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Marmot Long Hauler Review

A versatile duffel that balances solid all-around performance in every rating metric
Marmot Long Hauler
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Price:  $159 List | $114.73 at REI
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Pros:  Numerous storage pockets, versatile carrying options, well-rounded design
Cons:  Not as durable as others, backpack straps are thinly padded
Manufacturer:   Marmot
By Nick Bruckbauer ⋅ Senior Review Editor  ⋅  Aug 20, 2020
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  • Ease of Transport - 25% 7
  • Storage and Ease of Packing - 25% 9
  • Durability - 20% 7
  • Weight - 15% 5
  • Weather Resistance - 15% 7

Our Verdict

The Marmot Long Hauler has a versatile design with an extensive list of features, making it durable enough for rugged adventures, without sacrificing the conveniences that enhance general travel. It has the most storage pockets out of any of the high-capacity duffels in our lineup, and its versatile carrying systems are among the easiest to adjust or convert. While the 600-denier laminate material is not quite as robust as some other models, it also shaves off half a pound of weight compared to the burlier competitors. Travelers looking for a durable duffel without sacrificing some of the creature comforts for everyday travel should check out the Long Hauler.

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Pros Numerous storage pockets, versatile carrying options, well-rounded designRugged build, comfortable removable straps, variety of carry optionsDurable recycled material, easily removable shoulder straps, convenient pockets, stylish designDurable and weather resistant, comfortable carry options, convenient storage designEasy to pack, comfortable shoulder straps, excellent pockets, super durable
Cons Not as durable as others, backpack straps are thinly paddedOnly one small pocket, heavy, priceyThinner material than other high-end options, priceyShoulder straps are somewhat difficult to removeHeavy, not as comfortable as others, less refined style
Bottom Line This well-rounded duffel performs well across the board with no major weaknessesA simple, burly duffel bag ideal for all kinds of adventerous travelAn incredible all-around contender that falls just short of our top awardA solid all-around excellent expedition bag, this model was built with remote adventures in mindRemains one of our favorite all-around models with its simple and rugged design
Rating Categories Marmot Long Hauler Sea to Summit Duffel Patagonia Black Hole Gregory Alpaca The North Face Base Camp
Ease Of Transport (25%)
7
9
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7
Storage And Ease Of Packing (25%)
9
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Durability (20%)
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Weight (15%)
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Weather Resistance (15%)
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Specs Marmot Long Hauler Sea to Summit Duffel Patagonia Black Hole Gregory Alpaca The North Face...
Weight (Pounds) 3.8 lbs (105L size XL) 4.3 lbs (90L model) 3.8 lbs (100L model) 3.8 lbs (90L model) 4.1 lbs (95 L model)
Volume Size Options (Liters) 35, 50, 75, 105, 125 Liters 45, 65, 90, 130 Liters 40, 55, 70, 100 Liters 30, 45, 60, 90, 120 Liters 31, 50, 71, 95, 132, 150 Liters
Material 600-Denier 100% poly TPU laminate body with 600-Denier 100% poly TPU laminate bottom layer 1000-Denier nylon tarpaulin laminate 900-Denier 100% postconsumer recycled polyester ripstop with TPU-film laminate 900-Denier TPU diamond ripstop with additional bottom layer of 630-Denier nylon 1000-Denier phthalate-free TPE laminate body with additonal bottom layer of 840-Denier Jr. ballistics nylon
# of pockets (excludes main compartment) 4 1 3 3 2
Backpack Straps Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
D or I opening D D D D D

Our Analysis and Test Results

The Marmot Long Hauler is a top-notch duffel bag with a well-rounded design. It is one of the more durable models out there without being too heavy, and sports a majority of the storage features and carrying options that most users are seeking. While it doesn't have the most comfortable shoulder straps or the best weather resistance, it performs well across the board with no significant weaknesses. Most folks would be quite happy with this model for expedition use, more general travel, or simply going to the gym.

Performance Comparison


The Long Hauler duffel is one of the few models that can comfortably...
The Long Hauler duffel is one of the few models that can comfortably convert from a backpack carry system to a single shoulder carry method.
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Ease of Transport


The Long Hauler has all of the carrying features you'd expect from a high-end duffel to make transporting your gear as easy as possible. It has two main adjustable shoulder straps that can be carried backpack-style, over one shoulder or briefcase-style. The padding is noticeably thinner than on most other high-end models, though, which reduces the carrying comfort when the bag is fully loaded.

The adjustable straps allow for multiple carrying methods, including...
The adjustable straps allow for multiple carrying methods, including a backpack-style carry. The straps are a bit thinner and softer than other models, reducing comfort when the bag is fully loaded.
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Unique to this model, the shoulder straps have a wide range of adjustability at both ends, allowing you to lengthen them enough such that the padding stays centered along the straps even when fully extended, allowing a comfortable over-the-shoulder sling-style carry. Most other model's shoulder straps are only adjustable at one end, which prevents the padding from being centered along the fully-lengthened straps, leaving an imbalanced and uncomfortable shoulder sling type of carrying.

