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Black Hole® Duffel 55L

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November 30, 2023

Delighted with the purchase. Good

Delighted with the purchase. Good quality and perfect size. Bag was recommended and did not disappoint

November 28, 2023

Such a great bag for any travel situation

I like the overall material and durability of the duffel. Gives flexibility to fit what you and not be constrained. Love the graphic design on the side as well

November 27, 2023


We have three of these bags in our family. They are durable, good looking and hold a lot more than you would think. We have used them on multiple extended vacations and they work great. My only criticism would be the amazingly large logo on a lot of the newer Patagonia bags. Its too much.

November 25, 2023

Staple Item

This piece of gear is staple in our family. 55L is the perfect size for weekend trips to ski or camp. I like how the shoulder straps unbuckle for a quick release versus loosening only with other brands.

November 24, 2023

Amazing for travel!

I picked up this bag for extra capacity on an international trip. This is so sturdy and well made! It worked great - and the convertibility to a backpack was so wonderful. The only feature I wish it had was a stabilizing buckle between the backpack straps when worn, but I am so happy for this purchase and cant wait to take this bag on more adventur... Read Morees.

November 15, 2023

Solid and worth the money!

I purchased this bag for a 6 week trip to Kenya in 2022. It took a total of seven legs on commercial airlines and was loaded (jammed) and unloaded (thrown in the ground) from our Toyota Land Cruiser every day for almost 4 weeks. Then it became a gear bag for a 7-day summit of Mount Kenya via a more sophisticated route. Again, this bag was not handl... Read Moreed gently but used hard. Through all this, the bag performed without flaw. The zippers never failed and the seams never blew out. Ironically, the only sign of wear is the Patagonia label is peeling off. This year it spend 30 days in Southeast Asia being further used (abused). Again, without any issues. Great product that will likely last for years.

November 14, 2023

55L is the Most Versatile Size

The 55L Black Hole Duffel is the ideal size for most needs. It's not too small to accommodate a full weekend's worth of gear or if on a day adventure can fit shoes, a bike helmet and extra clothes for a day trip. We have actually carried this on flights too with a couple of good cinches on the external straps to make it fit in the overhea... Read Mored compartment. Durable and practical, everyone should have one.

November 6, 2023

55L blackhole Duffle

Absolutely LOVE this bag! the belay blue color and trim of plum are wonderful combinations and the bag holds a ton of stuff for a short trip!

November 6, 2023

Nice size and lightweight

Seems like is made of high quality materials, not a materials expert tho. I'm going to get a smaller one that i can carry to most places. I bought this one to carry more items than usual.

November 4, 2023

Sturdy, stylish and practical...

My new week / weekend travel bag. It really packs a lot and it should be renamed gargantua! (sorry, science fiction punt) The engineering and desing of this thing is something else. I'm afraid I might be buying a bunch of them...

November 2, 2023

Great bag!

I shopped for many months for a duffel bag and kept coming back to looking at the 55L black hole duffel. I even purchased other bags returned for being too small or too large. Ultimately, I ended up getting the 55L Black hole duffel, and have loved it ever sense. It is perfect for my every day commute and for long weekends. I am constantly amazed a... Read Moret how much I can fit in the bag, despite it, not seeming that large from the outside. I can fit multiple pairs of shoes, clothes, cold-weather gear, and my computer out any trouble. I would highly recommend this bag.

October 27, 2023

Top Quality

I love the Black Hole Duffel and am impressed with the quality of the product. I have done a few long-haul flights, and the bag is still yet to show any wear. Would recommend.

October 24, 2023


These duffel bags are strong, durable and very well built. Incredible for my adventure and trekking trips. Thanks once again!

October 20, 2023


A really good product, the only improvements for a next generation bag would be more pockets on the inside for more organisation, furthermore more pockets on the outside would help massively with making the bag more user friendly, and helping someone using the bag for backpacking (travelling) be able to get out bits of kit quicker and making items ... Read Moreplaced in smaller pockets more accessible. The only other improvement would be a option to view a video on the Patagonia site of someone placing the bag into the smaller bag as I found that challenging and had to watch a few YouTube videos, so a simple video from you guys on the product page would help massively.

October 16, 2023

55l blackhole

Was very disappointed with how dirty the product was when it arrived

October 12, 2023

Great bag/backpack

A great and practical travel bag. Carrying it over the shoulder or as a backpack is an excellent solution. It always fits what I need. The ideal travel companion.

October 3, 2023

Black Hole Duffel bag 55L

Great Duffel Bag to travel easy to carry everywhere (backpack or handle). Durable, weather resistant and can be folded as a tiny bag. Love it!

August 22, 2023

Holds a Ton

Went on a week trip to Colorado, road-tripping. Needed bags for the kids clothes that would last for years of travel. Really liked the straps to convert to backpack if needed. The zippers are strong and sturdy. Extra pockets a plus for smaller items. I am also looking forward to snowboarding trips with this bag as well!

August 22, 2023

Perfect Family Bag

This bag comes in useful for every member of our family as we head out for weekends, plane trips, and camping.

August 22, 2023

works as a backpack, surprisingly comfortable.

Purchased this product on sale, it was such a great deal, the color is vibrant which I'd prefer to buy so it doesn't look alike with others while on the airplane.

