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Patagonia’s Best Duffel Is Even Better in Backpack Form — and 30% off Now
Of the well-loved products that Patagonia has created over the years — from ultralight synthetic insulation jackets to iconic fleeces — the Black Hole duffel is one that has weathered the years. The utilitarian gear hauler is made rugged enough to handle the rigors of weeks-long field expeditions yet practical enough that its features aren’t lost on casual travelers. (The 60-liter version is perfect for carry-on-only trips.)
The Black Hole duffel succeeds because its design is so simple — it has an accessible D-shaped opening, mesh pockets for a small amount of internal organization, removable backpack straps — and its laminated ripstop construction is both durable and weather-resistant. Patagonia hasn’t altered the bag much beyond changing the buckles and tweaking the material recipe to include more recycled content, but it also introduced backpack versions of the bag that are possibly even more travel-friendly, but no less rugged. The 30-liter model includes all the features you’d want in a pack — multiple pockets, organizers for small essentials, exterior water bottle sleeves — and uses the same hardwearing TPU-laminated ripstop fabric in an everyday bag that’s well suited to commuting and shorter adventures.
Similar to the duffel, the Black Hole Pack uses a wide opening to access its main compartment, which has a sleeve for a laptop or a hydration reservoir as well as smaller pockets for essential items. Unhindered by other unnecessary features, the bag is left to do what it should: provide ample space for whatever it is you might need to carry.
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