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Adventure Ready: The Helly Hansen Duffel Bag

posted by gumptiongear April 13, 2017 0 comments

Your duffel bag is the true unsung hero of your gear. It gets to travel, but it never gets to really come out and play. Even so, it bears the enormous responsibility of taking care of your gear, even when it’s in the hands of not-so-gentle baggage handlers. You can’t trust just any bag with this responsibility, but you can definitely put your trust in the family of duffel bags from Helly Hansen.

On Performance and Design…
Most of us know Helly Hansen for their professional grade outerwear and base layers. In fact, Helly Hansen has been cranking out bomber adventure gear for nearly 140 years. But beyond offering some of the best damn outdoor apparel available, the brand also offers a full range of travel bags and packs worthy of any adventure arsenal. Enter the Helly Hansen Duffel Bag 2.

The Helly Hansen Duffel Bags survive the rigors of daily use, cross-country wanderings, and exotic vacations alike. . Available in a wide array of sizes, the proven design and bombproof construction of the HH Duffel can easily accommodate both shorter weekend trips and long-term travel.
It’s no secret that Mother Nature can be fickle – and even downright cruel. So the HH Duffels are equipped with a laminated shell that protects your gear from moisture while ballistic reinforcements keep wear-and-tear to a minimum. And if we’re being completely honest (which is what we do) there’s just something all together cool about the classic barrel styling.

Padded and removable straps transform these duffels into a backpack while adding some well deserved comfort to your travel agenda. Additional grab handles lend an assist ensuring that carrying, loading, and packing these duffel bags is as convenient as possible. So whether you’re weaving through the chaos in LAX Terminal One, hiking 20 blocks to save on Euro bus fare, or just enjoying the view, you can do so with ease and confidence.

Large openings give easy access to the main compartment. Zippered side pockets provide extra stash points for your unmentionables while small zippered mesh pocket inside the bag easily holds your smaller items—license, passport, and road maps. And no matter where your wanderlust carries you, the vibrant colorways make identifying your bag at airport baggage claims a snap.

Notes from the Field…
With a proven design and tough construction, The Helly Hansen Duffel Bags are an adventure classic. These trustworthy bags are absolute workhorses—and damn near indestructible. And while there’s a lot to love about these duffels, they do come with a minor weight penalty.

By way of comparison, the 90L Helly Hansen Duffel Bag 2 tips the scales at 3lbs 15 oz. That’s significantly more than the 90L Eagle Creek Cargo Hauler Duffel which weighs 2lbs 2oz. The 90L Helly Hansen option also will cost you about $30 more. That being said, if you’re looking for a classic styled travel bag that’s burly and durable, there’s no doubt that Helly Hansen fits the bill.

Bottom Line…
Cram all the clothes and gear you need for an adventure into the HH Duffel, toss it in your trunk and hit the wide open road.  With a cavernous main compartment and ultra-tough construction, these classic styled duffel bags are ready to serve as your go-to gear bag for life on the go.

*Gumption Gear Review received the items featured in this review from Helly Hansen at no cost and receives no monetary compensation for this or any related review. The items featured were provided solely in return for our honest views and opinions.

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