The 5.11 Tactical SOMS 3.0 rolling duffel bag is a truly massive gear bag, offering a gaping 126 liters of storage for pretty much any and all gear you could ever need to bring to the range or on a hunt.
This obviously isn’t for everyone or even for every range trip or every hunt—for instance, my spring turkey gear fits in a large backpack and is usually just my turkey vest, clothes, rain gear, and boots (and my shotgun of course). But when you’re going on a multi-day hunt in a place with changing temperatures that require a good number of layers, the gear list can get big in a hurry. Or when you’re bringing a variety of firearms to the range that all eat different ammo along with eyes, ears, and other shooting gear for a bunch of shooters, space can run out quick.
Instead of carrying multiple bags and forgetting where you put what, just throw it all in the SOMS and slide it into the back of your truck.
The main compartment is cavernous and the bag comes with tough dividers held in place by hook-and-loop, so you can divide that main compartment however you want. It’s deep enough to easily contain 8″ tall hunting boots soles down with room to spare. Plus, one side features two large square zippered pockets and the other side has a long rectangular pocket, which is perfect for stashing rain gear or extra layers.
One of the coolest things about the bag is that you can make it a softer, more flexible duffel if you want, or set it up to keep its shape entirely, making it easier to fill and empty. The SOMS comes with removable fiberglass rods that velcro into place and, along with the molded side panels, makes the bag more of a large suitcase that can freely stand on its end.
And when not needed for the range, it can be used to haul as much gear as you need for pretty much any hunt.
I traveled to Wyoming recently on a pronghorn antelope hunt with the SOMS 3.0 in tow as my only luggage. It easily accommodated all my gear and clothing, including several sets and layers of camo clothes as we saw temperatures swing from the 20s to the 70s, a pair of tall boots, a pair of sneakers, outerwear, rain gear, knives, binocs, an empty day pack, ear and eye pro, and lots more—and I didn’t even pack out the available storage space.
The robust wheels, extendable handle, well-placed and tough grab handles and carry straps made moving the big bag around airports and into and out of vehicles easy and quick and once I got where I was going, the bag had kept everything organized and protected and it was easy to use as a gear closet for the week.
A word of warning though, the bag itself weights 16 lbs., mostly because it’s pretty overbuilt for durability, so you only have about 34 lbs. worth of gear until you hit the 50 lbs. weight limit imposed by most airlines for a checked bag. Pretty much, if you’re packing out the SOMS and you’re flying with it, be prepared to have plenty of space, but also to pay extra to check it.
Additionally, the bag is tough as nails to handle all that weight and to put up with a ton of serious abuse in the process. The heavy duty wheels, wheel housings, skid rails, corner protectors, and U feet are all robust and, more importantly, replaceable. So even if a serious crash damages one of these components, it can be swapped out and the bag can be put back into service. The entirety is constructed of water resistant 1050D nylon and 1680D ballistic nylon.
Other features include a clear vinyl document storage pocket on the top of the bag with and ID/business card holder; retractable handle and self-retracting grab handles, name tape and morale patch holders on exterior pockets, MOLLE platform webbing inside main compartment for adding any pouch configuration you desire, light colored interior lining to more easily see your gear, top and side compression straps, removable webbing strap with buck included for tethering addition 5.11 luggage or bags, lockable YKK zippers.
The SOMS bag is available in Ranger Green, Black, Double Tap (gray and black), and Kangaroo (shown).
- Main Compartment: 32″H x 18.5″L x 14.0″D
- Total Capacity: 7684 cubic inches / 126 liters
- Weight:16.09 lbs.
And if this isn’t big enough for you, after all “SOMS” stands for “Some Of My Stuff”, 5.11 also makes the CAMS 3.0 (Carry All My Stuff) with a stunning 190 liters of storage space. It’s a true monster built to carry an operator’s full kit including body armor and rifle, so you can imagine how much you can pack into it. MSRP: $329