Although the Vango Cargo 65 is the most affordable duffel in the line-up it’s not short of features. Its simple design comes with two solid grab handles at each end, two mid handles with a clasp and – most inventively – two stowable shoulder straps that allow you to carry the bag in the style of a rucksack. It’s nowhere near as advanced as the system on the Lowe Alpine bag, but it’s enough to make carrying it on your back a viable option when needed. When zipped up in the end compartment the straps are completely hidden and uncluttered, but are quick and easy to attach via a pair of sprung clips. The space inside is a simple and clean 65 litres, with two fabric pouches at each end and a netted pouch on the underside of the main zip-up panel. The fabric covering this panel also overhangs the zip slightly, partly shielding it from rain and abrasion. The PVC construction, with heavy-duty polyester base, should help repel water and damage from rocks or luggage racks. The PVC construction with heavy-duty polyester base should also repel low levels of rain too. The only sign that this is a low-priced bag is the basic stitching, which may not prove as durable as on the tougher fabric bags such as The North Face’s effort. Both bags weigh in at around a kilo and a half, with the Vango a mere 100g lighter.
It’s a small touch, but there’s also an ID sleeve on the top of the Cargo 65, making your bag easy to identify if the red clay colouring isn’t enough of a clue at first glance.
Priced at £38, the Vango Cargo 65 the definition of an affordable duffel, and it should do very well in most situations.
Material reinforced PVC / polyester
Capacity 65 litres
The Vango Cargo 65 is the best budget duffel we looked at.
Review by Dan Aspel
First published in Trail magazine April 2012