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DUFFEL
Eagle Creek Take 2 ORV Trunk 28

A week’s worth of gear, food, travel clothes, camera equipment, and other supplies stuffed into a heavy duffel can easily exceed 50 pounds, the weight limit for a single piece of baggage at most airlines. But that doesn’t mean you need to schlep two bags around to avoid getting dinged with overweight baggage charges. The Take 2′s twin main compartments instantly zip apart to create two separate bags. Bingo! You’re under the weight limit. At your destination, zip them together for one-wheelie convenience. In other respects the Take 2 is a standard duffel, with a divider for dirt-laden boots and tough, foam-backed Cordura fabric. "I’ve never been a wheelie bag guy," said one editor, "but now I’m a convert. On a recent gear-intensive sea-kayaking and backpacking trip to Channel Island National Park, I got from the airport to the trails and back with smooth-rolling ease." Its rugged wheels survived a fully-loaded pounding down two flights of stone steps. Bummer: At 12 pounds, the rig is already a little heavy, which will haunt you if your airline is one of the few that now allows only one bag. $320; 6,050 cubic inches. (800) 874-1048; eaglecreek.com.

Backcountry.com Merino Base Layer | Handsanz Germ Gel | Lowepro Camera Case | Lafuma Daypack | Sanuk Camp Shoes | Sherpa Adventure Rain Shell | Shockles Tie-Down Straps | Eagle Creek Duffel

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