Top 100 Best Reviewed Duffel Bags - Buyers Guide 2018


Packing your stuff in a duffel bag feels great, so it's no wonder that more and more people have begun to pack their stuff in a duffel bag.

So the only problem is to choose the right duffel bag. Not all duffel bags are created equal, so you really need to spend time comparing the different brands and models.

To help you choose, we have checked 32,629 reviews to find the best reviewed duffel bags.

Check out the top 100 list below - and the top 3 most popular duffel bags, if you just want to check out some of the most popular models (the models that most people end up buying).
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We have checked more than 800,000 reviews, so we can show you the weighted average rating of thousands of bags.

Using the average ratings, you can check what all the reviewers think instead of just viewing the subjective opinion of one specific reviewer.

It's much simplier to find the best bags that way.



Top 3 most popular duffel bags 2018


Patagonia Black Hole
Patagonia Black Hole
Rated 4.7 based on 1,254 reviews.
Delsey Helium
Delsey Helium
Rated 4.5 based on 3,514 reviews.
Under Armour Storm
Under Armour Storm
Rated 4.7 based on 17 reviews.

Below is the top 100 list based on the thousands of reviews we have checked.


Top 100 duffel bags 2018


Marmot Urban Hauler
Marmot logo
5.0
42 reviews

Kelty Dodger
Kelty Dodger
Size 40 L (2441 CI)
Kelty logo
5.0
7 reviews

Jansport Impulse
Jansport logo
5.0
2 reviews

Lowe Alpine Vector
Lowe Alpine Vector
3 models available. 18, 25 and 30
Lowe alpine logo
5.0
3 reviews

Lowe Alpine AT
Lowe Alpine AT
Size 40 L (2441 CI)
Lowe alpine logo
5.0
2 reviews

High Sierra Symmetry
High Sierra Symmetry
2 models available. 12 and 18
High sierra logo
5.0
1 review

Burton AK
Burton AK
2 models available. [31101] and 2
Size 23 L (1404 CI)
Burton logo
5.0
34 reviews

Burton Boothaus
Burton Boothaus
Size 35 L (2136 CI)
Burton logo
5.0
2 reviews

Burton Riders
Burton logo
5.0
4 reviews

Mammut Cargon
Mammut Cargon
5 models available. 110, 140, 40, 60 and 90
Size 40-140 L (2441-8543 CI)
Mammut logo
5.0
7 reviews

Mystery Ranch Mission
3 models available. 40, 55 and 90
Mystery ranch logo
5.0
12 reviews

NRS Mesh
NRS Mesh
Size 98 L (5980 CI)
Nrs logo
5.0
18 reviews

Boreas Erawan
Boreas Erawan
2 models available. 50 and 70
Size 70 L (4272 CI)
Boreas logo
5.0
1 review

Matador Transit
Matador Transit
Size 30 L (1831 CI)
Matador logo
5.0
2 reviews

Speedo Ventilator
Speedo logo
5.0
2 reviews

YETI Panga
YETI Panga
3 models available. 100, 50 and 75
Size 50-100 L (3051-6102 CI)
Yeti logo
5.0
1 review

DMM Void
Dmm logo
5.0
1 review

Sherpani Boheme
Sherpani Boheme
Size 9 L (549 CI)
Sherpani logo
5.0
21 reviews

Sherpani Willow
Sherpani Willow
Size 6 L (366 CI)
Sherpani logo
4.9
7 reviews

Delsey Chatelet
Delsey Chatelet
Size 124 L (7567 CI)
Delsey logo
4.8
39 reviews

Burton Wheelie
Burton Wheelie
2 models available. [31109] and 63
Size 40 L (2441 CI)
Burton logo
4.8
90 reviews

Sherpani Hadley
Sherpani Hadley
Size 17 L (1037 CI)
Sherpani logo
4.8
11 reviews

Mountainsmith Bike Cube
Mountainsmith Bike Cube
Size 56 L (3417 CI)
Mountainsmith logo
4.8
8 reviews

Marmot Long Hauler
Marmot Long Hauler
2 models available. [31048] and 38-110
Size 50 L (3051 CI)
Marmot logo
4.8
190 reviews

Burton Backhill
Burton Backhill
4 models available. 25, 40, 70 and 90
Size 25-90 L (1526-5492 CI)
Burton logo
4.8
22 reviews

The North Face Apex
The North Face Apex
Size 31 L (1892 CI)
The north face logo
4.8
615 reviews

Patagonia Stormfront
Patagonia Stormfront
Size 20 L (1220 CI)
Patagonia logo
4.8
13 reviews

