The essential gym companion, the make-do suitcase for your next trip; whatever the occasion, a duffel bag is a perfect accomplice. Originally designed to hold your gym shorts and sneakers, these durable bags gained a reputation that crossed over into air and road travel. When you don’t need a series of luggage pieces, or you’re just trying to crash on a bud’s couch for the weekend, the duffel bag is the perfect reach-in traveller’s inventory. Per usual, we’ve sorted the best of the best for you today.
The Best Duffel Bag
Under Armour has been developing all kinds of bags for over two decades now; fortunately, it does not seem like that will stop anytime soon. One of its latest releases, the Undeniable Duffle 3.0 Gym Bag stocks everything you have ever wished for in a duffle bag. To start with, the duffle bag measures 21.4 x 10.1 x 11.1 inches. This means that you can take it along with you when traveling by air. This is a big deal because very few brands put airline load requirements into consideration when making their duffle bags. Also, although wheeled duffle bags are the easiest to carry around airports, train stations, and ships, duffle bags without wheels like the Under Armour Undeniable Duffle Bag are also very convenient. Furthermore, its compact size means it can accommodate a load of about 47 liters. And while this is not exactly the largest bag out there, it will come in handy for a weekend getaway as well as short business trips. Plus, bags above 50-liter capacity may increase your baggage costs when traveling, so, this is pretty much a win-win.
You’ll also like that the Under Armour Undeniable Duffle 3.0 Gym Bag can be carried like a tote or backpack, depending on which is more comfortable for you. Even better is the fact that the shoulder straps are included in the handgrips for more comfort. So, if you intend to walk a long distance, you won’t feel any pain even if the bag is packed full. And for more flexibility and convenience, the shoulder straps can be detached the moment you don’t want to use them. No doubt, duffle bags without wheels are usually lighter than their wheeled counterparts, as such, they are preferred by sportsmen and women. In addition, they are more stable than wheeled duffle bags, so your belongings won’t be damaged by any chance.
Made with 100% polyester material
Dimension of 21.4 x 10.1 x 11.1 inches
Machine wash friendly
- BrandUnder Armour
- Weight8 ounces
The second one on this fine list is the Novel series duffel bag, by our good friends at Herschel Supply Co. This unique bag has a perfect blend of casual, while still being professional enough to bring to and from the office on your gym/lunch break. At a stunning price and overall high quality, you’ll have a new addition to your everlasting wardrobe. This is built to last, offering you every bit of durability and reliability that it has, in exchange for intermittent maintenance. Polyester canvas is easy to clean, while the nylon lining keeps your belongings wrapped in luxurious comfort. From top to bottom, stitch to strap, this is the ultimate duffel bag. Find more great products like this by checking out our guide to the best Victorinox backpacks.
Made of 100% Polyester
42.5 maximum load capacity
- BrandHERSCHEL SUPPLY CO.
- ModelHerschel Supply
- Weight2.31 pounds
Nike is a leading manufacturer and supplier of sporting accessories. It has succeeded in winning the hearts of millions of customers through the release of premium quality clothes, caps, shoes, and bags. That said; the Nike Brasilia Small Duffel 9.0 bag maintains the excellence and durability Nike products are known for and is equally lined with thick polyester fiber, which makes it durable and tough. While most clothes are lined with light polyester fabric, for maximum breathability, bags require thick polyester fiber to prevent them from becoming loose after a short time and this Nike bag is no different. In fact, this duffel bag will retain its original shape and color after washing it, which is not a quality found in cotton-lined duffle bags. We are not exaggerating when we say that the Nike Brasilia Small Duffel 9.0 bag can last for over 15 years without losing its quality. And when it is finally worn out, instead of disposing of it, you can recycle it, thereby making the environment safer for everyone.
Another great thing about polyester-lined bags is that they won’t spring back up when they are matted down, unlike bags made from other fabrics. Even better, the Nike Brasilia Small Duffel 9.0 is also water-resistant. So, if you live in areas where the humidity is high, and rain is frequent, this bag will be your best option. As a result of its water-resistance, it dries up a lot faster than regular duffel bags. So, you don’t have to wait for an entire day before your bag is ready for use. All in all, apart from being water-resistant, the Nike Brasilia Small Duffel bag is also stain and mildew resistant. So you can confidently use it wherever you find yourself.
