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Dinky, hard to snap carry handles
In my previous review, I neglected to mention that the carry handles are smaller/thinner than they used to be. Likely harder on the hands with a heavy load (I will never find out since I am returning mine ASAP). And the snap fastener that joins the 2 carry straps is hard to fasten the snaps quickly - like in an airport line or other hurried situa... Read Moretion. Yet another feature of Black Hole bags that has gone downhill in the "new" style versus the old reliable style. Black Hole bags used to be the best large luggage in the world, now it is degraded by gimmicky, counterproductive features.
New style Black Hole bags are lame
I just received a 100L Black Hole Bag to compliment the one I have had for a couple of decades. I hate what the new generation at Patagonia has done to the big (100L) Black Hole Bags! Give me the old, SIMPLE style any day. Now the bags have all these pointless gimmicky pouches, straps, inside/outside access pockets, etc. THAT ADD NOTHING yet wast... Read Moree valuable space and create pointless tangle potential. Putting tripods or other gear in the new ones, you would have to weave it around all the stupid, pointless straps and pockets. The old style black hole bags (I still have one) were bomber durable, did everything I needed, and had an open design free of obstructions and tangle gimmicks. Patagonia used to not make changes for the sake of making changes or marketing but those days are obviously long gone. Now I have to return the crappy thing and research a new alternative. Black Hole Bags RIP. One has to wonder, what kind of outback/bush testing did they do of this terrible new design? What a sad day
Response from PatagoniaFebruary 22, 2023
Hey Nathan, thank you for your review. We're sorry to hear that the Black Hole Duffel 100L has been so disappointing for you. The bags are still relatively streamlined, and every strap, daisy chain, and lash point does have a purpose. It overall increases the versatility of the bag, you can read more about this under the "Specs & Features" tab on the product page. Nonetheless, we want you to be satisfied when you make a purchase from our store, so you're absolutely welcome to [send it back](https://www.patagonia.com/returns.html) for a refund or merchandise credit.
This is the toughest, lightest and highest capacity (I wish there was 150 L capacity made by Patagonia). Highly recommend for any terrain, travel or hiking trip. The strength of 900 denier, the daisy chain on front, the ability to carry it on your back with straps, and just not adding its own weight. We took it down for Mount Elbrus climb and then ... Read MoreAconcagua. Mules who carried this bag and it is by far the worst transporter for your bag. This one survived and I had to just wash it after the trip to make it look fresh. It is abrasion proof and water resistant. You cannot go wrong with this bag where most bags fail to deliver.
Santas little helper
I got two of the 100 L bags last year (the navy blue with red accent and a dark turquoise with yellow accent I no longer see available). Their main purpose is long term international travel when I have bulky items that dont fit in my regular suitcase. Ive only used them twice so far but they look brand new despite being tossed around and hearing th... Read Moreem dragged and scrape against concrete floor. Im amazed and so glad I splurged on these rather than settle for a lower quality bag. I do agree with a comment I saw that the compression straps are not as useful as they could be. They could either be external, or if internal should start at the base/floor of the bag rather than halfway up the side which makes an odd pinch point. Another point for improvement is I would have preferred being able to lock it completely. As it is, if you lock the main compartment zipper, you still have the side zipper which opens to an internal pocket which open to the main compartment via another zipper, and there is no way to lock these to deter wandering hands. Still, very pleased with the bags. Im 5ft 4in and am able to carry this with the shoulder straps. Its awkward and I look like an ant but its doable.
This really lives up to its name. I use this as a catch-all for outdoor gear. Tent, sleeping bag, tarp, cooking gear, outdoor clothing, etc. Great to have everything in one spot and can easily throw into the back seat of a car if I need to just grab everything quickly. The one issue I have with this is the compression straps, I really wish they we... Read Morere external. Due to the vast size of the bag, the compression straps do not help unless you layer blankets/other large objects to compress against -small items shift around the straps.