August 21, 2023

great bag. get yourself one

great bag. get yourself one

August 21, 2023


A really great product and such a handy size - enough for a weekend away or just days out and change of clothes etc.

August 13, 2023

Love it but hard to carry

Love everything about the bag EXCEPT the lack of a waist strap. The bag gets super heavy when carrying it for longer than 10 minutes and I wish it had an extra waist strap like a hiking pack would to take some of the weight off of the shoulders.

August 6, 2023

Excellent bag!

Excellent bag!

July 18, 2023

Best Bag for Travel

The 55L Black Hole Duffle is super well designed. This bag is the perfect size to just be under 50 pounds so you can fly with it at minimal cost. The weight of the wheels for the Patagonia bags with wheels sometimes take those bags over the 50-pound mark and result in an airline fee. This bag works perfect to get you there, and the backpack straps ... Read Morework well. It is also easy to tie onto vans and boats when exploring.  

July 7, 2023

Large, Impossible to go as check-in

The bag is Beautiful! I just want to warn you that I bought the 55L and is not possible to use the bag as a carry on on flights. I am very curious if someone did. Also, I checked in the bag and now the bag has some black spots on. I am trying to clean it and nothing seems to remove. Brand new. I thought the material looked very simple to clean, so,... Read More if Patagonia or anyone has an advice on how to clean the bag, it would be great, because it is disappointing that is Brand new and I cannot remove the dirty.

Response from Patagonia
July 11, 2023

Hey Stephanie, thanks for the review. We do include dimensions on the product page so you can double check if one of our duffels would work as a carry on. Since the required dimensions vary from airline to airline, it's tough to make that call but the dimensions are there to reference. You can find them underneath the materials tab section, in a black outlined box. We find that most airlines would accept the 40L as a carry on, but we have also had some luck with the 55L. We do have a stain removal guide on our website which you can reference [here]( The method will change depending on the type of stain, if you have additional questions about this please connect with customer service.

July 2, 2023

Backpack & Duffel

Great versatility & fun graphics with Pitch Blue print. Easy to spot as a checked bag & Patagonia Black Hole quality! Thanks

June 30, 2023

Super efficient

I have a couple of these bags...set up for different travel in plane, tough, back pack straps awesome, better than wheels

June 27, 2023

Love the 55L Black Hole Duffle

The 55L Black Hole Duffle is the perfect bag for a long weekend loaded with all my fishing gear, a weekend getaway sharing the bag with the wife, or for the multiday camping/float trip strapped down to the raft. The shoulder straps make it easy to carry and the water-resistant application comes in handy while on the raft or during those rain storms... Read More that always seem to find you while you are setting up camp.

June 25, 2023

Perfect Pack for European Travels

This is the my 4th Blackhole bag and found it to be the perfect selection for multi-week summer travel. Love the backpack option to travel swiftly without the wheels and always fit in the overhead on the plane. Wish it had the internal cinch straps like the older model. Also some added, light weight solution for small items/ inside the larger int... Read Moreernal pouches would be nice.

June 12, 2023

Love it

Amazing quality

June 12, 2023

Absolutely Perfect

I honestly could not have dreamed up a better bag, and I work in a design job. This is phenomenal- perfect size, somehow easy to carry with straps, holds an absolute ton but never seems big. Took it for a week working at a wilderness camp in the mountains. rugged, waterproof, holds all my stuff - love the top flap, easy to search for items..pockets... Read More are a bonus. Adore the Lago blue color- bright and fun but not flashy. If I had to go to my grave with just one bag, it would be this one, lol ;) Always adore these patagonia innovations, you guys are the best. Thanks!!

June 7, 2023

Awesome bag!

Amazing bag to store all my gear!

May 19, 2023

The Best

I travel internationally for multiple weeks on a carry on and have had pro deals with a number of outdoor equipment manufacturers, including Patagonia. I am exacting about my gear partially because I am passionate about it and partially because it matters so much - particularly when there is less of it. When my old 40L carry-on handle broke, I deci... Read Moreded to do an in-depth comparison of all available options - including Tumi and Briggs and Riley. For my purposes - using packing squares, bags go through rough treatment, more outdoor exposure, and a ton of movement on and off of busses, trains, etc - and the 40L stood out as the best - even as I tried desperately to like other products. This is the best engineered small carry on I could find for world-wide travel given its minimalist design but overall solid engineering - particularly the TPU exterior. I will say the larger volume bags could be better balanced and someone needs to do some chassis and roll engineering because for such innovative technical materials and design, the handle needs work.

May 8, 2023

Mysterious Geometry = Perfect Inside & Out

The 3 dimensional Trapezoidal shape of this duffel means it packs WAY above it's rated capacity; and - oddly - the dimensions of today's 55L are greater than those of the previous 60L. But who cares? It swallows a huge amount of clothes and gear, especially if you use packing cubes. There's a video on the Internet of a guy placing th... Read Moreis 55L into the overheads of a Lufthansa flight from Germany to Chicago then a United flight from Chicago to Hawaii. The bottom of the 55L EXACTLY matched the bottom edge of the overhead, and - yet again - that wonderful Trapezoidal shape helped the inside end of the duffel to conform to the inner curve of the overheads. Sheer genius IMO. Plus, their are so many colorways to choose from; you can either make a statement or go stealthy.

