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Osprey Ultralight Stuff Duffel Review

An affordable, ultralight duffel bag that provides great value for its cost
Osprey Ultralight Stuff Duffel
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Price:  $40 List | $39.95 at Amazon
Pros:  Ultralight, padded shoulder strap, stuffs into small pouch, inexpensive
Cons:  Only has one strap, lacks structure for easy packing, low weather resistance
Manufacturer:   Osprey
By Miya Tsudome ⋅ Review Editor  ⋅  May 26, 2021
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  • Ease of Transport - 25% 6
  • Storage and Ease of Packing - 25% 4
  • Durability - 20% 4
  • Weight - 15% 9
  • Weather Resistance - 15% 5

Our Verdict

The Osprey Ultralight Stuff Duffel is a durable, ultralight accessory bag great for travel or everyday use, is made with high-quality materials, comes with a padded shoulder strap, and packs down into its own tiny storage pouch to boot. This is an excellent choice for the traveler who wants a little extra assurance of durability from the 40-Denier ripstop nylon, which can surely withstand being tossed into overhead compartments or handle your climbing gear on the way to the gym. While not our top choice for durability or weather resistance, this bag is a great accessory to a larger duffel, or to be used on its own for errands or trips to the gym.

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Pros Ultralight, padded shoulder strap, stuffs into small pouch, inexpensiveDurable and weather resistant, comfortable carry options, convenient storage designLightweight, affordable, packs into own pocketIncredibly light and packable, decent weather protection and durability for the weightLightweight, affordable, stows into a small pouch, has traditional grab handles and a shoulder strap
Cons Only has one strap, lacks structure for easy packing, low weather resistanceShoulder straps are somewhat difficult to removeLimited durability and weather resistance, no backpack strapsNo additional storage pockets, only one carrying optionLacks durable qualities, not weather-resistant, no stand-out features
Bottom Line An affordable, ultralight duffel bag that provides great value for its costA fully-featured duffel with a sleek and durable design that's ready to tackle your next adventureA light, packable, high-volume duffel with an affordable price tagA simple, ultralight duffel that packs down to the size of a tennis ballA basic, affordable, and lightweight travel duffel to take to the gym or use as an extra carry-on
Rating Categories Osprey Ultralight S... Gregory Alpaca REI Co-op Roadtripper Sea to Summit Ultra... REI Stuff Travel Du...
Ease Of Transport (25%)
6.0
8.0
4.0
5.0
5.0
Storage And Ease Of Packing (25%)
4.0
8.0
5.0
4.0
4.0
Durability (20%)
4.0
8.0
6.0
3.0
3.0
Weight (15%)
9.0
5.0
9.0
10.0
9.0
Weather Resistance (15%)
5.0
9.0
6.0
7.0
3.0
Specs Osprey Ultralight S... Gregory Alpaca REI Co-op Roadtripper Sea to Summit Ultra... REI Stuff Travel Du...
Weight (Pounds) 0.4 lbs (30L one size) 3.8 lbs (90L model) 1.6 lbs (100L model) 0.2 lbs (40L one size) 0.4 lbs (30L one size)
Volume Size Options (Liters) 30 Liters (one size) 30, 45, 60, 90, 120 Liters 40, 60, 100, 140 Liters 40 Liters (one size) 30 Liters (one size)
Material 40-Denier nylon ripstop 900-Denier TPU diamond ripstop with additional bottom layer of 630-Denier nylon 610-Denier coated Cordura polyester 30-Denier ultra-sil nylon Ripstop nylon
# of pockets (excludes main compartment) 1 3 1 0 1
Backpack Straps No Yes No No No
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Our Analysis and Test Results

The Osprey Ultralight Stuff Duffel goes a step beyond being a simple accessory bag, with its high-quality construction, lightweight 40-Denier ripstop nylon fabric, and comfortable padded shoulder strap. It packs down into a pouch so small, it would be silly not to bring it along on an extended trip just in case you needed extra room for things on the way back. This is definitely a great choice for an ultralight bag that can withstand more abuse than your average lightweight duffel and has many features we appreciate.

Performance Comparison


The Osprey Ultralight Stuff Duffel makes an excellent, lightweight...
The Osprey Ultralight Stuff Duffel makes an excellent, lightweight bag for whatever you may need.
Photo: Miya Tsudome

Ease of Transport


This duffel bag improves upon most ultralight models with its padded shoulder strap. Though a 30-liter bag isn't intended to carry too much weight for a regular strap to feel uncomfortable, we are all too familiar with the feeling of a piece of nylon webbing digging into our shoulder while we navigate the lines through the airport, and wonder why our gate is always the furthest one away…

This duffel only has one strap, but it is very comfortable to carry.
This duffel only has one strap, but it is very comfortable to carry.
Photo: Miya Tsudome

The strap length is also adjustable, so you can customize it to be the most comfortable to carry for your body. This strap is the only one on the entire bag, however, with no grab handles or daisy chains for lashing or different methods of carrying. However, this is understandable for such a lightweight bag, and we appreciate that its shoulder strap goes above and beyond with its comfortable padding.

