Gear Review: The Patagonia Guidewater Duffel

Patagonia recently announced their new Guidewater line of packs and bags. A few weeks ago, we reviewed the Guidewater Backpack and truly could not have been more impressed. With travel as a core focus of The Venturing Angler, it has been important that we offer reviews of many of the bags, packs, and duffels out there. And with that, we were very eager to review the new Patagonia Guidewater Duffel.

We don’t take reviews of packs lightly. Fly rods can be made up of a variety of different components and appeal to anglers (or not) for a variety of reasons. And while some user preference is a factor with bags, when it comes to travel, every feature and detail can have a big impact on a trip. Ever have a bag really slow you down or bring shoulder or back aches? Did you need more waterproof when your back was not entirely waterproof? These things made a big difference — especially when traveling long distances.

A longtime favorite for many of us is the Patagonia Black Hole Duffel line. These duffels are largely waterproof and can be worn as a duffel with a strap or a backpack. What many do not realize is that while these duffels are pretty tough and can handle a lot of weather and abuse, they are not entirely waterproof, as the zippers and bottom material can bring in moisture. Overall, for many, this doesn’t really matter. However, if you are like us and throw waterproof packs and bags in the back of trucks and drive thousands of miles a year, you know that you want your goods fully protected from rain and snow.

If you’re looking for the ultimate tough, waterproof duffel, the Patagonia Guidewater Duffel might be just what you’re looking for. This duffel is fully sealed, fully waterproof, and is even 100% submersible. From the zipper to the straps, the Patagonia Guidewater Duffel is designed to take on the toughest of conditions. (Note: Having straps that don’t absorb water is an important feature. Who wants to wear a backpack that has wet straps?!) This is now a go-to for those long distance drives or when traveling to the other side of the world by plane and wanting to make sure your gear has the best protection.

A few additional features that stood out:

  1. Numerous lash points for gripping, tie-downs, and attachments
  2. A strap for holding a rod tube
  3. The backpack straps can be cinched down so that they don’t catch on things in transport when flying.
  4. Several handles give options for gripping and carrying.
  5. A large zipper opening allows you to really dig in when you need to.
  6. There’s an internal pocket so you can have smaller essentials more accessible.

The Patagonia Guidewater Duffel comes in Ink Black and Pigeon Blue and costs $399.

To learn more about the Patagonia Guidewater Duffel, please click here.

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