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The duffle shuffle tends to be my least favorite part of traveling. Pack the bag, throw it in the car, ferry it to the airport, get it from baggage, strap it to a roof, drag it to the campground, toss it in the tent and use it as a personal dresser for ten days. Finding a bag that can both handle the abuse of climbing travel and carry all the gear necessary can be heinous. Osprey used their tubular aluminum frame HighRoad Chassis and oversized wheels to help the bag travel smoothly over Slovenia cobble streets, between campsites in Indian Creek, and at the Denver International airport. The bag can also be easily tossed into a truck, taxi, or into the tent with one of the five padded, tubular web grab handles. In wet weather and with all the abuse of travel, the duffel holds up well. The 800D TPU-coated nylon provides durability as well as weather resistance during transportation and the large YKK zippers with overlapping flaps make it easy to get into the pack while keeping everything dry inside. The outer has a large pockets for placing a passport, wallet, extra food, and other items for immediate accessibility. On the interior, two compression straps keep clothes, cams, and quickdraws stabilized and packed down neatly and two additional pockets provide a place to store toiletries, climbing tape, a skin kit, and additional small item storage.
$ 240(40L) $270 (90L), $290 (120L); osprey.com