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Matador Transit30 2.0 Review

The Transit30 2.0 is a large packable duffel bag from Matador. It’s great for adding extra capacity to your travel setup, but we think that’s about it.

Matador Transit30 2.0 In Use
Matador Transit30 2.0 In Use

Our Verdict

7.0 /10

Form

63/100

Design

73/100

Value

73/100

Pros

  • Huge capacity
  • Nicely executed quick-grab pocket
  • The button is nice for keeping the straps together

Cons

  • Low weight zipper for such a large bag
  • Not very versatile
  • Missed opportunity compressing into the quick-grab pocket

Technical Details

3 %

Carry-On Compliance (Beta)

View 5/162 Airlines

  • Capacity

    30l

  • Denier

    30D

  • Weight (oz)

    5 oz (141.7 gm)

  • Notable Materials

    Cordura Ripstop Nylon, Hypalon®

  • Manufacturing Country

    China

  • Warranty Information

    Matador Warranty

Full Review

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The Transit30 2.0 is Matador’s compressible duffel, and it is a total beast. It’s 30 liters and, like all of Matador’s products, highly compressible. This is the second iteration of the Transit30, and we’ve noticed some nice improvements over version 1.0.

We’ve found this to be a great addition to your pack if you plan on acquiring more things on the road. You can toss it in your travel backpack for the trip to your destination, fill it up with souvenirs or whatever else you might want during your stay, and then bring it all back on your return flight by checking one of your bags.

PSA: This is just one product out of Matador’s Advanced Series. They’ve also got the Freerain24 2.0, Freefly16, Flatpak Soap Bar Case, and the Flatpak Toiletry Bottle. If you’re interested in adding some compressible gear to your travel loadout, we’d highly recommend checking out the full series.

Matador Transit30 2.0 Materials
Matador Transit30 2.0 Materials

The Transit30 2.0 is made with siliconized 30D CORDURA® ripstop, puncture-resistant nylon. So it’s lightweight, strong, and weather-resistant.

Matador Transit30 2.0 Button Handle
Matador Transit30 2.0 Button Handle

The duffel handle is now “button-able,” allowing you to attach both loops to each other. This makes it a bit easier to carry the bag and manage the straps.

There are some better loops and pull tabs on each side of the zipper.

Matador Transit30 2.0 Small Front Pocket
Matador Transit30 2.0 Small Front Pocket

There is now a wider opening on the front zippered compartment, which is good for quick-grab items.

For a 30-liter bag, we think the main zipper is pretty lackluster. We’re not bag designers, but it seems like this thing should have a beefier zip, considering it will be carrying a large amount of gear.

Matador Transit30 2.0 Main Compartment In Use
Matador Transit30 2.0 Main Compartment In Use

This pack uses the same rolltop design on the compression pouch as the other Matador Advanced Series products—such as the Freefly16 and Freerain24 2.0. We’re not huge fans, but it works.

We also think Matador may have missed an opportunity to have the bag compress into the quick-grab pocket, instead of having a separate compression pouch. The separate pouch works well on the backpacks, but in this case you’re just stuffing a duffel full of gear, so it would be nice to have that out of the way.

Usage Timeline

Initial Usage

Condition: Excellent

Looking good out of the box, this thing is huge and packs down to nothing.

1 Month of Use

Condition: Excellent

Works well, although we don’t find ourselves using it that often. Kind of a niche use-case.

2 Months of Use

Condition: Good

Still going strong, we have some concerns about the craftsmanship but no major issues yet.

Overall

Overall, this is a handy item for a fairly specific use-case. If you’re looking for a bag that you can use to carry gear around a city after you arrive, you’re probably better off with one of the packable daypacks above. But if you’re simply looking to add a bunch of extra capacity for your return flight home, this is the bag you’re looking for.

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By Tom Wahlin
Created January 10, 2019 • Updated October 28, 2019