Strong material and water resistant
I bought this bag for my Kilimanjaro summit and it was perfect. The material is stronger than all the other similar duffels I looked at. It withstood 7 days of extremely rough handling on the mountain including some time left in the rain and it kept everything dry inside. Big enough to put my 65L backpack in along with other gear to carry it all ho... Read Moreme at the end of the trip. Easy to clean. Still looks new after a lot of use. I wish it came with a regular shoulder strap like most duffels.
Great bag: Perfect for large car seat
We purchased this bag to carry our child's car seat while traveling. The large mouth opening allows for easy packing and unpacking of the car seat. The backpack straps also come in handy for longer walks between airport security and gate. Purchased with longevity in mind as we will still be able to use it when our child no longer needs a car s... Read Moreeat.
Costa Rica Rainy Season Tested
Took this bag down to Costa Rica as the family gear bag (aka the stinky bag). To fit everyone meant that the bag when into a luggage topper bag that did little to keep the water away from our luggage. All of our Blackhole duffles held back the water like champs. The gear and clothes were unscathed from the onslaught of rain. The off-brand bags on t... Read Morehe other hand did not fare so well. Next trip will be all Black Hole bags, no doubt!
Response from PatagoniaJune 29, 2022
We appreciate your feedback! Note that our Black Hole bags are [water-resistant but not waterproof](https://www.patagonia.com/shop/luggage-waterproof-bags). We're glad these worked for you in Costa Rica, Matt!
This thing is very big! I can fit my 5'1" girlfriend inside it no problem (Don't worry this was done by her choosing). I also really like the shoulder straps. They can easily be put on or taken off depending on what you're doing. When you need to store the bag it folds up nicely into its internal pocket.
This bag is THE bag!
I have a few black hole bags now- 55L, 70L, and 100L, totes, and ALL of them are great! Using the backpack straps helps a bunch when using this particular bag. Being 5' 3", I can basically fit into the 100L bag. It holds everything. As my brother said this past weekend; "you could throw that off an airplane and it would be okay"... Read More. Buy this and every other black hole duffel and tote! I do wish that the black hole material was on the bottom as well. I feel like if the bottom was exposed to moisture, it would leak into the bag....!
Response from PatagoniaOctober 26, 2021
We're so glad to hear you're loving the bags! Note that our Black Hole bags are not waterproof, but rather water-resistant. They also don't have sealed seams, so those are areas where water can potentially enter the bag. If you need waterproof, check out our [submersible bags](https://www.patagonia.com/shop/waterproof-submersible-bags)!
Workhorse with verve, almost an ally
I loaded 2 100-liter black hole duffels for my move to Europe with 4 pets (i.e., lots of stuff) (AND used my now 25-year old Patagonia MLC bag as well). Even getting all the gear packed in these bags made me feel better: an explosion of stuff stowed neatly and safely. Instant organization. Easy to identify on the luggage carousel. Easy to move (ok,... Read More with help, but it was easier to GET help because of the various straps and carrying options).
A beast of a bag
An absolute workhorse. I've put my black hole duffel through a couple dozen international flights, hundreds of miles in boats, and hauled this unit all over the globe and it refuses to tear up. It's hauled clothes, books, medical supplies, fishing tackle, food, and about anything else you can think of. It's been over 16.000 feet, to ... Read Moresea level and still has a lot of work left to do. The 100 liter will haul more than you can imagine and the name black hole fits it. It just keeps taking the gear. I cannot recommend this bag enough.
This is a must have bag for any travel or outdoor enthusiast. I've beaten it up it non-stop for the past three years, giving it far more abuse than it was probably made to accept. I've thrown it around planes, trucks, helicopters, and boats, lugged it up mountains and dragged it across tarmacs. It's kept my things dry in the tropics,... Read More and sand-free in the desert. It (finally) popped one of it's two buttons, but I still use it all the time. Volume-wise it fit everything I needed for an 8 month trip. Equally if not more impressive, it fits everything a family of four with two kids under 6 needs for a long weekend. No issues with any of the zippers, no holes after three years of serious abuse, and only one popped button (which I think was caught on a strap on an airplane). The shoulder straps are thin, and not ideal for extended wear, but handy in a baggage line or waiting for a ride when your hands are full. I'd buy it again in a heartbeat.
