Spend a Saturday or Sunday walking along Stanage Edge in the Peak District and you’ll undoubtedly spot one of these duffels from Rab sat at the bottom of a big gritstone crag with climbing ropes spilling out of it. Rab is, after all, a Peak District-based brand (well, it’s only just outside the boundary of the Park) and this bag offers exactly what most climbers in the area are looking for.
First of all, it will take a lot of stuff. I’m pretty sure I could carry double the contents of my wardrobe in this. Secondly, it’ll take a bashing, whether that’s being squeezed into the back of a hatchback or thrown over a cliff. Thirdly, it’s something that can be carried comfortably over rough ground – as is obviously normally required when looking to reach the best climbing spots.
It’s 600 denier fabric is tough, not so tough that it makes the bag too heavy but tough enough to fend off anything sharp, it also has an extra layer of densely woven fabric protecting the base.
“You could leave it at the bottom of a crag in pouring rain and rest safe in the knowledge that the contents will stay dry”
The seams are all very robust thanks to the triple stitching throughout and Rab have used bar stack stitching on the straps and handles. If you’re not familiar with this, it’s basically a way of giving ultra reinforcement to stitches through the use of a specially designed sewing machine with a gigantic needle.
For lugging the Rab Kitbag about quickly there are two handles at each end of the duffel and then two in the centre that both latch together so it can be carried a bit like a briefcase. The two shoulder straps are comfortable thanks to their very generous padding, they’re also easy to adjust and they can both be removed and stowed away – useful if you’re flying and want to check the duffel in as hold luggage. The compression straps at both ends of the duffel are a nice feature as well.