Your love for wanderlust shouldn't be restricted by your gear. Keep your travel vows tried and true with the Burton Backhill Duffel Bag. The ultimate globe-trotting companion, this bag has a knack for breaking down barriers and exceeding expectations. Boasting a 70L capacity, durable high-denier fabric, and water-resistant zippers, it'll keep your cherished goodies safe and sound.
Complete with a large, main compartment, internal mesh organizer, zippered external shoe pocket, and zippered external pocket, the pack is ready for the unpredictable. Outfitted with two hideaway backpack straps, removable shoulder strap and two side haul handles, this piece is the ultimate Gemini of bags.
- Large main compartment
- Internal mesh organizer
- Zippered external shoe or laundry pocket with venting
- Zippered External accessory pocket with venting
- Water-resistant zippers
- Hideaway backpack straps on bottom panel
- Removable shoulder strap
- Two side haul handles
- Q & A
Larger sizes not ideal for longer travel
- Familiarity: I returned this product before using it
Let me start off by saying I wanted to love this bag. I really, really did. While I'm sure Burton has other great luggage options, this definitely fell short. I got this bag for a trip to Europe, which I will be visiting 6 different countries in a 2 week time span. It's not necessarily a rugged, backpacking trip, but need something that is portable for all types of transportation, and has the option of a duffel or backpack for quick grab-n-go scenarios.
* *NOTE: To my understanding, this version that is currently pictures on this page has replaced a previous "duffel-pack" model that came before it, which is what I was really interested in. I watched multiple video reviews of the previous version and it is nothing like this one. There were no video reviews of this current version.**
The only 2 good things this bag has going for it:
1) Sharp style
2) Meaty zippers.
Yep. That's about it. Now, for the bad things:
1) It doesn't seem to have as many storage options/pockets as the previous version.
2) The material feels very thin and not what I expected. It almost feels like a semi-stiff raincoat and a windbreaker had a baby that still wouldn't withstand water. There's absolutely no structure to the material, so when it is carried using the duffel strap, it collapses in the middle. I even tried to completely pack mine with clothes and it still collapsed. I know this model comes in one other material optionl, but if you keep reading, I still wouldn't get it.
3) There's not even the slightest tiny bit of padding on any of the straps - not the duffel strap, not the backpack straps, or even the handles located on the ends of the bag. Hell, there's no padding *anywhere* on this bag. Not even on the bottom. Perhaps for their smaller bags and a shorter weekend trip this wouldn't be a problem, but it definitely was a deal breaker for me. Definitely doesn't seem ideal for it's size, especially if you're going to be hauling this thing around airports, stations, and all over a city.
4) I was disappointed to see the D-rings where the straps hook in are a cheap-feeling plastic. Again, doesn't seem practical for a larger bag that would ideally carry more weight.
5) There are no compression straps to minimize the bulk of the bag when packed.
6) Where the backpack straps are located is probably the worst design aspect of the entire bag. Honestly, probably the worst design aspect of any bag this size. Ever. They're tucked away in the flap of the main compartment. Any amount of weight in the bag causes it to angle backwards from the top (away from your body) regardless of how tight the straps are. Needless to say, this made it extremely awkward to carry this way. Not to mention, there's no place to tuck away or store the shorter handles that velcro together, so they either dangle/bounce off to the sides of the bag as you walk, or you secure it with the leather velcro clasp and it sits digging in to the middle of your back. There's a reason why there isn't a picture of someone demonstrating this option, because it's absolutely terrible. Probably the reason there's only one picture of it to begin with. In fact, I literally just took my 2 star rating down to a 1.
This bag isn't good for anything other than maybe a trip to the gym. In the end, I returned this bag the day it was delivered. I've ordered the Thule Chasm 70L to see if I have better luck with that. All in all, Burton needs to take this one back to the drawing board. Save yourself the hassle and steer clear of this one, folks.
Super Solid Duffel
- Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
I took this duffel on a 9-day European adventure. It rocked it. The duffel was big enough to fit all of the adventure gear in it while also still qualifying as a "carry-on" on an international flight.
I love the side compartment for shoes, it was awesome to keep the dirt and stink all in one place and not on any of my other gear. The other side compartment was amazing for holding entertainment (coloring book, pencils, pens, Sudoku, magazines, a book, headphones, chargers, and snacks).
The straps to make it into a backpack could be padded, that would take this from 4 stars to 5. But still its super convenient to be able wear it or haul it around.
The biggest compartment is perfect, not to big or small.
Lastly, its a fun color and pattern. I got lots of compliments on it and I ended up checking it on the way home since i brought these back and it was beyond easy to find it in a sea of boring luggage.
Perfect size and right price point!