Gear Review: Lat 56 Holdall
May 26, 2013
Frank@OBOW in Gear Reviews, Holdall, Lat 56

We have reviewed many bags from Lat 56, a Scotland based bag company known for their unique use of EVA foam and twill fabric on all their products.

A few months ago, they sent us a slew of new bags to review and we have finally reached the last one. It’s the Lat 56 Holdall.

Holdall, my U.S. friends may ask, what’s a holdall? Well, it’s a British term for what we would normally call a duffel bag albeit a little fancier. And traveling with this type of bag is very popular in Britain.

(I’m going to use Lat 56 photos in this review as they are better than mine.)


The Lat 56 Holdall measures 18.5” x 11.8” x 11.8”/47cm x 30cm x 30cm. It weighs 2.9lbs/1.3kg and holds 2441cu in/40L.

It has a two strap handle on top and carry handles in each end. The bag has two metal D-rings for attaching the included padded shoulder strap. (This bag does not have backpack straps.) There are two loops at the rear top of the bag for your brolly.

The main, and only, compartment has a D shaped opening with a lockable zipper. Inside are three mesh pockets—one in the lid and one on each end. There are no external pockets.

Also included is a detachable wet/dry bag designed to carry shoes or dirty clothes. It measures approximately 12” x 7” x 7”, weighs 6.5 oz, has a diagonal zipper on top and a partially  clear front panel so you can see what’s inside. It’s very pliable so if not filled it should fit easily in a packed bag.

The Holdall is water resistant.

Like all of the other Lat 56 products we’ve reviewed, the Holdall seems very tough and should withstand quite a bit. It could easily be used for numerous purposes such as a gym bag, overnight bag, or even as a simple, non complicated small travel bag. (An Eagle Creek 18” Folder can be made to fit but it won’t lie flat. The Eagle Creek 15” folder fits with room to spare.)

The bag should qualify as a carry-on as the total measurements are below the standard 45”/115cm limits. However, it’s best to check with your airline as some go by exact measurements rather that the total of three sides.

If you’re looking for a multi-purpose, uncomplicated designed bag that’s easy to pack and  makes a bold statement, then definitely consider the Lat 56 holdall. If you like lots of pockets and bells and whistles, this isn’t the bag for you.

The Lat 56 Holdall is available through Lat 56 and retails for $199. It’s only available in black and comes with a limited lifetime warranty.

(Lat 56 provided the bag for review.)

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