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Maxpedition Ironstorm Duffle Review

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Maxpedition Ironstorm Duffle Review

The Maxpedition Ironstorm duffle is a workhorse of a bag. I have done a review on another AGR line pack by Maxpedition and it turned out to be one of my favorite backpacks I have reviewed here on RMK. The Ironstorm follows the same trend. The AGR line of packs by Maxpedition is somewhat new and is not afraid to throw some new ideas around. I have been a fan of Maxpedition for quite some time but really wanted to get my hands on some of their new products from the AGR line. I have taken this bag up to the Fire Station as my stand alone gear bag as well as a few trips this past summer and one to Buena Vista Colorado. The duffle had no problem swallowing a week's worth of clothing and gear for the trip.  

 

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For Below are some listed specs on the Ironstorm from Maxpedition's website.

 

 

Features

 

  • Adventure travel bag with stowable yoke backpack straps
  • Multiple handles for carrying & luggage maneuvering
  • Removable single shoulder strap with overbuilt swivel hooks
  • Dedicated padded 15" laptop compartment
  • Dedicated padded tablet compartment
  • Lockable padded main compartment
  • Internal compression bib for securing contents
  • Zip-up dividers in main compartment for improved organization
  • Quick access slip pocket with zipper garage
  • Pierced TPU-840D nylon composite drainage port
  • Laser cut ATLAS™ Attachment Lattice System

 

Dimensions

 

 

  • Volume: 3780 cu. in. | 62L
  • Overall size: 15 (L) x 11 (W) x 26 (H) in | 38.1 x 27.9 x 66.0 cm View Product Dimensions Diagram
  • Top slip pocket: 5.5 (L) x 0.5 (W) x 11 (H) in | 14.0 x 1.3 x 27.9 cm
  • Tech compartment: 13.5 (L) x 2 (W) x 24 (H) in | 34.3 x 5.1 x 61.0 cm
  • Laptop pocket: 10 (L) x 1.5 (W) x 15 (H) in | 25.4 x 3.8 x 38.1 cm
  • Tablet pocket: 10 (L) x 0.5 (W) x 10 (H) in | 25.4 x 1.3 x 25.4 cm
  • Main compartment: 13.5 (L) x 9.5 (W) x 25.5 (H) in | 34.3 x 24.1 x 64.8 cm
  • Sternum strap maximum length: 8 in | 20.3 cm
  • Weight: 5.4 lbs.

 

 

Materials

 

  • 1000-Denier water and abrasion resistant light-weight ballistic nylon fabric
  • 500-Denier Hex Ripstop water and abrasion resistant light-weight ballistic nylon fabric
  • Triple polyurethane coated for water resistance
  • High tensile strength nylon webbing
  • High tensile strength composite nylon thread (stronger than ordinary industry standard nylon thread)
  • #AS-100 high grade closed-cell foam padding material for superior shock protection
  • Internal seams taped and finished
  • Stress points double stitched, bartacked, circular bartacked or "Box-and-X" stitched for added strength
  • YKK® high strength zippers and zipper tracks
  • UTX-Duraflex® nylon buckles for low sound closures
  • Teflon® fabric protector for grime resistance and easy maintenanceBelow are some listed specs on the Ironstorm from Maxpedition's website. 
  • Adventure travel bag with stowable yoke backpack straps
  • Multiple handles for carrying & luggage maneuvering
  • Removable single shoulder strap with overbuilt swivel hooks
  • Dedicated padded 15" laptop compartment
  • Dedicated padded tablet compartment
  • Lockable padded main compartment
  • Internal compression bib for securing contents
  • Zip-up dividers in main compartment for improved organization
  • Quick access slip pocket with zipper garage
  • Pierced TPU-840D nylon composite drainage port
  • Laser cut ATLAS™ Attachment Lattice System

 

Now on to the bag itself. The Ironstorm for me, is an advanced duffle bag. It has all the features to be a stand alone travel bag capable of carrying clothing, photo gear, laptops and tablets as well as documents. You can either carry the duffle traditionally or with the included backpack straps which I will touch on further in the review. 

