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Field Tested: Warn Epic Bags

Photography by Scott Brady

 

Warn has been adding to its vast array of products over the past 72 years. Though best known for manual and automatic hubs, winches, and mounting systems, Warn now offers a series of Epic Bags that help any overlander organize for their next journey. So, let’s review their lineup of new bags, each providing a wide range of uses within any vehicle.

 

Epic Modular Duffle

I pack all my recovery gear inside this duffel except for recovery boards. It is large enough to contain my current kit, and the optional divider can be snapped into place to further organize as needed. I have my kinetic strap, D-shackles, folding shovel, ax, saw, tire deflators, gloves, and flashlight all tucked within its recesses. I still have room for a tire repair kit, tree protectors, and soft shackles if my route requires it.

 

 

The external MOLLE webbing provides even further organization by attaching smaller bags with snap webbing, which is strong when attached but remains easily removable if needed. In the small square pouch, I have my handheld GPS unit, wallet, and a bit of cash. In the medium accessory bag, I have my two-way radios. I would add a satellite phone if completely off-grid for long stretches.

 

Epic Roll Top Backpack

This is my go-bag which is always in my truck, and if I know I’m going hiking, I’ll quickly switch the contents for day hiker duties.

As a ditch bag, I keep a compact set of warm clothes, a rope, emergency toiletries, a headlamp, maps for the surrounding area, a water filter, a first aid kit, a few packs of dehydrated food, firestarter, and a hammock sleep system.

 

 

As my day pack, it easily holds enough water, including 40-ounce stainless steel bottles in the dual drawstring equipped side pockets. I also carry my camera, any weather-pertinent clothing, and snacks, but I have yet to make use of the padded laptop pocket inside. The vinyl base ensures extra protection from the elements. Though the velcro and clasped closure provide top-down access to the contents, I would prefer that the external zipper pocket ran the height of the pack and allowed access to the heavier items I pack toward my lower back/hips.

 

Epic Roll Cage Bag, 14-inch, Medium-cylinder

I keep my toiletries inside: a solar shower and microfiber towel, daily necessities, a blackout eye mask, and earplugs.

 

Epic Roll Cage Bag, 24-inch, Large-cylinder

I have all my tie downs, bungees, ratchet straps, cam straps, reusable twist ties, and all other fasteners inside this bag.

Either roll cage bag can be attached to a rack or saddlebags on a motorcycle, a rack on a truck, or stashed in a drawer inside a Sprinter van, as well as the obvious attachment to a roll bar.

 

Warn has made bags that are rugged, versatile, and stylish; they fit right in with their expanding lineup of overland-ready gear.

 

Prices vary, $30 to $110 | warn.com


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Lisa Williams is an Arizona native that spent much of her childhood exploring backroads with her family in whatever project vehicle her father was wrenching on at the time. She has traveled the continental United States by foot, by Ford Econoline, and, most recently, by Jeep Cherokee. All her passions center around driving, connecting with nature, and a deep love for adventure. Though a practicing weekend warrioress, she aspires to write, photograph, and eventually rally race around the globe and share her journeys through photojournalism. Upcoming goals include competing in the Rebelle Rally, the Baja 1000, and an immersion into the less-traveled roads of New Zealand in her 2019 Toyota Tacoma.