April 29, 2023

Souvenir bag

I really do love this bag. I have this one and a 40L that I'll bring with me on trips (usually one but sometimes both, depending) for dirty laundry, souvenirs, etc. I love how foldable it is but do not love having to unfold/refold it. I'm not going to gripe too much about that only because I believe part of the stifness is due to it'... Read Mores sturdiness and I'd rather have the option to check my bag, as that was one of the main draws for me. It's more that i have to think long and hard whether I absolutely have no other choice than to deploy this bag. Definitely give yourself time to fuss with it. It is a solid bag, construction wise. My biggest gripe is the lack of long strap or ability to convert the backpack straps into a single long strap. I would even settle for anchor points and I'd move the long strap from my Cotopaxi 42L over. I'm not picky! Since it's my back-up bag, I really don't want to have to redo all of my packing if I don't need to in order to make this bag easier to carry.

Response from Patagonia
May 1, 2023

Thank you for sharing this feedback, Cassandra. We're sharing it with our product designers. Some customers have added an aftermarket shoulder strap, clipping it to the haul handles on the ends. Others like to take one of the backpack straps, extend it to its maximum length, and clip it from one attachment point to the one diagonally across the bag. Please let us know if we can be of any help!

April 20, 2023

Exceeds expectations

Have used as hand luggage on numerous domestic and international flights, 4x4 trips, and currently use daily on deployment in Antarctica to lug gear from residence to work in (sometimes) extreme conditions. Has not failed yet.

April 18, 2023

Perfect Bag for traveling

This bag has become my go to bag for traveling. I can get a weeks worth of clothing inside of it.

April 6, 2023

Black Hole Fit

Backpack was easy to carry Contains/Carries large number of items Frame/Construction is well built/durable

April 5, 2023

High quality duffel

The 55L duffel is made of high quality materials, like all Patgonia gear and clothing I have purchased. I have used this bag for weekend trips, work travel and for 10 days travel abroad. It holds whatever I need to take along. Zippers are made for heavy use. The detachable backpack straps make mobility easy. Very high value here.

April 3, 2023


Wish double side pocket.

April 3, 2023

Amazing Bag!

Absolutely love this bag! Can pack and pack and pack it.... Will say that the new "55L" seems larger than my old 55L. Hope it will still go as a carry on. Great purchase!

March 27, 2023

Great size

Great size. I use it for work trips. I take my son to swimming classes, ski lessons and everything in between using this awesome duffel. It fits everything, it is waterproof and you can use as a backpack. I recommend this bag for any person who needs to carry lots of stuff.

March 16, 2023

Comfortable and Spacious

Love all the pockets and back pack style! The water resistance is a great plus.

March 11, 2023

Great Gear Bag

Great for storing/hauling gear up to the mountains for skiing/camping. Love these bags!

March 11, 2023

Sleek yet rugged but missing a few key features

I love the look and feel of the bag. Superb quality. However, surprisingly, it is missing a few obvious features: 1) there is no sternum strap when using the bag as a backpack. 2) the press studs on the holding straps are hard to push together. 3) it is missing an extra external zipped pocket on the top (when used as a backpack). Just a small po... Read Morecket. Useful for passports, keys, cash et al. 4) could do with some internal straps to lash down a light load to stop it sloshing about.

March 4, 2023

Love it.

Looks great, roomy, takes a beating.

March 3, 2023

Great except no shoulder strap

I wanted this bag for a while and was thrilled to buy it during the Winter Sale -- it is so sturdy and it's great that it can be worn as a backpack. But there are times I just want to sling it over my shoulder, so it's really too bad there's no shoulder strap. That would make it perfect!

February 20, 2023

Terrific all around

Love this bag for a million reasons, but most importantly its sleek design and durability put it over the top. 5/5 would recommend for all uses, work to travel.

February 15, 2023

Its a true black hole

Went ice climbing for an extended weekend and was able to pack ALL winter gear plus normal clothes into this bag and while it was full I was still able to keep shoving stuff inside. It ate whatever I put in it and feel like it wasn't even close to maxed out. I found the backpack straps to be comfortable as long as you don't pack anything... Read More hard at the top of the bag. Would recommend the Black Hole to anyone wanting to upgrade their duffel game

February 15, 2023

No shoulder strap!

Great bag, would be perfect if it came with a shoulder strap. It only has handles and backpack straps, alas.

February 14, 2023

Nice but a bit big

This 55L bag is noticeably larger than the 60L from a few years ago. Also they no longer have straps in the bag to sinch down the gear you pack. That is a big disappointment. Overall quality is solid and you can fit a lot of gear in. I got away with it as a carry on on Southwest but it was pushing it.

February 13, 2023

Fantastic bag. Buy it.

Title says it all. Fantastic company and fantastic products.

February 9, 2023

Love this bag!

I got this bag for road trips and travel. I purchased the red and obsessed with the color! It will be my go to travel bag.

February 7, 2023

Perfect !

Love the size and openness of this bag. Very easy to pack clothes in. Waterproof which is great since I use it as a ski bag. Im not big on the packable bag into the smaller section. I found it hard to unroll and remove. I thought it would be larger considering the price of the bag. This size is regular duffle bag size. I will be purchasing another ... Read Morein the next size up. Love how it can be carried as a backpack.