Patagonia Drifter
Patagonia Drifter
Size 40 L (2441 CI)
Patagonia logo
4.8
250 reviews

Mystery Ranch Kletterwerks
4 models available. [31111], 11, 15 and 30
Size 20 L (1220 CI)
Mystery ranch logo
4.8
11 reviews

Black Diamond Stone
Black Diamond Stone
2 models available. 42 and 45
Size 42-45 L (2563-2746 CI)
Black diamond logo
4.7
28 reviews

Dakine Range
Dakine Range
3 models available. 24, 26 and 90
Size 24 L (1465 CI)
Dakine logo
4.7
45 reviews

Patagonia Black Hole
Patagonia Black Hole
5 models available. 120, 25, 45, 60 and 90
Size 25-120 L (1526-7323 CI)
Patagonia logo
4.7
1,254 reviews

Under Armour Storm
Under armour logo
4.7
17 reviews

Osprey Porter
Osprey Porter
3 models available. 30, 46 and 65
Size 30-65 L (1831-3967 CI)
Osprey logo
4.7
1,062 reviews

Timbuk2 Quest
Timbuk2 logo
4.7
3 reviews

Sherpani Fallon
Sherpani logo
4.7
14 reviews

Osprey Meridian
Osprey Meridian
4 models available. 22, 28, 60 and 75
Size 75 L (4577 CI)
Osprey logo
4.7
68 reviews

Under Armour Undeniable
Under armour logo
4.7
884 reviews

Filson Field
Filson logo
4.7
38 reviews

Patagonia Headway
Patagonia Headway
4 models available. 22, 40, 45 and 70
Size 22-70 L (1343-4272 CI)
Patagonia logo
4.6
222 reviews

Pacsafe Pouchsafe
Pacsafe Pouchsafe
Size 25 L (1526 CI)
Pacsafe logo
4.6
4 reviews

Sea to Summit Ultra-Sil
Sea to Summit Ultra-Sil
2 models available. 20 and 25
Sea to summit logo
4.6
966 reviews

Osprey Transporter
Osprey Transporter
4 models available. 130, 35, 40 and 65
Size 130 L (7933 CI)
Osprey logo
4.6
280 reviews

Arcteryx Carrier
Arcteryx Carrier
8 models available. 100, 35, 40, 50, 55, 60, 75 and 80
Size 98 L (5980 CI)
Arcteryx logo
4.6
35 reviews

The North Face Rolling Thunder
The North Face Rolling Thunder
4 models available. 19, 22, 30 and 36
The north face logo
4.6
427 reviews

Dakine Stashable
Dakine Stashable
4 models available. 19, 20, 21 and 33
Size 33 L (2014 CI)
Dakine logo
4.6
19 reviews

Dakine Ranger
Dakine Ranger
2 models available. 60 and 90
Size 60-90 L (3661-5492 CI)
Dakine logo
4.6
15 reviews

Patagonia Arbor
Patagonia Arbor
4 models available. 26, 30, 32 and 60
Size 26-60 L (1587-3661 CI)
Patagonia logo
4.6
595 reviews

Exped Transit
Exped Transit
3 models available. 30, 40 and 60
Size 28 L (1709 CI)

4.6
9 reviews

Eagle Creek Morphus
Eagle Creek Morphus
2 models available. 22 and 30
Size 48 L (2929 CI)
Eagle creek logo
4.6
28 reviews

Dakine EQ
Dakine EQ
4 models available. 23, 31, 51 and 74
Size 23-74 L (1404-4516 CI)
Dakine logo
4.6
498 reviews

Mountainsmith Travel Trunk
Mountainsmith Travel Trunk
Size 180 L (10984 CI)
Mountainsmith logo
4.6
326 reviews

Eagle Creek Load Warrior
Eagle Creek Load Warrior
7 models available. 20, 22, 25, 26, 28, 29 and 32
Size 42 L (2563 CI)
Eagle creek logo
4.5
180 reviews

Pacsafe Duffelsafe
Pacsafe Duffelsafe
5 models available. [31124], at100, at120, at45 and at80
Size 80 L (4882 CI)
Pacsafe logo
4.5
31 reviews

Tumi Alpha
Tumi logo
4.5
874 reviews

Tumi Voyageur
Tumi logo
4.5
237 reviews

Osprey Ultralight
Osprey Ultralight
Size 30 L (1831 CI)
Osprey logo
4.5
876 reviews

The North Face Base Camp
The north face logo
4.5
4,337 reviews

Gregory Alpaca
Gregory Alpaca
7 models available. 120, 22, 28, 30, 45, 60 and 90
Size 120 L (7323 CI)
Gregory logo
4.5
15 reviews