The padded handle on the shoulder strap is much appreciated for...
The padded handle on the shoulder strap is much appreciated for heavier loads.
Photo: Miya Tsudome

Storage and Ease of Packing


This 30-liter bag has a spacious interior and flexible nylon fabric, allowing you to stuff it quite full if you so chose. Our testers could fit three pairs of pants, four shirts, a sweater, and a light jacket with room to spare. Because of its ability to stuff into its own storage pouch, this bag lacks any structure that would make packing easier. It only starts to take shape once you put items inside and is not the best choice if you want your clothes to stay put and wrinkle-free. You'll also want to avoid putting sharp or heavy objects inside, as it has the potential to be uncomfortable against your body when you are carrying it over your shoulder.

You must "stuff" your clothes into this duffel bag as its soft...
You must "stuff" your clothes into this duffel bag as its soft fabric does not stand up on its own.
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Durability


While constructed with only a thin layer of nylon, which allows it to pack down small, the fabric on this duffel is sturdy 40-Denier nylon ripstop, which is tough, tear-resistant, and adequately water-resistant material for a simple bag. There are ultralight duffels on the market with even higher denier fabric, and the 40-Denier fabric doesn't even come close to the 1000-Denier material of high-end duffel bags, but for such a lightweight and inexpensive bag, the materials are perfectly adequate for everyday use and abuse. The bottom of the bag is a 100-Denier x 70-Denier nylon ripstop which makes this bag rugged enough to be tossed around a fair amount and is an impressive strength component for this small, unassuming duffel.

The 40-Denier fabric is not the toughest out there, but is plenty...
The 40-Denier fabric is not the toughest out there, but is plenty durable for this lightweight, everyday bag.
Photo: Miya Tsudome

Although the 40-Denier ripstop nylon is a strong fabric, there is only a single layer of it with no protective coating on this bag, and we would not recommend bushwhacking with it over our shoulder, or subjecting it to sharp rocks or objects as it can only withstand a certain amount of abuse.

Weight


This ultralight duffel bag isn't the lightest duffel we've seen on the market, but it comes pretty close with its mere 0.4 pounds weight. Because it has some extra features like a padded shoulder strap and some extra pockets, it sacrifices some of the weight benefits that a true ultralight bag can provide. But our testers appreciated these extra features and were happy to trade a few extra ounces for these comfort and organizational benefits.

The Osprey Ultralight Stuff Duffel packs is a fraction of the size...
The Osprey Ultralight Stuff Duffel packs is a fraction of the size of a 32 oz Nalgene.
Photo: Miya Tsudome

Weather Resistance


While the Osprey design will keep its contents dry in the lightest of rain, this bag is not at all fully waterproof. Its thin, single layer of 40-Denier nylon fabric will repel water droplets to an extent but is vulnerable at the seams which are not taped for water protection, and at the main zipper which is fully exposed on the top of the bag. We would not be worried about the contents of the bag getting soaked on the way to the gym or from the parking lot to the airport, but a lightweight bag like this is not made to be fully submerged in water or subjected to long stretches of inclement weather as its strength lies in its weight and size, not as a top-of-the-line, weather-resistant duffel bag.

The 40D fabric does a suprisingly decent job at repelling water...
The 40D fabric does a suprisingly decent job at repelling water. This bag was not made to be waterproof, however, and should not be submerged or subjected to heavy rain.
Photo: Miya Tsudome

Value


Ultralight products typically come at a high cost. Though simple, they must use high-quality materials to stay light and be truly functional. The Osprey Ultralight Stuff Duffel surprised our testers with its moderate price tag, and its helpful features like its stowability, pockets, and comfortable strap, make it well worth its nominal cost. We believe this bag is a great value for being an ultralight product.

Conclusion


For the traveler who wants to pack an extra bag for travel, or the gym-goer who wants something light and durable for their clothes, shoes, and water bottle, look no further than the Osprey Ultralight Stuff Duffel, which will disappear into your luggage until you need it, and be a long-lasting accessory for whatever you might need.

This duffel can fit a lot for its small size, is comfortable to...
This duffel can fit a lot for its small size, is comfortable to carry, and lightweight to boot making it a great value.
Photo: Miya Tsudome

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