Completely made from polyester fiber
Five exterior compartments
Stain and water-resistant
- Weight10.6 ounces
The Adidas Squad III Duffel Bag was designed to meet the traveling needs of female athletes. Since we all have different endurance levels, what is considered light for some, might not be exactly the same for another. Hence, Adidas decided to make the Squad III Duffel Bag more comfortable and convenient than the regular duffel bags. In doing that, the first thing was to ensure that the shoulder straps are padded with air mesh. As such, you won’t break a sweat even if you have to carry the bag for a long-distance walk. That’s not all; the shoulder straps of the Adidas Squad III are also detachable, just in case you don’t feel like using them.
As a bag specially designed for women, the Adidas Squad III Duffel Bag is spacious enough to contain every item needed for a gym session, short trip, or training. There are three interior compartments and five exterior compartments in this bag, so no item will be left behind before you embark on a journey. Also, because you are bound to be drenched in sweat after a gym session, Adidas thought it wise to make one of the compartments with nylon fiber. You can simply throw your sweaty clothes in that compartment so they don’t get in contact with other items. Further reassurance in the quality of this product includes the fitted zips in each compartment that are equally water-resistant, just like the exterior of the bag. As such, they protect the bag from harsh weather conditions and thieves. And although it is the largest duffle bag in this review, Adidas Squad III Duffel Bag does not exceed the luggage requirement of airlines in the United States.
Measures 21 x 10.5 x 10 inches
Spacious and sturdy design
- Weight2 pounds
Plambag offers a stellar unisex design, and gives you more than enough to jump for joy over. For one, Canvas Duffel Bag is extremely attractively-priced, and comes with a slew of additional compartments to organize your belongings. Nothing is worse than getting to the hotel, or kicking back at the campsite, and having to dig through the entire bag to find one small item. This durable, 100% cotton canvas construction is up to just about test you throw its way, while the additional shoulder support along the strap makes that doubly true. Phase-out fatigue, and leave it up to Plambag.
Includes multiple compartments for valuables, clothing, and electronics
100% cotton canvas construction for durability
Additional shoulder support on the strap
- Weight2.9 pounds
Leather is never out of style, and nobody knows that better than FRYE. Their signature Logan overnight bag gives you excellent large compartment storage, while also contouring to the TSA regulations necessary to bring this as a carry-on. You get a dedicated luggage tag window, as well as a removable, adjustable shoulder strap. Logan is all about carrying your duffel bag the way you want to, without worrying about anything getting in the way. From corporate to casual, make the switch by slipping into something a little more leathery, a little more you.
Ample large compartment storage
Luggage tag window on handle
Shoulder strap is adjustable and removable
- Model‘Logan’ Leather Overnight Bag
- Weight3.1 lbs.
Taking the bronze on our list is the ever-eloquent Cole Haan leather duffel bag. From the practical size to the excellent design, everything about this screams weekend or day trip. This TSA-approved size allows you to bring it along for the ride on any US flight, while having quick access to your laptop up to 13” size) and other gadgets. Thanks to the all-leather construction, this is built to last, and simple to clean. With the right handling and care, Cole Haan will grace your wardrobe for decades to come. Be sure to also check out our list of the best rolling duffel bags for more great items like this.
Comfortable and adjustable top carry leather straps
Fits up to a 13” laptop
TSA-approved for flight carry-on
- BrandCOLE HAAN
- ModelLeather Duffel Bag
Few define the quality companions of a gentleman like Ted Baker. From the London collection, these duffel bags offer a classy way to carry around gym clothing or sneakers, while still looking totally eloquent. It’s the perfect size for a carry-on, and comes with ample interior storage in the form of wall and zipper pockets, as well as a predominant leather construction. Not only is The Leather Duffel easy to clean, but with proper care, this will last you for decades. There’s durable, and then, there’s the top-shelf tier of Ted Baker London.
Comfortable top carry handles
Complete leather construction
Interior zip and wall pockets
- BrandTED BAKER LONDON
- ModelLeather Duffel Bag
Everything you need to know about this bag can be told from one simple look. Like a businessman, it’s all in the approach, and the execution; Briggs & Riley deliver. Sporting external pockets for quick-access items, this luxury duffel bag also comes with a leather top carry handle, allowing you to feel in-your-element as you would with a briefcase, but packing all the items for your trip or gym experience that you need. Baseline Duffel Bag comes with an ultra professional look, glazed in a charcoal-smoke shade, and bolstering all the class you want to be showing off.
