When you buy a Douchebags, you get a durable bag built from the ground up to offer you the best flexibility and comfort on all your trips.
If you consider yourself a frequent traveler that likes to carry a lot of gear and stuff with him then the Douchebags Hugger is the perfect companion for you. For those longer trips where you need to take more with you, there’s the Litte Bastard that easily rolls on wheels and offers a telescopic handle.
Douchebags was founded in 2012 by the Swedish vlogger Jon Olsson and the Norwegian product designer Truls Brataas, because they saw a need for better-designed bags within the action sports community. This transitioned into more lifestyle products that merge urban design with functionality to challenge the traditional approach of luggage.
Our mission is to make better journeys through smarter travel gear.
Thanks to the great team at Douchebags we got our hands on two great products from their lineup to test and give our honest opinion. In this review, we will take a look at the Hugger 30L and the Little Bastard 60L to see how well they take on the daily grind and the airports. Key aspects we will be testing are the durability of the construction, the materials used but also the ease of use and comfort when carrying these bags.
All Douchebags products are designed to solve a problem that some of us face when they need to a reliable and functional bag that also looks better than most of the bags on the market. Design is a core value of the company and is what drives the innovation on such a straightforward product.
When looking for a backpack the Hugger 30L satisfies all your needs in terms of materials portability and overall quality of the product. Good around town but great around the world when used a carry-on. Comprised of 3 main compartments: a top pocket, a place to put your laptop with quick access and the main compartment. Inside there are two other side pockets that can hold different small items.
Great features are plentiful on this backpack like the padded leather handle that makes it easy to pick it up for placing in the overhead compartments on the plane. The multifunctional hook-up system allows you to carry multiple douchebags on top of each other. To show that this bag is built to last they’ve inserted abs plates that provide protection and stiffness.
Continuing with the Little Bastard 60L we see that the same principles are applied to the design and construction. One added feature is the telescopic handle and wheels. There is also no top pocket for quick access to stuff as this type of bag is mostly in transit. With such a large capacity to fit anything you might want, this bag is the perfect companion that you have to check in at the airport.
The Hugger is the most versatile bag with a laptop pocket that fits a 15″ MacBook Pro with ease, an IATA certification, and a capacity of 28+2L. With a final weight of 1.4 kg, this is by no means a light backpack. Materials used on the exterior are Polyester 600D / TPE 500D and for the interior Polyester 300D with added ABS plates for protection. These materials are tried and tested and that’s why they are the preferred choice of the team at Douchebags.
The massive Little Basters has a capacity of 60L and resembles an elongated backpack. Its quite tall at 76 cm with a width of 37cm at the base. Even by itself, the bag weighs close to 3.2 kg which means you can fit less heavy stuff into the bag when you are actually traveling. Same durable materials are used to construct this bag and again we see the same ABS plates here for that added protection.
After a month spent with these two bags we are convinced of the value you get when you purchase them. Having taken them in short and long trips by car and plane allowed us to evaluate them better. We did get the most use out of the Hugger as we mostly travel light and rarely check bags. If you go on a couples vacation then you definitely need the Little Bastard to fit all the extra clothes and stuff.
When using the Hugger as a backpack you realize how easy it is to access the pockets. Everything can be used with only one hand and sometimes that is a good thing. Thanks to its large capacity you can fit all your daily carry with room to spare, but we doubt you can successfully use it as a daily pack. Where the Hugger shines is on weekend and 3-7 days trips because of its practicality. You don’t want to carry this on your back for long periods of time as it’s not made for that. The shoulder straps offer decent padding but with a full backpack and increased weight, you do start to feel some discomfort.
The Little Bastard offers the same great experience but as a roller bag. The hooking system is great for attaching your Hugger to it so you don’t put too much strain on your back. The large bag has handles on every side to make it easier grab, pick up, and transport from any angle. Because this bag doesn’t have a rigid exterior shell you can fit odd objects and more stuff inside the cavernous compartment.
What impressed us about the Douchebags is the quality of the materials used and the versatility built in every bag. At €159 the Hugger is priced accordingly to other brands on the market. For €239 you can get the Little Bastard which starts to feel like you’re paying more than you should for a two-wheeled bag.
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