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As climbers we spend a lot of time on the move, be it trips abroad, big expeditions or even a weekend away closer to home. To carry your kit you need a duffle bag you can depend on, and one that is easy to spot in the airport luggage scrum.
The distinctive looking DMM Void is a tough but lightweight bag with a range of well thought out, stash-able features. There is a padded zip top panel for easy access and a comfortable carry, plus a choice of rucksack shoulder straps or grab handles. Inside you will find large and small pockets, high visibility material and compression straps. There are three colour coded size options (45l, 75l and 100l) – whichever you choose, a Void bag is the perfect way to carry your kit.
First things first: how do you want to carry the bag? There is a choice of rucksack shoulder straps or grab handles – take your pick, depending on the situation. The shoulder strap buckles are quick release, which means you can switch them quickly at the airport check in. If you aren't using the shoulder straps they can be stored away safely using the internal buckles - this also provides a way of securing/compressing the load internally.
The top grab handles can easily be cinched together with a padded Velcro wrap. They also have press studs on the side so that they can be stashed out of the way when you are using the bag in rucksack carrying mode - this avoids snagging the grab handles or the shoulder straps when loading yourself up. There are two additional grab handles, one at either end, to help lift and carry the bag during transit.
The moulded lid panel gives a comfortable carry when the bag is set up with rucksack straps. The foam pad is reassuringly firm and will protect your back from hard objects, such as your climbing rack. The lid panel is hinged in sections so that you can get easy access to each part of the bag. The lockable panel zip is heavy duty YKK and can be zipped in either direction.During the design process we noticed that delving into a bag to find a piece of kit is not helped at all if the liner material is dark coloured. For this reason we have lined the inside walls of the bag with a bright yellow material. This light coloured fabric reflects light in, making it easier to find what you are looking for.
Inside the bag there are a number of useful features which help to keep your kit well organised. There is a stash for the shoulder straps which doubles as a compress for the bag contents. The A4 sized pocket is easily accessible and is ideal for travel documents. The small zip pocket has key clip for extra security.
The external compression straps allow you to crush the bag down and reduce the volume so the contents of a half full bag don't rattle around. The straps also allow you attach poles to the outside of the bag.
A duffle bag needs to be tough, and the Void certainly is, but it needs to be light too, otherwise you'll end up eating into your baggage weight allowance. To achieve this fine balance between toughness and lightness we have used hardwearing materials from the same Ballistic family that we construct our bouldering pads with. To further increase durability the base is reinforced and there is no exposed stitching.
The Void comes in three colour coded size options: green 45 litres, red 75 litres and black 100 litres. The 45l version matches the maximum 'carry on' size for airline hand luggage, while the bigger sizes give you the freedom to carry all you need for an expedition or climbing holiday. The different colours are certainly useful when it comes to organising gear on a big trip, plus, the distinctive DMM look makes them easy to spot amongst a mass of generic travel luggage.
The DMM Void is a superb duffle bag with a range of well thought out, stash-able features. Whichever size you choose, travelling just got easier.
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