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LetsGoFishing
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03/20/2015 01:51PM   (Thread Older Than 3 Years)
My buddy is joining me on my BWCA trip this summer. He does a lot of various camping and is looking for a general purpose bag he can use for his camping gear for regular camping and canoe camping. Do any of you have any thoughts on this North Face duffle bag? It's waterproof and has shoulder straps.

TNF Duffle Bag

 
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WindChill
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03/20/2015 02:23PM  
For that price I would think there are lots of better options. A #3 portage pack works very nicely for car camping.

If he really wants waterproof there are lots of drybags with shoulder straps. Ive got a Seattle Sports Omni Dry that is about twice the size and about half the price.

 
03/20/2015 04:00PM  
Just bought one just about like that on E-bay for $38, try it last weekend on the river and everything in side stayed dry.
 
BigCurrent
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03/20/2015 05:18PM  
I have the same duffel and love it. BUT, it's not ideal for carrying across a portage unless you are planning on doubling portaging.

Why not go this route? Stansport

 
03/20/2015 05:20PM  
quote BigCurrent: "I have the same duffel and love it. BUT, it's not ideal for carrying across a portage unless you are planning on doubling portaging.

Why not go this route? Stansport "

I could not agree more! I see the duffel does have straps for a backpack, but the other straps will get in the way and make carrying it a little uncomfortable. There are many pack options out there, the most popular Sea to summit, or Sealine. I use this to carry sleeping bags and cloths (which are also packed in dry bags - hey, I don't like wet things)

SealLine
 
kanoes
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03/20/2015 05:27PM  
I think this would be a better choice than the duffle, same volume too. a great dry bag from a respected name, proven throughout the years.
 
JoeWilderness
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03/20/2015 09:49PM  
Day in and day out nobody is harder on equipment than river rafters. I have been using NRS bags and other products for over 30 years and highly recommend them. Be it a Bill's Bag or Tuff Sack, there is always an NRS product securing my goods whenever I am on the water.

A 2.2 Bill's Bag could be carried on top of a portage pack as well and would easily hold all your friends personal gear. My wife and I do a lot of day tripping here in Michigan and we just stuff extra clothes, towels, shoes and whatever else into a Bill's Bag toss it in the canoe and go.

If you don't need both shoulder straps, just go with the Outfitter Bag.

Should your friend get hooked on canoe tripping, then he will need some CCS packs for sure. My wife and I now line our CCS packs with the liners that Piragis has custom made for them by I believe Seattle Sports. This system is the best I have ever used.

NRS 2.2 Bill's Bag


 
halvorsonchristopher
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03/21/2015 01:39AM  
Dont get the TNF duffle, that would be aweful to portage. look into the suggestions above!
 
03/21/2015 07:20AM  
I picked up the extra small version of this bag to use for camera and day gear I want to be able to get to more quickly. It will easily sit on top and strap to my Pioneer pack top for portages. A bit heavy, but solid. I would not get a larger one thinking it would replace any other bag. I hope to get first use this weekend and may post more.
 
LetsGoFishing
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03/23/2015 03:41PM  
Excellent input. Thanks to all! I will forward your comments to him.
 
03/23/2015 05:06PM  
The problem with most dry bags is roll and seal, not easy to get into while paddling. The duffle has a zipper that does allow easy access. I put the extra small mentioned above just in front of me and had easy access to things I wanted. It took heavy drip and run off from the paddle and at the end was sitting in about an inch of bilge water and nothing inside was wet. I am not sure it would do well submerged, not tested that, but was very satisfied with how well it did work. The padded straps allowed me to carry it like a pack leading me to think it would make a great day tripping pack.
I again think the larger ones are not the ticket for carrying gear. For that I would go with packs with liners or the roll and seal waterproof packs mentioned.
 
OldFingers57
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03/23/2015 07:53PM  
I agree with some of the others who suggest something along the way of a pack as using the duffle will be a pain on the portages especially if the duffle weighs a lot.
 
OBX2Kayak
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03/23/2015 11:02PM  
I've used this large TexSport gear bag for ten years and it shows no signs of wear. It's not fancy but it sure is tough.

Unfortunately the large size does not appear to be available, only the medium size.
 
BowHunter
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03/24/2015 12:59AM  
Cabelas BW Just bought this pack suggest to me by a friend. He has had his for 10 years with no problems. The large is 7100 and they now make an XL which is 12000 I think. The thing that made me buy it was it has extra padding on the back where some of the others don't have anything.

Plus you can't go wrong with cabelas warranty. For the most part if something happens to it they will warranty it.

I am interested in the duffle for day trips and easy access to without having to open the big pack. Fishing gear, rain gear, water filter, knifes, saw, snacks.
 
BigCurrent
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03/24/2015 12:43PM  
quote BowHunter: " Cabelas BW Just bought this pack suggest to me by a friend. He has had his for 10 years with no problems. The large is 7100 and they now make an XL which is 12000 I think. The thing that made me buy it was it has extra padding on the back where some of the others don't have anything.


Plus you can't go wrong with cabelas warranty. For the most part if something happens to it they will warranty it.


I am interested in the duffle for day trips and easy access to without having to open the big pack. Fishing gear, rain gear, water filter, knifes, saw, snacks."


Hopefully they've improved the quality of those bags. I had the large backpack and returned 3 of them before I just gave up. Twice the buckles failed and would not stay clipped, and once the strap ripped right out of the bottom of the bag. A real headache in the middle of the trip. The quality of Cabela's products are reflected in the cheap prices. You get what you pay for.
 
