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Drive By :: Boreas Erawan

by , April 12, 2013
Boreas give the classic adventure duffel a little shove…
A good duffel is about hauling gear. Lots of it. It should be simple enough, durable, and cavernous.
But once you’re hauling a bit of gear, you generally need some reasonable straps to carry it with. And maybe some compression. Possibly a pocket or two. And then all of a sudden, you’re drifting towards a full-featured backpack again – hence the challenge of designing a good duffel.
Boreas recently released their Erawan duffel, and like most Boreas products, it adds a twist or two. In their words, it’s the backpack lover’s duffel, so it has a bunch of carry conveniences designed in. We’ve had a play, but not yet given it an extensive workout.
Winner winner chicken dinner
Great straps attach lower down the pack body, which lets the whole duffel sit higher on your back. This avoids the typical large duffel issue of it hanging down over your bum and hindering movement.
These straps are then further differentiated with the ability to attach the strap bases at various points along a semi-hidden daisy chain, again improving strap length and comfort.
But the Erawan never forgets great access, with a separate wet & dry bag and a big main section generally unhindered by the straps.
Durability is then built into the base, which you’ll be able to drag and abuse for years to come.
So what’s the compromise?
Basically, this is not a duffel for hauling up big granite walls. Rather than extreme mountain conquering, this duffel better suits adventure travel, where you don’t stress about it, but nor do you abuse it.
The mesh back will survive baggage handlers, but probably not sabre-tooth tigers.
At around 1kg, in 50-liter and 70-liter sizes, and for around $150, we feel it helps bring the adventure duffel concept back to relevance for many. Great stuff, Boreas. Keep the original thinking coming.

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  • Andrey T

    Great, borealis invented Maxpedition Doppel/Fliegelduffel, only several years later and in more hip colours.

    • http://www.carryology.com/ ando

      There are definitely similarities there Andrey, however in use the feel of the Boreas is lighter and less cluttered (with the compromise being it is probably not as durable). Both great duffels though.

    • http://www.hiimdean.com Dean Grove

      I don’t really see the resemblance except for the reason it might be used :/

  • Pat

    also check out the new Scully duffle at MEC. A great gear hauler & expedition dry bag.


    • http://www.carryology.com/ ando

      Yeah right. Pretty different!

      It looks killer for car travel though, where you can roll pack the dry bag element and just treat it like a big cube.

  • Hong

    If only it is sold in Australia!

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  • Bob

    Could you tell me which size (50L, 70L 90L) is shown on the model and how tall the model is?

    • Ando

      From the Boreas guys:

      The two models shown are 50L. Also, they only come in 50L and 70L. We decided not to make a 90L (for now). The 50L is 29″ (73cm) and the 70L is 31″ (79cm) tall.

  • Jane

    Which size is the guy carrying in the photo?

    • Ando

      Jane, see the comment above:
      The two models shown are 50L.

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  • Holly

    Hello! I will be going on a two-week trip to Sri Lanka later this year. Is the 50L pack big enough to carry sufficient clothes, Chacos, sunscreen and other toiletries, etc.? I am usually a light to normal packer. Thanks!

    • http://www.carryology.com/ ando

      It should be, as warm weather clothes don’t take nearly as much space as snow clothes.
      Lots of folk manage 2 weeks with just a carry on bag, so check sites like http://www.onebag.com/ if you want more tips.

  • Victor

    is it possible to keep a badminton racket inside the 50L version????

    • walknseason

      Only 2.

  • steels

    Could you do a Head to Head reviewing this against the Patagonia Black Hole? Or help picking between the two?


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