Top 150 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 135,181 reviews to find the best reviewed duffel bags.

Check out the top 150 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).
How we rate the bags

We have checked thousands of reviews, so we can show you the weighted average rating of all the 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


Osprey Daylite duffel
Osprey Daylite
Rated 4.5 based on 941 reviews.
Osprey Porter duffel
Osprey Porter
Rated 4.7 based on 1,207 reviews.
Osprey Meridian
Osprey Meridian
Rated 4.7 based on 43 reviews.



Below is the top 150 list based on the thousands of reviews we have checked.


Top 150 duffel bags 2018


Marmot Urban Hauler duffel
Marmot Urban Hauler
Price range $
Marmot logo
5.0
41 reviews

The North Face Longhaul duffel
The north face logo
5.0
22 reviews

Lowe Alpine AT duffel
Lowe Alpine AT
Price range $$
Lowe alpine logo
5.0
6 reviews

Burton Riders duffel
Burton Riders
3 bag types available.
Burton logo
5.0
4 reviews

Mammut Cargon duffel
Mammut Cargon
Price range $$
Mammut logo
5.0
13 reviews

Mystery Ranch Mission duffel
Mystery Ranch Mission
2 bag types available.
Price range $$$
Mystery ranch logo
5.0
12 reviews

Metolius Crag Station duffel
Metolius Crag Station
Price range $$
Metolius logo
5.0
8 reviews

OMM Adventure duffel
OMM Adventure
Price range $
Omm logo
5.0
3 reviews

Dakine Stashable duffel
Dakine Stashable
Price range $
Dakine logo
4.8
25 reviews

Gregory Stash duffel
Gregory Stash
Capacity 65-115 l (3967-7018 cuin)
Price range $$
Gregory logo
4.8
21 reviews

Black Diamond Stone duffel
Black Diamond Stone
2 bag types available.
Price range $$
Black diamond logo
4.8
31 reviews

Filson Field duffel
Filson Field
2 bag types available.
Price range $$$
Filson logo
4.8
6 reviews

Watershed Yukon duffel
Watershed Yukon
Price range $$
Watershed logo
4.8
12 reviews

Dakine Valise duffel
Dakine Valise
Price range $$$
Dakine logo
4.8
14 reviews

Arcteryx Index
Arcteryx Index
4 bag types available.
Price range $
Arcteryx logo
4.8
29 reviews

Fjallraven Duffel duffel
Fjallraven Duffel
2 bag types available.
Capacity 110 l (6713 cuin)
Price range $$$
Fjallraven logo
4.8
148 reviews

5.11 Tactical Range duffel
5.11 tactical logo
4.8
316 reviews

Marmot Long Hauler duffel
Marmot Long Hauler
Capacity 37.7-109.8 l (2300-6700 cuin)
Price range $$
Marmot logo
4.8
264 reviews

Patagonia Stormfront duffel
Patagonia Stormfront
3 bag types available.
Capacity 65 l (3967 cuin)
Price range $$$
Patagonia logo
4.8
13 reviews

The North Face Apex duffel
The North Face Apex
Price range $
The north face logo
4.8
31 reviews

Burton Boothaus duffel
Burton Boothaus
2 bag types available.
Capacity 43.6 l (2662 cuin)
Price range $
Burton logo
4.8
4 reviews

Watershed Ocoee duffel
Watershed Ocoee
Price range $$
Watershed logo
4.7
56 reviews

Deuter Helion duffel
Deuter logo
4.7
10 reviews

YETI Panga duffel
YETI Panga
Price range $$$$
Yeti logo
4.7
10 reviews

Osprey Airporter duffel
Osprey Airporter
Price range $
Osprey logo
4.7
18 reviews

Patagonia Black Hole duffel
Patagonia Black Hole
4 bag types available.
Capacity 40-120 l (2441-7323 cuin)
Price range $$$
Patagonia logo
4.7
1,192 reviews

Osprey Porter duffel
Osprey Porter
Price range $$
Osprey logo
4.7
1,207 reviews

Osprey Transporter duffel
Osprey Transporter
2 bag types available.
Capacity 40-130 l (2440.9-7933.1 cuin)
Price range $$
Osprey logo
4.7
366 reviews

