When I first received this bag, I wondered why I had been sent a body bag to review, but on closer inspection, I discovered it was the Cargo Hauler Rolling Duffle. This big boy has a whopping 120L capacity and what a better way to test it out than to take it over 4,000 miles away to Florida. This bag comes in five colours, Blue, Concord (purple), Black, Fern and Flame, the down side to some larger travel bags is that you have maxed out half your weight limit before you have even packed a single pair of socks, however the Cargo Hauler only weighs an ultralight 4lbs.
Made from a light but tough Bi-Tech material, this bag features one massive main compartment and a large end pocket, this makes keeping things organised and separate a little tricky, there is a padded top haul handle, side grab handle and a top pull handle, large rugged wheels and tie-down daisy chains. One cool feature is the adjustable, detachable backpack shoulder straps, this means (weight depending) you and pop the bag on your back for rougher terrain and to free up both your hands, the main opening sits against your back for extra security. The u-shaped lid provides easy and complete access to all your gear at once, the bottom is lightly padded with foam for a little protection but doesn’t provide any solid support so if the bag is lightly packed it will fold in the middle. The zips can be locked together for security, the zips have storm flaps for protection against the rain, the reflective finger loops make the bag easy to open even when wearing thick gloves.
The Cargo Hauler proved a reliable travel companion, the only down side was the lack of separate pockets mean that everything got jumbled together at the bottom of the bag as it slips down when on the move. It was reasonably comfortable to wear on your back but it’s important to remember how large it is when turning around on the underground, as its easy to wipe out at least four people in one go! The addition of a hip belt or sternum strap would offer a little more stability and comfort when travelling for longer periods of time. Lastly when you trip it over the entire bag packs away neatly and compactly into its own little bag making it easy to store, ready for your next adventure. RRP £160
4 out of 5
Tough material and wheels
Five colours available
Lockable zips and storm flaps
Adjustable, removable shoulder straps
Lots of handles
Packs away in compact bag carry bag
No sternum or hip belt
Only two pockets so difficult to organise your belongings
Items slip to the bottom on the bag when moving it
Floods in the middle if it isn’t full