February 7, 2023

55L duffle bag

I was told by a friend that she uses the 55L Patagonia bag for travel, and I purchased some and they are fabulous!!

February 7, 2023

Plenty Of Space

This bag is our 3rd one, and we've loved every single one and abuse it daily and it takes it and has never given us any problems when we travel and over pack.

February 6, 2023

It's a Patagonia!

Outstanding quality and workmanship. Fills my need perfectly for a travel bag on my 3-4 day ski trips!

February 6, 2023

All around great bag

My husband and I each have the 40L bag. We used them for traveling - camping etc. even 16 days travel in Europe (with compression sacks). Being one of my favorite things - got one for son in the military. He loves it.

February 6, 2023

Practically Perfect in Every Way

We have had a 70 L for years since we bought it at an REI garage and we finally decided to get two 55L. They are a great size, and the quality of the bags are incredible. I love how durable they are- we never have to worry about our gear. The colors are also bright and add fun to life! The only thing that seemed a little rough was getting the bag t... Read Moreo fit back into its little pocket pouch- but as we aren't planning to store them like that its not a big deal to us.

February 1, 2023

Perfect traveling bag

I love that this backpack/bag is water resistant. The zippers in the insides are perfect. You can fit during winter(cold gear) 3 -4 days. Summer time clothes, a good 7 days worth of clothes. This pack is worth the investment. Perfect travel buddy.

February 1, 2023

Great, durable bag 55L

This is the perfect bag for a long weekend. The 55L is big enough to fit lots of thick winter gear and then some while still being lightweight.

January 31, 2023

Great bag

Very spacious, but not too big, easy to pack up for storage, and holds up well in inclement weather.

January 29, 2023

Everything Bag

Love! Works for everything, this is my weekend getaway/travel bag. Also is amazing camping and hiking and carrying everything, lives up to the black hole name.

January 29, 2023

Not Heavy RAIN resistant.

Our fam has been a fan of Patagonia for many years. We love the quality and designer of their products, and the earth conscious approach. So we have gotten several jackets and bags and this time we got our second 55L black hole duffle and three more as gifts for family members. We got very disappointed in our recent trip when we had our bags expose... Read Mored to rain for a few hours during our trip and come to find all of our items be soaking wet. The main hype was the weather resistant aspect. So maybe y resist drizzles and not heavy rain. We are not very happy with it this time. Still a great Bag.

Response from Patagonia
February 8, 2023

Hi Eva! Thank you for taking the time to write us a review. We're really sorry to hear about the disapointment with bags. Our Black Hole Duffel isn't waterproof just water resistant so it will wet through in extend periods of rain. If you're unsatisfied with the bag you're welcome to [return](

January 26, 2023

Second duffle bag Ive purchased!

I loved my 100L black hole duffle so much that I purchased this 55L. This smaller size is perfect for weekend trips, but probably a bit too big for day trips. The material is very durable! Patagonia, if youre reading this, could you please make matching luggage tags for these bags? Would buy them in a heartbeat!

January 25, 2023

Love the bag, durable and dependable

I love these bags I have had one for 5 years and it looks brand new I bought all of my groomsmen these as a gift so they will have some thing to use in their daily lives that is of the utmost quality. Cant say enough positive things

January 22, 2023

I love this bag. I

I love this bag. I am going to buy another one for all my fishing gear. I use this one to travel on the weekends for skiing. It holds all my clothes for weekend and ski gear. It is very strong. And some what weather proof

January 22, 2023

Fits everything!

A fantastic durable duffel bag that fits a lot of stuff! It collapses and makes it easy to carry around. One thing is the backpack straps are tricky to pull off (my hands always get into the handle).

January 21, 2023

Great travel bag

This bag is perfect for travel. It can be packed in the suitcase and then used as an extra bag

January 19, 2023

This bag is amazing

I Purchased this bag because I am on the go for a couple of months in my tiny little Acura. This bag is super durable, waterproof, and fits so much. I love the fact that it has backpack straps. Really great purchase that should last for years!

January 17, 2023

Perfect Carry On

Got this for a 2 wk trip to Costa Rica. It has loads of space, was able to pack a pillow, hiking boots, 2 extra pairs of walking/water shoes, and all the clothes you may need. I had left over space too. The color is perfect, the bag is going to be an heirloom.. I cant imagine anything out of regular use that would destroy it. I adore that its t... Read Moreear resistant and water proof. Those were necessary to my purchase. The back pack straps are great if you are needing to walk with it for awhile. The zippers are large enough to put a lock on it. No flaws. Wish I had found this sooner. I plan to buy more from this series. Thank you!

January 16, 2023

Great bag

I own multiple black hole bags and so does my family. Perfect weekend or carry on bag. Years ago I did a two week trip to Alaska. I got picked up by a friend at the airport and threw my black hole bag in the back of their pickup truck in the rain. 2 hours later when I got to their house everything was still dry.

