The Best Duffel Bags for Every Kind of Traveler
By Jess McGlothlin

Looking for a duffel that’s classy enough to hit high-end resorts but durable enough to survive airport baggage handlers? Filson’s 48-Hour Tin Cloth Duffel is a classic overnight bad with a reinforced base and exterior pockets for organization. The oil-finished Tin Cloth exterior sheds rain and snow. It can also develop a delicious patina with use. The adjustable, removable shoulder strap allows for cross-body coverage, and bridle leather straps allow for comfortable hand carry.

Filson 48-Hour Tin Cloth Duffel Bag

Built to make the most of airplane carry-on allowances, KUIU’s Waypoint 2800 is ideal for two to three-day trips. The bag comes in larger versions for expedition-length trips, but the 2800 fits a surprising amount of gear in its 2800 cubic inches. The weatherproof outer and water-resistant zippers keep the weather away, while a fully-padded liner helps protect your gear. The included backpack straps are extremely well-padded in case you’re off for a long walk once you reach your destination.

KUIU Waypoint 2800 Duffel

Roomy and minimal, REI’s Roadtripper 100 folds down to fit in its own included storage cube when not in use. The recycled polyester outer is water- and abrasion-resistant, and daisy chains on the sides offer lash points to secure the bag when needed. The bag has a basic carry handle as well as a detachable shoulder strap. It’s a bare-bones design, making it a great choice for minimalists hauling a lot of gear

REI Co-Op Roadtripper 100 Duffel

On the smaller side at 35 liters, Thule’s waxed canvas duffel offers a useful split packing design to divide dirty clothes from clean. The TPU-lined compartment keeps odors and damp clothes contained (awesome for shoes). A padded storage space for up to a 16” MacBook and a 12.9” tablet helps to keep things organized, and a pass-through panel allows the bag to easily attach to rolling luggage.

Thule Aion 35 Duffel

Patagonia’s Black Hole Duffels consistently tops the “best gear” lists — and for good reason. These industry workhorses are exceptionally durable, weather-resistant and comfortable to carry. The main compartment clamshells open fully for easy access, and an internal pocket helps keep things organized. Ergonomic, padded shoulder straps are quickly and easily removable so they don’t get caught up in airports, and the bags have plenty of lash points to secure when needed.

Patagonia Black Hole Duffel – 55L

Funky and fun, Cotopaxi’s Allpa Duffel transitions easily to a backpack with padded, comfortable backpack straps. The best feature we loved is the dirty laundry compartment at the bottom of the bag, with a mesh organizer pocket. The large, main compartment has zippered interior organization under the flap, and two additional exterior accessory pockets hold odds-and-ends. The colorways are bright and make it easy to spot your bag on the luggage carousel or at the bus depot.

Cotopaxi Allpa 70L Duffel Bag

British Brand RAB has crafted an expedition-duty duffel just as ready for polar expeditions as the luggage handlers at Newark. Made of durable 600D fabric coated with a water-resistant film, with triple-stitched seams and a double-thickness base for protection. The large main opening has two internal pockets underneath the lid, and the bag has two detachable shoulder straps and four handles for easy carrying.

RAB Expedition 50L Kit Bag

This simple, practical duffel design from L.L. Bean is a no-frills choice for road-trippers and household-use duffels. The 600-denier polyester (prints) and 420-denier nylon (solids) fabric has a water-resistant polyurethane coating and comes in a variety of bright colorways. Durability is reinforced by the nylon bottom, and the handle wrap and carry strap are padded for comfortable carry. It also Includes thoughtfully-placed cinch straps to help keep loads secure.

L.L. Bean Adventure Duffel – XL

The North Face took the core DNA of their famous Base Camp Duffel and made it even better. Increased internal organization in the form of an adjustable (and removable) divider in the main compartment. There’s also a small external secure-zip pocket. The 100% recycled body material is lighter than the original model, but just as durable. The padded shoulder straps unclip and conceal behind the back panel for secure airport check-in and trouble-free duffel carry.

The North Face Base Camp Voyager Duffel – 62L

Fully submersible and ready for whatever wet weather Mother Nature can throw your way, the Panga duffel brings the quality one would expect from YETI. The high-density nylon shell is puncture-resistant, and an EVA molded bottom provides a sturdy platform for any conditions. The inside of the bag is simple, with two mesh pockets, and while the waterproof zipper can sometimes be a little “sticky” and require a good tug, it remains waterproof and keeps the bag dry inside. Comfortable shoulder straps also allow for backpack-style carrying.

YETI Panga 75L Waterproof Duffel

Ideal for hauling heavy duffel loads you would rather not haul over your shoulder, the Transporter Wheeled Duffel makes heavy loads seem easy. A burly chassis with oversized wheels manages rough terrain with ease — including the cobbled streets of Europe. Organization comes in the form of a zippered mesh compartment in the lid, while the dual-sided TPU coating and oversized top flap help keep foul weather away. The bag is more streamlined and elegant than other rolling duffel options, meaning it can transition from business travel to weekend outdoor adventures.

Osprey Transporter Wheeled Duffel 60

Sea to Summit is known for its travel and outdoor gear, and the brand’s luggage holds true to that history. Their duffel is crafted from burly tarpaulin laminate and 1000-denier fabric, a stable base that helps maintain shape and support. The large t-bar zip also pulls for easy, snag-free access. There is also a padded lid that opens super wide for easy organization and access. Thoughtful features include a quick-changing handle position using high-strength hooks and a streamlined magnetic handle keeper.

Sea to Summit 90L Duffel

Hunting brand Sitka is well-known for its high-end camouflage, and they’ve extended that heritage of quality to a line of duffels and bags. The Drifter Duffel comes in three sizes (50L, 75L, and 110L) and is made of 150D TPU-coated rip-stop fabric with a waterproof 450D welded bathtub floor for protection and durability, making the bag quite weather-resistant. Four side handles, one top carrying handle and removable backpack straps provide multiple carrying options from the airport to the field.

Sitka Drifter Duffel 75L