We are aware that the tough competition in this area, with well-known and tested bags such as those from Patagonia Black Hole and The North Face Base Camp above. However, this second REI duffel on our list is the winner in a key area cost. At $129 the Big Haul 60 is another robust and flexible option that comes packed with bells and whistles. It comes with weather-resistant construction and comfortable straps for your backpack, various handles for easy grabs and decent organization inside by way of mesh pockets. The duffel that is 60-liter is likely to be used for a carry-on if it’s not packed with a lot of stuff however, you could choose to be safe and go to purchase the 40-liter version at $109.
If it’s clear that the REI Co-op Big Haul 60 is a great value, so why is it listed at the lower end of the list? Based on our experience, the quality of construction isn’t at par with Patagonia standards however, and the REI does not have the sleek, premium look also. However Big Haul Big Haul has a thicker (1680D) fabric at the bottom to stop the wear and tear (and the smaller 400D nylon on the top) It has numerous of the similar features, and will suffice for all users and types of. Additionally, it’s constructed from recycled fabrics and is a major win for all. In the end this is another top-quality product from REI’s own line with a reasonable price.