I ordered this to replace my old backpack I use as a travel duffel. When it arrived I did not know how small it really packs down to when you're not using it, it's surprising how lightweight it is too. I use it frequently for travel when we go camping or for day trips. I could fit me, my wife, and my daughters things into it for a picnic ... Read Moreor whatever... It's huge.
Recently took my Black Hole 70L duffel to the Boundary Waters in northern MN. This area is truly wild and the bag held up very well and was incredibly functional at camp, in the canoe and most importantly on the portages - the straps make this bag multi functional and I couldnt be happier with the product. Will be purchasing another for future trip... Read Mores!
Plenty of Room
I use this Duffle as a "Red Bag" for work. It holds 14 days work of minimalist clothing along with my sleeping bag and pad. Easy access and smaller compartments hold my toiletries and a couple of books along with other small stuff. Its durable and seems to be water resistant.
Bring back the 120L
Great bag and improved construction with newer generation. However, as a mountain and ski guide, I find that not having a bag for mountaineering equipment and ski gear that is 120L or more in size a huge hinderance to efficiency and logistics with having to check more bags. Please bring back the 120L option. I like to go with Patagonia Black hole d... Read Moreuffels because of the companies commitment to environmentalism and core values in making products and the use of materials. Unfortunately, Im forced to look elsewhere with the discontinuation of a truly sufficient expedition duffel for the alpine worker.
Response from PatagoniaAugust 6, 2020
Hello Alan, thanks so much for sharing your detailed review with us. Our designs and pack/duffel sizing are constantly being revised, and customer's feedback is one of the contributing factors to these changes. We hope that we won't disappoint you in the future! Your message has been passed along to the appropriate team.
Black Hole Duffel
I have multiple Black Hole bags, and they carry my gear... ALL of my gear just about everywhere. Whether it's camping and organizing the gear in the back of the truck, on the plane or in the garage, this versatile bag can handle the roughest treatment, but holds up under pressure. The backpack straps are awesome, and the zipper placement and q... Read Moreuality are perfect. While the top portion is by and large waterproof, the canvas bottom is not - so don't let the top trick you into a sense of security.
Great for Camping
I bought the Blackhole 100L duffle bag for a camping trip and it was great. I was able to fit everything into the bag and close it up no problem. My bag weighed about 60-70 pounds and the shoulder straps held up fine. I mountain biked with it into the woods for about 7 miles and still held fine. The only complaint that I have is there is no option ... Read Morefor a waist strap to relieve the stress on my shoulders. But now I'm going to use it for every family trip just so we have plenty of room for all of our clothes and anything else we want to purchase.
I work as a Harbor Patrol officer and have to carry fire fighting gear and water rescue gear. In the past I had to carry two bags. With the Black Hole 100L duffel I can get all my gear in one bag that is easy to carry and protected from the weather. I highly recommend this bag!
An excellent size for airline travel
Extremely durable - waterproof except for the zipper. Lots of details, such as the internal compression straps, make a huge difference. Compact and stored in its own pocket when not in use. The 100-liter is an excellent size for airline travel. The old 120-liter size worked well for us when the US to Brazil market allowed 70-pound bags, but is most... Read Morely too large with the new universal airline 50 lb. limitation. Quite often our old 90-liter Black Hole Bags fill up before we hit the 50 lb. limit, which is why our new 100-liter seems to be the best compromise. At 100-liters it is still quite large for most Alaska float planes, but so were our 90-liters. Most bush pilots will tell you that the 70-liter is just about perfect for loading in this type of aircraft, or for when transferring to boats.
Patagonia Black Hole® Duffel Bag 100L
Vermont Trip: I threw my bag 100L on the on bench in Vermont. Working out of the bag overnight, I thought I forgot my helmet and goggles. Looking to purchase a new set that morning, only to find them in the back corner of my bag, just before leaving to buy a new set. Personally 70L would fit better....extra space needed.. wow it does not lack that!... Read More!! Ski Patroller
The black hole duffle continues to be the best bag 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 bulkier items. And that it is made out of recycled material can’t ... Read Morebe beat.
