Review: Bomber Barrel Duffle Bag Complete Set

Review: Bomber Barrel Duffle Bag Complete Set

My main job is working for a French company, and this means frequent trips to France and back. I currently have a hug grey old bag which I use, it’s coming apart and not good for short day flights. I then came across Bomberco.com on Kickstarter, they were after $15,000 for their new duffle bag, managing to bag almost $500,000 in the process. It’s marketed as a weekend bag, and comes in two parts. They were more then happy to send me the set, which consists of a smaller travel bag, and the bigger weekend duffle bag.

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At $128 down from $200 I had high expectations for the Bomber duffle bag set, When it arranged, the weekend bag was actually packed inside the smaller one. This confused me at first then made perfect sense, and it means when not being used, the bag can be packed away into quite a small space.

Both bags are made from the same water resistant¬†material, which allows the water to run off the bag without dripping through. Both bags have the same waterproof zips, which I hadn’t seen before and mean that no water can actually get inside the bags themselves. Each zip has¬†paracord zipper pulls, which is a nice touch and gives the bags a military look. I tend to overpack my bag, and had some problems where the zip running down the center of the bigger bag popped open a number of times. It meant I had to re-arrange the bag a couple of times, before I could zip it up properly. I don’t have this problem with other cheaper bags, so I was a bit disappointed with that.

I have to admit I found the bag quite cool looking. Though I’m not one to buy simply on looks, the Bomber Barrel is a great looking bag and when over the shoulder does look incredibly cool.

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I used this bag on a recent trip down to Peighton with the wife and found that it is ideal for a long weekend ( 3 – 4 days), but only for one person. With 4 tshirts, socks, underwear, phone charger, trousers and a jumper, this bag was about fit to burst. So it may be good for two people, but when traveling for a weekend, or a day trip out.

Carrying it around was a breeze, the shoulder strap was long enough and padded in the right places, to rest on my shoulders and not hurt. When it rained, the water poured off the bag and none of the precious cargo inside was dampened by the rain.

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Stats for nerds:

Bomber Barrel Duffle Bag

  • Adjustable premium quality, padded quick release shoulder strap
  • Wraparound rivet reinforced carry handles with padded velcro grip
  • (1) Inner pocket for small essentials
  • (1) Outer pocket for small essentials
  • Ultra Quality Ripstop Nylon
  • Ultra lightweight
  • Military-grade clips
  • Waterproof zippers
  • Emergency paracord zipper pulls
  • Weather resistant
  • 16 inches X 10 inches X 10 inches

Mini Travel Kit

  • Ultra Grade N4004-AC22 Nylon 6 Ripstop
  • Ultra lightweight (.17 lbs)
  • Weather resistant
  • Carries essentials

I can happily take the rough with the smooth, with the Bomber Barrel bag set. Though for the price point, I would of expected stronger zips and stronger threading. Overall I was really impressed by these guys, as they have listened to their target audience and made a bag to last.

bomberco.com/shop-paracord-survival-gear/

Good

  • Great Look
  • Packing into a smaller bag
  • Waterproof

Bad

  • Zips aren't very strong
  • Threading comes loose
7.5

Good

Owner of a rooted One and Nexus 7. Mostly write reviews of apps and any hardware I can get my hands on. I frequent Google+ and XDA-Developers.

2 Comments

  1. I’ve used my bag twice and the zipper completely fell apart on the second use. The materials feel cheap, the strap is weak and the clips feel like they’d fall apart under the smallest amount of stress. If you check the Kickstarter page for the Bomber Barrel nearly EVERY comment from backers is a complaint about the complete disaster this bag has turned out to be. It’s quite literally of lower quality than bags given out for free at fundraisers. Mine went into the trash today because I can’t even give it away.

    Reply
    • Overtime I got the same problems. I know they are working on a newer bag that literally fixes all the issues you mentioned. We will be doing another review for this newer bag.

      Reply

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