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Welcome to another installment of Editor’s Review from FREESKIER. Each week our editorial staff provides in-depth, honest reviews about the gear they’re testing on a weekly basis. Our goal? To point you towards the best brands and products on Earth so you can trust your equipment whole-heartedly and have as much fun in the mountains as possible. Read up on Dakine’s Ranger Duffle 60L Bag, below, then visit us again tomorrow for more awesome gear coverage.
I’ve been fortunate enough to do a ton of traveling lately and, through it all, I’ve relied on Dakine’s Ranger Duffle 60L. This bad boy is roomy, well-thought-out and durable enough for the grandest of adventures. Allow me to elaborate…
For starters, the bag’s 60-liter size is optimal for most trips I’ve embarked on—most recently a cat-skiing mission in Canada. It’s small enough to carry on a plane, while also providing ample space for a solid week-long jaunt. For reference, it’s comparable to a large backpacking bag that one would use on a multi-day camping trip, so it’s not huge, but certainly gets the job done. If you’re minimal like me, you can fit your ski gear and a few changes of clothes in there, no problem. This size, fortunately, has encouraged me to only pack what’s necessary—making travel easier than ever.
Function-wise, the bag’s just as rad. It’s built with 1200D polyester and 1260D ballistic nylon, which are both incredibly durable and water-resistant materials (akin to those used in many top-end raincoats). Additionally, a PU coating (read: mega-waterproof) holds up magnificently against Mother Nature. I watched super wet snow and rain dump down on this thing on a recent trip to British Columbia, and none of that moisture soaked through to my belongings.
A bunch of useful features round the bag out. Soft, wide straps are forgiving on long travel days and you can wear them backpack-style when you’re really on the move—like when I was recently sprinting through Denver International Airport to catch a flight. A zippered end pocket sports a few awesome, little sub-pockets to keep your smaller belongings organized and one is fleece-lined which comes in handy for sunglasses and other delicate items. Last but not least, the bag packs into itself via the aforementioned end pocket when you’re not using it. I enjoy laying out all of my stuff when I arrive at the hotel, etc., and being able to stow away the bag, as well, is simply fantastic.
All in all, this is a functional and practical bag that’ll serve any adventurer well. So, next time you’re looking for a product to carry all the other gear we’ve been reviewing on a daily basis, check out the Ranger Duffle 60L Bag.