/ Berghaus Leviathan OR TNF Base Camp Duffle
I've got a north face duffle 90L (not sure is thats madium or large) for 5 or 6 years now and in that time it has been on at least one flight a year as well as being dragged in and out of at least a dozen scout camps each year and it shows very little sign of wear. There is one small wear patch where I think it has run alon the side of some airport conveyor but it doesnt affect performance at all and its still as strong as ever. One thing i would say is find a way of making yours identifiableas there are now loads on airport conveyors - another sign that they work well and last so well
Never used or seen the berghaus but I would buy another tnf one when (if) the one I have wears out
Why the only choice? I've got one Decathlon duffle, and an own-brand one from the Nordic sports chain "Stadium", both quite a lot cheaper the TNF ones. The Stadium one is about 15 years old, the Decathlon one about 10. Both have been used loads for all that time, including loads and loads of flight. They've both been absolutely superb and have no nicks, holes, tears, seams failing etc. I'm sure the TNF ones are great too, but the cheaper options can be pretty bloody good also!
> Why the only choice?
Cos it gets consistent reviews, and is readily available pretty much anywhere? Paying a premium for a fancily branded item isn't a totally daft option compared to gambling on something with far fewer (or zero) reviews...
Also, you can get it in eye-searing colours.
I have a TNF duffel I bought from Bicester Village outlet in 2004. It has been battered, dragged through the dirt, used as a pillow/seat/shower tray/spittoon for a paan chewing Burmese man to no ill effect. It is looking a bit scuffed now but still my go-to bag.
Zips are bomber, straps great, would whole-heartedly recommend it.
> Cos it gets consistent reviews, and is readily available pretty much anywhere? Paying a premium for a fancily branded item isn't a totally daft option compared to gambling on something with far fewer (or zero) reviews...
It seems daft to assume a cheaper product is lower quality, when its such a simple item, in almost identical designs made from identical hypalon type material...
I've had a big hi-gear one for years, it's lasted well in use (sometimes as frequently as weekly), and neither I or my friends with ME and TNF versions of the same bag have been able to work out what the difference is that makes the branded versions worth about twice as much.
Guarantee 5 years, and for 20 quid, you can't go wrong.
I'm not assuming cheap gear is crap. I'm assuming that well reviewed gear is adequate, and spending an extra £10, £20, £50 that will be amortized across the next 10 years of use is a reasonable tradeoff *for me*. YMMV.
A few folk have said that gelert/hi gear duffels are great. A few have said they're not so great. Ultimately, they don't come in eye-searing orange.
My TNF duffle is showing many signs of wear. I find the fabric is very prone to abrasion, from bagage handlers, from being slid along loading platforms, or being carried by ponies through bushes. The base reinforcing material is a different story - that IS tough.
If I was replacing it, I would go for something in a tougher fabric like cordura. Which is also lighter - the TNF duffle itself may be up to 10% of your baggage allowance, depending on flights. I would go for the Osprey Transporter as being cheaper, lighter and tougher.
My fav is the Mountain hardware..
The Gelert is identical to the ME but the material is stiffer.
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