Grandma L
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03/24/2015 01:29PM  
This one is on sale today. Great price and good sized.
Seattle Sport h2zero bag Only $35 and with coupon $22.
 
LetsGoFishing
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03/24/2015 03:11PM  
quote Grandma L: "This one is on sale today. Great price and good sized.
Seattle Sport h2zero bag Only $35 and with coupon $22."


I went ahead and bought this pack. With shipping and tax, it was only $31. Even if I only get 2 trips out of it, I'll break even vs. renting a pack from an outfitter. I let my buddy know too, not sure what he'll end up getting.
 
DeuceCoop
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03/24/2015 03:42PM  
quote LetsGoFishing: "quote Grandma L: "This one is on sale today. Great price and good sized.
Seattle Sport h2zero bag Only $35 and with coupon $22."



I went ahead and bought this pack. With shipping and tax, it was only $31. Even if I only get 2 trips out of it, I'll break even vs. renting a pack from an outfitter. I let my buddy know too, not sure what he'll end up getting."


Should get many more than two trips out of it. I have one of their roll top duffles and it's a great bag. I think you'll get many years of good service from your new bag.
 
BowHunter
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03/24/2015 07:00PM  
In regards to the Cabelas pack. Have not figured out the quote thing yet.

They did just come out with a new model. Different color and for the most part the same bag. Did have different buckles and straps. Not to worried about a buckle braking, but if a straps pulls I would be mad. My buddies family has 5 of these packs used on dozens of trips without a problem.
 
Grouseguy1
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08/22/2015 12:49AM  
quote BowHunter: "In regards to the Cabelas pack. Have not figured out the quote thing yet.

They did just come out with a new model. Different color and for the most part the same bag. Did have different buckles and straps. Not to worried about a buckle braking, but if a straps pulls I would be mad. My buddies family has 5 of these packs used on dozens of trips without a problem."


I had a seam rip in my old cabelas BW2 large pack and returned it under warranty (non-critical Aeem, one on the the flap that folds inside at the top) Great service and warranty. When I got home, and opened the box. It wasn't the same pack. Different color and materials felt cheaper. Didn't feel nearly as "rugged"

I figured I would rather have my other pack repaired then move to this newer model . The next day I hustled back to cabelas to get my pack back , they informed me it was processed and sent to bargain cave. Their answer was to have me return the new one, then buy my old one back from the bargain cave for $60.

So, I actually profited $80 on this outing. I explained this to management and they said it's the least they can do for my trouble. Score for me I guess. I like the cabelas BW packs. Read the reviews, they're excellent. I had the seams sewn back up for about $7 at a local seamstress

The seam failing wasn't the fault of the lack, it was misused



 
08/22/2015 07:41AM  
My review of the OP bag that I have mentioned above having purchased in early June. I find this pack works very well for me as a bag I can get into while on the water and for day tripping, but for gear and regular portaging there are many better packs, most listed above by others.

I have been using the NF Baseline nearly every time I paddle and on my trip into Tuscarora earlier this year. I paddle at least once per week and am on the water about 3-5 hours. Placement has moved from in front of my feet to tucking under the seat with straps pushed under leaving the D zip top open and directly under me. Unless very full it slips under the edge of the magic with standard seat height so has never been in the way of my feet and I feel it gives some nice initial stability due to low center of gravity mid section.
I carry electronics, water bottle, first aid kit, water filtration gear, ditch kit and a small thwart bag filled with lip balm and all that stuff you might want to grab while on the water. All that barely fills it 3/4 and I have the extra small version of this bag.

The shoulder straps tuck out of the way but also make a nice backpack for single portaging with enough gear for a great day trip. If the boat ramps are busy I single portage from the parking lot, walk into the water and set down boat, place pack and other gear, climb in and paddle away. Lots of interested watchers and comments.
It also sits nicely on top of my pioneer pack allowing total hands free for portaging in the BWCA.
Sitting in bilge water with splash it has started seeping around the bottom seams, seam sealer time. Otherwise gear has remained dry inside although electronics, etc are in separate dry bags/boxes for double protection.

 
01/20/2021 09:17AM  
I tried a duffle on portages years ago and it sucked. Go with a back pack
 
01/20/2021 10:19AM  
Old thread, but worth the topic.

My first trip, one guy brought a military duffle bag. I carried it most of the time. I will also never touch a duffle on a BWCA trip again. It was miserable and painful. The duffle is unbalanced, does not hold it's shape, swings around, and exhausts you quickly. Everything hurt at the end of that first day. The worst was how it pulled at my shoulders unevenly and rubbed my skin raw through my shirt. It just wears at you mentally and physically.

Do not use a duffle!
 
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01/20/2021 12:44PM  
So I have a Chinook portage pack and I have the Molle II army packs. I bought the liners for the Molle's and that's what I use 99.9% of the time. I also have at least two of the sustainment pouches on the outside to carry various items and my bedroll/ sleeping mat. I just like the sturdy frame versus the soft packs.

I don't know that there is one correct answer, just lots of preferences.
 
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01/20/2021 01:58PM  
Blatz: "I tried a duffle on portages years ago and it sucked. Go with a back pack "

We often use an Army duffel without problems. The difference may be in how we use it. First, whenever you see people in the Army carrying one, they almost always have their sleeping pad, made of stiff closed-cell foam, packed around the outside. This gives the entire thing a shape. This makes a huge difference.

Secondly, we often fill it with two 5-gallon buckets which further stiffens it. It has to be full to be worth a damn. If it doesn't have a solid shape, they're terrible to carry.

The straps aren't super padded, but it is no worse than the Duluth packs we used to rent from the outfitters.
 
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