From climbing trips in the back woods to work jaunts across the country, the Patagonia Black Hole Duffle has the flexibility to adapt to any environment that you throw at it. With ample space and various options for carrying, this bag has quickly become my trusty companion.
It’s summer time here in Southern California, which means my travel schedule has begun to ramp up. The day that I received the Patagonia Black Hole Duffle I had already had a few trips planned; two climbing trips, one work trip and one holiday vacation to recover.
Hauling all of my necessary gear requires a bag that will be able to fit a ton of stuff yet also withstand the relentless beating from climbing and camping.
Upon receiving the bag I was instantly impressed with the weight; a mere 39 oz for a burly duffle. The bag was neatly folded down into its own side pocket, showcasing its ability to pack away neatly. I was already thinking of the endless possibilities this bag could be used for.
The Patagonia Black Hole Duffel bag is available in a wide range of sizes: 45L, 60L, 90L and 120L. With all of these options available, one will have no problem picking the right bag to suit their needs. The bag that I have been using is the 60L duffel, which is perfect for a weekend filled with adventures and the right size for a carry-on on almost any airline.
Every adventurer needs a trusty duffel bag in their arsenal. As you probably know, we here at Gearminded have a little problem called gear addiction, so you can expect that our gear caves are filled with a plethora of bags for every situation.
My first time using the bag was for a day of climbing in our local mountains. The night before was spent laying out all the necessary gear for day of trad climbing. I was able to comfortably fit my day pack, food, water, full climbing rack and other small accessories into the bag. The two inner pockets were perfect for packing small items such as my phone, wallets, keys and any small item you want to grab on the fly.
I loved how I was able to stash my climbing guide book in the zippered outside pocket. The daisy chain loops worked perfect for clipping my climbing helmet. At the end of my climb I did not hesitate to throw in my dusty climbing shoes and chalk-ridden harness knowing very well that the Black Hole Duffle is equipped to get dirty.
The Black Hole Duffel is made of 900-denier 100% polyester ripstop with a TPU-film laminate and a DWR (durable water repellent) finish. In the likelihood of a summer thunderstorm I am able to rest assured that a light shower would not harm this bag. The TPU laminate and DWR finish will also ensure that the bag will resist abrasion and wear well into my future adventures.
The true test came when I was given a last minute 3-day work assignment in Colorado. The assignment included a day spent in the mountains grabbing photo content for our website and an afternoon of sport climbing in the famed Clear Creek Canyon. I knew that this adventure had to be planned perfectly and that the functionality of the Black Hole Duffle would come in handy. I was blown away by how much gear I was able to cram into this bag. I was able to fit all my basic sport climbing gear, minus the rope, while also stashing clean clothes for a climbing conference I attended.
The added bonus came when I found enough room to stash my Tenkara Rod. The compression straps allowed me to bring a few options for clothing base layers due to the unpredictable weather in the mountains of Colorado.
There is no question that I look forward to owning the Patagonia Black Hole Duffle for years to come. I already use it on a weekly basis for storing my mountain bike gear and plan on taking the duffel with during my fall mountain biking trip to Gooseberry Mesa. If you are looking for that do it all duffel, please take a minute to go to your local outdoor specialty retailer to check out the Patagonia Blackhole Duffel.
Reviewed by: Joe Bustos