Next Level Durability: YETI Panga Duffel Review

Last updated on March 13th, 2024.

Leonard Schoenberger

I’m a big fan of waterproof duffel bags as I can throw all my gear inside and don’t have to worry.

If you’re on the lookout for a durable companion you should be aware that there are waterproof duffel bags and then there are fully submersible ones that will withstand the toughest conditions. Some of the best options in the game are the Ortlieb RS (wheeled), the Filson Rolltop Dry Duffel and then there is the YETI Panga Duffel. Here’s why that bag is another excellent option if you’re looking for the utmost in terms of reliability and durability.

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First Impression of the Panga

YETI Panga 75 Duffel on lake shore
The YETI Panga comes in three sizes: 50L, 75L (pictured above) and 100L. Photo: Leonard Schoenberger – © The Wading List


Sizes: 50L, 75L (pictured above) and 100L

Colors: tan (in this review), king grab (bright orange) and storm grey

Price: $300 (50L), $350 (75L) and $400 (100L)

Submersible: Yes

Waterproof: Yes

Removable shoulder straps

American manufacturer YETI has made a name for itself for producing some of the most durable coolers in the game. Since their brand is synomymous with toughness and durability it was a logical step to produce waterproof bags and backpacks as well. For us fly fishermen where reliabilty is key, they have some of the best options in the game. Yes, YETI products are expensive but in my eyes, they are worth the money, particularly on the long run, since I am confident to say they will outlast most other waterproof bags. In this review I want to share my experience with the Panga 75. I like that size the best since it’s just right for a weekend trip and as you can see in the photo below it’s still a good size to carry on your back (I am 5’10” for context).

Features of the Panga 75

Fly fisherman on the shore with YETI Panga on the back
YETI Panga Duffel Review: The 75 is just the right size to still carry it like a backpack. Photo: Leonard Schoenberger

What stood out to me when I unboxed the YETI 75 is the thickness of the fabric. You can tell right away that you can throw a lot at this duffel bag without the slightest problem. Furthermore, you realize that this bag’s main purpose is to keep things dry on the inside. I like the fact that it only comes with features you’ll really need. It has handles on each side and on top on the left and right that enable you to easily lift the bag in or out of a boat or kayak even when fully loaded.

YETI Panga 75 Duffe handle
The side handle on YETI Panga Duffel Review. Photo: Leonard Schoenberger

The duffel also features removable shoulder straps. They do their job but particularly on longer distances you’ll feel that they are not heavily padded nor particularly wide to distribute the weight evenly. I found the Ortlieb Duffle RS to do a slightly better job in this department.

YETI Panga 75 Duffel on lake shore
The shoulder straps are removable. Their padding is sufficent for shorter distances. Photo: Leonard Schoenberger

Waterproofness in Action

At the heart of the YETI Panga sits its waterproof zipper that makes this bag fully submersible. You realize how tough the zipper is built when you try to open the bag with one hand. It has so much resistance that you won’t succeed. In this context it’s important to mention that you always have to close the zipper to the fullest or the waterproofness will be down the drain.

YETI Panga 75 Duffe zipper
The waterproof zipper on the YETI Panga 75 ensures all your gear on the inside stays bone dry. Photo: Leonard Schoenberger

The zipper opens the bag to one big main compartment. The organisation on the inside is limited to two mesh pockets for essentials. All your gear will go inside together.

YETI Panga 75 Duffe handle
The YETI Panga we tested has a capacity of 75L. Photo: Leonard Schoenberger

On the outside the bag also features plenty of attachment options that always serve you well in case you want to secure the bag in a drift boat or raft to make sure it won’t fall out.

YETI Panga 75 Duffe straps
Removable shoulder straps on the YETI Panga 75. The overall build quality is excellent. Photo: Leonard Schoenberger

On the outside the YETI doesn’t feature any pockets which is due to its tough built that focuses on providing excellent waterproofness first and foremost.

Final Thoughts

Fly fisherman on the shore. YETI Panga Duffel Review
YETI Panga Duffel Review: The bag has just one main compartment with two inside zippered mesh pockets but no outside pockets. Photo: Leonard Schoenberger

Who’s the YETI Panga duffel bag for? It’s a great choice if you’re looking for the ultimate reliability when it comes to waterproofness and want a bag that you don’t have to worry about when out in the backcountry. Its design is simple, straightforward and ticks all the boxes of a fully submersible duffel bag. It’s not the ideal choice for long marches when fully loaded. It doesn’t have an outside pocket for quick access to essentials like car keys or a fishing permit. At $350 (for the 75L) it certainly isn’t cheap but I still think it’s worth the money on the long run. Personally, I like the sand color (beige) the best since it will look good in any environment. If you want to get funky you can go for the limited edition in orange/black.




Fly fisherman on the shore with YETI Panga on the back
The Panga features an excellent overall build quality. Photo: Leonard Schoenberger

FAQs: YETI Panga Duffel Review

Is the YETI Panga Waterproof Duffel submersible?

Yes, the YETI Panga Waterproof Duffel is designed to be fully submersible. It has a Hydrolok zipper and U-Dock terminal ends, making it completely waterproof and suitable for water-based activities.

What sizes are available for the YETI Panga Waterproof Duffel?

The YETI Panga Waterproof Duffel comes in multiple sizes to cater to different needs. It is available in 50, 75, and 100-liter options, providing versatility for various adventures.

Can I use the YETI Panga Waterproof Duffel for airline travel?

While the YETI Panga is rugged and durable, it’s always recommended to check with airlines for their specific policies. The duffel’s sturdy construction and waterproof features make it suitable for various travel scenarios.

How do I clean the YETI Panga Waterproof Duffel?

Cleaning the YETI Panga is easy. Simply rinse it with water and wipe it down. For stubborn stains, mild soap can be used. Ensure the duffel is completely dry before storing it to prevent any potential mildew.

What makes the YETI Panga Waterproof Duffel stand out from other waterproof bags?

The YETI Panga is known for its rugged construction, durability, and innovative features. The ThickSkin shell and EVA molded bottom provide exceptional resistance to abrasions, punctures, and impact. The Hydrolok zipper and DryHaul straps contribute to its high-performance waterproofing and ease of carrying.

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