Big holdall/kit bag recommendations?
I have a big Thor kit bag that’s done my fairly well for the past few years. However I don’t think it’ll survive another encounter with airport baggage handlers so I need to replace it before I go to the Alps in the summer.
My Thor bag is pretty large – roughly 75 x 45 x 45 cm, which I like as I have the boot space to cope with it on regular cycling trips and it can take a week’s worth of stuff for foreign holidays too. Also it has two main compartments (and 3 smaller pockets) rather than just one huge one which makes packing and finding things easier. Unfortunately I can’t find any signs that Thor still do anything similar. So has anyone recommendations for something like it I could get?
The closest my initial searches have found are a Troy Lee Designs bag and this Crank Brothers one, though the latter seems a little risky, given it’s Crank Brothers it’ll probably look nice but all the zips will break and the fabric will disintegrate if it gets wet or something…Posted 4 years agoElShalimoMember
North Face bags are good but they scream “I’m wealthy please investigate my contents”. There are other options that equally as good and less likely to attract attentionPosted 4 years ago
Tatonka, Haglofs, Rab, Patagonia, Mammut…basically all the big outdoor brands do expedition kit bags that are super tough and built to last. If you want British made and stealthy look at Aiguille Alpine kit bags, hand made in Staveley
The one weakness they all seem to have is that the rucsac type straps are crap. They’re fine if you are walking 200m to a train station but if you need to walk across a town, they’re just not supportive enough and hurt as it’s a big bag and you will fill it
Thanks for the suggestions. The big North Face bags I’ve found in my (brief) searches all tend to have one huuuuuge main compartment and maybe a handful of small auxiliary compartments rather than two large compartments, which is a thing I like about my Thor – that Mountain Equipment Co-Op duffle seems similar.Posted 4 years ago
Northwind – Member
Have you ruled my Dakine to be too small and unmanly? A mere 80 litres, but pretty good organisation- nice massive end pockets etc.
Given that you pull out your yellow enormous (single compartment) North Face bag for trips to the Alps, yes. 🙂
The Mule looks like a possibility, but it looks like it’s mostly one huge compartment. That and the presumably rigid frame put me off a bit.
CRC’s only Ogios look a bit small for what I’m after.Posted 4 years agowoody2000Subscriber
DHB? £26, 100 litres.
Be quick though 🙂Posted 4 years ago
ChrisL – Member
Given that you pull out your yellow enormous (single compartment) North Face bag for trips to the Alps, yes.
Touche! I think I could’ve squeezed everything into the dakine but the northface one feels that much more durable and slingerproof. But then I do have to carry tons of extra diabetic and coeliac crap.Posted 4 years ago
Ogio Dozer? Looks like it might not be as good for internal storage organisation as the Thor, but on the plus side you could sell your flat and live in it.
Oh is that a sportpursuit referral link?Posted 4 years ago
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