The FliegerDuffel by Maxpedition is a duffel bag on steroids. It's a combination of duffel bag, luggage style bag, and tactical backpack. Somewhat simple in design, but with excellent features.
Of course, this bag is made to the rugged standards of all Maxpedition products... 1000 Denier ballistic nylon, YKK zippers, UTX-Duraflex buckles, excellent stitching with nylon thread, and many other features to enhance durability.
This duffel also meets FAA requirements for carry on luggage. This is excellent since this is large enough for a trip of a couple days to a week....depending on how you pack, of course. And being able to carry it on makes lost luggage and lines in the airport quicker.
As for carry options there are many. The bag includes a shoulder strap (with removable pad featuring a grip material on the inside) which can be attached for shoulder carry. There is also a cary handle on each end and top of the bag. Stowable shoulder straps allow for backpack style carry. These straps are comfortable and even feature a sternum strap. When not in use they store in a sleeve on the bottom of the bag.
- Sleeve that stores shoulder straps can also be used for a hydration bladder and has drainage grommet on the bottom.
- Handles have padded neoprene for comfort.
- One sleeve style zippered pocket on each side with sleeve organizers inside. These are great fro small to medium sized items.
- Zippered sleeve on top; great for documents.
- Zipper for main compartment has holes for locking with a padlock.
- PALS webbing on both sides and on the top at each end.
- 2 compression straps with side release buckles on each side help to relieve the strain on the zippers
- 2 mesh pockets on the top, one at each end. These pockets expand outward, away from the main compartment so that items placed in these pockets take up less of the inner area of the bag.
- strap system to keep your items from shifting.
I've not babied this bag at all during use. In fact, while using it during some training I had to sit on it to get the zipper to zip closed because of the amount of gear I had in it....and the zippers zipped right up and didn't fail. I've used this during travel, training, and camping....and it's been excellent. Wearing it on the back or with the shoulder strap has been extremely comfortable as well.
This is the smaller of two of this type of bag that Maxpedition carries..the larger is the DoppelDuffel.