Best duffel bags 2019


#1 Patagonia Black Hole 60 Liter 

Made from a burly polyester ripstop material and covered with a highly weather-resistant TPU laminate and DWR finish, this is one heck of a duffel that will stand up to almost anything. A “black hole” of a bag, you’ll easily be able to fit everything you need in there and much more on your next big adventure.

The main compartment has a large opening that makes for easy packing, while the zippered side pocket is perfect for super-fast access to essential items like your phone, wallet, or boarding pass.

The 60-liter capacity is plenty big enough for a fun-filled weekend or a longer adventure, and when it’s empty, it simply folds into its own pocket for easy storage.

Lightweight and incredibly durable, the Black Hole Duffel has removable, padded shoulder straps that keep it comfortable while you walk with it, and the reinforced haul handles make it super easy to throw on the bus or grab at baggage claim. Internal compression straps ensure that your luggage stays in one place during transit.

#2 The North Face Rolling Thunder

For frequent air travelers, there is a lot to be said for the convenience of a wheeled duffel, and especially one that can be used as a carry-on. At 40 liters, the TNF Rolling Thunder 22″ is an optimal size for air travelers who don’t pack the kitchen sink. The wheels are large yet smooth and functional over a variety of surfaces, equally at home at the airport and far-flung villages. And while the bag expands nicely to accommodate full loads, compression straps help to keep the size within airline regulations.

What the Rolling Thunder is not, however, is a fully-featured piece of luggage for business travelers. It lacks the organizational compartments of some premium roller bags, with only one internal mesh pocket and two small external zip pockets. Further, some users have reported that over time, the internal support bar has worn through to the base of the bag. For the most part however, the Rolling Thunder can take a licking and keep on ticking better than most rolling duffels. For those who want more space, The North Face makes two other sizes of this bag (80 liters and a whopping 155 liters). And for a similar carry-on option, see the Patagonia Black Hole Wheeled 40L. 

#3 Shacke’s Travel Duffel Express Weekender

This is one of the most popular and capable duffel bags on the market today. Made from durable dragon nylon (a high-quality water-resistant fabric) this duffel will take you anywhere you want to go.

You’ll have no trouble stashing all your gear in here as there’s plenty of space. The main compartment is great for all your usual clothing and kit, but there are hidden extras that will make you grin with delight.

The shoe pouch, for example, is perfect for keeping smelly sneakers or wet flip flops away from the rest of your gear, while the large internal hanging pouch will keep your passport, travel documents, and anything else you hold dear, safe and sound on the go.

For easy air travel, the bag comes complete with TSA friendly locks and easy opening YKK double zippers on the main compartment, meaning that both you and the airport staff can easily access your belongings!

#4 Osprey Packs Transporter 40 Expedition Duffel

The Transporter from Osprey is available in four different sizes, 40L, 65L, 95L, and 130L. In this article, we’re concentrating on the 40L version.

Compact on the outside, but incredibly roomy on the inside, this Tardis-like duffel bag doubles as a backpack with its yoked shoulder harness.

Sling it over your back for long walks and adventures, then tuck that strap back in its very own storage pocket when you no longer need it. It’s clever additions like this that are synonymous with the Osprey brand and ones that many travelers love and actively look for.

Made from tough 0.2mm TPU laminated 800D nylon, this beauty is weather-resistant and incredibly capable of withstanding the roughest of journeys.

The zippers have easy-to-grab zip pulls for fast access on the go, and the main compartment has a smooth, lockable U-zip to keep your belongings safe. For those little extras that you need in transit, there are dual-zippered 3-D end pockets with overlapping rain flaps — perfect for stashing your phone, passport, or wallet.