January 13, 2023

Awesome quality

My Family has three of these, (one for each of us). Our life is always on the move and these bags are always full and ready to go at the foot of the bed. We have been in and out of them (literally) every day for the last 3 years, and with the newest addition to our family it was only fair to get him his own. He doesn't even know how much he go... Read Morenna love it :)

January 11, 2023

Sailing gear

Love this bag for travel to events and on the yacht. Waterproof, fits all my gear, and love that its also a backpack.

January 10, 2023

Love the blue hole

I recently bought and used the 55 liter black hole for a week long trip. Worked out very well. And I love the blue..

January 10, 2023

A perfect duffel bag

I'm in love with my Black Hole Duffel - it's durable, fits more than you'd expect, and looks great! I'm thrilled with the color and quality, and would happily purchase other sizes when I need other luggage options.

January 10, 2023

Great for hauling gear

Love the black hole bags, I have them in many sizes for various trips. So strong and durable.

January 10, 2023


This bag really is so much larger than you would think when looking at the folded / packed state. Its a robust and durable bag, yet lightweight and weather resistant. It is truly amazing and better than all my cheap travel bags I have had in the past.

January 9, 2023

Travel Essential

Only duffel you'll ever need

January 9, 2023

Bigger than expected

I did not realize that the newer black hole duffels are a whole lot bigger than older versions. My partner has had a 60L bag for years and I was excited to get the 55L expecting it to be a tad smaller. While I do love the quality of the bag, I am disappointed that this bag is actually significantly larger than the old 60L. Will probably keep the ba... Read Moreg but wish it was smaller.

Response from Patagonia
January 20, 2023

You're absolutely correct, Victoria; the 55L has larger dimensions than the earlier 60L version (26.7" x 15.7" x 11.8" vs 25" x 13" x 10"), but the capacity measurement is more accurate. We have changed the way we measure the volume of these packs, and the current pack really does carry 55L. If you do decide this won't work for you, we will be happy to help you [return]( it. Thank you for sharing this feedback!

January 7, 2023

It was a gift, and

It was a gift, and I was concerned, because it was on BACKORDER, BUT I did get it before Christmas, I WAS VERY HAPPY. THANK YOU.

January 6, 2023

All Around

Had for 3 years and love it! It fits a deceptively large amount of stuff so works for short or long trips- I've lived out of it for a little over a week with no issue. Fits in overhead bins and comfortable as a backpack. Only thing is I wish the water resistant material was on the bottom as well

January 6, 2023

Totally worth it

I got this after a cheap Amazon Duffel I bought broke mid trip. I love how durable the material is and how cool it looks. I'm excited to bring this aboard for an international trip next week knowing I can convert it into a backpack when I need to!

January 6, 2023

Plane Travel Backpacker

I have owned a "Worn Wear" Patagonia 60-liter "black hole" bag for 5 years and it is my favorite travel bag. It can be carried one-handed as a duffel or zero-handed as a comfortable backpack that easily fits in the overhead bins of airplanes with rows of 4 or more seats. If not packed too full, it will also fit under most airpla... Read Morene seats. The two shoulder straps detach when not needed like when it went kayaking. The fabric is 100% Polyester and is water resistant, if not waterproof. I recently bought the 55-liter version for each of my sons who travel regularly and seemed to like it, too.

January 3, 2023

Best all-around bag ever!

Impressed by the ruggedness of the Black-Hole bag, yet it's amazingly lightweight. The 55L has ample storage capacity for several days to a week (depending on how you pack...), pockets in all the right places, and the ability to carry as a duffle, shoulder, or backpack style, making this my go-to bag. Thanks, Patagonia, for another great quali... Read Morety product.

January 2, 2023

Great for Travel

Black Hole bags are great for travel or weekend getaways. I have bought several and they last a very long time. Highly recommend.

January 1, 2023

Great looking duffel bag

Duffle bag arrived as good looking as I had hoped and very functional. Will use it for camping and local/ car travel.

December 31, 2022

Terrible! Too difficult to carry

I was super excited to purchase and use the 55L black hole duffle. The reviews were mainly great and Patagonia products have always been fantastic. I love the color, the durability and the look of the bag. I did read the reviews regarding straps being an issue, but assumed the backpack option would work for me while traveling, as they have in the p... Read Moreast with other brands. However, it really was a terrible travel experience with this bag. I used it as a carry on, and it was not packed to the brim, just a couple if changes of clothes, small toiletries bag, swimwear, book and a pair of flip flops. It was not full at all. But, when wearing it as a backpack it was incredibly uncomfortable since everything shifted to the bottom and then bumped around as I walked. The bag straps do not easily slide over a luggage handle either, so if I wanted to roll it on top of my larger roller bag, it slid off very easily, making rolling through a crowded airport almost impossible. And today, my back is killing me after one day of travel while trying to maneuver this unwieldy bag. I hope to return it, as no one else in my family wants to use the bag, after seeing how terrible my experience was. I will talk to customer service about a refund after they return from holiday break.

Response from Patagonia
January 11, 2023

Hi Jenni, we were saddened to hear about your experience with the Black Hole Duffel Bag 55L. We want you to be comfortable with your gear, so we'd be more than happy to help out with a [return]( We'll reach out to you privately with further assistance.

December 31, 2022

Good quality

I like it !