Osprey Meridian
Osprey Meridian
3 bag types available.
Price range $$$$
Osprey logo
4.7
43 reviews

Kelty Dodger duffel
Kelty Dodger
Price range $$
Kelty logo
4.6
23 reviews

Sherpani Fallon duffel
Sherpani Fallon
Price range $$$
Sherpani logo
4.6
12 reviews

Under Armour Undeniable duffel
Under Armour Undeniable
Capacity 41-81.9 l (2500-5000 cuin)
Price range $
Under armour logo
4.6
3,032 reviews

The North Face Rolling Thunder duffel
The North Face Rolling Thunder
2 bag types available.
Capacity 33-40 l (2013.8-2440.9 cuin)
Price range $$$$
The north face logo
4.6
381 reviews

Michael Kors Mercer duffel
Michael kors logo
4.6
191 reviews

Tumi Alpha Bravo duffel
Tumi Alpha Bravo
4 bag types available.
Price range $$$$$
Tumi logo
4.6
271 reviews

Patagonia Headway duffel
Patagonia Headway
5 bag types available.
Capacity 35-70 l (2136-4272 cuin)
Price range $$$
Patagonia logo
4.6
182 reviews

Lug Puddle Jumper duffel
Lug Puddle Jumper
Price range $

4.6
1,259 reviews

Mountainsmith Travel Trunk duffel
Mountainsmith Travel Trunk
Capacity 47.5-180.3 l (2900-11000 cuin)
Price range $
Mountainsmith logo
4.6
262 reviews

Vera Bradley Lighten Up duffel

4.6
334 reviews

Burton Backhill duffel
Burton Backhill
2 bag types available.
Capacity 47.2 l (2880 cuin)
Price range $$
Burton logo
4.6
33 reviews

Osprey Shuttle duffel
Osprey Shuttle
Price range $$$$
Osprey logo
4.6
52 reviews

Under Armour Storm duffel
Under Armour Storm
Price range $
Under armour logo
4.6
11,335 reviews

Delsey Chatelet duffel
Delsey logo
4.6
88 reviews

Travelon Anti-theft duffel
Travelon Anti-theft
4 bag types available.
Price range $
Travelon logo
4.6
23,084 reviews

Gregory Compass
Gregory Compass
Price range $$
Gregory logo
4.6
14 reviews

Arcteryx Carrier duffel
Arcteryx Carrier
Capacity 75 l (4576 cuin)
Price range $$$
Arcteryx logo
4.6
48 reviews

Exped Transit duffel
Exped Transit
Price range $$
Exped logo
4.6
9 reviews

Ricardo Beverly Hills Mar Vista duffel
Ricardo Beverly Hills Mar Vista
4 bag types available.
Price range $$
Ricardo beverly hills logo
4.6
335 reviews

Lug Propeller duffel

4.6
88 reviews

Patagonia Arbor duffel
Patagonia Arbor
2 bag types available.
Capacity 30-60 l (1830.7-3661 cuin)
Price range $$
Patagonia logo
4.6
554 reviews

Eagle Creek Load Warrior duffel
Eagle Creek Load Warrior
2 bag types available.
Price range $$$
Eagle creek logo
4.6
207 reviews

Thule Roundtrip duffel
Thule Roundtrip
3 bag types available.
Price range $$
Thule logo
4.6
64 reviews

Tumi Voyageur duffel
Tumi Voyageur
3 bag types available.
Price range $$$$
Tumi logo
4.6
474 reviews

Gregory Alpaca duffel
Gregory Alpaca
Capacity 30-60 l (1831-3661 cuin)
Price range $$
Gregory logo
4.5
7 reviews

Dakine EQ duffel
Dakine EQ
3 bag types available.
Capacity 73.7 l (4500 cuin)
Price range $
Dakine logo
4.5
980 reviews

Speedo Ventilator duffel
Speedo Ventilator
Price range $
Speedo logo
4.5
1,094 reviews

Briggs & Riley Transcend duffel
Briggs & riley logo
4.5
53 reviews

Ricardo Beverly Hills Malibu Bay duffel
Ricardo Beverly Hills Malibu Bay
3 bag types available.
Price range $$
Ricardo beverly hills logo
4.5
245 reviews