#5 YETI Panga Submersible Duffel 75

If you know coolers, chances are you know the YETI brand. And it’s no surprise that the company entered the duffel market with a splash. Many models on this list are water resistant—they can withstand wet ground and the occasional rain shower—but the Panga is fully waterproof. You’ll often spot this thick and submergible duffel on rafts, fishing boats, and pretty much anywhere people want the ultimate level of protection for their gear. Made with laminated high-density nylon that feels like rubber, a burly EVA bottom, and a waterproof zipper that locks firmly into place, this duffel is as water-ready and air-tight as you’ll find.

Keep in mind that the YETI Panga is overkill for most non-outdoor use. The bag is very pricey at $350, heavy at over 6 pounds for the 75-liter version, and has a thick, rubbery feel. In addition, YETI branding is strong with logos on each side and a very prominent imprint that runs the length of the bottom of the bag. All in all, this isn’t the optimal duffel for the average traveler or for light outdoor use, but it’s hard to beat when you need waterproof protection for your gear (think water sports or protecting important belongings that absolutely cannot get wet). For a cheaper waterproof duffel option, see the SealLine WideMouth below.

#6 The North Face Base Camp Duffel

This behemoth of a duffel, from big brand The North Face, is plenty big enough to fit everything you need on your next adventure, and then some!

Available in a variety of sizes including 31, 50, 71, 95, 132, and 150L, we’re focusing on the massive 95-liter model. Made from highly durable 1000D phthalate-free TPE fabric laminate and 840D Jr. ballistic nylon, this bag should last you for many years to come.

The main compartment is sizable and easy to secure using the D-zip opening with its weather-resistant zipper flap, while the internal mesh pocket will keep small things safe from sliding around during transit.

Full of useful additions that you’d expect from a brand that knows its globetrotting audience, there’s an end-cap zippered compartment that allows you to separate wet clothes or dirty shoes. There’s also a zip mesh storage bag that acts as a packing cube.

When it comes to carrying your life on your back, the detachable and adjustable, alpine-cut shoulder straps offer a perfect fit and allow you to carry your duffel backpack style. The four compression straps will keep it tightly packed and the water-resistant material should mean you’re good to go, no matter the weather.

#7 Eagle Creek Cargo Hauler 60

The Eagle Creek Cargo Hauler is a nice option for travelers looking for a lightweight duffel with an assortment of carry options. It’s one of the more affordable duffels on the market at $99 for the 60-liter version, weighs less than 2 pounds, and even packs into its own end pocket. The bag is functional too: similar to the Patagonia Black Hole, the Cargo Hauler has a U-shaped lid, lash points and grab handles, a padded foam bottom, and padded and removable backpack straps.

Within its weight class, the Cargo Hauler is comparable in function and design to Granite Gear’s Packable Duffel, but comes in 4 ounces heavier and lacks features like top carry handles and internal organization pocket. Both duffels are made with 600D water-resistant fabric, a less durable (yet lighter weight) material than many of the more rugged models on the list. And it’s obvious at first glance that the Cargo Hauler simply is not as burly and water resistant as a bag like The North Face Base Camp, nor is it as comfortable of a backpack (it has a tendency to droop even when loaded). But for a nice all-around travel duffel at a reasonable price, give the Eagle Creek a look.

#8 Marmot Long Hauler Travel Duffel 

Available in a choice of four sizes (S, M, L, and XL) it’s the medium bag we’re reviewing in this article. This duffel bag is made from 1000D 100% polyester with TPE laminate; making is super strong and able to withstand the bumps and knocks of domestic or international adventures.

The lining is wipeable nylon which is great for internal leaks, while the bag is reinforced with 100% ballistic nylon for extra strength wherever you’re headed.

Ideal for an overnight bag, a checked bag, or even for the gym, this duffel has a D-Shaped main zipper opening for easy access and haul loops on both ends to make it easy to lift. The double bottom ensures its durability, and the tough YKK zippers will hold their own after many, many uses.

The main compartment is plenty big enough to carry your clothes and belongings for big trips, and the zippered end pockets are easily accessible, making them perfect for stowing your passport, keys, cell phone, and wallet.

