Ortlieb Waterproof Duffel 85L

May 20, 2013
Outside Magazine
Timbuk2 Conveyor Wheeled Duffel Ortlieb Waterproof Duffel 85L Briggs and Riley BRX Exchange R

Timbuk2 Conveyor Wheeled Duffel, Ortlieb Waterproof Duffel 85L, Briggs and Riley BRX Exchange Rolling Backpack    Photo: Inga Hendrickson

BEST FOR: Adventures near water.

THE TEST: With a thick hide and truly waterproof zippers, this 85-liter duffel is the real, you-can-submerge-it deal. During a fishing trip out of Gloucester, our tester was almost disappointed when Atlantic chop failed to infiltrate the bag. So he left it at the bottom of a river for an hour—and still had dry shirts. We also liked the loading feature, in which you hook the zipper end to clips to hold the bag open like “a big, bottomless blue cave.” For longer humps, the backpack straps carry surprisingly well. And there are lash points for affixing it to a truck, raft, or other conveyance.

THE VERDICT: “Who needs a rocket box when you can just lash the Ortlieb to your roof?” asked one tester. 3 lbs.