Timbuk2 Wingman duffel
Timbuk2 Wingman
2 bag types available.
Price range $$
Timbuk2 logo
4.5
197 reviews

Travelpro Maxlite duffel
Travelpro Maxlite
2 bag types available.
Travelpro logo
4.5
3,801 reviews

Adidas Team duffel
Adidas Team
Price range $
Adidas logo
4.5
5,251 reviews

Osprey Ultralight duffel
Osprey Ultralight
3 bag types available.
Price range $
Osprey logo
4.5
288 reviews

Matador Transit duffel
Matador Transit
2 bag types available.
Price range $
Matador logo
4.5
4 reviews

The North Face Base Camp duffel
The North Face Base Camp
Capacity 33-132 l (2014-8055 cuin)
Price range $$
The north face logo
4.5
3,743 reviews

Granite Gear Cross Trek duffel
Granite Gear Cross Trek
2 bag types available.
Price range $$$
Granite gear logo
4.5
475 reviews

Eagle Creek Tarmac
Eagle Creek Tarmac
Price range $$$$
Eagle creek logo
4.5
299 reviews

Carhartt Legacy duffel
Carhartt Legacy
2 bag types available.
Capacity 95.9-169.9 l (5850-10368 cuin)
Price range $$
Carhartt logo
4.5
392 reviews

Delsey Helium duffel
Delsey Helium
2 bag types available.
Price range $$
Delsey logo
4.5
3,181 reviews

Adidas Diablo duffel
Adidas Diablo
Price range $
Adidas logo
4.5
26,995 reviews

Timbuk2 Jet duffel
Timbuk2 Jet
Price range $$
Timbuk2 logo
4.5
2,510 reviews

Briggs & Riley Baseline duffel
Briggs & Riley Baseline
2 bag types available.
Capacity 39.7-125.9 l (2420-7681 cuin)
Price range $$$$
Briggs & riley logo
4.5
1,518 reviews

Osprey Daylite duffel
Osprey logo
4.5
941 reviews

Dakine Split duffel
Dakine logo
4.5
38 reviews

Sakroots Artist Circle duffel
Sakroots Artist Circle
6 bag types available.
Price range $$
Sakroots logo
4.5
4,725 reviews

The North Face Flyweight duffel
The North Face Flyweight
3 bag types available.
Price range $$
The north face logo
4.5
90 reviews

Speedo Teamster duffel
Speedo Teamster
Price range $
Speedo logo
4.5
162 reviews

Brookstone Dash duffel
Brookstone Dash
Price range $
Brookstone logo
4.5
90 reviews

Brics Life duffel
Brics Life
Price range $$$$
Brics logo
4.5
54 reviews

Osprey Trillium duffel
Osprey Trillium
Price range $$
Osprey logo
4.4
23 reviews

Thule Subterra duffel
Thule Subterra
2 bag types available.
Price range $$$
Thule logo
4.4
276 reviews

Thule Chasm duffel
Thule Chasm
Capacity 70 l (4270 cuin)
Price range $$
Thule logo
4.4
126 reviews

Under Armour Hustle duffel
Under Armour Hustle
Price range $
Under armour logo
4.4
818 reviews

Eagle Creek Gear Warrior duffel
Eagle Creek Gear Warrior
4 bag types available.
Capacity 91.5 l (5585 cuin)
Price range $$$
Eagle creek logo
4.4
219 reviews

Eagle Creek Load Hauler duffel
Eagle Creek Load Hauler
2 bag types available.
Price range $$
Eagle creek logo
4.4
119 reviews

Eagle Creek ORV duffel
Eagle Creek ORV
Price range $$$$
Eagle creek logo
4.4
62 reviews

Pacsafe Toursafe duffel
Pacsafe Toursafe
2 bag types available.
Price range $$$$
Pacsafe logo
4.4
57 reviews

Tumi Alpha duffel
Tumi Alpha
6 bag types available.
Tumi logo
4.4
322 reviews

Nike Brasilia duffel
Nike Brasilia
Price range $
Nike logo
4.4
8,678 reviews

NRS Mesh duffel
NRS Mesh
Price range $
Nrs logo
4.4
28 reviews

Thule Crossover duffel
Thule Crossover
3 bag types available.
Capacity 41-87 l (2501-5310 cuin)
Price range $$$
Thule logo
4.4
702 reviews