December 31, 2022

A pricey bare bones offering. There are better cheaper options on the market for travel

Well built, but should have compression straps/flaps option and a wide shoulder strap. Adding another internal compartment would improve this bag further. As it stands this is a pricey bare bones offering for those who want to make a fashion/affinity statement. Patagonia, take a cue from Osprey on functionality and then make the product in your usu... Read Moreally wonderful way!

December 30, 2022

Perfect size

I've been looking for a duffel that doubles as a backpack and fits in an overhead compartment for when I'm traveling. The 55L is perfect for that and it looks cool too! Airlines conveyor belts have destroyed some of my favorite luggage but with this piece, I can go away for a week and still not have to baggage check. No lost luggage, eith... Read Moreer!!!

December 30, 2022

Travel bag

Great travel bag, can and have lived out of this for weeks.

December 30, 2022

Great carry-on travel backpack

Love this travel backpack as its large enough to fit your items for a weekend trip, no problem. It fits overhead too! Great colors.

December 30, 2022

Best duffel ever!

I own one of these and love it so much that it is my go to wedding gift. Everyone should own one of these. The 55L is the best size for Week long trips and car travel. I also love the backpack straps. Just an all around useful bag.

December 28, 2022

Amazing duffel!

This bag is incredible! Patagonia delivers with this one. As a fishing guide, I am looking for products that can take a beating and are useful in the field. This duffel is that and more. The coating on the outside of the bag is durable even in the toughest conditions. If you need something that is tough and stylish, you cant go wrong with the black... Read More hole 55!

December 28, 2022

Perfect Bag

My son and husband love love love this bag!!!

December 26, 2022

Great carry all

Perfect for all kinds of travel. Indestructible.

December 25, 2022

Love it

Love it

December 25, 2022

Doesn't have a shoulder strap?!?

Should have read more of the reviews. No shoulder strap?? On a traditional duffel???? Sure, the backpack straps are nice but that should be a bonus feature, not the primary option. What a shame. Really undermines a seemingly good bag.

Response from Patagonia
January 5, 2023

Hey Jordan, thanks for the feedback. That is correct, this bag has removeable backpack straps and the handle straps as well. We're happy to pass along this feedback to our product team. In the meantime, we recommend checking out the [Black Hole MLC 45L]( which has the option to use it with backpack straps, as a shoulder bag or using the handle.

December 25, 2022

Ideal Travel Duffel

I like the design of the black hole duffel line because of the simplicity. The large stowe pocket makes storing essentials easy, and its got just what you need for an effective transport of your clothing or gear. Its super durable, Id feel fine carrying it in heavy rain or tossing it around in transit on a longer trip. Great bag, great design, love... Read More the choices of sizing for what you need.

December 24, 2022

Great quality!

Love the size and versatility of this bag!

December 18, 2022

Multi Purpose Perfect Size Travel/Carry On Bag

I had an old 60 liter that has been around the world and back. I updated with the 55L model and its superior when used as a backpack. Also the new design of the flap is more useful than the old two compartment set up. Large enough to carry personal gear and a weekends worth (or more) of clothing. Also, the top opening allows easy access to all your... Read More gear. Hard to go wrong with the 55L BHD.

December 12, 2022

Great Product!

You will not regret buying a black hole bag! I use it for all of my trips, and have even used it as a carry-on when flying. It fits everything you could possibly need, and then some.

December 10, 2022

Versatile bag, questionably sized

I have a 45L black hole duffel that has been the go to for plane travel for years. Tough, maneuverable, and perfectly sized as a carry-on. This new 55L duffel looks deceptively similar, but the extra space causes it to be a bit paunchy when under packed and a bit too big to carry-on comfortably when fully stuffed. Wish the 45L was still available. ... Read MoreThey can be more expensive than new on the secondary maket for a good reason.

Response from Patagonia
December 13, 2022

Hey Grant, thank you for the review. We no longer make the 45L Black Hole Duffel, but we do have the Black Hole MLC 45L which you can check out [here]( We also make the Duffel in 40L, both regular and wheeled. If this bag isn't working for your needs, we recommend checking out those options!

December 9, 2022

Great quality as always

Patagonia - I love you 😍

December 8, 2022


This is my fourth black hole duffel - I love them! They last forever and hold everything. Great to travel with.

December 7, 2022

Lots of room

This bag is great. Its super big but very packable and the backpack straps are very nice.

December 6, 2022

Great bag, but..

I have always been a huge fan of the black hole series, I have a few. My only complaint with the newer model is that there are no more internal compression straps. They were so nice for keeping everything contained if you have a smaller load. I hope that Patagonia will bring back the internal compression straps :)

December 6, 2022

PLEASE bring back a proper shoulder strap; PLEASE!

I'm lucky enough to have bought a 40L BHDB after they added a shoulder strap but before they converted it to the backpack straps. I wasn't as lucky with the 55L. Everyone loves the BHDB. I use mine as a carry-on, which means it's part of my backpack/duffel combo. Which means I already have a backpack, and can't use the BHDB&#x2... Read More7;s backpack straps, leaving just the handles. So I'm out of luck which stinks because I love this bag. Patagonia, you're innovators! Create a strap that converts to either backpack straps or a single (long-enough) shoulder strap. Include proper centrally located strap positions. I personally just need the backpack strap, but some people want/love the backpack straps, so find a solution that fits us all. I'd re-buy my 55L if Patagonia came out with a new proper shoulder-strap option. Please?

