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Field Tested: Speedway 50-liter Hybrid

Perfecting the duffle bag has long been the quest of purveyors of outdoor equipment. It must not only protect our clothes and a medley of gear, but also be durable enough to survive the rigors of real-world travel. During the past few decades, we’ve tasked the duffle with additional responsibilities: lashing it to our vehicles or motorcycles, doubling as a backpack, and keeping our socks dry in foul weather.

Last year I picked up a Velomacchi Speedway Hybrid 50-liter duffle and have since utilized it during a variety of trips. My first impressions were that the 1000D exterior fabric and rubberized YKK #10 zipper would do a great job of keeping my clothes dry, and they have. Dual compression straps cinch things down enough for the Speedway to be used as a carry-on, and also proved lashing points for securing it to the back of a bike or on a roof rack. The sturdy shoulder harness, which is wide enough so as to not cut into my clavicle, features cam-lock adjusters and a magnetic sternum strap. I like that both the shoulder and carry straps tuck neatly into pockets, thus reducing the possibility of snagging. Velcro pockets frame both sides, and the zipper’s T-handle is easy to grasp with gloved hands.

$279 | www.velomacchi.com

Chris spent his formative years riding dirt bikes with his dad in the deserts of Southern California and Baja, Mexico, which led to a lifelong quest for adventure. He is handy behind a viewfinder and at the keyboard, and brings four decades of international travel experience to Overland Journal as Editor-in-Chief. His career, which includes work for National Geographic Adventure, Four Wheeler, Hot Rod, and Autoweek, has taken him through 50-plus countries and to every continent. He has also served as correspondent to magazines in a dozen countries and in as many languages. In 2013 he was part of the Expeditions7 team that crossed Antarctica and he has recently been inducted into the Off-Road Motorsports Hall of Fame as a pioneering journalist. When not behind the camera Chris can be found on The Office (his sailboat), or undertaking meticulous “research” for upcoming articles in locales such as Tequila, Mexico.

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