A couple of weeks ago, we visited with Grant Hewit of Hudson Sutler and learned about what drives the man. Today, we are going to visit the product. Right now, Hudson Sutler makes one thing and makes it well…duffel bags. With their classic looks, these bags are somewhat of a throwback to better times gone by. They remind us of a time when things were made here, and made to last.
After receiving one of the HS Cummuter Duffels a few weeks ago, I decided to give it another Panhandle Prep stress test. To accomplish this, there was only one place that I could think of that would offer me the tools to perform such a test, so naturally I headed to a place where you and your equipment had better be built to last…CrossFit806.
When I showed up at CF806 with the bag in tow , it passed the first test with flying colors. Jason Rel at CrossFit806, is something of a bag geek. When I walked in the front door, he didn’t even look at my face…I could tell he was staring at the Commutter Duffel. There you go. It’s eye-catching, and has apparently upstaged my usual Saturday morning arrival. One down, one to go…It’s nice to see you too Jason!
The next test was to see just what the bag could withstand. After initially receiving the bag and giving a thorough inspection I was already impressed. YKK zippers. As a son of a Dry Cleaner owner, I’ve come to know zippers, and YKK is without a doubt the best there is. I was very happy to see that, but how about the construction? The exterior of the duffel is heavy (and I mean heavy) canvas, but could it take two 53 lb kettle bells? We were about to find out. The contrasting white straps on the bag are made of a heavy cotton braid, and the snap-hooks that attach the shoulder strap are not of the wimpy wire variety. They seem to be built to last as well, because the bag held 106 lbs of hell and never even groaned.
At the end of the WOD, Clayton Young seemed like a good rack to hang the HS Duffel on...thanks Clayton!
Stress test passed? Check.
If I were more sadistic, I’m sure that I could have come up with some more brutal trials to put the duffel through, but this thing just looks so good, and I’m not willing to maim this one. No, I’ll be keeping it looking proper. With its amazing interior of plaid, this is sure to turn heads for years to come.
The long and short of it is this. You need to own one of these great pieces of American construction. Check out the Hudson Sutler website, or visit with Grant yourself. You’ll be glad you did.