Bag Week Reviews: Crumpler Boston Heist Duffel Bag

Short version: Do you have a need to transport a small dog and a notebook in the same bag? Because this bag is up to the task. (Note: I’m not recommending you carry your dog in this
bag. Your computer could get damaged.)

That’s my buddy, Ferrari. He wasn’t happy about getting into the bag.
  • Holds up to a 17-inch notebook
  • A shoulder strap
  • $200 MSRP
  • Available this November


  • Tons of storage
  • High quality materials and construction
  • Feels like it will last forever


  • Where’s the Crumpler charm?
  • Crazy expensive


I don’t get this bag. In fact, I don’t really “get” any of the crumpler bags sent to me for this feature. Isn’t Crumpler supposed to be the fun bag company? These bags are boring and dull. This duffel bag is like something my grandma would use as a carry-on bag.

But that’s where my hate stops because besides being a bit mundane, the Crumpler Boston Heist is about as nice as duffel bag as you can get. The construction and materials are top-notch as with every other Crumpler bag. There is even a notebook pouch on the inside along with a few pockets. I guess it should be nice seeing as it will cost $200 when it becomes available in November

There isn’t much a company can do to improve on the whole duffel bag form factor. This bag is really just a medium-sized duffel bag, with enough room to hold a couple days worth of clothes and your computer. That’s really the essence of the bag.

So who is this bag for? Well, I can see people using it as an overnight bag or even for school. It could be a great gym bag and there’s nothing stopping anyone from loading it up with books and whatnot. The strap is perfectly comfortable. The bag can also serve well as a carry-on because, well, it’s a duffel bag. I don’t think I need to say much more than that. Besides lacking a bit of Crumpler’s trademark charm and high price, it’s a wonderful bag.