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ADV NewsFirst Look: Mosko Moto Scout 30L Duffle

First Look: Mosko Moto Scout 30L Duffle

A highly-versatile tail bag with plenty of capacity for journeys long or short.

Published on 05.23.2024

Whether you call it a hold-all, rucksack, carryall, kit bag, or some other name, a duffle bag strikes a utilitarian chord in any situation. For ADV’ers a soft, top-entry bag is an essential piece of gear, even if you have hard cases, as it can strap easily to the top, or just to the seat or rack as a stand-alone piece of luggage.

Here we have the Mosko Moto Scout 30 Liter Duffle, a versatile mid-sized bag for shorter trips when used alone or as an extra bag on those long adventures. Just like everything Mosko makes, this bag is extremely feature-dense with adventure-riding specific details.

Mosko Moto Scout 30L Duffle review
The Scout 30L Duffle main chassis is a 100% waterproof 800D welded-seam, roll-top drybag equipped with many expansion options.

The main chassis is 100% waterproof 800D polyurethane coated (PVC free) nylon with RF welded seams, creating a rectangular cube with one main roll-top opening. Over the top of the bag is Mosko’s signature beavertail system which is removable and very handy for confidently securing larger items that don’t need to be in a bag or don’t fit, i.e. tentpole bag, large water bottle, sleeping pad, wet items, etc.

Mosko Moto Scout 30L Duffle review
The removable beavertail’s MOLLE panel offers options to expand the bag’s capacity with an assortment of items. The beavertail also provides a convenient place to tuck a jacket or to store wet/dirty things like a rainfly, tarp, or towel.
The inside of the removable beavertail features reinforced mesh zipper pockets for convenient storage of documents, maps etc.

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On the outside of the removable beavertail is a tactical-style MOLLE panel that can be used to expand the bag’s capacity with all sorts of extra items in all sorts of ways. If you are unfamiliar, just search MOLLE accessories on Amazon and you’ll see just how versatile and customizable this system is. On the inside, the beavertail offers reinforced mesh zipper pockets for convenient storage of maps, documents etc.

Mosko Moto Scout 30L Duffle review
The Scout duffle can quickly convert into a backpack or an over the shoulder bag.

The other main feature of the Scout 30L Duffle is its off-the-bike utility. Getting from parking spot to hotel room or camp site might be a bit of a trek and having options is very convenient. Go backpack style or over the shoulder with the included and stowed-away backpack straps or single sling strap. Also both of those are removable if you don’t plan on taking your bag off the bike.

Mosko Moto Scout 30L Duffle review

Top Features

  • Webbing pass-through for connection straps
  • Removable beavertail – Hypalon MOLLE panel/reinforced stash pockets
  • Padded, comfy shoulder strap for casual carry
  • Stashable/removable backpack straps – for when you need them
  • Reinforced ends/bottom for added abrasion resistance
  • Two easy-grab and carry handles

First Impressions

Using the Mosko Moto Backcountry Cinch Straps ($10 cheaper if you buy them with this pack), strapping the Scout Duffle to the rear rack of my T7 was as simple as it could be. Unlike tank bags to a certain extent, and definitely hard cases, a duffle bag like this is not bike-specific and will attach to any machine.

Mosko Moto Scout 30L Duffle review
Mounting the Scout is a breeze with a set of cinch straps run through four routing loops that help keep the bag solidly in place.

The 800D nylon is very thick and holds its shape well, making loading up the bag very easy. The base of the bag has a relatively rigid rectangular shape with a reinforced bottom so it doesn’t droop over the sides, with or without anything in it. The roll-top closure works great for over-filling the bag and compressing the contents down tight, and adds peace of mind when it comes to waterproofness.

Mosko Moto Scout 30L Duffle review
Mosko Moto Scout 30L Duffle review

I have used this bag on a one-nighter as my only luggage, other than a tank bag. It was loaded up with a change of clothes, pjs, a regular towel, a grocery bag full of non-refrigerated foodstuffs, a headlamp, a sleeping pad, a sleeping bag, an inflatable pillow, and a few other odds and ends. There was plenty of room for all of that in the bag, and I secured my one-person tent, tentpole bag, and 1.5 liter water bottle with the beavertail section. For those who need even more room, there is a Scout 50L Duffle with a similar design.

Mosko Moto Scout 30L Duffle review
The beavertail’s inside pocket comes in handy for a quick look at a paper map or grabbing your documents.
Mosko Moto Scout 30L Duffle review
The beavertail is mighty nice for strapping down extra cargo when you are in a rush and don’t want to open up your bags. It is also much-appreciated as a separate storage option when you have wet or dirty clothes.

The Beavertail Molle panel is useful for securely mounting expansion bags or important accessories on the outside where they can be quickly accessed. I personally don’t have any MOLLE accessories yet, but this feature on the Mosko bags has got me throwing those items in my Amazon cart left and right.

The backpack and strap features also greatly expands the use of this bag. I can see using it as a carryon for a flight, a dry bag for fishing or surfing trips, a dry camera bag for expensive, cannot-get-wet equipment and more.

Mosko Moto Scout 30L Duffle review
Conversion into a backpack or over the shoulder bag is straightforward and quick. If you’re not using the backpack straps, they stash flat in an external pocket or can be removed entirely.

Any outdoor enthusiast would find multiple uses for a bag with these features and of this size. It’s not too big to be cumbersome or limit mounting options, but big enough to fit a ton of essential gear. This bag is for any rider who appreciates a versatile, multi-use bag that is built like a tank.

Given the features, options, style, and bullet-proof ruggedness, the Scout 30L Duffle is a home run. I’m excited to keep using it on motorcycle trips but also for photographer/videographer jobs off the bike. Plus the versatile beavertail and MOLLE system make this duffle way more expandable and useful than a traditional waterproof duffel.

Mosko Moto Scout 30L Duffle review

What We Liked

  • Heavy-duty construction
  • Very versatile
  • Backpack and single-sling straps
  • Beavertail with MOLLE panel
  • Goldielocks not-to-big, not-to-small sizing
  • Looks, it’s a cool looking bag!

What Could Be Improved

  • Beavertail flaps could be a tad longer for easier strapping of bulky items.

Scout 30L Duffle Specs

CAPACITY: 30L
WIDTH: 10in / 25.4cm
LENGTH: 18in / 45.7cm
TOTAL HEIGHT: 18in / 45.7cm
ROLLED HEIGHT: 12in / 30.5cm
WEIGHT: 3.4lbs / 1.5kg
CONSTRUCTION/MATERIALS: 100% waterproof 800D polyurethane coated (PVC free) Nylon with RF welded-seams. Includes Hypalon MOLLE panel and Reinforced mesh zipper pockets.
MSRP: Starts at $230

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Photos by Rob Dabney and Sean Klinger

Author: Sean Klinger

With his sights set on doing what he loved for a living, Sean left college with a BA in Journalism and dirt bike in his truck. After five years at a dirt-only motorcycle magazine shooting, testing, writing, editing, and a little off-road racing, he has switched gears to bigger bikes and longer adventures. He’ll probably get lost a few times but he’ll always have fun doing it. Two wheels and adventure is all he needs. 

Author: Sean Klinger
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Mario Perotti
Mario Perotti
May 23, 2024 3:34 pm

Considering all the features that’s a very reasonable price. Looks awesome also!

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