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Awesome Bag, larger than expected
Just received my bag in the mail. Very pleased with the quality of it, but was surprised by how large it is (guess they don't call it that black hole for nothing). Was curious is anybody has any experience carrying this on a plane in the overhead compartment. It seems like completely full might be too large?? I have 70L. Thanks !
Hey Greg, thanks for the review. The 70L version of this bag measures in at 28" x 17.5" x 13", so it might be too large to use as a carry on for most airlines. We can confirm that we have been able to use the [Black Hole Duffel Bag 55L](https://www.patagonia.com/product/black-hole-duffel-bag-55-liters/49342.html?dwvar_49342_color=CNY&cgid=luggage-black-hole-bags) which comes in at 26.7" x 15.7" x 11.8", but we can't guarantee that would be the case for all airlines. The Black Hole 40L wheeled duffel or regular duffel versions should be safe bets.
Trying to replace a 90L
It used to be that our two 90L duffels were sufficient for the family to share as needed, but when both of my teens wanted to go on the school trip to Guatemala with me, we needed a third. Alas, there is no longer a 90L, and with supply chain issues, the 100L were impossible to come by! So I ordered a back-ordered 70L that was scheduled to arrive i... Read Moren time. The date came and went without a shipping notice, and I found another color that was in stock. I ordered it too, just to be safe. They both arrived in time, and my husband is glad that he gets one now, too! I was pleasantly surprised that I was still able to fit two weeks worth of clothing (from mountain to tropical conditions), my sleeping bag, pad, and hammock with 20L less to work with. It did keep me from over-packing, but was very doable. Im definitely glad I splurged on packing cubes. I used one to keep undies and socks from floating around and the other to separate the clothes Id only need in the other location. Very happy with my 70L and actually glad I didnt get the gigunda one! The whole family prefers the backpack option to rolling bags as we are all tall and cant ever seem to control the rollers, and glad we now have 4!
I ordered four of these (one for each member of the family) in different colors. They fit way more than we need for weeks away on roadtrips, and the ability to pack them down when they're empty is an awesome featurewe can store them out of the way when not in use. The removable shoulder straps are an awesome addition, as we can take them on or... Read More off depending on how and where we're traveling. These things are built like tanks. From the backs of trucks or vans to airplanes, I've taken these bags all over the US and much of the world and I have yet to see any crazy signs of wear. Awesome bags.
Perfect Bag - lots of room!
Purchased for daughter who sails year-round and was worried might have ordered too big (ordered 70L). It's actually the perfect size! She can fit her gear in, wear it on her back, sturdy enough to check for flights, and holds all she needs for a weekend! Plus - the red color makes it easy to spot amongst tons of black bags!
Great ski resort bag
Pack this thing right and youre good for a long trip. Something I do a lot with this bag is bring it on trips where I know I may return with more gear than I left with. I pack it empty in a checked bag and it will work as a second suitcase on the way back. Its compact when folded into itself so it doesnt steal too much room in your suitcase. Ive ac... Read Moretually had to pack some wet snow gear for a quick flight back and having this with me saved my other stuff from getting wet.
Top Notch Bag, Years of Abuse but No Wear
As describe the material is tough as nails. Ive used this bag for years now, through deployments and 20+ flights, despite that it still looks band new. Love the option for turning into a back pack and have used for those longer carries. One of my best pieces of luggage.
A tough bag
This is the fifth Black Hole bag that I have purchased. Why does he buy so many? you may say. I have 5 kids and this is part of their kit when I send them off to school. These bags last forever and they take all the abuse a teenage (or slightly older) boy can dish out - muddy shoes, greasy wrenches, odd pieces of wood with nails sticking out, soaki... Read Moreng wet jeans, dorm rooms, dark woods, blazing rocky beaches, and pristine green soccer pitches - it goes anywhere and hauls almost anything (I still can't figure out how to get a '71 2002 transmission in one of these, but someday I may find a way). The bottom line: these Black Hole bags are rugged, roomy and useful. And when you don't need them to haul your gear, you can fold it up into its own pouch and it will fit easily into your backpack and still leave room for your laptop and a change of clothes. I may just end up buying 5 more - it depends on how many grandkids I need to send off in this world. Cheers
Pack it All!
I bought this bag a few years back now, actually mine is a 60L which is no longer in the site.... I bought it for a trip to Thailand. It seems to not run out of room, many pockets to keep toiletries, meds, wets, shoes, etc separate. Then outside all loops to hang laced shows and hiking equipment. Water proof, well made, and all around the best bag ... Read Morethat I've ever had. Can be a comfortable backpack or a handled dufflebag. I've now traveled to Thailand, Cambodia, Peru, Bolivia, plus endless "USA" internal trips. Now I'm heading to Uganda and Rwanda, Africa and I'm buying one for my son who is traveling with me!.. BEST bag you'll ever own.
Bought this duffle bag with the hope to start traveling again after COVID. On its first outing the handle/side was ripped by airline. Clearly not the quality I expect from Patagonia given the price.
