How would you like to carry all your gear in one bag?
I don’t know about you guys, but I’ve been doing a lot of camping this year. This is the first year I’ve been camping with my family, and I tell you what the amount of extra stuff I have to pack for my wife and child has gone up significantly. Multiple trips to the vehicle with sleeping bags, my duffel bag, wife’s duffel bag, baby bag, pillows, the list goes on. Frankly, I was tired of it. I started looking for something to carry all my gear, or at least all the soft goods. What I found was the biggest baddest duffel bag on the market. The Eberlestock Hercules bag. It is huge! Let me share the specs on this guy, and then I’ll dive into why I like it and how it can work for you too.
- Serviceable wheels
- Velcro dividers
- Deployable rain cover
- Garment sleeve
- Security YKK zippers
- Internal molle webbing
- Internal Nylex
- Internal pockets
- Hard shell bottom
- Patch panel x 2
- Oversized external pockets x 6
- Top and side carry/drag handles
- Weight: 14 lbs
- Volume: Approx. 6200ci
- Dims: 41”x18”x9”
- Bottom Compartment Internal Depth: 5”
6200 cubic inches of space! Did I mention that this thing was huge? So what does this mean? You can pack everything you want into this bag. And when it’s too heavy to lift, it’s got wheels which means you don’t have to break your back carrying it around. It has velcro dividers so you can organize your load exactly the way you want. Having the option to organize your space the way you want is a huge selling point for me. A rain cover that keeps your goods dry during the downpours. Internal and external molle webbing to attach additional accessory bags or med kits. A clear document cover on the top panel for quick access to any important paperwork. External quick access pockets for the smaller stuff.
My favorite feature of all, a bottom compartment 5” deep that is separate from the main bag area. What is this for? Well whatever you want really, but the idea was to keep your rifle or bow stowed in this compartment. Why would you want to do that? Well, for me I know that when I travel I don’t like having a separate rifle case in my vehicle. If someone was to look through the window and see a rifle case, they might be inclined to do a smash and grab. But what if your rifle was stashed at the bottom of a duffel bag? It’s not foolproof, but it might help. I was just staying at a friend’s place in Utah a few weeks ago. Very suburban community. I don’t believe in leaving my firearms in the car overnight, so I moved them into the house. Carrying a gun bag into the house just tells all the neighbors, “Hey I have a gun.” But with this duffel bag, no one would know or even think there is a gun in there. It can also just serve as extra storage space for clothes, dirty laundry, a suit, whatever you want. It is really a brilliant idea and I applaud Eberlestock for it. It really is the feature that sets it apart from other duffel bags.
So how did it work for me?
My first use of the bag was for a rifle class with me and my wife. I loaded up all our ammo, shooting gear, water, snacks, everything I could think of. I had room and to spare! The only downside is how heavy it was! But thankfully the wheels made it easy work. It was so nice having everything in one bag instead of multiple trips to the vehicle. The only complaint I had that when I was using the wheels on gravel, the wheels seemed too small and also got rocks jammed in them. But it still worked in dusty and grassy conditions just fine, and worked great and asphalt or concrete.
The bag is built like a tank and I imagine it will be used for years to come. You can use it for hunting, shooting, traveling, deployment, and many other uses. Don’t leave your gear behind. If you are in the market, I’d highly consider checking out the Hercules.