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Bomber travel bag
I was gifted a 55L about 8 years ago and couldn't believe how durable and functional it was. It is still in fantastic shape and over the years I have been inspired to purchase the 40l and 70l. Today, I got the 100l and I know how much utility I will get out of it. Looks amazing and I know I will have it, likely for the rest of my life. Can... Read More7;t say that about too many travel items! You can't go wrong with these black hole bags!
Perfect travel size
I own a 60L but found that I rarely used its full capacity on 3-14 day trips, and as such it didn't sit as comfortably as I'd like on my back and shoulders. So I bought a 40L, and after just coming back from a 4 day trip with it, I think it's perfect for my needs. I would say I'm a medium packer, so if you also travel fairly lig... Read Morehtly and don't need to pack any large items like parkas or snow boots, this size should work perfectly. On this recent trip, I took 5 pairs of underwear, 2 pairs of long underwear, 3 short-sleeve shirts, 2 long-sleeve shirts, 1 lightweight fleece sweater, 1 rain shell, 2 pairs of winter gloves, 1 beanie, a small bag of toiletries, a small electric razor, and the removable hood of a down jacket, and I still had a little room for more on top without smashing anything. Due to the slightly smaller size, it also fits better on my back, the straps are comfortable, and while I have sometimes been able to carry my 60L onboard planes, I now know I can for sure do so with this bag as it meets the carry-on size requirements for most airlines. Durability with the 60L has been great, so I've got no doubt it'll be the same here. Definitely recommend.
Perfect For Carry-on Wise Traveler
I have used several different sized Black Hole duffles. They are all excellent travel companions. But, the 40 l is perfect for carry-on travel. Holds enough for a week or more if careful with packing. Easy to carry with back pack straps or handles. Fits overhead compartment easily. Durable and fairly water resistant. Recommended!
Great Cabin Bag
We have at least 10 of these bags; some for the boat ( because they are soft) and some at home for larger weekend bags. I bought this one to carry clothes & other things belonging to my niece & nephew back to NZ. I will check it but it can easily fit in the overheads as long as it isn't stuffed to the gills!
Great bag , have multiple sizes
These bags will outlive me . I decided to give several as gifts , its ( the 40l) is the most useful size for me great for carry on , great for weekend trips , the material is durable and washable , important in these times . I have entire wheeled set in black , and all sizes in duffel, but use the small duffles and pack in 2 for weekend trips , et... Read Morec Love new camo ! And they were on sale ! All the people I gifted lived them too !
I bought this bag for an eight day sailing trip and it fit all my clothes, shoes and toiletries with extra room to spare! I was able to carry it on my back and got a ton of questions at the airport about what size and model the bag was. It was extremely easy to put in the overhead bin on planes and lug around airports. It was compact enough to fit ... Read Morein the small storage areas of the sailboat as well as it collapses so nicely. 10/10 recommend!
My wife and I each own the 55l versions which are MASSIVE inside. I bought the 40l to scale down a bit for short weekend trips. I would HIGHLY recommend adding the Black Hole packing cubes to this, makes organization super nice. * One suggestion/request for the design team: it would be nice if there were some way to remove or stowaway the handles ... Read Morefor when the duffle is worn as a backpack. They ride in the center of your back and if you leave them loose and hanging, your arm has a 98% chance of slipping through them when slinging it up and going for the actual shoulder strap.
I love the simplicity and function of the Black Hole Bags. They are built super bomber to take the abuse of travel. And they are lightweight, allowing more contents on highly scrutinized airline travel. The backpack straps give a great alternative to heavy roller bags. I often use the smallest bag as a day pack around town or on a trip to the showe... Read Morer in a campground. It's a fantastic travel companion.
Please bring back the 45L
I love love love my 45L black hole bag, which I believe Patagonia calls the "briefcase" - even though it has all the same function as these duffel back packs. I came on line to buy another one for my fiance only to see they don't make it anymore. Too bad as it is the perfect size - maximum capacity while still passing as carry on. Pl... Read Moreease bring it back!
