Firstgear Torrent Duffle Bag
Great bag, if you're not going to strap it.
The bag is really good. The material seems durable, waterproof, and overall quality seems great.
The dealbreaker is with the straps, which feel cheap as soon as you touch them. After one weekend at Death Valley, one of the strapping points completely tore off the bag, leaving me with only three straps to secure the bag. I made it back fine, but I was really unpleasantly surprised.
This small detail renders the bag unusable, unless you don't need to strap it using the mounting points.
An otherwise splendid product, but I'd pay extra money to have the exact 70L bag I bought with wider and sturdier strapping points.
If I were extra picky, I'd also ask for something other than D rings to strap it down. I'd pay more for this too.
In short, if you don't want to use the supplied strapping points and straps, this is the best bag I've had. If you do expect to mount the bag using the supplied strapping points, as logic would suggest, seek elsewhere.
Revzilla, as usual, is taking care of me. I'm really happy with their response and it is the reason why I keep coming back to buy from them.
April 9, 2015
What I expected.
I did a ton of research before I made this purchase. The bags construction looks good and waterproof; which was my main feature I was looking for. Could it be a little bigger, yes, but this was the biggest bag Firstgear makes. My really only complaint is the how the shoulder strap connects to the bag. The connection point allows the strap to slide while carrying. The bags handle will eventually fray and wear out. I would have liked to see a hard-plastic loop like regular duffel bags have. Revzilla was super fast in shipping.
April 2, 2015
Didn't last the first trip
I bought the 70L version of this bag to use on long trips, as I'm planning a cross-country trip this summer. When I first recieved it, I loved the design, a little smaller than I was hoping. I made it work though. I stuffed it full and took it on an 800 mile trip to the outer banks, NC. During the trip it was terriffic. I loved not having to worry about my gear getting soaked and being able to stuff everything in there that I wouldnt need for the day. Once I got on the road, I realized how much stuff I could actually put inside. It was quite surprising! Although, 3/4 of the way into the trip I noticed one of the tie down loops was starting to rip away from the bag. I was shocked... I mean I was pulling on them pretty tight to make sure the bag was snug, but shouldn't I be able to do that? I was really disappointed with the bag after that. I'll see if I can return the bag or even fix it myself.
Up until that point, I would've recommended the bag to anyone. But starting to tear with 400 miles of use put a bad taste in my mouth. Just wish it was more durable.
March 30, 2015
Excellent value for a top loading drybag
I use this on my KTM 350 for longer rides (I like to explore/camp) The bag is easy to access and is very well made for the price. It comes with mounting straps and is impervious to the elements. I don't think you'll find a better bag for the money.
February 16, 2015
great wet bag
ive had this bad strapped to the back of my bike in the rain and snow, it was great. the only issue with it is that i use it for an every day bag for my commute. i transfer it from bike to work vehicle with everything i need for the day. it is a little odd to use in this way because of the waterproof flap tube opening.
touring or overnighters this is the bag you want.
January 29, 2015
a well-made, good-looking, waterproof bag
I'm pretty stoked about getting this bag for Christmas. It's the exact size I needed, it's waterproof and the colors are right for my bike (a black Bonneville.) I like the way it opens up to give easy access inside and the way it rolls down to compress extra air in the bag and give a bombproof seal from rainy weather. The rubbery material the bag is made of appears to be pliable and tough and the straps well-placed and secure. It's a well-made bag that will serve me not only on the bike but off the bike as well. I'm very pleased with this purchase.
December 29, 2014
Perfect for the task
This bag survived 2000 miles of the American Legion Legacy Run in August in perfect condition, including 2 days of torrential rains in which the contents were kept completely dry. One of the best purchases I have ever made.
November 10, 2014
70 liter fits perfect across back seat.
Purchased the 70L for a 7 day ride through WA and OR. Plenty of room and totally water proof. I like the extra straps and rings built onto the outside of the bag. When it warms up and you need to shed you jacket or base layers you can just strap them to the outside of the bag, without having to worry about opening it or your side bags. My only complaint is that it doesn't have any internal pockets or compartments. If your just hoteling it, get the 40L......but if your tent camping for more than 3-4 days, get the 70L. Great bag for the money.
September 15, 2014