Response from Patagonia
December 8, 2022

Thank you for these suggestions, Matthew! We are sharing them with our product designers. In the meantime, some customers have had opted to add an aftermarket strap clipped to either the handles or the loops. Another hack option is to clip one of the shoulder straps diagonally across the top of the bag, possibly adding a wraparound pad where it sits on the shoulder. In any case, this is very useful feedback, and we will pass it to the right team!

November 15, 2022



November 15, 2022

Super Bag

Great material. Feels good that it’s recycled. Proud to use Patagonia!

November 14, 2022

Great durable bag!

I purchased this duffel bag for a two-week trip to Northern Spain, and it was the perfect size for all of my clothes and cycling gear.

November 14, 2022

Carry-On working fine and can fit so much!

Just flew with Air France and Viva Aerobus with this bad boy as carry-on no questions asked. It fits really a lot. It's too heavy for me to carry it for long but that's just normal - Now I want to find a small retractable trolley :)

November 12, 2022

Excellent luggage

I absolutely love the Black Hole 55 duffle. The shell material is that vinyl feel and its super durable. I get SO many compliments in the color scheme I got and I still look at it in wonder myself. The only downside I find is that there is no over the shoulder strap option. The backpack carry is fantastic but Id love to throw it over a shoulder if ... Read MoreI am wearing another backpack while traveling, which chances are I will be. This aside, this is an extremely durable and great looking pack.

November 8, 2022

10/10 bag

Ive had one of these for a few months now and my wife steals it all the time. The 55 L size is perfect and with the option of turning into a backpack its good for so many situations.

November 4, 2022

Excellent product, better than imagined!

I have purchased this duffel bag, being not sure about its size and I must say it's been a perfect purchase. Never regret about Patagonia!

November 4, 2022


It is one of those Patagonia pieces that works even better than you could hope. So small for how much gear it absorbs into its depths. Seriously the all year perfect pack for clothes, i have baselayers to fleece in this thing. The water resistance is legit.

October 13, 2022

Great duffel bag

This bag is great. The 55L works well for 2 people for an extended weekend as long as you both pack organized!

October 12, 2022

Runs big!

Really great 55L bag, such a good color and so useful. I have the 45L and it's MUCH bigger than that one, even though I got the 55L. I compared it to my other 90L one and it's closer in size to that one, so bear that in mind! The new 70L is about the same size as the old 90L. But great bags as always. If you're buying outdoor gear th... Read Moreese days and you're not getting patagonia, you're making a darn mistake.

October 11, 2022

Great bag!

I really love this bag! It was big enough to fit my tent, sleeping bag, sleeping pad and a change of clothes for one night of camping. I was confused when it arrived and this 55L bag is larger than my husband's older 60L bag, but was told that Patagonia used to size their bags incorrectly so mine is an accurate 55L. Either way, I'm really... Read More happy with this bag and would recommend it to everyone!

October 6, 2022

Perfect for a cruise getaway!

I was going between the 55L and the 70L bag and decided to go with the 55L. The bag itself is sturdy and the zippers held up better than I expected! My husband and I took a quick 4 day cruise to Cozumel and the bag held up to two transfer flights and of course getting on the boat, without a scratch. Took a lot of clothes and two pairs of shoes and ... Read Morestill had a bit of room for some small souvenirs. The backpack straps also made this bag easy to carry getting from the hotel to the port very easy. Very happy with the purchase and will probably buy the 70L for longer trips.

October 4, 2022

Great and roomy bag

This bag was a gift and it is great for my weekend trips. It holds everything I need with space left over. I like the versatility to carry it as traditional duffle or as a back pack.

September 29, 2022

Holds a TON

Black Hole bags are awesome and rugged. They are lightweight and seem to be endless on the inside. They handle being tossed around, shoved into tight places and I've even had mine fall out of a truck on the a backroads highway. The zippers are sturdy and tight - never had one open on me and the stitching is tough. This bad will survive all kin... Read Moreds of unexpected scenarios and will last a long time. Well worth it.

September 28, 2022

Really good duffle bag!

I use this duffle bag as my practice bag for Rugby, holds everything I need and more!

September 26, 2022

Black Hole Bag 55L

Overall, like most all Patagonia products, the bag is sturdy and well made. What would have made me rate it at 5 stars would have been the addition of more nooks and crannies, like pockets, a couple on the outside, and a few inside to store those things you like to grab fast.

September 23, 2022

Amazing addition to the family,

Amazing addition to the family, collapsible and easy to carry

September 20, 2022

Great product. Used as a

Great product. Used as a walk in back pack and bag for various activities plus to keep things organized in my car rather than back and forth to the house and then back to the car. Tough bag. Only issue is in back pack use there is a need to keep the straps from coming off your shoulders while s rambling over talus etc. I just tried them together on... Read More the front on my chest with a slip knot for easy on off as needed. As said. Good product.

September 19, 2022

These bags are the BEST!

These bags are the BEST! work great for everything and fit in the overhead bin.

September 15, 2022

Larger than expected

Either person in photo is quite large or photo is with smaller 40L bag.

September 14, 2022

Nice big bag.