These bags are killer. I just got the 40L size for carry on air travel, and have had the larger sizes already for years. They hold up great to use. The more scuffed up they get, the cooler they look. Great waterproofing. Watch the zippers over time. I had the main zipper on the bag seize up due to corrosion which locked the zipper up. This happened... Read More while stored for months then I took it out and noticed it. I put some lubricant on and it seemed to clear it up again. One request: I would LOVE to have a shoulder strap for these bags. They come included with the backpack straps, but every time I am traveling with these I am already wearing a backpack. I have rigged up my own shoulder strap from a different bag, but its awkward due to not having center line attachment points that line up well for balance, other than the end grab handles, which don't work great for that purpose.
Perfect gym bag
This is the perfect bag for the climbing gym or standard gym. Its big enough to hold all my sport climbing equipment or weightlifting essentials and still has room for any miscellaneous items (shoes, change of clothes, bottles, etc). I used to use a 20L backpack but found that it wasnt big enough to carry everything. Its big enough to comfortably c... Read Morearry everything but small enough to fit in the gym lockers with ease. This duffel does the job.
Best Duffel EVER
I've actually never been a huge fan of Duffel bags bc they seem long and oddly distributed ( kinda like a weiner dog), but this Duffel has a truly great shape, is easy to carry (even as the backpack option!), and holds soooo much. The material is so durable, and wipes clean very easily. Can be used for a weekend ( or even week) away, as a work... Read More bag, gym bag, etc. I love this 40L so much, I bought another one! I have a camper van and this is a great size for luggage that I keep in my van, it stay full of clothes and toiletries and I'm stoked for such a smart option.
Please bring back the 45L version
These black hole backpacks are THE BEST!! I have an old 45L version and is perfect!! I had it pre children and now is my go to carryon with my kids. It fits EVERYTHING for long haul travel and we dont use screens. I wanted to get a second for my husband and ordered the 40L but its just too small !!!! Please Patagonia bring back the 45L. It is the p... Read Moreerfect travel size for a carryon Europe with all airlines and international travel. I will look out on worn wear but the 45L is just too small. The 45 L took me through week long trips and more. Anyways best bags and hope to see the 45 L soon :-)
Hi Helena, thank you so much for taking the time to write a review. We truly appreciate you sharing your thoughts, and we'll be sure to take your feedback into consideration.
Handy Duffel ready for everything
Compact, sturdy and big enough. Easy to pack and take with you. When traveling to a summer cottage, all the necessary clothes fit neatly in one bag and in the trunk of the car. I bought four pieces for the whole family - the plan is to buy something smaller for the dog's stuff as well.
Great Overall Duffel, could use a shoulder strap
I bought this duffel to use as a carry on for plane travel. I was tired of having the airline check my bags at the gate. I think this bag is really well constructed. The material and zippers are sturdy and seem like they will last years. I also very much like the colors. My biggest setback with the bag is that there is no included shoulder strap. ... Read MoreThe backpack straps are great, but I was intending to use the bag with a backpack, not AS a backpack. I think adding the option for an included shoulder strap would make this bag absolutely perfect. I ended up using two carabiner hooks and using a generic shoulder strap. It worked OK, but not perfectly.
Thanks for your feedback! You might appreciate one of our [Maximum Legal Carry-on Bags](https://www.patagonia.com/product/black-hole-mlc-convertible-suitcase-45-liters/49307.html) which come in two sizes. They have a shoulder strap and backpack straps. Please reach out to our Customer Service team if you have any questions. We'll be happy to help!
Good bag for travel
So far I used this bag once for a 5 day trip as my carry on bag. It had enough space for my clothes and toiletries, but was definitely a tight squeeze. I think its great and loved wearing it as a backpack. However, the buttons got scratched super easily so its not too rugged in that regard. But, the material overall feels very durable so I do like ... Read Moreit.
Tough as nails
The bag look stylish and very functional. Material is tough and the zippers are strong. One thing I would like to see is a shoulder strap for this bag. I had to modify my own strap to carry it. It has a optional backpack strap but I already had a backpack with me.
