The Lifeventure Expedition Duffel 120 is a wheeled duffel that’s new for 2012, although 70 litre and 100 litre non-wheeled versions are already established on the market.
The wheels are treaded and rugged enough to deal with more than just smooth airport flooring, while the base is reinforced to prevent damage to the underside while it is in motion. There are three carry harnesses on offer, comprising a bag-length shoulder strap, a handle for pulling the wheeled base, and two mid-handles with a clasp.
Storing the bag is surprisingly easy too, as all the bulk of the material can be rolled around the wheel base, making it compact enough to fit under your arm. At 120 litres it’s the largest bag here, but as it lacks a rigid structure it’s also one of easiest to compress, while also remaining reassuringly robust thanks to a 1280 denier (very tough and tightly woven) fibre construction. The downside of this is that the bag lacks rigidity when less than full. This is mainly due to the single cavernous compartment that offers simplicity of use, but no alternative spaces for smaller items or dirty kit. There are, however, adjustable buckles on the bottom of the bag that allow you to reduce the space within if needed. At just over 2kg it’s the middleweight of our test, although the wheels more or less negate this as a concern.
The Lifeventure Expedition Duffel 120 is an excellent, spacious bag to use on long-haul travel as it’s the best suited to storing and transporting bulky items. Its competitive price adds to the attraction.
Material 1280 denier fabric
Capacity 120 litres
The Lifeventure Expedition Duffel 120 is the best wheeled bag we looked at.
Review by Dan Aspel
First published in Trail magazine April 2012