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Deuter Transit 50, When Duffels Will Not Do

As adventure travelers, we place high demands on our luggage. Our bags have to be durable, convenient, and useful in rugged travel settings. Wheeled luggage is simply out. Good luck rolling your suitcase down the cobbled or muddy avenues of some remote village in South America. Duffels are a simple solution, but should you need to carry one more than a few yards at a time you’ll quickly wish you had something else. That something else could be a Deuter Transit 50, a pack designed from the ground up to facilitate the most adventuresome travels.


Deuter is one of the fastest growing brands in the outdoor industry, and for good reason. Best known for backcountry backpacks, their travel and trekking packs are a perfect fusion of travel bag conveniences paired with backcountry inspired suspensions. The Transit 50 really is a very comfortable pack to carry, even with the heaviest of loads. The well padded shoulder straps are mated to an adjustable suspension system anchored to two full length metal stays. No more schlumping over at the waist to balance the awkward load of your duffel, the Transit 50 shoulders with minimal effort, even for a full day’s portage. When not employed as a backpack, simply zip the protective panel over the waist belt and shoulder straps and the Transit 50 takes on the roll of a standard piece of travel luggage, complete with single shoulder strap. It’s a clean and tidy package capable of being checked on an airplane without fear of straps getting snagged and damaged while running the gauntlet of conveyers and handlers.

The utility of the Transit 50 is augmented with the addition of a detachable day pack. If your travels require you to check a bag on an airplane, you can use the daypack as your carry-on piece. Once back on the ground, zip the daypack onto the main bag for easy hands-free carry. Pockets in all the right places help keep your kit organized and reinforced materials ensure nothing will fail mid journey. It’s a well designed system as we would expect of Deuter. $179  


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Christophe Noel is a journalist from Prescott, Arizona. Born into a family of backcountry enthusiasts, Christophe grew up backpacking the mountains and deserts of the American West. An avid cyclist and bikepacker, he also has a passion for motorcycles, travel, food and overlanding.