Hey Stanley, thanks for the review. We recommend checking out our newly redesigned [Black Hole MLC 45L](https://www.patagonia.com/product/black-hole-mlc-convertible-suitcase-45-liters/49307.html?dwvar_49307_color=SEQR). It comes with a strap that doubles as not only a shoulder strap, but a hip belt; and it also comes with backpack straps as well. It's very versatile and might be better suited for your needs.
Colorful and convenient backpack
Amazing product, great material, the unique patagonia colours, very versatile, lots of pockets to pack everything. Only comment is that the backpack comes folded in a small sack so that, when you travel and you don't use it, you can easily bring it around . I feel the sack is very small though and the bag still quite sturdy so it will be diffi... Read Morecult to fit it back in the sack.
I have multiple Black Hole bags and they are perfect for everything from gear to a weekend get away. They hold up well and continue to look good - even with rough treatment! I especially like that they are light weight and weather repelling. The BH bags don't have a space-hogging-weight-adding dividers or tech pouches - a plus for me. I can cr... Read Moream in more stuff than I need. The backpack shoulder straps are actually comfortable. Love color combos! If you don't have one, ya gotta get one.. or 3!
They ruined a great product
I have a 40 L black hole from a few years ago, and its perfect. I use it every day for work to pack scrubs, lunch, etc... I just sling it over a shoulder and go. I bought this one for my wife who also does anesthesia and has admired mine. There is no longer the strap to sling it over your head/shoulder! Only hand grips or backpack (both shoulders) ... Read Moresetup. What a shame :(
We're sorry for the disappointment, Michael! An aftermarket shoulder strap can be attached to the newer design. Also, you might prefer the [Black Hole MLC 45L](https://www.patagonia.com/product/black-hole-mlc-briefcase-backpack-45-liters/49306.html), so reach out if you'd like any help with a return!
The Perfect Getaway Bag
I got the 40L blackhole duffel after losing my 70L and the downsize was the best choice I've ever made. I travel for weekend getaways often and this is the perfect bag, with a water resistant exterior for all the adventures, plenty of space inside to bring the extra pair of shoes. I wish I could convince everyone to buy one of these bags- it&#... Read Morex27;s a game changer! If you're on the fence, go for it. I also had a small issue with supply chain and it interfering with my move and needed to change the delivery address and Patagonia's customer support was helpful and set me right where I needed to be!
I purchased this bag after borrowing my friend's for almost 3 months! I'm a student athlete and I'm often going away for long weekends where I need a couple changes of clothes on top of sports clothes. I am always amazed by how much this bag fits! I was able to fit 1 weeks worth of clothes (without access to laundry) in this bag and ... Read Moreit fits perfectly as a carry on for any airline, both domestic and international. I highly suggest this bag to anyone who is looking for something versatile and easy to pack.
I love it.
I was worried this would be a bit small, but it's perfect for my needs. I managed to fit the following in quite easily: One pair of jeans One pair of trousers One pair of shorts Six pairs of socks / underwear Six T shirts Two jumpers One thick overskirt One light waterproof Toiletries and a book.
Great Sailing Bag
Perfect lightweight duffel for cruising, coastal, and offshore sailing. The bag weighs only 2.5lbs, so while it is larger than a backpack nobody can complain that I am bringing too much weight aboard. Fits a PFD/lifejacket, shoes, gloves and all of my foul weather gear! Backpack straps means I can use both of my hands while carrying it (really he... Read Morelpful when loading/unloading). Have also used it as a pillow when filled with clothing. Another handy feature is that the pockets/bag layout are easy to describe to someone else if you need something retrieved from your bag while you are on-shift. I also found that this bag fits most US/International airlines requirements for a carryon (not personal item).
Black Hole bags rock!
I bought the 55L for my adult kids for Christmas and liked them so much I got one for me. Then I decided to get a 40L for overnights or to carry on if I check my 55L. I carry in the 55L all the time. These bags are rugged, look good, super functional, love the removable backpack straps.
A bit disappointing.