Good size for a week/weekend away

September 14, 2022

The most useful piece of gear

These duffels are simply the best for travel unless you need wheels. They are my go to gifts for weddings.

September 7, 2022

amazing bag

bigger than i expected carried everything i needed and more for my weekend festivals

September 2, 2022

Great size

I was going back and forth on sizes of duffel bags and I am glad I went with the 55L. Great for traveling and will fit all your necessities

September 2, 2022

Almost got a 5

I love the product but ended up returning because I found a competitive product that also had compression straps. Should add compression straps!!

Response from Patagonia
September 8, 2022

Thank you for sharing this feedback, Alina. We're sorry this design didn't work for you! Feedback like this is vital to improving our products going forward, and we will share your thoughts about the lack of compression straps with our product designers.

August 23, 2022

Black hole long term review

Great bag for hauling tons of stuff. This thing has had me covered for fly fishing trips, ski trips, and everything in between. I bought it to accommodate fly rods and gear in one bag (9 foot 4 pieces are real snug, 8.5 foot 4 pieces rods fit better) and it does the job. The backpack straps are key to lugging this thing through airports. After 10... Read More+ years of use my only gripe is that the rubberized coating is shedding off pretty bad (started about year 6).

August 18, 2022

Love the black hole bags!

I have several of these bags, in a variety of sizes... and just ordered a couple in the new pitch blue color that is coming soon. I love the back pack straps, make it super easy to carry multiple bags in one trip. I've used these for over a year, 2 trips a month, no snags, tears, or issues with wear. They've been perfect!

August 17, 2022

My New Favorite

I bought this for a upcoming Alaska fishing trip and it work perfectly for all my gear

August 17, 2022

Nothing unnecessary

Backpack is super light, resistant and essential. Using it for my kitesurf with sand and water I needed it!

August 12, 2022

Great travel bag

Live in Hawaii and got x3 of these bags to travel to London for world outrigger canoe sprints with my 2 teenage sons. Able to fit all our gear for a 10 day event. Able to still put in overhead carry on. Like the addition of right and left labels on shoulder straps on current bags. I had purchased a 60 L bag several years ago and really liked it and... Read More got three more for the current trip. Current bags dont have Internal since down straps with my old bag had prayed would be great to bring those back but otherwise I would say a new bags are excellent!

August 12, 2022

Best bag ever

This is my 4th purchase of a black hole bag. I have 1 for myself, 1 for my spouse and 2 were gifts. They simply cant be beat. Best duffle bag on the market bar none.

August 12, 2022

Fantastic Duffle Bag

I love this duffel bag! The option to carry as a backpack is a great feature. Its durable and easy to clean.

August 7, 2022

Best bag ever!!!

Patagonia absolutely perfected the weekend bag with the 55L Black Hole Duffel. I love the backpack straps and the internal compartments. Can't live without it :) Fits great on airplane too.

August 3, 2022

Love these bags!

I have two sizes, one for packing myself and my kids when they were smaller and a 55L that I was able to use for myself for a 10 day trip to Italy. The back pack straps make hustling thru the airport a breeze. Heavy duty fabric survived international baggage handling without a scuff. But I needed a YouTube video to get them folded back up in the po... Read Moreuch for longer term storage. It was a small price to pay though. Couple them with packing cubes and youve got an efficient travel combo. Now that the kids are older, I purchased one for each of them so they can carry their own gear.

July 22, 2022


55 liter black with Fitz Trout. Excellent duffel. First use as a carryon for long weekend to Rocky Mountain National Park/Estes Park with hiking, fly fishing and horseback riding on the agenda. Swallowed cowboy boots, vasques, chacos, jeans, fishing and hiking gear and dinner clothes, with a bit of room to spare for kids gifts on the way home. Way ... Read Moremore room than anticipated, and tough. Easy to haul with backpack straps , and easy to pack and live out of due to structure. Would love tie downs for a fly rod but other than that fantastic!

July 18, 2022

perfect size

I got this bag to pack clothes and equipment for the 400 mile supported bike tour from Buffalo to Albany. It was perfect (55L) and the mechanism for the shoulder straps made quick attachment/detachment a breeze. High quality fabric and mechanisms. Have an older and smaller bag which is a gem. The fact these are sold out speaks for itself, indispens... Read Moreable and completely reliable product. Don't know if I could lift a fully packed larger size, but others likely can.

July 15, 2022

2 week trip bag.

Bag has plenty of space for a 2 week trip! Packed it with hot, rainy, and cold climate gear. 55L had more than enough space for the trip. Even fully packed its easy to carry as a backpack, especially for a lot of small flight jumping! Bought the wife a 55L as well since her 90L is quite large and not as easy to handle when on the go a lot.

July 10, 2022

The best travel bag

This bag is fantastic! You can put more than enough clothes and whatever else you need. We are taking it on a two week European vacation and it holds everything. Highly recommend!! My family loved mine so much they bought their own.

July 5, 2022

No need for improvement

I have a couple of these great bags. No need for improvement!

June 26, 2022

The Perfect Travel Bag

I kept this bag in it's packed form for my trip back to my parent's and then unfolded it and stuffed it to use as a checked bag for my flight home. The bag still looks in new condition after being checked! This bag also makes a great weekender if that's what you're looking for.

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