Robb Report - Straight Hauling Cargo Range - February 2021

Robb Report - February 2021
Straight Hauling - Paul Croughton

Most bags these days have the lofty ambition of being marketed as essential elements of a sophisticated, elegant lifestyle, though only one, the Suit Carrier Holdall from Bennett Winch, snagged the instant style cred of appearing in the trailer for the upcoming Bond film, No Time to Die. But the most useful bag from the independent British label might be its least ambitious.

The Cargo Range, from $475, is nicely put together yet decidedly unglamorous, unapologetically designed for grunt work: transporting whatever you require moving to the beach house/mountain lodge/ university, or in and out of cars on a road trip. Italian waterproof nylon, military-grade webbing, Tuscan- leather trims and brass hardware combine on a kit bag that won’t flinch from rough conditions or rougher treatment.

The smallest of the three has a capacity of 50 liters, good for a weekend, while the largest, at 125 liters, could comfortably transport an elephant. In our packing test, that equates to enough for a two-week adventure: five pairs of trousers, five sweaters, boots, sneakers, shirts, underwear, wash bag, etc. There’s a removable waterproof pouch for dirty laundry, or laptops and cables, and a discreet pocket on the outside for phones or keys. Once emptied, the bags pack flat for storage. It may well suit your sophisticated, elegant lifestyle, but it’ll be just as happy with your busy, hectic and occasionally filthy one, too."