Thule Guidepost
Thule Guidepost
2 models available. 75 and 85
Size 75-85 L (4577-5187 CI)
Thule logo
4.5
23 reviews

Gregory Stash
Gregory Stash
4 models available. 115, 45, 65 and 95
Size 45-115 L (2746-7018 CI)
Gregory logo
4.5
37 reviews

Sakroots Artist Circle
Sakroots logo
4.5
3,277 reviews

Heimplanet Monolith
Heimplanet Monolith
3 models available. 22, 45 and 50
Size 45 L (2746 CI)
Heimplanet logo
4.5
2 reviews

Speedo Teamster
Speedo Teamster
2 models available. 25 and 35
Speedo logo
4.5
79 reviews

Thule Subterra
Thule Subterra
5 models available. 23, 25, 30, 34 and 40
Size 90 L (5492 CI)
Thule logo
4.5
118 reviews

Arcteryx Index
Arcteryx Index
3 models available. 10, 15 and 5
Size 10-15 L (610-915 CI)
Arcteryx logo
4.5
35 reviews

Eagle Creek Gear Warrior
Eagle Creek Gear Warrior
4 models available. 22, 26, 29 and 32
Size 38-92 L (2319-5614 CI)
Eagle creek logo
4.5
268 reviews

Eagle Creek Tarmac
Eagle Creek Tarmac
5 models available. 22, 25, 26, 29 and 30
Size 120 L (7323 CI)
Eagle creek logo
4.5
259 reviews

Eagle Creek ORV
Eagle Creek ORV
3 models available. 25, 30 and 36
Size 136 L (8299 CI)
Eagle creek logo
4.5
54 reviews

Pacsafe Toursafe
Pacsafe Toursafe
5 models available. [31125], at21, at25, at29 and exp34
Size 42 L (2563 CI)
Pacsafe logo
4.5
50 reviews

Delsey Helium
Delsey logo
4.5
3,514 reviews

Osprey Shuttle
Osprey Shuttle
7 models available. 100, 110, 130, 22, 28, 30 and 32
Size 130 L (7933 CI)
Osprey logo
4.5
35 reviews

Timbuk2 Wingman
Timbuk2 Wingman
2 models available. [31093] and 2
Size 40 L (2441 CI)
Timbuk2 logo
4.5
295 reviews

Eagle Creek Load Hauler
Eagle Creek Load Hauler
Size 49 L (2990 CI)
Eagle creek logo
4.5
61 reviews

Gregory Compass
Gregory Compass
2 models available. 30 and 40
Size 30-40 L (1831-2441 CI)
Gregory logo
4.5
13 reviews

Carhartt Legacy
Carhartt logo
4.5
278 reviews

High Sierra Access
High Sierra Access
3 models available. 17, 26 and 32
Size 100 L (6102 CI)
High sierra logo
4.4
5,860 reviews

High Sierra AT8
High sierra logo
4.4
19 reviews

Timbuk2 Navigator
Timbuk2 Navigator
Size 36 L (2197 CI)
Timbuk2 logo
4.4
70 reviews

Eagle Creek No Matter What
Eagle Creek No Matter What
3 models available. 20, 22 and 28
Size 38-77 L (2319-4699 CI)
Eagle creek logo
4.4
1,235 reviews

Sherpani Luna
Sherpani Luna
Size 4 L (244 CI)
Sherpani logo
4.4
47 reviews

Thule Crossover
Thule Crossover
5 models available. 25, 32, 38, 40 and 87
Size 25-87 L (1526-5309 CI)
Thule logo
4.4
771 reviews

Osprey Trillium
Osprey Trillium
3 models available. 30, 45 and 65
Osprey logo
4.4
15 reviews

Watershed Chattooga
Watershed logo
4.3
19 reviews

Fox Outdoor Tactical
Fox Outdoor Tactical
Size 36 L (2197 CI)
Fox outdoor logo
4.3
29 reviews

Thule Chasm
Thule Chasm
4 models available. 130, 40, 70 and 90
Size 90 L (5492 CI)
Thule logo
4.3
30 reviews

Thule Roundtrip
Thule logo
4.3
20 reviews

The North Face Flyweight
The north face logo
4.3
66 reviews

Poler Classic
Poler Classic
Size 28 L (1709 CI)
Poler logo
4.3
24 reviews

Dakine Descent
Dakine Descent
Size 70 L (4272 CI)
Dakine logo
4.3
6 reviews

Osprey Airporter
Osprey Airporter
Size 75 L (4577 CI)
Osprey logo
4.3
114 reviews

