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Gear Test: Bigfoot Bag

August 18, 2006
Filed under Bags & Packs, Camping Gear

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Here’s one of those “why didn’t I think of that” sort of products. The BigFoot Bag from PortaQuip has as many uses as you have demands for it. It can be a ground cloth, tarp or gear bag — you choose. Using a heavy duty No. 10 zipper that runs around the perimeter of the hexagonal-shaped sheet of material, the “bag” can be unzipped, laid out flat on the floor, loaded up with gear, then re-zipped like a giant “burrito” to create a sturdy, water-resistant cargo bag with padded carrying handles that’s easy to load or unload from your vehicle or camper. A pair of integrated, 2-inch-wide polypropylene cinch straps can be buckled and tightened up to compress the bag and its contents. The sturdy handles can also be used as anchors to tie the bag down to a roof rack or in a pickup bed.

The BigFoot Bag comes in three sizes and types. Sizes are: Small, 57×52 inches, 5.1 cubic feet; Medium, 86×72 inches, 14.8 cubic feet; Large, 118×96 inches, 37.3 cubic feet. The Cargo bag is made from reinforced 18-ounce UV-treated vinyl; the Gear bag is 600×600 denier UV-treated polyester with heavy vinyl coating; and the Yard bag is made from heavy-duty polypropylene.

We had the Small Gear Bag ($44.95) for testing, and we treated it badly. As a matter of fact, I had my teenager drag it around the campsite for a while fully loaded, just because the manufacturer suggests you don’t drag it around. Over a period of approximately six weeks, the bag was tossed in and out of pickup beds, dragged around, loaded and unloaded with gear of all sorts, and stood up to the abuse well. It appears that it will last for many years of heavy-duty use. The zippers continued to work freely and easily. Clean up was easy too: We just hosed it off and hung it to dry. And when not in use, the BigFoot Bag folded down to a compact size for easy storage. BigFoot Bag (PortaQuip, LLC): 877-883-0200; bigfootbag.com.

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