I've been asked for a duffel for some time now but I don't like rushing into designing something without putting thorough thought into it. I never want to make something just "because". I genuinely only make things that I use. My ball caps, packs, pouches, vaults and patches (even the silly ones). I always knew a duffel was inevitable since I always travel with one.
I've helped develop a few for other people over the years but they were never truly my designs. Some of my DNA are on those bags but not quite full GWA. I've been sketching things over the years putting my ideas on what my needs are (just like the Citadel).
One major design change over such bags as TNF Base Duffel is the strap orientation. You carry enough weight far enough from your body and its cumbersome. Always bumping into your legs and causing carry fatigue.
I've always seen duffels as mass load carriage whereas your pack is more micro organization. You should pack out your duffels to the point where your load shouldn't shift around regardless of what orientation the bag is; vertical, sideways, etc.
The BRONSON features multiple ways to carry / transport; briefcase carry, single shoulder strap carry, backpack straps covering main compartment, backpack straps covering rear of bag, single backpack strap diagonal cross body carry, double backpack strap combined to carry the bag "pizza carry style" and through your luggage handle. Bag includes both single shoulder strap and backpack straps. When not in use toss the extra straps in the bag (the weigh almost nothing).
When using the bags single shoulder strap, the two anchor points are offset, this is on purpose and intended so the bag doesn't wobble. The pad on the shoulder strap also feature a non-slip design. You spent enough time at airports and you'll notice pads are always off shoulder and or upside down on people. This pad stays put once adjusted.
The BRONSON features 3 zip compartments, 2 external on each end and 1 internal mesh with pleat. When traveling it's key to have an accessible zip compartment for documents such as boarding passes, passports, wallet, phone, etc. This feature goes nicely when the bag is sitting upright through a luggage handle.
Although I see duffels more as mass load carriage the BRONSON interior is lined with loop for Go Pouches. Compatible with all sizes, Small, Wide, Tall and Large. Fits a wide assortment of other hook backed pouches as well. The large flat singular mesh zip compartment is pleated and expands when needed.
-Carry-on compliant size
-External patch loop field
-Includes removable padded adjustable shoulder strap
-Shoulder strap features "stay-put" anti-slip pad
-Shoulder strap offset anchor points prevent "bag wobble"
-Includes removable padded backpack straps
-Backpack straps adaptable to either front or rear of duffel via repair buckles
-Compatible w/ most hard luggage handles via unique pass-through
-Loop lined walls to use with GWA Go Pouches or other hook backed accessories
-1000 Denier INVISTA CORDURA® nylon (body)
-Premium durable interior pocket mesh
-420 Denier pack cloth (liner)
-#8 YKK zippers coil & sliders, reverse type
-Mil-T-5038 binding tape
-Premium closed cell foam (more heat & water resistant)
-Milspec Acetal hardware, buckles, sliders, d-rings
-Reinforced stitching using nylon bonded thread
-2.8lbs (Empty w/ shoulder strap and backpack straps)
-22" Length x 14" Width x 9" Depth (Overall)
-Roughly 45 liters
-Concepted / Designed / Manufactured in the USA