Before I go into detail about the bag itself, I would first like to point out that after receiving this bag I’ve used it anywhere from 3-6 days a week with lots of walking. The bag has also been through environments that have left some visible markings. I’ve deliberately not cleaned the bag to show what it would look like with heavy use (but cleaning the bag is easy which I will go into more detail further in this post).
The KP Duffle is a duffle bag by the company Keep Persuing got funded on Kickstarter back in March. The bag itself is advertised to be a stylish and practical bag for a premium price. KP claim that their inspiration came from that of exotic sports cars for the looks but also wanted to offer functionality and performance second to none. Some of the features that it boasts are as follows:
- High-Quality Scratch Proof PU Exterior
- Custom InfiWave Interior Interior
- Zamak 5 Zinc Alloy Hardware
- 100% Water-resistant
- Water-resistant Zippers
- 16 Unique Storage Compartments
- Ventilated Shoe Pocket (Fits up to size 13 Men’s)
- iPhone-Sized Pocket (Fits iPhone 6 & 6 Plus)
- Hidden Water Bottle Compartment
- Utility Hatch (Designed for Chargers & Cables)
- Interior Mesh Pockets
- Concealed Wallet Pocket
- Extra-Wide Shoulder Strap with Shoulder Pad
- Meets Airline Carry-on Dimensions
It’s available in four colours, Army Green, Predawn Gray, Cobalt Blue and Jet Black. The interior of the bag for Jet Black can be either blue or orange while the other colours interior are restricted to orange (or at least were limited to orange on the Kickstarter). The bag I’ve been using is Jet Black with an orange interior.
Here are all the features of the bag after months of using the bag heavily.
To start with, there is a leather strap to go over your shoulder.
This is where one of my only and definitely my biggest problem with the bag comes to light, on the sides, you can see the clips which connect to a metal hole with a rubber insert. With heavy use, the black paint begins to scratch off, and the rubber insert starts to break. As a result, there is a sort of scratchy feeling of metal on metal as you walk with the strap on your shoulder. I would have liked to see leather or some other material here instead of the weak rubber.
The other method of carrying the bag is using the handle.
It wraps around with a magnetic clip.
Now we’ll move onto the storage compartments.
The KP Duffle has sixteen storage compartments which all look fantastic with the orange interior. I won’t show you where the secret pocket is for obvious reasons, but it’s shown to you when you buy the bag.
The large main compartment is where most of your items will be kept.
Mesh holders are on one of the walls of the main compartment.
A zipper is on the opposite side.
On one of the short walls, you have a velcro pad which can hold the optional Dopp Kit which I will show later.
The other short wall is home to the ventilated shoe compartment.
And on the other side, you have the utility pocket.
On both sides of the bag, there are water bottle holders.
The mobile phone pocket is also on both sides and is great for giving quick access to your wallet as well.
And lastly, you have the pen/tool pockets on both sides as well.
Now onto the Dopp Kit, it fits snuggly against the velcro in the bag and comes with a few containers.
Here’s the front.
And the back.
You also have mesh on one side just like that bag.
And similarly, you have a zipper on the opposite side.
It fits perfectly inside the main compartment of the Duffle.
For the most part, even though I haven’t made any effort to clean up the bag, it still looks great. Most things function exactly how they did when I first received the bag, and it almost looks as good. All of the marks that you can see in the pictures will disappear with a bit of water which is by far my favourite thing about this bag. The waterproofing provides reassurance that all valuables I carry with me will be unharmed if I’m caught out in the rain, or I manage to spill something. I do recall one moment where I was out at a restaurant and managed to spill my tea all over my bag accidently; thankfully I didn’t have to worry at all besides apologising to the staff for the mess.
The only problem that I have with this bag is the clips for the strap. They are a bit disappointing, especially considering the price. While I could care less about the paint damage, the feeling of the clip scraping metal on metal is not pleasant, and this could have been avoided by just using a tougher material for the ring.
I love this bag. I really do. The problem with the clip won’t stop me from using the bag day in and day out, but it’s something to be wary about if you’re going to use this bag a lot. Other than that one problem, the bags durability is unparalleled, and the storage compartments are a pleasure to use.