The shoulder straps were an extremely poor fit, to the point I returned the bag. I also found I was looking for more features. I crew on two different boats and now recognized I need a bag with more compartments - ones for items I need to quickly/easily access; ones for shoes; ones for wet foul weather gear - at a minimum. It might be an ok airport... Read More bag, but it doesn't work for my needs. I'm a long-time customer (ask me about my baggie lights...circa 1987 when they were made from ripstop nylon) and I'll continue to be a customer...this bag just wasn't it for me.
Not what I wanted...
First of all, after waiting for several months of backorder, and ordering the size smaller and returning it to order this, I feel like this size is too large. I have friends who have the same bag ordered a couple years ago that is right in the middle, and a much more usable size for daily use. On the first trip I took this on, the snaps on the hand... Read Moreles completely broke off, I wonder if velcro is better than snaps for the handle strap.
Hi Ben! Thank you for taking the time to write us a review. We're really sorry to hear about the disappointment with the duffel. Feedback like this is crucial to improving products for future seasons so we'll share this with our design team. Your satisfaction is always guaranteed so you're welcome to [return](https://www.patagonia.com/returns.html).
So I purchased this more as a weekend getaway bag that could fit as a carry-on. Good news is it is JUST under carry-on dimensions for, as far as I have seen, any American airline (Delta, SW, AA, etc). Bag was lots of trouble to get out of its packed state (way it came from ship facility) so I do not see myself packing the duffel back into its poc... Read Moreket anytime soon. The material is awesome because it stays mostly rigid and can clearly be water resistant. Also seems like it will be able to survive the occasional tear. Again, I am using this more as a travel bag, but with the backpack straps there is no reason you cannot use this for camping or hiking. I looked up and down the Internet for reviews about what could fit in the bag. People were only throwing in toiletries, camping equipment, and a small tent. Good news, reader, I am here to tell you about what every day items you can shove inside of this bad boy. Warning: some wrinkling may occur to items if you are XXL in pretty much all of your clothing like I am. I was able to fit 1 pair Vans low, 1 pair birkenstocks, 4 pair socks, travel size toiletries (convenient pocket on top flap), 8 pair underwear, 7 heavy cotton tee shirts, 4 pair shorts, and 3 pair long pants (1 jeans and 2 khaki). This bag is pretty darn impressive. I have scoured the Internet looking for this kind of info on the bag to no avail, so figured I would run the test myself and share. Put your name on the E-Mail Waitlist and get you one. And it's made from recycled materials? Incredible.
I saw the Patagonia 40L on a recent trip. It is the perfect size for a carry on, love the backpack straps. After getting stranded in the airport overnight, I will never not have toiletries and a change of clothes. The 40L is perfect for that. The fabric of the bag is weather resistant, another plus. In addition to the above it that the bag looks co... Read Moreol!
Sturdy bag with many uses, worth the price
I ordered the 40L and it was definitely bigger than expected. Initially I had imagined it to have the width and length of a large school backpack. It was pretty hard to unstuff and I wish that this bag had more internal compartments and pockets, but those are my only complaints. The quality of this bag is amazing. It has very sturdy fabric, seams, ... Read Moreand zippers and I really appreciate the fact that it is water-resistant. I dont mind the price of the bag since I know that it will be able to last me awhile and I will always support businesses that have sustainable and ethical practices. Im not big on outdoorsy stuff outside of glamping, but this bag is great for traveling, camping, and daily use.
Better than backpack and sustainability
I use this for extra gear, snacks, drinksin the boat for late autumn Musky Hunting. Bag sits out in weather on boat, shore back of F150. I have hauled building materials in this bag too. Lasted travels to Finland it was my carrying. Navy blue and chartreuse are super attractive and I am proud to carry it everywhere. Utility of size, pockets, zipper... Read Mores, straps, handle work great for my life. I also love how the bags are measured in Liters. I love this brand so much. Had first stand-up shorts 30 years ago and was hooked.
