Top Loader Bag
THROW MORE JUNK IN YOUR TRUNK
There’s something perfect about the elegant simplicity of a canvas top-load duffel. Unlike nylon, canvas is built to overstuff, stretching without tearing at the seams. So go ahead and toss the Mission Top Loader into the trunks, jam it into overhead compartments, and pile it under the shuttle bus on the way to the starting line. It will only get better with use. Maybe that’s why top load canvas bags have been military standard-issue for decades.
PUT YOUR SHOES IN THEIR PLACE
It’s an age old packing conundrum: what to do about your wet, muddy, odiferous or otherwise filthy running shoes. Stash them in plastic bags? Lace them around a strap and let them dangle? As runners, we didn’t feel like we could make a runner’s bag without a real solution. So we designed the leather bottom of our duffel to double as a separate shoe compartment. It’s lined to handle the dirt, the big zipper pulls are designed to be easy to use even with cold or gloved fingers, and most importantly, it keeps your shoes away from the rest of your gear.
The tradition of waxing canvas can be traced back to the 1400’s when seafarers began the curing their sails with fish oil, both to repel water and to catch better wind.
Over the centuries, fish oil would be replaced with linseed oil and then paraffin wax, but the durability and rugged good looks of waxed canvas waterproofing endures, more popular now than ever.
With leather reinforced corners and accents, this is a bag built tough-as-nails.
HARDWARE BUILT FOR WEAR AND TEAR
A heavy duty bag is only as strong as its weakest detail. So we never cut corners, but we do reinforce them. The big, metal clasp, grommets and zipper pulls are built to last and designed for easy use even when your hands are freezing or wearing gloves. The leather bottom provides extra protection against wet, muddy or snowy ground. You may want to treat this bag like something special, but rest assured you won’t need to.