Maxpedition Fliegerduffel Adventure Bag
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Maxpedition - The Tactical Bag Originator
Maxpedition backpacks are built for hauling gear and ergonomically designed to never drag you down. Curvaceous, foam-padded double shoulder straps contour to your chest and a sternum suspension belt helps distribute weight evenly throughout your upper body, so you can carry a load without falling behind.
Fliegerduffel Adventure Bag
Designed, Tested, and Built to Last
A flexible duffel that fits in your overhead compartment.
The Fliegerduffel Adventure bag can be carried by hand, by shoulder strap (in 2 orientations), or by its concealable ergonomic backpack straps. Designed with multiple pockets, pouches, and compartments that offer plenty of space and organization. It's a flexible bag that's ready when you are.
- Volume: 2600 cu.in / 42L
- NTOA Member Tested & Recommended
- Acceptable size for carry-on by FAA regulations and most airlines
- Concealable Backpack Straps
- Hydration Pocket
- Full Clamshell Opening
Worn around the world by a variety of users that have a need for durable packs!
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Antony Buckingham from Australia cruising from Bangkok to Jomtien, Thailand with the Flieger duffel Adventure Bag.
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The Fliegerduffel is the perfect size for the traveler, fitting in most carry-on compartments.
Clam shell opening to easily organize your belongings.
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I orginally rated as 4 stars but have lowered my assessment to 3 stars becuase Maxpedition has addressed most of my issues with this bag in the newer Ironcloud model. So I deducted a further star because I would no longer buy this model or recommend it. If my Fliegerduffel duffel ever wears out I would not replace it and would instead buy the Ironcloud model.
I'm actually considering retiring this duffel in favor of the Ironcloud because in addtion to addressing most of my issues the Ironcloud has a much better layout in regard to electornic storage.
Orignal review (4 Stars)
I've owned this bag and used it for carry on for seven years now and like it, although its not perfect.
The Fliegerduffel is typical Maxpedition construction which basically means its bomb proof. I've also not had any issues using it as carry on and it fits the overhead bins. It is very versatile with a number of carry on options, sling over shoulder, backpack or by the handle(s). It has also held up to the test of time and in my case abuse. So for my primary purpose, as a carry on, it does the job very well.
So why not a 5 star review - two primary issues.
1) Lack of Side Handle - By design the thing is wide (14”) to meet the carry on regulations. However, while it has nice handles on the top and ends there are no handles on the side. So even though I'm over 6' tall I find it very uncomfortable to carry the bag by the handles. The top handle is excellent and seems to be designed to be the primary carry handle, however, the bag itself it two wide to carry comfortably by the top handle. Also because of the width it makes it awkward to carry in tight spaces like down the airplane isle. While you could carry by the end handles which places the bag much closer to your body (9" vs 14") the length of the bag (21") makes carrying this way also awkward.
While carrying the bag with the strap allows you to carry the bag sideways which distributes the weight well and allows you to carry close to your body, sometimes using the carry strap is just not convenient (like going down airplane isles). Note, I tried shortening up the strap and using it as a handle but that does not work all that well.
Therefore, what the bag is missing is a good handle on the side which would solve this problem. In the end I created a handle on the side by looping webbing through the side molle. Not the best solution but it gets the job done. I wish they got rid of the molle on one side (or both sides) and replaced with a proper handle, like the ones on the ends.
2) Interior pockets under the lid - These are a great pockets but once you put anything in them they make the lid very heavy. For my use, where I'm only in a place for night and living out of the bag, I find dealing with the heavy lid frustrating. If I want access to something on the lid of the bag there is molle on the outside to attach a pouch. So while I like the pockets, I wish they were on the interior side ends of the bag instead of the inside of the lid.
1) Compression strapping - while a good idea to secure the bag and provides support in side carry, I find the webbing provided to long. The bag has good strap retainers which helps manage the straps, but for my use as a carry on all this extra webbing just gets in the way. Note, I debated cutting off some of the webbing but could never bring myself to doing so on the off chance that I would regret doing so (although in 7 years of use I've not yet used the extra length).
2) Backpack attachment straps - these little straps on the bottom of the bag flop around when not in use which since I mostly use strap carry is most of the time for me. Besides looking sloppy, I remain concerned that they will get caught on something. Although, this has yet to happen. For now I've attached webbing to the two buckles and tightened together so they are flush with the bag. Not perfect as the webbing could get snagged but, maybe, better. I wish that the bag included a means to stow these straps i.e. a little slots to shove into the bag and out of the way.
3) Molle - this is personal preference but I wish it did not have it. Having molle screams tactical and I prefer to be the grey man when I travel. While I fully understand that molle allows you to customize, for my primary use as a carry on I'd be better served with handles on the sides (see above) and expandable pockets on the top of the lid where the Molle is. Note, expandable pockets on the top would help ease the complaint that many have stated that there are not enough outside pockets.
4) Shape – rather than having sloped sides I would prefer to have bag squared up. This would provide a little more interior room which would be nice.
5) Weight - owing to its construction this thing is heavy on its own. This is the cost of the quality materials used. However, today, I would be looking for something using 600 d (vs 1000 d used) which is lighter but still very strong.
I liked all the carry options - handles on the top and each narrow end, plus a well-padded single shoulder strap (which I left at home), plus the outstanding hideaway backpack straps complete with chest bungee. The buckles are sturdy and located in the proper places for ease of adjustment.
Everybody needs one of these. But the halt and the lame should be warned - it can get pretty heavy if you load it all the way. Those folks who are used to roller bags might have to do a little training before they hike from one end of O'Hare to the other.
And sho' nuff: Waiting for a flight from Austin to Houston on a commuter-size jet, the gate agent came by, saw that I had a military-looking duffel, and said, "We'll need to tag that for gateside checking - it won't fit in the overhead compartment." I said, au contraire, it certainly would. She said, "It needs to fit in that box over there." Which it DID!! Ha, take that, Granny Grande!
I packed this and took it as my only bag for a two week trip over seas. Each airport question if it was legal carry on size and in every case it passed the size and weight requirements, much to the attendants surprise - it looks bigger because it doesn't have wheels but it is indeed the correct measurements for carry on. I even had room to bring back some souvenirs. It was great for the many airport transfers, pulled out the straps and carried it easily through the airports, and tucked the straps away before stowing it.
It is an awesome bag - got lots of questions and positive comments on the trip regarding it. I would say it is THE BEST BAG I HAVE EVER BOUGHT!
Used it for a school trip and was able to pack a sleeping bag and pillow inside of it along with the other items needed. We the kids had two or three things to carry, I had everything in the great bag!!! I'd give it more than 5 stars if it was possible.