Superb bag and an even better gift
I bought two of these bags as gifts for my college age kids. They absolutely love them! Spacious, well crafted and well designed. I owned an earlier version of this bag, I believe it was called the "Wet/Dry Bag" because it had sections for wet clothes and dry. That bag is now 20 years old and still looks new! I feel like I'm giving m... Read Morey kids a future heirloom.
Best bag for travel and hauling gear. I can't seem to have enough of these. Makes my life easy to have a black hole for each activity.. keeps everything organized and together. Most useful thing I own! They are well made. I had something spill in the bag the other week and the liquid did not leak out of the bag. Super easy to clean. Durable an... Read Mored fashionable. Everyone always compliments the black hole bags. The straps are very useful to put on back and carry - I don't think getting the wheeled version is necessary.
Great for hauling gear for any discipline
I predominantly use this as my larger gear hauler for motocross / dirt bike gear (helmet, boots, goggles, protective gear, clothing), and it's held up really well. I love the multiple strap options, that it can collapse and fold up when not in use, and the durability of the pack. I've contemplated running over it with my bike to see if th... Read Moreat can mark it up, since nothing else seems to.
These are the best bags for hauling gear
I have one of the original black hole duffles that I still use because it has held up so well. And this new one seems as sturdy, I like that it has gone back to the more squared off dimensions while greatly improving the pack straps and other strap features. This is a great size for carrying climbing and other heavier gear. And that it is made out ... Read Moreof recycled material can’t be beat.
Best bag I own
This bag has been lugged all over the world from the desert to snowy alpine locations and it has proved itself as true workhorse. The water resistant material and backpack straps truly but this bag on another level. I will continue to use this bag as my main workhorse for many years.
Great duffel with 1 limitation
Received my 70L duffle recently and it is now getting the treatment with some rough overseas travel in Africa. The construction is sturdy; the zipper very good; the ease of converting to backpack mode is excellent. My only suggestion for improvement is related to security. The zipper is not designed to accept an approved lock in the closed position... Read More. More concerning is an internal pocket that can easily be accessed from the outside. This is not lockable, and an internal zipper of the same pocket gives prying hands full access to the main compartment. Other than this concern, I am quite happy with this product.
Bags for Safari
Bought two bags for a 2-week safari in Kenya and Tanzania. Probably could have gone down a size, but this allowed for some extra room for other items. No issues with airplane cargo hold, safari vehicle stuffing, etc... Still look new. About to buy the 55l for smaller needs. Also love the recycled content.
great bag, rugged
I own one of the very first black hole duffels (which is still my favorite bag - so light and roomy) but bought this as I needed another travel bag. I suspect it will last me forever. While a bit heavier then the old style black hole bags it does allow more organizing with the internal pockets etc... I don't think you can go wrong with one of ... Read Morethese.
Best bag ever?
I wanted a bag I could use for long trips and didn't have wheels. The bag is huge! This bag is so durable. It was processed through 4 airports. Very important to take the shoulder straps off prior to checking it so they don't get broken or lost. The bag still looks brand new. My lady and I were able to both use it over a 4 day long weeken... Read Mored. I will definitely be looking for a smaller one for shorter trips. If you were on the fence about getting the Black Hole, time to get off and buy it! Thank you Patagonia for quality products!
Lots of capacity
Love that this holds so much and that it has the option to use as a backpack. It’s a little too big as a backpack when full. I wish the straps had more padding and there was a hip belt to shift the weight. But otherwise it’s a solid duffel - love that it collapses to a small pouch.
Amazing duffel bags
I have had a smaller Black Hole Duffel for years and use it constantly. I needed a larger one for a more extended vacation and I expect it to be just as great. These are well made, extremely resistant to wear and weather, and are very convenient. I would highly recommend these bags.
Great duffel, but lacks security
I'm very satisfied with my new duffel, except for one design flaw. You cannot secure the contents of the bag with TSA approved locks. The problem isn't with the large access flap on the top (which can be locked), it is with the small pocket on the side. There's an external zipper and an internal zipper, and neither one can be locked ... Read Morein any way. So if you lock the top access flap, a potential thief still has access to everything in the duffel by simply unzipping the side pocket, reaching in, and unzipping the inside zipper. Yes, I know that all duffels are vulnerable to knife attack and can't ever be fully secure, but there is no good reason why simple measures (like rings sewn into the bag to which the side zipper and/or internal zipper can be locked) can't be taken to deter some thieves. Please note that the many of the questions in the review don't apply to duffels, so I left them blank.
It's big. And perfect.
As the owner of a 60L Black Hole Duffel that was purchased a few years back, my partner and I needed to buy another so we'd both have bags for weekend camping and cabin trips. When I've been able to fill the 60L in the past, I still haven't been able to fill the 70L. Love the added backpack straps for when this bag is used for weeklo... Read Moreng work trips and the bag is durable enough that I'm not afraid to throw it into the back of a truck. 12/10 would recommend.
Awesome Gear Bag
I'm a ski patroller during the winter and a firefighter during the summer, and this bag goes everywhere with me. It can carry everything I need, from my ski gear in the winter, to my fire gear during the summer. I have 2 of these bags in the 70L and the 60L, and both perform exactly as expected. If you're looking for a catchall bag that c... Read Morean carry a week's worth of clothes, your ski gear, your fishing gear, cycling gear, or any outdoor trip imaginable, this is the bag for it.
So far so good...just finishing up a 3-week plus Alaskan adventure using commercial airlines, floatplanes, pickups and remote cabins. Held all my gear (any bigger and I couldn’t lift it). Love the purple color-stands out in the airport. Like the inside cinch down straps and handles on each end of the bag to boost it up into the bush plane.
So yeah, as a Guide, I spend about 200 days a year out there and my 11 year old Daughter spends about 80 out there with me. We have three of these bags. The marketing narrative reads, "highly weather-resistant." Nope. Which, is a bummer. We absolutely support Patagonia. We are dedicated to the Philosophy of the company and Chouinard perso... Read Morenally. I'm a Tenkara fly fishing Guide, ski instructor, backcountry ski Guide, snow shoe Guide...yada, yada, yada. Our gear is super important to us. This one, actually three (we have three sizes), didn't leave up to "the dream." Again, bummer.
Thank you for your feedback on the Black Hole Duffel and sorry to hear that it's not the bag that you were looking for. The Black Hole line is water-resistant but it is not waterproof so water will eventually soak through the bag. For truly waterproof protection for your gear, we recommend checking out our [Stromfront line](https://www.patagonia.com/search/?q=storm+front&lang=en_US).
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