Eagle Creek Cargo Hauler
Eagle Creek Cargo Hauler
4 models available. 120, 45, 60 and 90
Size 45-120 L (2746-7323 CI)
Eagle creek logo
4.3
457 reviews

Outdoor Research Rangefinder
Outdoor Research Rangefinder
3 models available. [31131], 20 and 23
Size 35 L (2136 CI)
Outdoor research logo
4.3
14 reviews

Dakine Valise
Dakine Valise
3 models available. 100, 35 and 65
Size 35 L (2136 CI)
Dakine logo
4.2
15 reviews

Samsonite Andante
Samsonite logo
4.1
491 reviews

Granite Gear Cross Trek
Granite Gear Cross Trek
4 models available. 22, 26, 32 and 36
Size 53 L (3234 CI)
Granite gear logo
4.1
23 reviews

Calpak Plato
Calpak Plato
Size 41 L (2502 CI)
Calpak logo
4.0
93 reviews

Mountain Hardwear Lightweight
Mountain hardwear logo
4.0
2 reviews

Mystery Ranch Cube Master
3 models available. 35, 45 and 60
Size 33-54 L (2014-3295 CI)
Mystery ranch logo
4.0
4 reviews

Boreas Monterey
Boreas logo
4.0
1 review

Phantom Aquatics Walrus
Phantom Aquatics Walrus
2 models available. 120 and 25
Phantom aquatics logo
4.0
1 review

Mountainsmith Stash
Mountainsmith logo

High Sierra Winslow
High Sierra Winslow
3 models available. [31076], 22 and 34
High sierra logo

Exped Tempest
Exped Tempest
2 models available. 100 and 140
Size 40-100 L (2441-6102 CI)


NRS Watershed
NRS Watershed
Size 80 L (4882 CI)
Nrs logo

NRS River Rescue
NRS River Rescue
Size 98 L (5980 CI)
Nrs logo

Montane Transition
Montane Transition
4 models available. 100, 35, 40 and 60
Size 100 L (6102 CI)
Montane logo

Swix Road Trip
Swix logo

Watershed Colorado
Watershed logo

Watershed Ocoee
Watershed logo

Watershed Yukon
Watershed logo

Lole Deena
Lole logo

Review Summary

32,629 reviews of bags checked.

Average rating is 4.5 out of 5.

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If you are looking for a versatile, sturdy, and efficient bag, then you must be thinking of a duffel bag. Although this type of carrier has been around for quite some time, it still remains as popular as ever. So, regardless of what you need it for, a duffel bag is sure to suit your purpose well.

Of course, this brings you to actually choosing the best possible bag for you and your endeavors. Since this can be a bit of a longwinded and confusing process, we have decided to provide you with some pointers. This guide will tackle all of the relevant subject matter for you:

The Complete Guide to Choosing a Duffel Bag

At a glance, you may think that you know all about duffel bags. After all, you have either seen them being used or used them yourselves for most of your life. Well, believe it or not, there is probably a great deal about these bags that you don’t know.

This is because there tends to be a considerable level of difference between each duffel bag. They vary by manufacturer, function, design, and even material. So, you will need to be fully informed if you are to actually find one that is well-suited to you. Here is all that of the information that you require:

Types of Duffel Bags

First things first, let’s tackle the types of duffel bags that you can choose from:

  • Gym Duffel Bag: this is probably the most common types of duffel bags available. They tend to be large enough to carry your equipment, although they do come in a variety of sizes. The key features of this bag are strength and durability.
  • Travel Duffel Bag: this type of bag is actually becoming quite widespread these days. You can choose either a rolling duffel bag or a design with no wheels. These bags are sturdy and lightweight and have large capacities.
  • Unstructured Duffel Bag: while most duffel bags can keep their shape when empty, unstructured bags are meant to do the opposite. This makes them easy to put away and store when they are not in use. These bags are also quite light. Unstructured bags can be categorized either as foldable duffel bags or collapsible duffel bags.

How Will You Be Using Your Duffel Bag?

Being aware of the types of duffel bags alone isn’t enough. You will also need to take into consideration what it is that you need this bag for. There are a few reasons that people look to duffel bags as their preferred form of luggage. Understanding these requirements makes it easier for you to decide on one that is right for you.

For instance, there are various types of travel duffel bags available to you. You are probably most familiar with the ones that are taken on airlines. These keep their shape well and are able to carry a larger number of items as well as protect them too. The travel duffel bags without wheels are often used as carry on luggage while those with wheels tend to be bulkier and so work better as checked luggage.

