fearful that bedding and electronics will end up wet. I know place the bag on a tarp when at campsites and tend not to leave the bag on the ground too much because of this. Sorta silly when you think about it since the bag should be used and abused. I coddle the bag :-/ When you are out on a 50-mile bike ride, you don't wanna be worrying if the sudden downpour is going to leave your gear wet back at the campsite. Why not add some TPU material to the bottom as well? Being weatherproof seems to be more useful than packability (which is the reason I have received for why the bottom material is what it is). Please, please, please redesign this bag!!!! Please! That little feature would add a world of difference. Designers, any logic you can provide for this would be greatly appreciated. (prayer hands)

Response from Patagonia
February 8, 2020

Hi Robert, thank you so much for taking the time to write us a review on the duffel. We truly appreciate feedback like this as it's absolutely crucial to improving products for future seasons. The choice to keep the TPU-coating from the bottom of the duffel is really one of pack-ability. However, we understand that comes with a trade off which can be disapointing. If you're interested in taking a look at one of our duffels with a TPU-coated bottom we'd suggest the [Stand Up Duffel]( Also, your satisfaction is always guaranteed so if you're not happy with the performance of your duffel you're welcome to [return](

February 3, 2020

Have had no problem using this as a carry-on for domestic flights

In contrast to what another reviewer implied, I have had no problem taking my new 55-L black hold duffel as a carry on for domestic flights (Delta, Alaska Airlines). The fact that it isn't rigid and doesn't have wheels helps it fit into overhead bins despite its size, and TSA and gate agents have never given me a problem about it. It does... Read More exceed the 45 linear inch limit (length+width+height <= 45 inches) for international flights. It has gone with me as a checked bag to Costa Rica, where it held 10 days worth of clothes, a pair of hiking poles (broken down), and a huge pair of size 11 men's heavy duty hiking boots. The bag got wet but our clothes and gear stayed perfectly dry. I love that the straps can be adjusted and have had no problem carrying it on my 5'5" aging frame, even with a smaller backpack worn across the front of the shoulders. It works perfectly with the black hole cubes, in which I can fit tons of underwear, etc. Used with cubes, you can take this bag on a multi-week trip where you need to bring multiple pairs of shoes, poles, hats, jackets, fleece layers, etc.

January 25, 2020

Arbitrarily Sized??

I bought a 60L a few years ago and it's the best bag. I bought my wife a 55L for xmas. Comparing the 55L to the 60L, the 55L is HUGE. too big for an airplane overhead. I swear the thing is mislabeled so I contact Patagonia support - I'm told they use beans to measure the size and this new 55L used to be the old 70L? How does that make sen... Read Morese? Patagonia used liters to advertise the size, but their support people claim that I should have checked the measurements?? Why list a size if it can change based on how many beans fit in there? Bag is high quality, but this change is very disappointing.

Response from Patagonia
January 30, 2020

We are very sorry for the confusion and the discrepancies with the new sizing. We do measure our bags in terms of liters, which is why we use beads, not beans, to measure the volume. Nonetheless, we did change the way in which we were measuring the volume to make it more accurate, which is why there is some variation between the older bags and our new ones. Please know that your satisfaction is always guaranteed and if you'd like to [send]( that back to us, or exchange it for a smaller size, we are happy to help.

January 13, 2020


This back is water resistant, comfortable, works like a bag or a backpack. It held all of my stuff for my two week vacation. IN LOVE!

January 13, 2020

Fits it all and still qualifies as a carry-on (US)

The 55L Black Hole is what you want if you need something large enough to carry a few days worth of clothes/gear, but still want a bag small enough to put in an overhead bin. The backpack straps hook on quickly and turn this into an easy-to-carry piece. I've taken it on Frontier, United and Southwest with no issues (carry-on not personal item)... Read More.

January 11, 2020

why am i just now discovering the black hole goodness

i ordered the 55 liter peppergrass green color way. paragonia has a reputation for making some of the best products on this planet, this bag is no exception. i love that it’s made from recycled plastic bottles with the most eco friendly processes available. the duffel came packaged well, and it was stuffed inside its own side pocket. i didn’t know ... Read Moreit could stuff away in its own pocket, i should’ve since most Patagonia products do. im literally taking this bag out for its first international trip in a few weeks but im fully confident it can handle the abuse from airline baggage handlers. according to dimensions this bag fully packed shouldn’t meet carry on requirements, but i have heard and read that people were able to. so Patagonia, can we get some Black Hole wallets and passport wallets too please—that would be a big hit, no question!