A bag for the Beach
I swim in the ocean four times a week. I need a durable and handy bag to carry my wetsuit (a Patagonia R3) and all of the related stuff. It is much easier to access the contents of a duffle than with the backpack style bag most of my friends use. The bag is very well designed and has been made to last a long time. The previous Patagonia bag that I ... Read Moreused for this purpose lasted almost 20 years. The new bag has the right number of pockets and the detachable shoulder straps are a great feature, plus I could pick the size that was correct for how it would be used. I buy Patagonia products because of their quality and the knowledge that everything about the design, materials and the production of my purchases is based on an very high environmental ethic.
Best Travel Bag
I bought this bag as a travel carry-on, and it is fantastic. The size is perfect, and I didn't look like a tourist with a rolly bag when I made my way around the city after landing. The straps are easy to tuck in if needed. My only qualms were that it was really hard to unstuff upon recieving it- so I definitely won't be able to stuff it ... Read Morein the future- and that the straps aren't super comfortable after a while, which is to be expected. Still definitely love it, and would recommend to everyone.
Beats everything else
I've been using this bag for around two years now and it's slowly replaced my proper (hiking) backpacks for anything from work trips to outdoor adventures. When heavy the shoulder straps may not be as comfy as a proper backpack, but it more than suffices. Also, I'm still absolutely in love with the brown/green/orange combo.
Really a Black Hole!
I've been eyeing this bag for a while. I wasn't sure it would be big enough for my needs, because it looks small. But this thing really is a black hole! I crammed a ton of gear in it as a carry on on a trip and had a lot of extra room to spare! I like the option of backpack straps too. The outside pocket is accessible inside too, which is... Read More convenient. I really love this bag!
Perfect Weekend getaway bag
This BlackHole bag will fit everything you need for a long weekend getaway! These bags will take a beating and still look great. I have several sizes now for all travel and camping occasions and do not travel with out them. They are great for hauling all your gear for a trip too.
Perfect Travel Bag
Having had two of the 60L Black Hole Duffels for five years now, I ordered the 40L for my son. It's perfect, just a smaller version of the bigger bag I've taken to multiple countries, 20+ states, countless trips and campsites. Holds up well, great material. My only complaint: the 40L is a lot more difficult to fold back into the little po... Read Morecket than our 60L bags. I want to buy myself a smaller one now, too!
Your review is based on clothing. My past purchases have been Black Holes. Which are some of the best built traveling/adventure duffles built. Water proof, they take a beating and are easy to transport. I do have a large selection of Patagonia clothing. Have not purchased anymore lately. They just do not wear out.
Black Hole Duffel Just Fine
I have been intrigued by the Black Hole line of duffels and finally bought one at 40 liters in navy. It is just what I hoped it would be, a versatile travel bag or back pack that fits enough clothing for a California (read mostly warm weather) week. It is light weight, but built well. I am quite satisfied with this purchase.
Solid weekend bag
Bought this for weekend trips and it does the job. I don't pack heavy but you need to pack smart as things get tight pretty quick. It's mostly one space, and I wish there was a section for shoes or toiletries (I used a smaller bag for them). Not sure how useful mesh in the top flap is either. Shoulder straps are great, as are the other ha... Read Morendles. Fits in overhead bins nicely.
Excellent Bag for Airports and Car Rides
This bag has been excellent. I have used it as a carry on for planes as well as for car trips. The backpack straps are comfy and, of course, if you need a shoulder strap, just use one backpack strap at it's longest length, diagonally. The handles on the bag are excellent, and the water resistance is a nice touch. The bag is quite aesthetical... Read Morely pleasing to my eye. I have received several compliments on it. It fits enough clothes for about a 5 day trip, especially when supplemented with a small backpack. Great for flying when checking a bag is not favorable. Overall, really couldn't be happier!
I use this bag for the gym. At first I thought it was kinda small but after reorganizing my items that I keep in there such as my foam roller, a jump rope, two pairs of training shoes, and extra clothes for work, everything fits like a glove with room to spare. I love this bag! All black color-way looks so sleek too.
Replacing a 25 year old Patagonia Duffel
My trusty duffel from decades ago functions as well as it did when it was new but this will be much more appropriate for the travel I do these days, and the removable backpack straps and waterproof materials are a huge improvement in functionality. Dont worry the old one will still work great for winter equipment hauling!
