The wandrd hexad carryall 60l is a duffel bag that WANDRD has made. It is meant to be used for travel but can also be used for outdoor activities.
When it comes to backpack/duffel hybrids, we have reservations. While several reputable businesses have attempted to develop the illusive buffel (duff pack?), to our knowledge, none have succeeded. Rather than excelling at one or the other, these packs usually wind up being average as both a backpack and a duffel.
This Kickstarter Darling’s effort at a solution is the WANDRD HEXAD Carryall Duffel. This bag is a structured duffel with backpack straps, and it comes in two sizes: 40L and 60L. That is to say, bring a duffel bag rather than a backpack.
WANDRD’s Veer and PRVKE backpacks have both received positive reviews from us in the past. So, despite our trust concerns, we’ve been eager to see how WANDRD has fared in its effort to conquer the duffel/backpack hybrid. To discover, we tested the 40L Carryall Duffel in the United Kingdom, the United States, and Spain.
Aesthetics & Materials
The WANDRD HEXAD Carryall Duffel has the appearance of being prepared for the end of the world. You’ll either like or dislike its monochrome, almost tactical-inspired look. In any case, this bundle is sure to turn some heads (for better or worse).
There are a few WANDRD emblems strewn around the pack, the most prominent of which is on the front. The black logo on the black exterior looks oh-so-sleek, and we love the branding. You’ll be able to battle zombies in style.
This bag is constructed of waterproof tarpaulin and 1680D ballistic nylon with WR Army Coating (essentially, it’s very durable). The whole pack is designed to withstand the weather. It’s not submersible, so don’t try to take it on a high-speed underwater motorbike pursuit with it, but it will keep all your stuff safe if you get caught in a storm, which is more probable than not (at least for us).
We’re not typically lovers of the plastic feel of tarpaulin (you know that crinkling sound a plastic tarp makes? (At least, that’s how it typically seems.) The HEXAD Carryall, however, is not one of them. While it isn’t enjoyable, it is pleasant for tarpaulin, which is both uncommon and advantageous.
The zippers are from Zoom, a brand with whom we’ve had some problems in the past, but they’re holding up for the time being. Most of the zippers are also water-resistant, which aids with the weather resistance we stated before.
This item is now going to have a variety of zipper pulls. The goal, we assume, is to make zipping a pleasurable experience. However, there are so many zippers that it’s a bit of a pain to keep track of them all.
The hardware comes from Duraflex, Nifco, ITW, and Woojin, to name a few. These are reputable companies with long-lasting goods, so we don’t anticipate any issues.
Components from Outside
Remember how we mentioned we have trust problems with duffel/backpack hybrids? That’s typically due to a problem with the harness system. Let’s begin there.
Let’s start with the few things we believe WANDRD has mastered.
When carrying the bag in duffel mode, the shoulder straps feature holes in the center to make them simpler to grasp. They’re also gently cushioned for bringing in a backpack. The sternum strap is adjustable and includes an elastic part that expands as you walk—a tiny but visible element that assists with comfort.
Unfortunately, no matter how you carry this bag, it isn’t comfortable. This is a huge bag (40L) that requires a more oversized frame (ideally 6ft +) to move. If you’re a tiny person, you’ll have difficulty carrying this. It will dig into your shoulders and lower back owing to its rectangular form. The 60L version, we’re sure, is much worse.
A hip belt is available. However, it is not included in the price. And although it does relieve some of the strain on your shoulders, it’s not very impressive.
We appreciate how easily the shoulder/duffel straps can be hidden, which is helpful if you ever want or need to inspect this bag. Undo the lower buckles on the straps and slip them into the top compartment. Because the top pins are gatekeepers, you can easily thoroughly remove the straps. Even at maximum capacity, we found the connection point very secure.
The cushioned handles on all four sides of the bag are also a plus. They’re thick and tough, making them simple to grasp.
The compression straps aren’t our favorite. When the pack isn’t full, there are four of them to tighten things up (you know, as compression straps are designed to do). However, they make the bag seem ridiculous since it doesn’t compress properly and crinkles the hefty tarpaulin cloth.
Finally, on the top, there’s a transparent ID holder. We don’t have much to say about this since it accomplishes precisely what it claims.
The Inside of the Pack
Before we get inside the main compartment, we’ll have a look at several exterior pockets.
A big pocket with mesh dividers, a key clip, and an RFID secure pocket is located at the top of the pack. Inside, there’s a lot going on, and a simple zipped barrier would have sufficed. In addition, the inside is pitch dark, making it impossible to see what’s going on.
The backpack straps will be stowed in this compartment as well. WANDRD put two zippers here to make things easier. However, it is more perplexing and inconvenient than simple. We’d rather do rid of the straps entirely and avoid the zipper snafu.
There’s a compartment at the bottom of the bag that’s similar in form to the one on top, but it’s for shoes and/or filthy items. There’s less organization inside—only a single mesh pocket—but it won’t take up any place within the main compartment if you don’t use it, which is a wonderful feature.
A fleece-lined zipped pocket on the bag’s left side is an ideal location for phones or other delicate things.
A mesh pocket on the right side may also be accessible from within the main compartment. This pocket is great for water bottles, but make sure the cover is tight—if it leaks, a flood of water will pour into the main compartment. While we recognize that everyone travels in their own way, we doubt that anybody enjoys wetting their clothing.
The main compartment features a u-shaped aperture on the interior that allows for simple access.
On the inside of the flap, there’s a laptop sleeve. It’s well-padded, although it’s a bit on the tiny side for our tastes. We can fit a 15-inch laptop inside with a thin Incase sleeve, however, the velcro strap will not shut. You’ll be OK if you have a 13-inch laptop. For the rest of us, its size will most likely be a source of frustration.
On the left side of the main compartment is the mesh pocket we discussed before (the one for water bottles that can be accessed from the outside). On the right, there are two tarpaulin pockets and an extra mesh pocket. These compartments are excellent for storing toiletries or gadget bags, and we appreciate how organized they are.
Aside from that, it’s just one big bucket to fill with cubes and pouches. This approach appeals to us since it enables you to take control of your company. It’s also simple to transport.
WANDRD offers supplementary straps to tighten down what’s within for an extra fee. We don’t believe they’re essential—especially if you’re using packing cubes—but they’re there in case you need them.
Testing & Durability
As previously stated, we spent a month evaluating the WANDRD HEXAD Carryall Duffel in the United States, the United Kingdom, and Spain, as well as on a transatlantic trip.
This item is designed to endure in terms of durability, which we like. Everything seems to be in place. We have faith in this bag. Sure, we’ve had a few problems with the brand of zippers in the past, but they’ve held up well so far (make sure to check out the Usage Timeline below for updates).
This bag is difficult to use in the real world. There are far too many zippers—it may seem and feel too complex at times. It doesn’t help that the inside is all dark, making it impossible to see what’s going on. However, after some time with this bag, you begin to figure it out and are rewarded with a sleek, weather-resistant bag with some excellent features.
This brings us full round to the question we posed at the start of this review. Is the WANDRD HEXAD Carryall Duffel the first backpack/duffel (puffed?) combination that we’ve really liked? Simply stated, the answer is no. It is, however, one of the best ones we have tried.