January 4, 2020


This bag simply cannot be beat. This size is the largest I think you can comfortably carry on you back. for a while. I've had mine for 2 years and it still looks great. I use it weekly, and just bought the larger size for when I need a bit more gear.

January 2, 2020

Love this bag!

I bought the Black Hoke 55L duffel for my son for Christmas. I can't tell you how happy we both are with the quality, look, and roominess. What a good looking bag. I'm so pleased with the color! (HAGO) My son just finished packing for a quick trip down to SannDiego. There's more than enough space for a week's worth of clothes an... Read Mored I love the option of wearing it in your back. The straps are sturdy. I can see him carrying this bag for years to come. We already talked about the 40L for sorter getaways. Thanks, Patagonia!

January 1, 2020

Black Hole Duffel

Excellent. Aptly named; difficult to find items unless in stuff sacks. Perfect for travel!

January 1, 2020

love my new bag

the size is perfect. the finish on the material. great as a carry on on plane!

January 1, 2020

Love this bag

If you need a really good weekend bag then I would highly recommend this Black Hole bag

December 31, 2019


Got it as a present for my boyfriend, he loved it and has used it everyday since receiving it! Holds a ton of supplies and clothing, and isn’t too big to be both used as a backpack and duffle

December 30, 2019

Black Hole Duffle Bag

I bought this bag for my husband as a Christmas present. He loved it! Hel’ll get great utility and the backing of one the world’s greatest companies. Love it.

December 29, 2019

Great Travel Bag

Got this for my husband, who does long trail runs and travels. He loves it. Holds a lot but still can carry on and is lightweight.

December 29, 2019

Black Hole

Great product just what I needed!

December 29, 2019

Excellent bag

Comfortable as a backpack, perfect size for traveling for a 3-4 day trip.

December 29, 2019

Great bag

Great bag

December 29, 2019

The ultimate bag

These bags are exactly what you’d dream them to be. So roomy, and comfortable to wear.

December 29, 2019



December 28, 2019

Best Duffel Ever

My second Black Hole duffel, and I’m obsessed. Everything fits in it for a weekend away, sturdy and strong. Easily can be your standard duffel or backpack— it’s like a 2 in 1. Can’t recommend it enough.

December 28, 2019

Absolutely perfect for carrying my

Absolutely perfect for carrying my snowboard gear.

December 27, 2019



December 26, 2019

I finally understand why it's called the Black Hole Duffel

Fits an incredible amount of stuff. Love the removable backpack straps too.

December 24, 2019

Great size and construction

This holds enough for a almost a week of traveling and is durable enough to withstand serious abuse. I have small sizes for day trips and the 55 is a great addition to the quiver.

December 23, 2019

Favorite Bags

These things are the best for pretty well any trip you are planning to go on. It is strange that the new recycled style run bigger (ie 55l is larger than my old 60l).

December 23, 2019

Loves it

Purchased for my 16yr old. He loves it. Like the removable backpack straps and the sturdy construction.

December 23, 2019

Durable, giant, well made

Such a high quality product, great reinforced zippers (so lame, but so important) and a great color too... Enough space to spend two weeks vanning aroung New Zealand amidst lots of different micro-climates. I would love an extra few pockets (there are two already but I am a compartmentalizer) but other than that its perfect. Straps are high quality... Read More too.

December 22, 2019

Patagonia 55L

All purpose bag. Just works. Manageable size for travel.

December 20, 2019

Best Investment Ever

This bag is the highest quality and has made it across the country with me and still looks brand new. Perfect size for any trip up to a week or more!! Can't wait to take this bag with me on many more adventures!

December 19, 2019

best bag ever

works on an airplane just fine, backpack, duffel, it does it all. soft and comfortable too. completely indestructible

December 18, 2019

Best bag for the money

Best bag for the money

December 9, 2019

great bag

great duffel. does the job and then some. also cool colors.

December 8, 2019

Best duffle ever!

We have several of these and love them!

December 4, 2019



December 3, 2019

Great bag

I was surprised how much fit into this duffel and how easily it could be worn as a backpack. Great purchase!!

December 1, 2019

I have used it for

I have used it for travel and camping and it has been amazing. Sturdy bag with a lot of room for about a weeks worth of clothing. Definitely would recommend.

November 30, 2019

A bag is a home

If you are on the go or shacking up. Perfect place to store items from home.

