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Rab Kitbag Duffel | Review

Our verdict on the 80-litre version of Rab's expedition duffel

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.

The padded shoulder straps make it easy and comfortable to carry
The daisy chain loops help if you need to strap the duffel to the roof of a car
Its 600D fabric and reinforcement on the base make it near-on indestructible

If you’re going safari-style and want to strap the duffel to the roof of your car then the daisy chain loops will come in handy for rope lashing. There are also loops on the shoulder straps for hanging carabiners or any extra gear from when you’re on the go.

What about the Rab Kitbag’s wet weather performance then? Well, you could leave it at the bottom of a crag in pouring rain (sounds a miserable situation) and be able to rest safe in the knowledge that the contents inside will all stay dry – so long as the zips are done up properly. The material isn’t waterproof enough for submersion though, and the YKK zips are fairly basic.

We tested out the 80-litre version. If you want to go bigger, there’s a 120-litre version and if you want to go smaller, there’s a 50-litre version. None of these pack away into themselves or come with a stuff sac so you’ll need to use your initiative when trying to minimise it to store away.

Rab Kitbag 80 Duffel

Full Specifications

Available in 50L, 80L and 120L / Blue, Grey, Red / 70cm x 38cm x 36cm / 600D fabric with TPU water-resistant film / Double thickness base / Lockable YKK 10 coil zip / 2 internal pockets under lid / 2 central handles, 2 end handles / Detachable shoulder straps / Daisy-chain lash points / End compression straps / Triple-stitched seams, bar tacked straps.

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