Incase City duffel
Incase logo
4.4
154 reviews

Dakine Ranger duffel
Dakine Ranger
Capacity 60.7 l (3704 cuin)
Price range $$
Dakine logo
4.4
17 reviews

Eagle Creek No Matter What duffel
Eagle Creek No Matter What
5 bag types available.
Capacity 30.3-132.7 l (1850-8100 cuin)
Price range $$
Eagle creek logo
4.4
1,736 reviews

Watershed Chattooga duffel
Watershed Chattooga
Price range $$
Watershed logo
4.4
45 reviews

Samsonite Tote-A-Ton duffel
Samsonite logo
4.4
612 reviews

High Sierra Access duffel
High Sierra Access
Price range $$
High sierra logo
4.4
9,094 reviews

Travelpro Crew duffel
Travelpro Crew
4 bag types available.
Travelpro logo
4.4
1,455 reviews

CalPak Silver Lake duffel
CalPak Silver Lake
Capacity 99.1 l (6048 cuin)
Price range $
Calpak logo
4.4
2,020 reviews

Timbuk2 Navigator duffel
Timbuk2 Navigator
Capacity 40-90 l (2441-5492 cuin)
Price range $$$
Timbuk2 logo
4.4
187 reviews

High Sierra AT8 duffel
High Sierra AT8
2 bag types available.
Price range $$$
High sierra logo
4.4
22 reviews

Herschel Novel duffel
Herschel Novel
Price range $$
Herschel logo
4.3
1,151 reviews

Briggs & Riley Kinzie Street duffel
Briggs & Riley Kinzie Street
5 bag types available.
Capacity 32.7 l (1996 cuin)
Price range $$$
Briggs & riley logo
4.3
87 reviews

Eagle Creek Cargo Hauler duffel
Eagle creek logo
4.3
686 reviews

Victorinox Lexicon duffel
Victorinox Lexicon
Price range $$
Victorinox logo
4.3
22 reviews

Wally Bags Collegiate duffel

4.3
10 reviews

CalPak Hollywood duffel
CalPak Hollywood
Capacity 99.1 l (6048 cuin)
Price range $
Calpak logo
4.3
417 reviews

Werks Traveler duffel
Werks Traveler
3 bag types available.
Capacity 30.6-99.6 l (1870-6076 cuin)
Price range $$$$

4.3
182 reviews

Timbuk2 Quest duffel
Timbuk2 Quest
Price range $$$
Timbuk2 logo
4.3
11 reviews

Geoffrey Beene duffel
Geoffrey Beene
Price range $$

4.3
423 reviews

Briggs & Riley Sympatico duffel
Briggs & Riley Sympatico
2 bag types available.
Briggs & riley logo
4.3
208 reviews

Poler Classic duffel
Poler Classic
2 bag types available.
Capacity 20 l (1220 cuin)
Price range $
Poler logo
4.3
21 reviews

Eagle Creek Morphus duffel
Eagle Creek Morphus
3 bag types available.
Capacity 47.9 l (2925 cuin)
Price range $$$$
Eagle creek logo
4.2
23 reviews

Dakine Descent duffel
Dakine Descent
Price range $$
Dakine logo
4.2
9 reviews

Oakley Link duffel
Oakley Link
Price range $$
Oakley logo
4.2
5 reviews

Nike Alpha duffel
Nike Alpha
Price range $
Nike logo
4.2
41 reviews

Mountain Hardwear Lightweight duffel
Mountain Hardwear Lightweight
3 bag types available.
Capacity 131.1 l (8000 cuin)
Price range $
Mountain hardwear logo
4.2
6 reviews

Outdoor Research Rangefinder duffel
Outdoor Research Rangefinder
2 bag types available.
Price range $$
Outdoor research logo
4.2
36 reviews

Travelpro Tpro Bold duffel
Travelpro Tpro Bold
Price range $$
Travelpro logo
4.2
152 reviews

Pacsafe Duffelsafe duffel
Pacsafe Duffelsafe
Capacity 81.1-91 l (4950-5551 cuin)
Price range $$
Pacsafe logo
4.1
38 reviews