November 29, 2019

55L Black Hole

Sizing is ideal for what I need. It feels rugged, and the color is good on the eyes. Front pocket is a little awkward on the inside but serves a good function for collapsing.

November 25, 2019

12L Black Hole Bag

Perfect carry on bag.

November 22, 2019

Great bag

We have two of these bags now - they are a good multi use size - good quality, sturdy and reliable.

November 22, 2019


Big, blue and perfect. These bags are it!

November 19, 2019

55L Duffel

Duffel was far too big and came with frayed stitching. Took it in to exchange it and got the same results from the second bag. Customer service was great though.

November 18, 2019

Duffle Bag

My bag arrived in a very short period of time. It was a delight to open up the package and discover that the bag looked better in real life than watching YouTube reviews. I bought the 55 and it is deep and perfect for holding heaps of stuff. I took it all the way to Australia and it held up beautifully. The material it is made of is really hearty. ... Read MoreIt is beautifully made and worth the investment.

November 16, 2019

Great Bag

This bag held a ton of stuff on its maiden voyage 55L . The straps were very comfortable and the straps are the same size on the 55L and 40L which is nice when going between bags

November 16, 2019

Awesome Patagonia Travel Bag

We recently purchased a new Black Hole Duffel 55 L. I had one from the late 80’s and this new one is AMAZING…. so lightweight and I love the features of the backpack straps, how it folds up into itself for storage, and the fact that it zips at the top with a flap! The Deep Plum color is gorgeous - a nice change from black and blue and still dark so... Read More it won’t show the dirt.

November 15, 2019

Great bag that is nice

Great bag that is nice and durable. The green color is absolutely amazing and easy to spot. Just remember that if you check your bags with the straps off and you have to go through customs, don't open your bag to put the straps back on because your bag is heavy. Security will come over because they don't want you digging in your bag befor... Read Moree customs check. Be careful with amount of clothing that can fit into the 55L. You might think if it fits it ships, but this was a lot of weight for my back.

November 14, 2019

Awesome Bag!!

Awesome Bag!!

November 13, 2019

The Perfect Bag

This bag is AMAZING for long and short trips, works well as a carry-on, and handles any weather/travel conditions like a champ. The only thing I would change is the internal mesh pocket. One big pocket is great for stashing larger things but doesn’t hold toiletries and other smaller objects in place as well as the old two-pocket system. Overall- th... Read Moree only duffel I’d ever consider buying.

November 11, 2019

Black Hole Duffel

My husband and I have the smaller versions of this bag already, but he wanted one a little larger. We were evacuated recently due to the Kincade fire in northern California, and these duffels were what we used!

November 11, 2019

Greatest gear bags of all time

Bomber construction for all sports.

November 11, 2019

Great bag!

Great bag!

November 10, 2019

Love the versatility of the

Love the versatility of the bag. Can be duffel or backpack. Can also be used as a carryon. Fits a lot of clothes and not bulky.

November 8, 2019

Great bag, but the new model runs HUGE!

I love the bag, but prefer the prior model. The new 2019 model feels a lot more floppy and wide than my 2018. I also preferred the dual zip pockets on the underside of the U zip. I used my previous model at minimum 4 times per week and it just felt more compact, while still fitting so much inside. This feels more like a 70 L bag, not nearly the com... Read Morepact feel I was used to. Still a great bag. I just wonder if they mislabeled my 55L as a 70 L. If anything, it’s too spacious for my usual two-day jaunts. Not a bad thing, I just liked my old one best.

November 6, 2019

Black Hole Duffel 55L

Love the new color cobalt blue! I have several of these black hole duffel bags. The bags will last forever super durable. The only reason I bought another was for the color. I am always on the road and the 55L bag can handle all methods of travel.

November 6, 2019


Durable and well made. Basically one big compartment (black hole). Best to organize small items into stuff sacks before tossing them in here. Great backpack straps!

November 5, 2019

It is a black hole

This is the second Black Hole Duffel for our family. The versatility of this bag is unbeatable. The fabric holds up to years of abuse and holds everything.

November 4, 2019

Carry-on carry all

This is the second Black Hole duffle that I have, (60L + 55L) and I love them both. The 55L actually looks and seems to be bigger than my 60L which is a bit confusing but it still was small enough to tote around Europe for 10 days with no problems. One thing to note with this updated version; there are no tie-down straps on the inside of the bag li... Read Moreke previous version- which is kind of a bummer, it helps with slimming the back down. I used both sizes as a carry-on traveling on small European airlines and never had any trouble with it fitting in the overhead bins. This bag just falls short of 5 stars because of it's (seemingly) larger size and no internal tie-downs resulting in a mushier feel when carrying like a backpack. Still a great bag!