Versatile nice resistant
Excellent material, brown color and orange logo is really nice. The posibility to carry it as a bag or as a backpack is the best thing overall. The only thing that it could be better is that there could be a pocket especially for carrying things vertically as a backpack.
40L Black Hole
I've had a 55L Black Hole bag for years, and used it for everything from camping out of the truck to hauling gear to AK for remote trips. But its too big for a carryon bag. With air travel back, and baggage fees thought he roof, I was looking for a carryon bag that would hold enough for a flight east to catch up with my family, my daughters an... Read Mored grandkids after this long break. The 40L back was perfect, fitting in enough clothes, a little extra gear, and still fit in the overhead. And it looks to be every bit as durable as my larger bag.
Great...except for the non-waterproof bottom
I love using the 40L black hole bag for everything from 7+ day vacations to long weekend car-camping trips. The padded, removable shoulder straps are great for hauling it around airports, and it's spacious enough to store everything I need. However, I took it for a very rainy weekend in Yosemite and mistakenly left it on the floor of my tent,... Read More which got very wet. I was feeling comforted thinking about the waterproof black hole fabric until I realized that every part of the bag EXCEPT the bottom is lined in black hole fabric. It was pretty unpleasant having damp, smelly clothes all weekend when I thought I could count on the durability of my black hole bag.
Carry on, duffel, backpack extraordinaire
First bag from Patagonia, and expectations were quite high. So, when arrived I was blown away by the thoughtful details. 2 way zippers, minimal wasted space, flap covers zipper, easy on-off backpack straps, when backpack main compartment is against back (safer, harder to steal from). First trip was family vacation to Lake Tahoe. Knew we needed a s... Read Moreimple pack for food, water, towels, etc for full days outdoors. Put on the backpack straps and didnt look back. No, it is not as comfortable as a real pack, but more than amazing for light tourist hikes and climbs. Sand from beach simply shakes out. Searching for a reason to buy next size up its that perfect, go-to weekend pack.
Bought the item for a rafting trip down the Grand Canyon and the size limit was specified. The bag had extra spots to put stuff and the backpack straps made it super easy to carry around.
Thanks for the feedback, Robert! Even though the Black Hole bags are not waterproof, we're glad this duffel worked for your trip.
If you're trying to decide between this and the MLC 45L, go with this. I've lived/traveled out of both for extended periods of time and can say that if you can manage with 5 liters less, you are going to get a bag that has much better backpack straps, balance, and structure. Separate from your carry-on many airlines allow a small 10-15L b... Read Moreackpack as a "personal item," allowing you to more than reclaim that extra 5L anyway.
Great bag, incredible quality
Bought this for two main purposes: 1) carry my snowboard boots, binding and helmet/goggles; 2) biz trips (less than week). The quality and durability are amazing and designed incredibly well. Love the backpack straps, which can come off. Also, love all the color options. It's a keeper.
Tough, quality duffel.
Indispensable kit bag for trail running and mountain biking and weekends away in the camper van. Also use as a kit bag for work to chuck in the back of the dirty work van. The front pocket and lid pocket are ideal for organising and not losing those smaller items in the main compartment. I've had a much larger duffel that 's done over 2... Read More0 years of service on too many trips to remember and a lot of work in the middle east and North Africa. Being chucked around in the back of pick ups and covered in dust. I expect this to do another 20 years and see me into my retirement, hopefully with some battle scars to remind me of great times and trips. A tough duffel that will protect your gear and made from recycled product. Great stuff!
I have the 40 and 55. At 59, the 40 is very comfortable to use as a back pack when fully filled. One thing I would change... instead of the bag being able to be packed inside of the side pocket, I wish it was made to be stored into a stuff sack that wasnt a part of the bag itself. Like how TNF base camp is. Being realistic, 9/10 people arent going ... Read Moreto be able to pack it back into its pockets. Luckily that pocket is reinforced because I almost ripped it apart trying to get it out of the original packaging. Other than that, great bag. Fits my needs better than the 55.
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