Lowepro DryZone duffel
Lowepro DryZone
Price range $$$
Lowepro logo
4.1
67 reviews

Samsonite Andante duffel
Samsonite Andante
Price range $
Samsonite logo
4.1
492 reviews

Calpak Plato duffel
Calpak Plato
Capacity 41.3 l (2520 cuin)
Price range $
Calpak logo
4.1
177 reviews

Delsey Chatillon duffel
Delsey Chatillon
2 bag types available.
Price range $$
Delsey logo
4.1
15 reviews

Pacsafe Intasafe duffel
Pacsafe Intasafe
Price range $$
Pacsafe logo
4.1
126 reviews

Phantom Aquatics Walrus duffel
Phantom aquatics logo
4.1
217 reviews

Mountainsmith Stash duffel
Mountainsmith Stash
Price range $
Mountainsmith logo
4.0
3 reviews

Mystery Ranch Cube Master duffel
Mystery ranch logo
4.0
4 reviews

Filson Pullman duffel
Filson logo
4.0
12 reviews

6 Pack Fitness Beast duffel

4.0
27 reviews

Timberland Jay Peak duffel
Timberland Jay Peak
Price range $

4.0
76 reviews

Biaggi ZipSak duffel
Biaggi ZipSak
Price range $

4.0
209 reviews

5.11 Tactical NBT duffel
5.11 Tactical NBT
Price range $$
5.11 tactical logo
3.9
20 reviews

Thule Guidepost duffel
Thule logo
3.8
6 reviews

High Sierra Symmetry duffel
High Sierra Symmetry
2 bag types available.
High sierra logo
3.7
7 reviews

Cotopaxi Chumpi duffel
Cotopaxi Chumpi
Price range $$
Cotopaxi logo
3.4
8 reviews

Pacsafe Pouchsafe duffel
Pacsafe Pouchsafe
3 bag types available.
Price range $
Pacsafe logo
3.4
13 reviews

Lowe Alpine Vector duffel
Lowe alpine logo

Burton AK
Burton logo

Mystery Ranch Kletterwerks duffel
Mystery Ranch Kletterwerks
3 bag types available.
Price range $$$
Mystery ranch logo

Boreas Erawan duffel
Boreas Erawan
Price range $$
Boreas logo

DMM Void duffel
DMM Void
Price range $$
Dmm logo

Maxpedition Jumbo duffel
Maxpedition logo

Heimplanet Monolith duffel
Heimplanet Monolith
2 bag types available.
Capacity 85 l (5187 cuin)
Price range $$$
Heimplanet logo

Lole Deena duffel
Lole Deena
Price range $$
Lole logo

Swix Road Trip duffel
Swix Road Trip
Price range $
Swix logo

The North Face Homestead
The North Face Homestead
2 bag types available.
The north face logo

Dakine Range duffel
Dakine logo

High Sierra Winslow duffel
High Sierra Winslow
Price range $$
High sierra logo

Exped Tempest duffel
Exped Tempest
Price range $$$
Exped logo

NRS River Rescue duffel
NRS River Rescue
Price range $
Nrs logo

Montane Transition duffel
Montane Transition
Price range $$
Montane logo

Sea to Summit Ultra-Sil duffel
Sea to summit logo

Watershed Colorado duffel
Watershed Colorado
Price range $$$
Watershed logo

5.11 Tactical Moab duffel
5.11 tactical logo

Aer Duffel
Aer logo



Review Summary

135,181 reviews of bags checked.

Average rating is 4.5 out of 5.
5 star
4 star
3 star
2 star
1 star
73%
14%
6%
3%
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Top 10 duffel bag brands

The 10 highest rated duffel bag brands based on the 135,181 reviews we have checked + the highest rated bag from each brand.

BrandAverage ratingTop duffel bag
Mammut5.0Mammut Cargon
Black Diamond4.8Black Diamond Stone
Marmot4.8Marmot Urban Hauler
Fjallraven4.8Fjallraven Duffel
Mystery Ranch4.8Mystery Ranch Mission
5.11 Tactical4.85.11 Tactical Range
Yeti4.7YETI Panga
Deuter4.7Deuter Helion
Gregory4.7Gregory Stash
Burton4.6Burton Riders



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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 April 21, 2018

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