November 3, 2019

Black hole duffel

I love the size and design of this bag.

November 3, 2019

Throw it, smoosh it, haul it, sit on it

Love my black hole duffel. I use it for ski gear, bike gear, camping gear. Love the backpack straps making it wearable in an airport or walking to and from my destination. It is tough as nails and I have probably hauled a few on those around in my bag too.

October 29, 2019

Perfect bag for airplanes!

I just got back from a short trip, and the bag worked great. It was especially nice being able to wear it on my back all through the airport. Plus, it stuffed into the overhead bin easily.

October 24, 2019

Great bag

This is the 2nd one I bought. The amount of space inside makes this bag worth the purchase. Durable, easy to assemble and keeps my stuff dry.

October 21, 2019

I live out of mine

Everyone needs a black hole duffel! Serious daily driver if you travel a bunch. As a photographer I pretty much live out of my black hole bags. For most trips I take the 55L with all my clothes and the black hole back pack as my laptop / day use bag. I have been using the same pair for 5 years now with no end in sight. I have a pair of giant 120L ... Read Morethat we use for big expedition trips. Will fill them with tents and sleeping bags and even smaller hard cases of less fragile equipment that we can check.

October 16, 2019

Great purchase

I love this bag. It’s spacious, comfortable, and cool. I recommend it.

October 15, 2019

Best Blak Hole

I love this bag! Good for a weekend or a week (like I'm on right now). Sturdy and functional.

October 9, 2019

Love the color!

I bought this bag thinking it would be smaller than my sons 60L but it is actually a bit bigger..wider. 🤔 Worked out ok for my trip and my son will probably steal it from me and I’ll get a smaller one. But the color and durability and everything are just perfect!!

October 9, 2019

Best Duffel Ever

Another great Patagonia product. The fit and finish, functionality, everything are perfect. The orange color is a must have. I am using it for fishing which it is perfect for with plenty of pockets useful for storing bits of gear that I don’t want loose. The bag can even be packed inside of one of the internal pockets. It can be worn as a backpack ... Read Morewith the included straps but it would need to be packed pretty full to be comfortable. Still a nice option to have. Just buy it.

October 9, 2019

Nice weekender!

Everything and more that you would like in a weekender all purpose travel bag.

October 9, 2019

Great bag, great sizing, comfortable as backpack

I have both this bag and the smaller version, the 40L duffel. I originally bought the 40L thinking it would be big enough to house what I need, and while it's a good size for carryon on an airline, it's both a bit too small for packing for a weekend adventure (with rock/running/fishing gear), and sort of uncomfortable for taller people to... Read More wear as a backpack. This size is perfect. Great size, great construction, and the water resistance is nice for protecting from splashes. I wouldn't hesitate to recommend this to a friend.

October 7, 2019

Larger than expected

We thought this would be similar to the old 60L but is quite a bit bigger, still the best bag in the house!

October 3, 2019

First time Black Hole Duffel Bag buyer

I love the bag. I bought it because on one leg of my upcoming Guatemala trip I need it to be a carryon and I can squish it down to fit the recommended size. I love the color, I love the size, I love the backpack straps. However, it has one serious design flaw that will cause me to have to make my own adjustment. Whoever thought it was a good idea t... Read Moreo put a zippered pocket on the outside of the bag with another zipper on the inside of the bag, making the entire contents of the bag completely accessible to petty thieves? For the cost of this bag, I expect not to have to make my own adjustments to make it secure from theft. What were you thinking? Otherwise it would have gotten a much higher score.

October 1, 2019

Great bag

Great bag but I wish there was a better over the shoulder strap instead of the backpack straps

September 14, 2019

Life Containers

Simple, functional, durable. I have at least 3 of these in larger sizes and 3-4 cubes too. Annually I may travel from the Rockies to Africa, Europe, Japan, or South America. For months at a time and sometimes all in the same year. The Black Hole bags keep my life together.

September 13, 2019

Great duffel

Well built and more room than I thought. I can't wait to use it for longer trips to see how much I can fit. The packing cubes really help too!

September 12, 2019

Great Duffel

This is a great bag. The shoulder straps to wear it like a backpack make it easy to travel with. The 55L size is perfect for carry on or checking luggage as well.