  

Laptop/Document Compartment

 

On the very top of the of the duffle their is a pocket with a padded sleeve and one with a Velcro closure. I use this pocket to carry my laptop, tablet, and books/binders I bring up with me to the Fire-house. This pocket is is hands down my favorite feature of the duffle. It allows me to ditch the backpack I normally have to bring up with me to carry all of my books and Laptop/Tablet. Being able to place these in the top of the duffle where I know they will not be damaged is great. The bottom slot in this compartment also runs the length of the duffle so you can even slide in a thin daypack if need be. 

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Front Side Pocket

 

On the front of the duffle there is a zippered pocket that runs the length of the bag. This pocket is awesome for item you need to get access to quickly like cellphone, chargers, cords, passport, etc.

  

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Main Compartment

 

The main storage compartment on the Ironstorm is fairly large and super easy to access. On the inside of the compartment there are two zippered dividers which make it so the user can section off the large compartment. I normally had both zipped up and used one side to hold my toiletry kit while the other would hold shoes. On the middle section I would use packing cubes to hold all of my other clothing. On the inside flap of the duffle there are two zippered sections that utilize a see-through mesh fabric so you can easily see what items you have stored in the pockets. The main compartment also comes standard with a square four side attached compression system to help lock down large loads. As I mentioned earlier with the right packing you can easily store a week's worth+ of clothes, shoes, and equipment in this compartment.

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Outside of the Duffle

 

The Ironstorm has the new AGR line Mollee on the pack. I really had no need to attach additional pouches purely due to the fact the duffle already had plenty of storage for the items I needed to carry. On both sides of the duffle Maxpedition added seatbelt webbing compression straps to help cinch down the load when the duffle is not fully loaded. The duffle also has two grab handles on either side and one on the top which I found extremely useful. The handles are not padded but are well stitched and serve the purpose.

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Shoulder Straps

 

On the bottom compartment of the pack there is a zippered sleeve that houses the Ironstorm’s shoulder strap system. These straps are the same that Maxpedition uses on the Tiburon backpack and some of my favorite straps out there. They are sturdy while still being comfortable and actually feel like a true backpack when used, which is rare for a duffle with this feature. One can also slide in a hydration bladder in this sleeve and run a house through the attachment points on the straps.

 

 

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Overview + Favorite Features

 

The smart features like these Maxpedition uses on the Ironstorm really helps separate this duffle from the standard. This pack could be a true stand alone pack for traveling or just the normal weekend trip. I have used the Ironstorm many times shifting and on multiple trips and will continue to use it.

 

The duffle is structured enough that it will stand alone and gives your gear some extra padding and a great feature of the AGR line.

 

The laptop sleeve on the top of the duffle is so important to me now that I have used it, it is hard for me to switch to their duffles that are missing this. It allows me to only bring the duffle on a trip or while I shift at the station and I can leave a backpack at home.

 

The materials Maxpedition uses in their AGR line is also top notch. The 1000D Nylon is very water repellent and sheds dirt with ease. The zippers used on the Ironstorm are high-quality YKK and the buckles are UTX-Duraflex for low sound closures.

 

Bottom Line

 

The Ironstorm by Maxpedition is one of the best duffles I have used in a long time. It combines tried and true features like 1000D+500D Nylone and YKK zippers with some new features like a fully Laptop/Document sleeve along with an Internal compression system to make it a high-speed duffle that is capable of standing up to repeated abuse on any trip you take. One negative of the Ironstorm is that it is not made in the US but comes with a price tag like it was. The duffle comes in at $265 MSRP which is not cheap but completely justified for the materials and attention to detail used by Maxpedition.

 

Purchase the Ironstorm here.  https://www.maxpedition.com/products/ironstorm-adventure-travel-bag?variant=27026269320