Monday, 17 October 2016 08:28

Rohan Axiom 60 wheeled duffel tested and reviewed

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Rohan's Axiom 60 is a wheeled duffle designed to be tough enough to throw in the hold of a plane but equally at home checking in to a 4 star hotel.

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Perfectly sized for up to a week away at 74x38x28cm (unloaded) it's just too large for cabin luggage but whether in the back of the Land Rover or left to the mercy of baggage handlers it's built to protect your valuable contents.

Constructed of a ripstop polyamide with a PU waterproof coating it offers a combination of light weight and durability with an abrasion resistant exterior and a choice of handles for carrying where the wheeled option isn't required. The handle extends at the touch of a button, locking into place with an audible "click", from a hidden sheath that also gives the duffle a strong structural support down the centre of the main compartment. In use the curved handle is both ergonomic and feels substantial enough to give the user confidence while the solid wheels run well on pretty much any surface.

Rohan Axiom 60 handle

The core of the Axiom 60 is a single, large, compartment accessed by a heavy duty, lockable, zip with a protective flap. On the inside of the lid a full length zipped mesh pocket is ideal for carrying the Rohan Envoy Suit or just for separating clean and used clothes during your trip. The main compartment is lined with Rohan's Pacsil fabric and comes with a pair of compression straps for securing your load inside the compartment.

Rohan Axiom 60 pocket

Rohan Axiom 60 liner

Externally the Axiom has a large pocket on the outside of the lid with a larger zipped pocket on the end from which the handle extends, with a further, internal, pocket inside. For carrying you get comfortable handles adjacent to the handle and on the outer side of the main compartment lid supplemented by a solid plastic grab handle on the base. Once in place the lid is further secured with a pair of compression straps on either side.

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In use we've found the Axiom to be an ideal combination of light weight, durability, and ease of use. Loaded for a 4 day trip to Switzerland there was enough room to carry not only spare clothes and shoes but thanks to the lid pocket taking part of the load there was enough spare room to carry an Arcteryx 35lt bag used for cabin luggage while navigating airports. The combination of handle and wheels was responsive enough to weave through the Departures lounge but substantial enough to take on pavements and kerbs without a second thought.

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The handles are well positioned, sitting out of the way when not in use without being liable to snag on anything in passing and providing a well balanced load when carrying manually. The corners of the duffle are reinforced against knocks and bangs and there's a feeling of indestructability about it, but when it makes its way along the airport luggage conveyor belt it still brings admiring looks for its looks.