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Being full time travellers, we are often asked our opinion on various travel accessories, from suitcases and backpacks to such products as travel towels, pillows, and sleeping bags. While many of these products are useful not all are what we consider must have travel products.
However, occasionally we come across a product that is as good as it claims in terms of quality workmanship, durability, and usefulness. One such product we were recently asked to put to the test was the Carry All Weekender Duffel Bag from JULY.
Who is JULY?
JULY are a direct to consumer luggage company based in Victoria Australia that have created a range of sustainable longer lasting luggage that is built to last a lifetime and reduce the cycle of single use travel accessories.
The range of products available from JULY include Backpacks, carry on and checked luggage, and useful products such as packing cubes. If you have not tried packing cubes yet you should consider them in the future as they make storage of travel items so much easier and we have come to rely on them during our extensive travels.
First impressions of the JULY Carry All Weekender Duffel Bag
We did not know quite what to expect with the Carry All Weekender bag but were pleasantly surprised by the quality of workmanship and overall design of the bag. They are available in a range of colours including black, green, white, and navy blue. The bag has a 27-litre capacity and measures 46 x 27 x 22 cm. A perfect size for as the name suggests a weekend getaway carry all bag.
We chose the white which comes with black handles, zipper, and shoulder strap. The shoulder strap is also detachable.
Putting the Carry All Weekender to the test
We have been using the bag during our extensive travel throughout Queensland Australia and after a month of continuous use it has not let us down. It is just the right size to carry the essential gear needed for overnight stays without having to unload suitcases from the car.
Although we are also travelling with suitcases the duffel bag has enough space for items we use regularly including our laptops and some clothing. Upon arrival at a new destination we can just grab the bag knowing that we have everything needed.
On day trips exploring the local attractions it is just as handy to sling over your shoulder and head off. It is a stylish bag so never looks out of place and we have had many people comment how good it looks.
One clever design feature is its hidden pocket with magnetic closure. Behind the band designed to slip over handles of carry on bags or suitcases is a pocket that is out of sight. This would be perfect for carrying items such as passports or papers needed for quick access. Over the past few years we had travelled extensively overseas and having quick secure access to passports at airports and hotel check in is very useful.
It is clear to see that a lot of thought has gone into the design of this bag. The internals are well designed with padded pockets and sturdy zippers and includes an internal key hook.
Cost of the JULY Carry All Weekender Bag
As with all quality products you normally get what you pay for. Over the years we have purchased many cheap bags and some that were not so cheap. It is fair to say the higher cost good quality bags with quality construction have in general lasted much longer and we are confident that our Carry All Weekender will be with us for many years to come.
The Carry All Weekender is a quality product designed to last and very competitively priced. It is also backed by a 5-year warranty on manufacturing faults. July are so confident you will like their bag they also offer a 100-day trial.
Specifications of the Carry All Weekender Duffel Bag
The bag is made of weighted 420D twill nylon fabric. Has premium leather handles and trims and gunmetal zips and D-rings.
Carry handles made of soft leather.
Handle palm carry or detachable adjustable shoulder strap for easy transport.
Front access zip pocket with two internal compartments.
Internal dividers and zipped pockets for documents, tablets, and small items.
Laptop padded sleeve suitable for a laptop up to 16”
Discreet compartment secured with a press stud tab.
Internal key hook for secure and easy key access.
Gunmetal external D-rings for additional attachments.
Would we recommend the JULY Carry All Weekender?
The answer is yes. If you are looking for the best duffel bag that is engineered to last, then the Carry All Weekender from JULY is hard to beat. We have included it in our must have travel items along with our other products that we have come to rely on during our travels.
As a bonus you can also personalise your JULY luggage including the JULY Weekender duffel bag with initials. This is normally an extra cost but as of writing this review it is included at no additional cost.
You can also find more information at the official JULY website.
Disclaimer: We were kindly provided with a Carry All Weekender to sample. However as usual, all opinions are our own.
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