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Retrospective® Duffel 50

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Retrospective® Duffel 50

Retrospective® Duffel 50

SKU#: 710783


30 reviews

The Retrospective Duffel 50 is the perfect back road traveling companion.

Thick abrasion-resistant canvas is ready for your adventure with a DWR treatment to repel the elements.  A wide, padded shoulder strap offers Think Tank’s legendary carry comfort. Plus, a rugged, oversized YKK zipper provides wide access to the main compartment.


  • Stone-washed 100% cotton canvas with premium ripstop tartan liner
  • World-class YKK zippers slide easily even under overpacked loads 
  • Full-grain Dakota leather accents and zipper pulls

Additional Features+

  • Antique plated metal hardware
  • Wide zippered opening provides access to main compartment
  • 50 liters of total capacity
  • Large zippered pocket for easy access to essentials
  • Lockable zipper sliders on main compartment (lock sold separately)
  • Robust carry straps with leather grips
  • Removable shoulder strap
  • Padded removable shoulder strap with non-slip silicone
  • Thick webbing grab-handles on all four sides


Exterior Dimensions:
24.5" L x 12.75" W x 11.5" H (62 x 32.5 x 29.5 cm)
50 Liters
2.9 lbs. (1.3 kg) including all accessories


  • P300D two-tone twill ripstop liner
  • 3-ply bonded nylon thread
  • Durable water-repellant (DWR) coating
  • Sand-washed 100% cotton canvas
  • YKK® RC Fuse (abrasion-resistant) zippers
  • Antique plated metal hardware
  • Ribbed nylon webbing
  • Full-grain Dakota leather
  • 3-ply bonded nylon thread


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Anders H.
Norway Norway

A very nice bag - I want bigger version too, and ...

It is not possible to get this bag i Europe / Norway yet, but I bought it through a forwarder service, and have just used it for a three days trip hiking to mountain tops, in the mountains of Norway. And as all the Think Tank bags I have, it has a very high quality, looks good and is nice to use. But it is a bit too small. I really hope it can be made in, lets say 70 Liters and 90 Liters. Or, as an inbetween larger bag, lets say 75 liters. Or if more versions is not possible, convert this one to a future single 60 Liters bag. Also, the zipper could use som more "space", eg. have a bit more leway, for when the bag is totally full. Maybe have a sand coloured one ? Conclusion: Keep the design with all the grab handles, and grips, give the zipper a bit more leeway - and and make a bigger version also! I will buy that too. Anders

Charles A.
United States United States

This will last a long time.

I’m always hauling stuff and this duffel bag is perfect for it.

Donald M.
United States United States

It doesn’t get any better then Think Tank

The Retrospective 50 Duffel bag is my third Think Tank Product and like the other two it is designed and built to last a life time of rugged service. I can highly recommend this product.

Larry R.
United States United States

Great Bag

Think Tank makes great gear and this is no exception. Excellent materials and impeccable construction make this wonderful addition to any travel gear lineup. I have many TT products and enjoy them all. Win Win in my book.

Marty M.
United States United States

Another solid product in the Retrospective family.

Perfect size duffel for my travel needs. Strong canvas construction with plenty of grab handles and a sturdy zipper.


At Think Tank, we build our products for the daily impacts of travel and demands of working professionals over extended periods of time. We build many of our products with user replaceable parts to keep your bag going for years.

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Return Policy+

If you are not completely satisfied with our product, you can return it unused within 30-days for a full refund less shipping costs. Refunds will not be issued until the product is received and inspected to insure that it contains all the parts and is clean and unused. Note that we do not pay for shipping to have you return it to us.

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Stone-washed 100% cotton canvas is soft and rugged with a refined appearance

Materials: Creating the Retrospective Canvas

The cotton canvas used in the Retrospective series features a natural cracking pattern like a stone’s surface. This unique pattern is achieved by a special washing and dry tumbling process.

Key Characteristics

  • Made from 100% cardened cotton woven canvas
  • Pigment printed
  • Stone-washed and tumble-dried
  • Water-repellent polyurethane coating
  • Weight:
    • 628gr/yd Ingrey – 63 inch width
    • 642gr/yd after finished – 58/59 inch width

The Colorization Process

Generally, most fabric color is applied in during the dyeing process where the fabric is dyed on both sides. But to get grizzled surface and cracking pattern, the Retrospective cotton fabric uses a pigment printing process instead of a dyeing process.

The Retrospective fabric runs through the pigment printing process twice.

The first pigment printing process applies a deep and thick coat to achieve the fabric’s main body color. (Outer surface only). At this point, all fabric has same color without difference as normal dyed fabrics.

Creating the Retrospective Canvas

The first pigment printing process

Creating the Retrospective Canvas

The signature cracking pattern

Creating the Retrospective Canvas

Polyurethane is applied for water-resistance

The Wash & Dry Process

After the first printing process, the fabric is washed for 3-4 hours then tumble-dried at high temperature for another 1-2 hours. Because the fabric is so heavy, we can only wash/dry 30 yards at a time.

After washing and tumble-drying process, some pigment paint on fabric surface peeled off, creating the signature cracking pattern.

During the second pigment printing process, a light and thin pigment mixed with polyurethane is applied to both sides of the fabric to decrease the color differences and achieve water-resistance.

Creating the Retrospective Canvas

Washing machines

Creating the Retrospective Canvas

Each 30-yard cotton canvas roll is washed for 3-4 hours

Creating the Retrospective Canvas

Spin Dryer

Creating the Retrospective Canvas

Tumble dryers

Quality Control Check

To check the color and quality we visit factory several times during production period.

It’s impossible to control each roll’s washing and dry tumbling process under exactly same condition. However, each roll still has a unique cracking pattern and variation in color tone.

Creating the Retrospective Canvas