Mission Workshop makes bags and apparel in the United States with a focus on quality and durability. All of their products have a lifetime guarantee, meaning that if the construction or materials ever fail, Mission Workshop will repair or replace the item free of charge. I personally have used their Fitzroy backpack for over four years, and it is just now beginning to show wear.
The Transit Duffle is one of their newer products, and it’s quickly become my go-to bag for a variety of purposes. With 31L of volume, it’s a good intermediate size. It can hold my kit, helmet, shoes, tools, and snacks – everything I need to bring with me for a long day in the woods. When you don’t have to carry around bulky riding gear, there’s more than enough room to use the Transit for multi-day trips. I was able to fit everything I needed for a three-day trip to Chicago in the bag, and the Transit easily fits in the overhead storage compartment on planes.
Apart from the top-notch construction, I really like the design of the bag – it’s simple. There is one, large, zippered main compartment and a zippered laptop sleeve. Inside the main compartment there are four easy-access pockets, as well as four on the outside of the bag – one on each side of the bag. The end pockets are great for stashing a water bottle, while the side pockets easily fit books and magazines – things you want handy sitting at an airport gate. For those that commute, you can secure the Transit to a front rack via straps on the outside of the bag.
I know it’s spendy, but if you want to give a gift that someone can use – quite literally – for the rest of their life, check out the Transit.