Q:What Are the Best Duffel Bags for Domestic Travel?
We love these workhorse bags because they’re so damn useful…
Osprey Transporter 40
The U-shaped zipper on this bag splays the body wide open, providing easy access to nearly everything inside. The Transporter, like the No Matter What (above) has padding on the handles, which helps it sit comfortably on your shoulders when carried as a backpack. The spacious front-zip pocket, plus three more on the outside, keep everything from toiletries to dirty laundry tidy.
The Osprey booth was a little crowded but the hardwood floors and interesting display walls (with perforations) really fit well with the vibe of the company.
The spotlight was definitely on their AG (Anti-Gravity) technology, which has garnered many awards, including one from us. They feature it prominently on their Atmos/Aura series bags and from now, all Atmos/Aura bags will come with AG standard. They are also pushing the AG technology into other packs such as their baby carrier (Poco Plus available Spring ’16) and a daypack. We tried the Atmos on and it honestly felt like there was nothing on you. The hipbelts hug your waist and the bag feels like it’s floating off your back. Apparently, it took the founder ten years to perfect.
The Rev Solo from Osprey is the first running-oriented fanny pack I have tested, and I am sold. When headed out on an hour-plus run or hike, I grab a snack, fill the water bottle, put it in the Rev Solo, and am out the door. No extra gear required, it’s the minimalist’s dream.
First Impression: My very first run with it was a 5-miler from my house. It was so comfortable that I forgot I had it on. In fact, it took 15 minutes after I got home until I noticed I was still wearing it…
Where to test: On runs and hikes 1 – 3 hours long where you will need to drink and eat. Here, the Rev fits the bill.
Hikers across the country and around the world can breathe a collective sigh of relief. In 2016, the wait is finally over and Osprey Packs is bringing its coveted Anti-Gravity (AG) technology to daypacks. The AG feature is designed to form to the contours of your back and uses a lightweight mesh to create increased airflow that helps to keep your back cool during long hikes.
The AG technology will be available in the men’s specific Manta AG in 36L , 28L, and 20L sizes as well as the women’s specific Mira AG in 34L, 26L, and 18L options. Both the Mira and the Manta include a hydration reservoir in a separate, dedicated compartment, as well as Osprey’s popular magnetic sternum strap bite valve attachment.
Lee Abbamonte is known as the youngest American to have visited every country in the world. His second claim to fame should be “most efficient packer.” Unless he needs expedition gear or a suit, the 36-year-old New Yorker totes a 22-inch Osprey Meridian wheeled bag and a North Face backpack. The two pieces accompany him on trips short (a long weekend in Dewey Beach, Del.) and ultramarathon (two months circling the globe).
“Bring as little as possible,” Abbamonte said a few days before departing for Madagascar and Mauritius, “but cover all bases.”