Robb Report UK - Straight Hauling Cargo Range - March 2021

Robb Report UK  - March 2021
Straight Hauling 

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 £325 (there are three sizes), 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 a rougher treatment.

The smallest of the three has a 50-litre capacity, good for a weekend, while the largest, at 125 liters, could transport an elephant. In our packing test, that equates to enough for a two- week adventure. 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. Paul Croughton