AquaLung Explorer II Duffel Pack - Honest Review & Test 2024

By Julius
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The AquaLung Explorer II Duffel Pack is a really cool backpack-type dive bag for scuba divers who like to travel light. It's also perfect as a boat bag and mine also serves as my everyday gym duffel! After 5 years, the zippers are coming apart a bit, but hey, I have been stuffing it with everything I need on a daily basis.
The top zipper is located so that it's hidden and can't be opened by someone else. It is great for divers and snorkelers, and while it doesn't fit freediving fins, you can strap them to the outside easily!

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Of course, we also read other opinions online but in the end, nothing beats real world experience. So we took the time for a thorough AquaLung Explorer II Duffel Pack test and review! Below you find everything you need to know, including features, specs and what we like, and don't like about it.

Review Summary

Social Diving Editor's Choice

The AquaLung Explorer II Duffel Pack Dive Bag offers a lot of space, is super light, and is surprisingly durable. As such, it makes for the perfect boat/backpack dive bag.

Our Rating

4.6 / 5.0

What We Like

  • Good quality and high durability
  • Unique design
  • Super compact
  • Perfect as a boat bag
  • Back zipper pointed towards wearer

Reasons to Avoid

  • No crushing or padding to make it more comfortable
  • Side zippers not super sturdy
  • Too short for freediving fins

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First Impression

In a hurry and looking for the gist of things? Here is our review in short. Keep reading for the entire version.

Duffels might not appear to be the perfect dive bag to protect and carry around your scuba treasures. However, the Aqualung Explorer II duffel is built differently.

With a lot of space, super light, and surprisingly durable, it makes for the perfect boat/backpack dive bag.

It won’t fit an entire cold water diving set, but everything else will find a place in here. Even if you carry around long freediving fins, they can be attached to the back with the integrated fin straps.

What I really like from a safety standpoint is that the back zipper is located on the person’s back ( instead of outward). Therefore, to open the pack, you have to set it down and nobody can open it without you noticing.

Especially when traveling in crowded areas, this is a safety feature I can respect.

A drawback is the lack of padding or a hard plate on the back. This means you need to think about how you pack the dive bag and don’t make the mistake to put pointy or sharp pieces on top.

Trust me, you WILL feel it and it isn’t pleasant to feel a sharp underwater camera on your back.

The AquaLung Explorer II Duffel Pack dive bag is a pretty cool duffel for divers that comes at a price tag but will be worth it.

If you have any other questions or need advice, leave us a comment below and get the conversation started.

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About the author

Hey! I'm Julius, professional scuba instructor, diver, outdoor lover, entrepreneur and CEO and founder of Social Diving. I write about scuba diving (including tech, cave, sidemount, and freediving), travel, and love what I do. If you have any questions, send me a message. :-)

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