September 10, 2019

A travel staple

I have too many of these. Several of this size a smaller one and several of the larger sizes too. This size makes an awesome carry-on and even when stuffed is manageable in boats or cars or motorbikes during the rough remote sort of travel I do.

September 8, 2019

Black Fitz 55

Plenty of volume for 2 on a Chicago overnight. Totally durable enough for a solo hunting week in SE Colorado.

September 6, 2019

Great bag!

Purchased for an upcoming trip and it worked great! Able to pack more than enough and breeze through airport with back straps. Stowed as a carry-on with no issues. Cannot recommendation enough.

September 5, 2019

First time Patagonia buyer!

First time purchasing anything from Patagonia! Honestly, used to think it was an over priced line that just had a brand name to it. Looked into Patagonia a lot more, and found that it’s an absolute awesome company with great initiatives. The travel bag I got is great! Excited to take this out on a lot more trips. Will definitely be shopping here mo... Read Morere!

September 5, 2019

Love it!

Bought this for my boyfriend as we travel a lot. He loves the bag. It has a lot of space and is very convenient! The quality is really good as well! You can turn it into a little pouch, so it doesn’t take a lot of space and you can throw it in a luggage if you ever needed to. The colors are nice too! Just great! The customer service was awesome as ... Read Morewell!

September 4, 2019

The perfect travel bag!

I travel for work weekly and have used this bag for 8 yrs. It has been flawless and barely shows any wear.

August 28, 2019

Great duffle

It’s exactly what we needed: large bag we could stuff clothes in for our daughter to take to college. Storage is minimal in a dorm room, and the ability to fold this bag up to the size of a shoebox was a must. Great Patagonia quality. Feels sturdy. Would buy again. No frills, no compartments. It really is just an open-and-stuff bag. But it fits A T... Read MoreON.

August 26, 2019

Black Hole® Duffel 55L

Awesome bag. Stores all gear safely. Very durable, will last for years to come

August 21, 2019

Perfect weekend bag!

I love my black hole duffel. It's the perfect size for a weekend trip. The backpack straps are awesome. My husband has a larger black hole duffel and is so obsessed with his bag that I had to get one for myself.

August 19, 2019

Great quality and plenty of

Great quality and plenty of space. My son used this for a 20 day trip overseas and it was perfect.

August 15, 2019


I have used the 55L duffle by itself for a short climbing trip with a rope and light rack, I've also used it in conjunction with a roller bag for a 3-week trip involving camping and alpine climbing gear. The backpack system is surprisingly comfortable and the straps are easily removed for checking it. I have two other Black Hole bags and the m... Read Moreaterial is incredibly durable.

August 11, 2019

Built Tough

Amazing all around bag, built to last and looks great.

August 10, 2019

Solid, durable duffel bag. Easy

Solid, durable duffel bag. Easy to handle.

August 10, 2019

Perfect size

I love this duffle. The backpack stapes make it easy to carry. I was able to fit a weeks worth of clothes/gear for camping. The color is great and material is very durable. Great quality. I'm thinking about getting a smaller one for weekend trips.

August 10, 2019


Was not expecting how much would actually fit in there! Also had no problem gettin it onboard as a carry on when 90% full. Impressed. I'm buying them for my traveling friends for sure.

August 10, 2019

Black hole bag

Bag was perfect. Love the back pack straps!

August 10, 2019

Good Size, Good Bag

Great bag with a lot of space. Shoulder straps are good addition. Could have been a bit more inner organization compartments.

August 10, 2019

Great product

I love the material and design. Worked as expected. Worth the money as it is well constructed.

August 7, 2019

Durable, spacious bag. Limited compartment options (3 total).

I love the Black Hole bags because I can be confident they will hold up to sharp edges, tough conditions, and weather exposure when slinging this around on travel or outdoors. This bag would be a 5/5 for me if it added a little more utility in the form of additional compartments. Although this bag wasn't designed as a gym bag, I use it daily f... Read Moreor gym/work and find myself struggling to compartmentalize my things. Specifically, if this bag had an inner zipper pocket on the left or right walls (on either of the short sides) the user could store dirty clothes in there without the fear of soiling or smelling the rest of the bag. The meshed pocket in the lid can't offer this, and the side pocket designed into the bag is where I keep my medium sized work objects or tools that wouldn't fit well in the flat mesh pocket. Bottom line: worth the cost, looks great, handles well, and would love an extra pocket in future designs.

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