Fly Your Gear: Arc’teryx Launches External Frame Luggage

Arc’teryx built the Rolling Duffel for outdoor athletes who carry their gear on the plane.


Arc’teryx wants you to bring all your outdoor gear next time you board a plane. The outdoors apparel and equipment manufacturer launched this rolling duffel in spring.

The V80 and V110 (80 and 110 liters, respectively) have an external frame, compress-flat design, and reinforced construction to prevent wear.

Arc’teryx Rolling Duffels


The brand touts the duffels for “expeditions that require bringing along extra gear like bulky ski boots, sharp ice tools, helmets, climbing ropes.”

We have not received a sample to test, but their site claims the bags weigh 7.5 and 7.7 lbs. each.

arcteryx-v80-rolling-duffle-side-viewThe big design feature is the external, tubular aluminum frame.

“It makes all hardware accessible and repairable,” said Arc’teryx design manager Chris Hodgett. “It eliminates wear points from an internal frame rubbing through exterior material. Finally, it eliminates the need for additional handles and lash points. You can pick up the bag or lash it down from any side using the tubular frame.”

It also allows the duffel to pack flat when empty.

Both the V80 and V110 have 630d nylon construction, with 390d reinforced fabric along high-wear areas.

They are coated and seam taped for weather resistance, and sport Arc’teryx’s WaterTight zipper. The luggage opens with one large, U-shaped, zippered front panel. A small zippered pocket holds IDs and boarding passes.

The Arc’teryx Rolling Duffels are now available and are priced at $425 (V80) and $449 (V110).

Adam Ruggiero

Adam Ruggiero is the editor-in-chief of GearJunkie and a fan of virtually all sports and activities. From biking, running, and (not enough) surfing, to ball sports, camping, and cattle farming — if it's outside, it's worth doing. Adam graduated from the University of Minnesota with a BA in journalism. Likes: unique beer, dogs, stories. Like nots: neckties, escalators, manicured lawns.