There’s also a removable shoulder strap that converts to carrying handles giving you multiple carrying options when you need them.

#9 Gregory Mountain Products Alpaca

The Alpaca Duffel Bag is available in four different sizes (45, 60, 90, and 120 liters) but it’s the rather spacious 90-liter duffel we’re reviewing here.

Made from 900D polyester diamond ripstop with TPU coating, and 630H HD nylon, this bag is designed to be strong! The TPU coating also gives it exceptional water and tear resistance, meaning it really should stand up to any amount of grief you throw at it.

This is a large bag, and because of that, it could be heavy to carry for long periods of time. The manufacturers have thought of that and given the bag padded backpack straps that can be removed quickly when you don’t need them, using ladder-locks and girth hitches at the top and bottom.

There’s also the option of haul handles with the hook-and-loop wrap for comfy carrying and a daisy cabin should you wish to secure your duffel to a roof rack or a long distance yak.

The lockable zippers are U-shaped, and the entire top panels open fully for easy packing — handy when you’re planning on taking a lot of gear with you.

#10 KPL Vintage Leather Duffel

This vintage-style leather duffel bag is a real classic. Made from genuine, full grain leather, the rich natural patina of this bag will change over time, ensuring that it always stands out from the crowd.

This beautiful bag will be just as home in a first class cabin as it would be out in the wild. Carrying a bag like this makes a real statement.

With one large compartment that will hold your clothes, shoes, and toiletries, you can keep the remaining two side zipper pockets free for items you need instant access to, such as your passport, cell phone, or wallet. The interior is also fully lined with canvas giving more practicality, and a high end feel.

The front, satchel-style pocket adds interest and is in keeping with the vintage look of the bag, while the adjustable carry strap is well padded and can be removed when not in use.

Want to carry it instead? This bag also comes with two sturdy, leather handles that will feel awesome in your hands as you carry your gear from plane to hotel and back again.

#11 Thule Chasm Duffel Bag

The Thule Chasm Duffel bag comes in a choice of four different sizes (40, 70, 90 and 130 liters), but in this article, we’re looking at the sizable yet easy to carry 70-liter option.

Made from Phthalate-free TPE laminate with a 1000D nylon base, this duffel is durable, water resistant, and offers exceptional tear resistance. The bag also comes in an array of attractive colors. The Bluegrass option is perfect for sticking out in a crowd.

Because carrying your luggage is important, Thule has included removable backpack straps that make lugging your bag over long distances as easy as pie. When you get there, remove the backpack straps, and revert to using the duffel strap as usual.

The oversized, wide mouth opening is perfect for easy access to your belongings, and the external compression straps are designed to prevent your belongings from getting squashed up at the bottom when you carry it in backpack mode.

On the inside, there are also internal mesh pockets for keeping smaller items safe and a lockable, zippered side pocket for keeping small items secure and within reach while you travel.

#12 AmazonBasics Travel Duffle Bag With Wheels

Another great bit of kit form the AmazonBasics range; this ripstop wheeled duffel comes in 26-inch, 30-inch, and 35-inch variations. They’re also available in multiple colors, such as black, blue, or red. Here we’ll look at the larger 35-inch version.

Its durable design makes this an affordable, yet practical option for anyone heading off on a vacation or adventure. With 100% polyester top to protect against the moisture in the air, and sides and base made from 1680D ripstop nylon and 210D lining, this bag is strong and well made for the price.

Because AmazonBasics understand that you want to take as much away with you as you possibly can, they have incorporated multiple zippered front and main compartments for easy organizing and secure storage on the go.

The top portion is deep, and the opening is wide, making it easy to pack while the end pockets are perfect for stowing your passport, cell phone, wallet, and keys, or anything else you need easy access to.

When it comes to moving your gear around, the upright, telescopic handle and in-line wheels ensure easy mobility over smoother terrain and will cope (just about) with more rough roads on location.


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