The pivoting attachment buckles make the straps very easy to adjust...
The pivoting attachment buckles make the straps very easy to adjust or remove.
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You can also shorten the shoulder straps quite a bit to optimize a traditional briefcase-style carrying method. They each have a notched handle and are connected with a velcro clasp for this carrying method, resulting in more comfort and less fatigue for your hand.

Each strap has a notched carrying handle for a convenient...
Each strap has a notched carrying handle for a convenient briefcase-style carry option.
Photo: Nick Bruckbauer

You'll also find a grab handle on all four sides of the Long Hauler. While these are a useful feature and are similarly found on most high-end duffels, they are unpadded and are thinner than what is on most other models. They are still helpful for grabbing the bag off of a baggage claim or a luggage cart, but they are noticeably less comfortable than most others. Besides the grab handles, several stitched loops allow you to strap the bag down to jeep roofs, sleds, llamas, or anywhere else you might need.

The grab handles on each end are thinner than what is found on most...
The grab handles on each end are thinner than what is found on most other models.
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Storage and Ease of Packing


The Long Hauler features a large D-shaped zippered opening that reveals the massive main storage compartment. We tested the 105-liter version (size XL), and this model is also available in 35-liter (size S), 50-liter (size M), 75-liter (size L), and 125-liter (Expedition) volumes. The material is a nice balance between soft and rigid, allowing the bag to keep its shape while packing without being too difficult to manipulate. A pair of compression straps inside the main compartment help secure and compress the bag's contents.

Larger D-shaped zippers provide the best access to the internal...
Larger D-shaped zippers provide the best access to the internal storage compartments.
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The Long Hauler also features two large internal zippered pockets and two large external pockets. All of the pockets are easily accessible and very convenient for keeping smaller pieces of gear organized, or separating wet or dirty contents. One of the external pockets also has an additional smaller zippered pocket inside with a convenient keychain clip.

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Finally, a pair of compression straps on each side of the bag further help secure the load or minimize that pack volume if things are less than fully loaded. The buckles that house these straps have unique removable clips that allow them to be removed or adjusted. One side on the duffel has an extra set of clip loops on the top lid, allowing you to secure the bag further and protect the main zipper from the elements.

A pair of compression straps on each side help secure the load and...
A pair of compression straps on each side help secure the load and can be attached to either the top lid or the main body.
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Durability


The Long Hauler is constructed from a 600-denier TPE (Thermoplastic Elastomer) laminate body material with a 600-denier pebbled laminate on the sides and the bottom. These materials are plenty durable for general travel and even rugged expeditions but fall short of the 900 and 1000-denier materials found on our top-ranked duffels. Many other models also have additional padding or reinforcement layers along the bottom for superior protection.

The Long Hauler's construction quality and fit and finish are excellent. It looks and feels like a high-end product. The stitching, seams, zippers, and hardware are all of a similar high quality as the other top contenders on our lineup. Marmot also warrants their products to be free from manufacturing defects.

The materials and construction quality of the Long Hauler are...
The materials and construction quality of the Long Hauler are top-notch.
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Weight


The Long Hauler checks in at 3.8 pounds for the 105-liter (size XL) model and is one of the lighter full-sized expedition duffel bags in our lineup. This model provides a nice balance of durability and extensive features with a reasonably lightweight. Most similar models are either heavier, lack the extra storage pockets, or are less durable.

Weather Resistance


Compared to the vast majority of duffel bags on the market, the Long Hauler is exceptionally water-resistant. Still, it falls short of other top models in our lineup in both our side-by-side garden hose testing and out in the field. While the TPE laminate material is virtually waterproof, the number of seams and zippers leave vulnerable spots where water can eventually penetrate. A tradeoff with the convenient external zippered pockets is that the zippers are not watertight, and the contents could subsequently get wet. We'd still take this duffel on a rugged expedition in a heartbeat, but if extremely wet conditions are in store for you and your duffel, other choices will prove more weather resistant.

A rain flap extending from the top lid helps protect the zipper from...
A rain flap extending from the top lid helps protect the zipper from the elements.
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Value


The Long Hauler is comparable in price to other models of a similar size and doesn't give up much in the way of performance. While it isn't as water-resistant or durable as others in our fleet, it's pretty dang close, and includes storage pockets and carrying options that most others don't. If the design and features meet your needs, it would be a solid value.

Conclusion


The Marmot Long Hauler is a versatile and high-quality duffel bag, plenty burly enough for rugged expeditions but user-friendly enough for general travel. It includes a wide range of storage pockets and versatile carrying systems and balances a reasonable weight and reasonable price.

Nick Bruckbauer