Of course, this is not the only type of travel that you may be doing. If you are more of an explorer, then the duffel bag that you will need will differ slightly. For one thing, it is going to need to be lighter and have backpack-like straps so that it is more comfortable for you to carry around. In the event that you will be out in all types of weather, you will require a design that has weatherproof features.

Since one of the main advantages of a duffel bag is its volume capacity, these bags can be quite popular for businesspeople who are either traveling or just want to carry a larger number of items. Here, form is just as important as function. This is why, in this instance, you may want to choose a duffel bag that is slightly more expensive, looks good, and is made from more luxurious looking materials.

Capacity

The next thing you will need to ponder is the size of the duffel bag that you are going to get. Here, it is all about how much you want to carry and the length of the trip that you are going on. Of course, keep in mind that there are some special rules as far as a carry on duffel bag is concerned. If this is the type of bag that you want then you will need a smaller bag that is able to adhere to the regulations of both domestic and international airlines.

Looking for a gym bag that is able to take the bare minimum or want a duffel bag that will hold clothes and small toiletries for a day? Then you will find that one with a volume of around 25 to 30 liters is satisfactory.

If you want to either carry larger items or will be gone for a weekend then you should look for a duffel bag that can hold up to 50 liters in capacity. A duffel bag that is larger than this is suitable for week-long trips. If you are planning on heading out on an expedition, then you may want to consider a bag that can hold up to 200 liters.

Size

In addition to capacity, size can also be an issue. As you can imagine, if you are traveling by air, each airline will request that even your checked luggage be within the boundary of certain dimensions. While there are no such restrictions on gym or commuter duffel bags, you should still contemplate the size. Bags that are either too large or too long can be difficult to carry around with you. So, you should always choose ones that match your height, size, and your carrying capabilities.

Materials

Another thing to pay attention to is the material or fabric that the duffel bag is made from. Now, typically most duffel bags are made from some variation of polyester or nylon. However, if you are looking for a slighter higher end, more luxurious option, then you may prefer one in leather. The thing to keep in mind about leather is that it is quite high maintenance so you will have to care for it properly if you want it to last for longer. Also, bags made from this material don’t always age well so you may not be able to use them for too long if using them for professional purposes.

If you don’t expect too much wear or tear, duffel bags made from high denier nylon or polyester will work well for you. Of course, if you are planning on using and abusing your duffel bag, you may want to consider using ripstop or ballistic versions of the material. These are less likely to tear even when there is a lot of friction involved.

If you will be spending a lot of time outdoors then it stands to reason that your bag will have to endure changes in weather. In this case, weatherproofing features will come in quite handy. If you are anticipating a lot of rain, then you will need a bag that is made from water resistant or waterproof materials. For sunny areas, fabric that is protected against UV light will be more useful.

Organization Features

Typically, duffel bags aren’t known for their pockets or compartments. They tend to comprise of one large, main compartment where all of your items can be stored. Now, if organization isn’t your main goal or if you are headed out on a short trip, then this will serve you well. However, if you are carrying a greater number of items and want some semblance of orderliness, then you will require more isolated sections.

If you want a bag to take to the gym or the great outdoors, then consider the fact that you may have to store wet or sweaty items. In these instances, mesh pockets on the outside of the bag tend to be most useful as they allow you to keep the items separate and air them out as well.

Now, for carry on luggage, external pockets may make sense as they allow you to be more organized. Also, since the bag will rarely leave your sight, there aren’t security concerns either. Nonetheless, if you want a duffel bag for checked luggage, you will find that these outside pockets are a bit redundant. Since you can’t lock or secure those items can easily be stolen from the compartments.

The Straps

There are actually three different ways that you can carry your duffel bag:

The traditional way is with two short carrying handles that meet in the middle. These are often secured together with a piece of fabric and Velcro. With these, you can hold the bag in one hand and carry it parallel to the ground. This system works well for lightweight bags with medium dimensions. Just ensure that the fabric that holds the handles is well padded so that the grip is more comfortable.

Then, you have the option of a cross-body strap that goes diagonally across your torso. This is a good choice for bags that are a little longer and are a bit bulky. For the greatest level of comfort, look for a wider strap with a padded portion that can rest on your shoulder.

More recently, you are able to find duffel bags that have a carrying system much like that of a backpack. This is ideal for bags that are quite heavier or if you have to travel a greater distance, carrying your bag. These straps afford you greater stability. Just ensure that the straps are well-padded and are slightly wider.

This is a good set of pointers to help you choose a duffel bag that will suit you perfectly, regardless of what you need it for.


Last updated on December 14, 2017

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