Patagonia Black Hole Duffel


60L 90L 120L
Capacity 3661 cu in / 60 L 5492 cu in / 90 L 7323 cu in / 120 L
Weight 2 lbs 2 oz / 964 g 2 lbs 10 oz / 1191 g 3 lb / 1361 g
Dimensions 23.5 in x 13 in x 11 in 28 in x 13 in x 13 in 31 in x 15 in x 14 in
Body Fabric 14.7 oz 1,200-Denier Polyester 14.7 oz 1,200-Denier Polyester 14.7 oz 1,200-Denier Polyester
Base Fabric 14.7 oz 1,200-Denier Polyester 14.7 oz 1,200-Denier Polyester 14.7 oz 1,200-Denier Polyester
Finish TPU Film Laminate, DWR TPU Film Laminate, DWR TPU Film Laminate, DWR
Price $99.00 USD $129.00 USD $149.00 USD



Patagonia's Black Hole Duffel line has 4 sizes, 45L,…

Rating: rated 5 of 5 stars
Source: bought it new
Price Paid: $97


Patagonia's Black Hole Duffel line has 4 sizes, 45L, 60L, 90L and 120L. All are made from a durable water resistant fabric which can take a beating. I have the 60L size which is perfect for hauling around a ton of gear while still being carry-on size.


  • Durable material
  • Shoulder straps
  • Carry-on size


  • Size/Shape: The 60L duffel is just within carry-on size limits. With a little coaxing, I've gotten it to fit into even the smaller overhead compartments. For carrying gear on a plane, a duffel bag has advantages over a backpack in that it doesn't have any hard panels that can't be compressed. Also, a rectangular shape can hold more volume than a backpack which is generally taller and skinner with a rounded top. Finally, the rectangular shape is easily stacked versus a cylindrical shape like the North Face Base Camp Duffel.


  • Fabric: Like everything in the Black Hole line, the duffel material is highly water-resistant and extremely durable. My model uses 14.7-oz 1,200 Denier Polyester with a TPU laminate and a DWR finish. The current model uses 15-oz 900-denier polyester ripstop. After a year of use, both my Black Hole Duffel and Black Hole 25L pack clean up easily and still look shiny and new.
  • Shoulder Straps: There are a bunch of expedition duffels on the market made of burly materials and that have shoulder straps for backpack carry. Shoulder straps make it much easier to carry a duffel compared an over-the-shoulder strap. With that said, don't expect carrying a fully packed duffel to be as comfortable as a pack made for backpacking. This is still a duffel bag, just with the convenience of backpack carry.
    All Black Hole Duffels except the 45L have Patagonia's standard padded shoulder straps with a quick release buckle on the bottom end. The ability to quickly remove one end of the shoulder strap is handy to get the straps out of the way when accessing the main compartment. Also, the top of the shoulder strap can be unthreaded to completely remove the shoulder straps. I'd do this if I was checking the bag to eliminate the chance of something getting snagged on the baggage carousel. The latest version has a D ring buckle on the top making it even easier to remove.


  • Pockets: There is one exterior pocket that is sized well for a small tablet or travel documents. On the interior, there are two mesh pockets on the lid flap. One thing to note, be careful what you pack in that region because pointy items will be digging into your back when you wear the duffel as a backpack
  • Handles: There are two thick haul handles on each end of the duffle for easy handling. There are also side webbing handles with a snap closure. You'll notice I did something unorthodox and cut off my side handles. In my experience with duffel bags in general, the side handles tend to get in the way; always getting in the way of the main opening or accidentally getting zipped into the main compartment. So after a few uses, I cut off the side handles and have been happy with using just the end handles and shoulder straps. The shoulder straps in particular function like side handles.


  • Padded Bottom: The duffel has a padded bottom which protects your gear. With my unpadded duffel bags, I used to strategically pack the delicate items on the top with my clothing on the bottom for padding. With this duffle bag, I don't have to worry about items on the bottom.
  • Capacity: I'm been impressed with how much gear I can get into this duffel. I have used it to carry trad climbing gear for two people as well as used it to carry equipment for a 3-day camping trip. In both cases, I was able to carry on.


Recommended uses

  •  Any kind of travel, especially if you need to maximize your carry-on capability. With my duffel and 25L pack, I can carry a lot with a carry-on bag and personal bag.


Jake W

This is a great review. I've always been happy with my north face base camp duffle (I've got two) but you bring up some good points that maybe the Patagonia is a better option. Out of curiosity- the NF duffle has side compression straps which are really handy and it doesn't look like the black hole does, do you miss them?

1 month ago

Great review, snigjs, and very helpful. Thanks for sharing it and all of your pictures.

1 month ago

Jake - No, I haven't felt like I needed compression straps for the 60L. The times the duffel wasn't as full, it was a little slimmer but still comfortable to carry. Also, sometimes if my pack isn't full, I'll take my sleeping bag out of the stuff sack and let it expand to fill the empty space. Another note, the latest version does have a couple straps for internal compression

1 month ago

Alicia - you've got a Black hole Duffel also right? how do you like yours?

1 month ago

Nice review, snigjs. I love my Black Hold Duffels! The only thing I would like to add is some more interior pockets, otherwise it is pretty much perfect.

1 month ago

Nope, no Black Hole Duffel here.

1 month ago