10 Sep Best Rolling Duffel 2018: Big Agnes Stagecoach
Whenever we hear the name Big Agnes, we know we’re getting something big, tough and built to last. The Big Agnes Stagecoach is no different. The Stagecoach is a 125-liter rolling duffel, allowing you to carry all your gear neatly and conveniently packaged into one big bag, ready to be lugged around the world and checked into countless airliner cargo holds for long hauls. What sets the Stagecoach apart from some of its other peers, however, is the sheer versatility it possesses – and the myriad of ways you can wear it and transport it.
Want to pull it behind you like a good rolling duffel? Done, no problem. Want to carry it by the grab handles like a classic duffel bag? Also no problem. Or, want to wear it comfortably on your back like a good backpack, ensuring it goes anywhere you do without a hitch? Also no problem. The Stagecoach has you covered.
After this variety of carry methods, the Big Agnes also made sure to include some heavy-duty construction and nearly-epic levels of waterproofing. The exterior is made from a thick, burly 420D nylon that is puncture-proof and abrasion-resistant, and then coated with TPU to ensure an even-further level of waterproofness. All the seams are then fusion welded – taking that already high level of waterproofing and building on it even more. And, then just as icing on the cake, it uses water-resistant, TPU-laminated YKK zippers, giving it a super-tight seal and meaning that virtually no moisture will ever get inside and damage your gear.
Finishing off the deal inside is a nylon taffeta lining, while the bottom of the bag is a compression-molded EVA bottom, paired with a 1200-denier polyester shield. 1200 D is thick – really thick – if you weren’t aware. And on the bottom, there are two large, composite wheels with bearings for a smooth ride.
Oh, and as a bonus, Big Agnes throws in a Two Timer Daypack, a 16-liter daypack that allows you to carry just the essentials for the day, and stuffs into the interior zipper pocket when not in use.
That’s quite the roundup of features on a duffel bag, for sure. The Big Agnes Stagecoach retails for as little as $239, and is guaranteed to last you years of heavy-duty use.