Having had the Black Hole backpack for over 5 years now, I knew that I was getting a super durable and utilitarian piece but this bag has exceeded my expectations. It showed up neatly folded into one of its own pockets and unfolded to fit tons of gear for its first voyage on an international trip. I was able to maneuver easily with the back pack st... Read Moreraps and love that denture. Thank you Patagonia!
Perfect checked luggage for a big trip
After shopping around, I went with the Patagonia duffel because of it's internal compression straps (to keep everything cinched in and secure) and the VERY easy to remove/install backpack straps. I keep the backpack straps in the side pocket when I check it to avoid them from getting caught on something in transit, and they are back on in less... Read More than a minute from when I grab the bag from the luggage carousel. It's also large enough for an entire trad climbing rack, rope, clothes and misc gear. Perfect burly bag for these types of trips.
Everything I expected
The black hole duffels deliver as always! This 100L is plenty big for all my gear on expeditions or winter trips where bulky sleeping bags and tents are needed. The fabric is tough and holds up against the abuse of life on the road and airline baggage routines. My 55L is the perfect compliment, and between these two bags, I have everything I need t... Read Moreo GO!
Nicely constructed, but pretty large!
Got my 100L bag and was happy with how solidly it seemed to be constructed. I was, however, a bit surprised at how large it is, so am returning it for the 70L bag. Only complaint is that it is IMPOSSIBLE for me to put it back into itself. I just put the whole thing back into a box and shipped it back for somebody else to figure out.
This bag is awesome so far. I live/work on a boat, so the waterproofing was a big reason I chose this one. I also love that it folds up nicely into its own side pouch, so it can be compact, but you don’t have to keep track of a separate small bag. I envision using this bag for many years to come!
100L BH DUFFEL
GREAT GREAT BAG Took a bit of time, and muscle, to figure out how to restuff it into it's stuff bag...but it works. Customer service was fantastic in getting it overnighted to me. The zip pulls still seem small, stringy to me which adds to the torque needed to pull them....on one other bag they actually broke...you might look into making them ... Read Morebigger.
Great Travel Bag
This bag is bulletproof and durable as expected. Waterproof, except for the zippers, and very tough bottom for those rough airport days. This bag can hold enough items and clothing for a 2 week expedition or a road trip or a great moving bag. I also own the 55 L bag model and that bag is perfect for a carry-on bag for shorter trips that you still ... Read Morewant a very durable & tough bag.
The Black Hole Duffel 100L is awesome
It's the usual Patagonia super high quality with great features like inside hold down straps, exterior loops for lashing stuff on, and a clever set of straps to make it into a back back, Also folks up in to a tiny package when not being used.
Black Hole Duffels worked great for overseas camping trip
We recently took an overseas camping trip with my two adult kids, and all our gear for two weeks and four people fit into two Black Hole Duffels - one 100L and one 80L. Easy to pack around the airport with the shoulder straps, sized just about right for 50lb limit depending on weight / volume ratio of items packed in each. No visible damage despite... Read More some obvious scuffs and scratches from baggage handling. Also everything stayed dry despite some rainy weather both in country and in transit. Thanks Patagonia!
Bag is secured
I litterally have done anything from move across the country to going on week long camping trips with this bad boy and it still amazes me how much gear this bag can hold. Its also really easy to get lost in there I poked my head in the other day to look for a book and ended up in another universe, thats how big it is.
I am planning a trip to MOAB to go climbing in September, and have been looking for a duffel that will hold my 35L gear bag, helmet, rope and a smaller duffel for my "street" clothes. Honestly, I don't kn ow how Patagonia does the internal geometry on their Black Hole bags, but this one swallows all my gear; burps and says: "Ok ... Read Morethat was a fine dinner, what's for dessert?" There plenty of extra room after the aforementioned gear and clothes. And I love the "new" classic navy and red color scheme.
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