Hey Judith, thanks for the review on the Black Hole Duffel Bag 70L. We agree that our gear should last a lot longer than your unfortunate experience. Please [reach out to us](https://www.patagonia.com/returns.html) so we can set you up with a warranty return credit to purchase a new one.
Never Ending Space!!
We purchased the Patagonia Black Hole duffle bag in the 70L and when they say black hole its the truth!! This bag holds so much stuff! I took this bag and only this bag on a 10 day trip to the Dominican Republic and it fit all of my stuff plus things I purchased over there. Being able to use it as a backpack is super convenient however the only com... Read Moreplaint I have is that it can be a little uncomfortable on your back depending how you pack. Overall this is going to be put to great use with the amount of traveling I do!
Great customer service, but not sure on the bag
I left this bag in my car when hiking in Utah (very hot day) and it melted in the sun. I had left the flap open so it was plastic on plastic, but seems like something that it should hold up in. No fuss on the exchange at the store, but still a bit worried on durability. Let's see how round two goes.
Thank you for the feedback on the bag, PJ! The Black Hole bags are very durable in terms of the fabric's resistance to wear and tear, as well as in hot travel conditions. We would not recommend leaving the bag open and unattended in very high temperatures in a car, rather throw a tarp or blanket over it, or place it in a shady spot if possible. We're glad to hear that the store was able to get you sorted out quickly and painlessly, and we look forward to your review after years of use!
A Bag of many uses
One of my sons was on his way to his first year of college and was loading up my car with his laundry bag stuffed with clean clothes, towels and linens. I asked him why he was doing that instead of using say one of the suitcases that we had and he shrugged his shoulders and said "this is easier". It dawned on me that he needed a rugged, v... Read Moreersatile travel bag, so I stopped at a local retailer and grabbed a 70L Black Hole bag. It was configured into its small, travel bag size and my son looked at me as if to say "Dad, you're an idiot; my stuff won't fit into that". I opened the bag into it's carrier configuration and he was stunned into silence as he watched me load a semster's worth of "stuff" in the bag. I tossed it in the back of my sedan along with his record player (he likes vinyl) and a couple of pillows and off we went. I was so impressed, that I bought Black Hole Bags for all 3 of his brothers.
Bomb Proof Bottomless Pit
This thing is amazing. Packed my stuff, my wife and daughters stuff for a recent trip to CO. Survived being checked on airplane. I have a smaller capacity black hole bag from 5yrs ago and it is still like new, even with tons of travel. These bags are amazing and essential for traveling/adventuring.
Great duffel bag! I love to travel and use this bag often. Unfortunately one of the back straps got lost during my trip when I checked the bag in. It was detached and placed inside the duffel before the flight but when I got home I found only one strap inside. I hoped I could purchase an extra strap as a replacement but they dont sell it. I am disa... Read Moreppointed because I often wear the bag on my shoulders and now I cannot.
FINALLY! I can pack for a week+
More than usual, I can just keep shoving clothes in and there is still room for more. You can stuff a basketball into each end of the Black Hole bag. I didn't get the largest size available. I got 1 size down, 70 L. I didn't think I could manage the 100 L. With the extra straps, I think I would have been fine, but why push my luck. I love... Read More that Patagonia has matching Black Cubes (purchased separately) to carry your toiletries in, or something miscellaneous. I will know soon enough. We head to the Rockies in 2 weeks... Yay
These bags work great for organizing gear for different activities. I will always know where seasonal gear is placed so it dosent get lost in my gear room. Different color bags help identify. I would constantly lose stuff from season to season with out them. Bags have come along way since first introduced. Fabric is very durable and love the pack s... Read Moretraps. All Good Sandy
Great quality. Love the color. Only weird thing would be that it comes zipped up into its own interior pocket - and it was actually a little hard to get it unfolded and OUT of the pocket. (Nevermind folding it back up to get it back in there again.) I know if you are reading this, you might be skeptical, but I am one of those people who prides them... Read Moreselves on getting things to compress & fold back up. It was definitely disappointing that I couldn't get it to go back into it's internal pocket. But maybe most people don't really care! Still a really great bag.
Well designed duffle with easy access and durability
The duffle is super easy to use and looks wonderful. The zippers are smooth and get better with use. The shell is clean and repels water and the base of the bag is super resilient and doesn't track too much dirt. The detachable backpack straps are surprisingly comfortable and work well along with the two carrying straps on the sides.
Huge bag, super strong.
This thing fits everything. I love using it for 4 day weekend getaways with my girlfriend, we can fit every article of clothing, toiletries and towels in one bag. We each have a set of packing cubes, so it's always easy to find exactly what we're looking for! This thing feels like it's going to last for years!
Ideal travel bag
These bags are super bomber....I first had the 40L and I have been using it every day for a gym bag as well as for weekend trips and it still looks absolutely brand new. Just got the 70L and it was a bit bigger than I was expecting, but it is great for a week+ trips....now I am failing to convince myself that I don't really NEED that 55L bag. ... Read MoreI would say unless you are moving your entire apt, the 100L is too big.
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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