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Long Hauler vs. Patagonia Black Hole
on May 25, 2013
Are you trying to decide between tricked-out Marmot and Patagonia duffel bags?
Well, I own both a size large Long Hauler and a 120L Patagonia Black Hole. They are very similar to one another; each is a rugged, highly water resistant duffel bag with lots of technical features. You won't go wrong buying either but there are some small differences that could tip the final decision one way or the other.
The short version is this: the Black Hole is slightly better suited for when you'll be carrying the bag yourself most of the time, while the Long Hauler is slightly better suited for trips where others (such as airlines or porters) will often be handling your bag for you.
Now, here's more detail...
What differentiates the Black Hole
*More padding on shoulder straps
*Squeeze clips anchor shoulder straps (the Long Hauler has metal quick release hooks that are less secure)
*More (and longer) daisy chains
What differentiates the Long Hauler
*Compression straps on exterior
*Lock loops on zipper sliders
*More outside pockets, one has a mesh section for wet items
Bottom line: The Long Hauler is a fine, fully featured duffel bag that gets promoted from 4-stars to 5-stars when Marmot's lifetime warranty is taken into account.