The Marmot Long Hauler has all the features most folks are looking for in a burly duffel bag, making it ideal for expeditions or exotic travel - all at a budget-friendly price! It is one of the burliest duffel bags on the market, though it still wasn't quite as durable as some of the other contenders. The Long Hauler does have some of our review staff's favorite overall pocket designs, as well as some of the best features for helping you stay organized. The Long Hauler is an awesome duffel bag for general-purpose travel or expedition use.
Marmot Long Hauler Review
Cons: Not quite as weather resistant as other models, not as durable as other contenders
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Marmot Long Hauler
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|Pros||Good pockets for organization and access, lightweight, comfortable to carry as a briefcase||Rugged, stiff and wide opening, variety of carry options||Easy to pack, comfortable shoulder straps, excellent pockets, super durable||Excellent shoulder straps, thick waterproof coating||Highly weather resistant, easy to pack, comfortable shoulder straps|
|Cons||Not quite as weather resistant as other models, not as durable as other contenders||Only one smaller pocket, heavy||Not super light, fabric is a little stiff||Relatively thin fabric, extra unnecessary features||Externally accessed pocket is on the smaller side, shoulder straps take a little more work to remove|
|Bottom Line||A top-notch model that is slightly less expensive than others, without giving up much in the way of features, pockets, carrying options or overall durability.||The best darn duffel bag for all kinds of adventuresome travel.||While it faces stiffer competition than it used to, it remains the duffel that all others are compared against.||Carries on your back better than any other duffel we’ve assessed and is a top contender.||From its streamline design to its top notch weather resistance and multitude of lashing options, this is a solid duffel.|
|Rating Categories||Marmot Long Hauler||Sea to Summit 90L||The North Face Base Camp||Osprey Transporter 130||Gregory Alpaca|
|Ease Of Transport (22%)|
|Ease Of Packing (22%)|
|Weather Resistance (10%)|
|Specs||Marmot Long Hauler||Sea to Summit 90L||The North Face...||Osprey Transporter...||Gregory Alpaca|
|Weight (Pounds)||3.5 pounds (105 liter model)||4.30 pounds (90 liter model)||4.20 pounds (95 liter model)||3.44 pounds||3.72 pounds|
|Volume Size Options (Liters)||38, 50, 75, 105 Liters||45, 65, 90, 130 Liters||33, 50, 69, 95, 150 Liters||40, 65, 95, 130 Liters||30, 45, 60, 90, 120 Liters|
|D or I opening||D||D||D||D||D|
|Back Pack Straps||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|# of pockets (excludes main compartment)||4||1||3||3||2|
|Material||1000d TPE Laminate (Phthalate-Free) 100% Polyester with 1680d 100% Nylon Ballistics reinforcement material on end and bottom||Tarpaulin Laminate 1000D nylon||1000D phthalate-free TPE laminate body with additonal 840-denier Jr. ballistics nylon on the bottom||840D Nylon TPU Double Coated||900D TPU diamond rip-stop material with additional layer of 630D nylon on the bottom|
Our Analysis and Test Results
The Marmot Long Hauler is a top-notch duffel at a reasonable price. It is easily one of the more durable models out there and sports a majority of the features that most users are looking for. While it didn't have the most comfortable shoulder straps or the best weather resistance, it did perform well across the board; most folks would be quite happy with this model for expedition use, more traditional travel, or just going to the gym.
Ease of Transport
The Long Hauler has all the features you'd expect from a high-end duffel to make transporting your gear as easy as possible. This duffel has two shoulder straps for carrying like a backpack, which also quickly and easily adjust at both ends so you can shorten them, which makes toting this model like a briefcase relatively simple. The shoulder straps even have a deep notch for carrying briefcase style, resulting in more comfort and less fatigue on your hand.
You'll also find grab loops on all four sides; at first, this didn't seem like a useful feature, but over time, our testers greatly appreciated them out in the real world. All of our review staff commented what an excellent addition they were, whether lifting their bags out of the luggage carousel, or off a bus' luggage cart, or just pulling it out of a pile of bags.
The Long Hauler also sports two sets of vertical daisy chains on each side to help facilitate strapping it to jeep roofs, sleds, llamas, or anywhere else you might need. The Long Hauler's design is adequate, and we would readily (and have, in fact) take this bag on trips where we knew we'd have to strap it down; we'd likely just incorporate some of the grab handles during the strap down process to ensure it stays attached.
We also like the compression straps on either side of this model and felt like, when utilized, it kept our gear from sloshing around. The compression straps made the bag easier to handle, and it was far more comfortable when carrying like a backpack.
Ease of Packing
The Long Hauler features a large "D" shaped opening that is easy to pack. The material is slightly softer than other models, which our review team found helped to facilitate packing more bulky, oddly shaped items. It didn't "stand up" as well when unloaded, which makes packing smaller items trickier.
The Long Hauler's pockets are above average. Besides its sizeable primary compartment, this award winner sports two internal pockets inside the central "D"-shaped opening and two more pockets that can be accessed externally on one end (one inside the other).
We appreciated this layout for staying organized. We used the mesh pocket underneath the lid for easy-to-lose items, and the longer internal zippered pocket was ideal for keeping dirty clothes or shoes separate or only just for additional organization.
Once off the plane, after gaining access to our luggage, we found ourselves utilizing the end pockets extensively. Our testers loved the large pocket, with internal mesh pocket (that comes complete with key clip), for any items that we wanted easy access to.
One of the lighter expedition duffel bags currently available, this model checks in at 3 lbs 8 oz for the extra large/105-liter model.
This model is undoubtedly durable. It's easily one of the toughest options in our review and currently available on the market. But, its performance is still bested by the Editors Choice winners.
The Long Hauler uses a 1000D TPE Polyester Laminate with 680d 100% Nylon Ballistics reinforcement material on both the end and bottom; this is where looking at construction style and not just the numbers become essential (when compared to other models). For example, another bag in the test uses a 900D TPU diamond rip-stop material throughout the bag, with an additional layer of 630D nylon on the bottom. Note that this is in addition to the layer of TPE, as opposed to the Long Hauler, where its either the 1000D TPE or 680d 100% Nylon. Don't get us wrong, this bag is BURLY; but it's not quite as robust as the models that add rugged fabrics together for reinforcement.
Weather resistance is the metric in which the Long Hauler could improve the most. When compared to the vast majority of models on the market, it's extremely water resistant. However, in our side-by-side testing, both in the field and with our garden hose test, its performance did not compare to other models.
We'd still easily take this duffel on an expedition in a heartbeat, but if mega moist conditions are in store for you and your duffel, other choices will prove more weather resistant. Why? Mainly due to the 680d Nylon Ballistics material on the sides and bottom of the bag. It is pretty water-resistant (and durable), but not as weather-resistant as the 1000D TPE Laminate Polyester that the rest of the duffel is constructed with.
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.
The Marmot Long Hauler is plenty burly enough for expedition or exotic travel-type uses. One of the primary reasons that folks might go with this model over others is the more subtle fabric, which is less stiff and easier to pack. It also features a top-notch user-friendly pocket design, which gave us plenty of places to keep small items, minimizing the chance they'd get lost. The different compartments helped us stay organized and were a major bonus.
— Jediah Porter & Ian Nicholson