Protective feet along the bottom to cradle your possessions
Convenient external access pockets
Comfortable leather top carry handle
- BrandBRIGGS & RILEY
- ModelBaseline Suiter Duffel Bag
Dagne Dover tows the line on men’s fashion, giving you the best of the luxury world, while still keeping 365 Medium Landon Neoprene as a simple duffel bag. You get an excellent design and comfortable top carry strap, as well as loops on either end to attach this bag to your luggage set. Available in four distinct colors, the Landon bag fits all of your forty-eight hour trip needs. Internal pockets for electronics, identification and valuables, and external pockets for quick-access items. Your carry-on flight bag has never been so functional, or looked this good.
Elegant design coupled with exterior pockets
Interior zip pocket for valuables
- BrandDAGNE DOVER
- Model365 Medium Landon Neoprene Carryall Duffel Bag
- Weight1.7 lbs.
Ted Baker London is one of the critical brands in men’s fashion. They take to more than just the basics, which brought us this spacious, sleek duffel bag. Equipped with a TSA-approved lock, you’ve got the perfect side companion for your next flight, saving you on baggage and time. From the ultra sturdy zippers beneath the top carry straps, right on down to the adjustable padding along the shoulder strap, you have everything you need, and nothing that you don’t. You don’t have to sacrifice carry-on items anymore, not with the perfectly-sized Brunswick Bag to rise to the occasion.
TSA-approved padlock included
Durable polyester construction
Adjustable shoulder strap
- BrandTED BAKER LONDON
- ModelSmall Brunswick Water Resistant Duffel Bag
- Weight2.4 lbs.
We love Filson creations (we even have a guide dedicated to them), and their 48 Hour model is no exception. They really put the forty-eight hour trip in mind, giving you ample room to store your personal items, identification, valuables – anything that comes to mind, thanks to the internal wall and zippered pockets. If you’re slinging this over your shoulder on your way out the door, you’ll be able to adjust your shoulder strap, letting the 100% cotton build with the smooth leather trim rest up against you. From stem to stern, you can’t not love Filson’s most popular bag.
100% cotton build w/ leather trim
Adjustable shoulder strap
Internal wall and zipper pockets for additional storage
- Model’48-Hour’ Duffel Bag
One of the ultimate fitness and clothing goto brands has been Adidas, and they didn’t disappoint with this high-ranking Defender Duffel Bag. You get ample external storage, and an expandable construction to aid in housing just about whatever you throw inside. If you’re not keen on the classic black-and-gray color, there’s over twenty different colors to pick from, some coming with a different style. Thanks to the adjustable shoulder strap, you’ll be able to adjust your comfort under any condition you find yourself in, with one of the most reliable duffel bags ever created slung over your shoulder.
Comes in over twenty different colors/styles
100% polyester construction
Three exterior pockets for quick access
- Weight1.31 pounds
Get ready to meet the last bag you’ll ever need. Made of ultra durable 600D polyester, you’re rocking one of the strongest bags in the business. This doubles as a roof rack bag, able to stand up to the elements like you wouldn’t believe, while ensuring your items’ safety during transit. Pay attention to the various sizes you can grab, giving you full control over how you travel. Multiple sizes, all under the protection of one brand that’s got your best interest at heart. Whether you’re lugging the K-Cliffs Heavy Duty Cargo Bag over your shoulder or in the palm of your hand, you’ll be good to go.
Works well as a roof rack bag
Able to hold heavy, bulky items
Comfortable and supportive back/hand straps
- Weight6 pounds
Marmot understands the mentality behind having the perfect-sized duffel bag: not too heavy, yet still packing enough capacity potential to store everything you need for your trip. Many users replace their backpack entirely with this handy little companion, which comes complete with the ever-durable YKK zippers, as well as a 600D polyester construction. Come hell or hail storm, you’ll still have this bag to keep your belongings safe. Apart from the fact that Long Hauler Duffel Bag can endure just about anything, Marmot gives you a fair price, and enough attention to detail that you’ll wonder why you ever bought anything else.
TSA-compliant carry-on duffel bag
600D polyester construction
- Weight2.41 pounds
Few brands understand quality like The North Face, whether it’s clothing or a carry-on duffel bag. They put their expert engineering to the test, giving you a nice wide open D-zipper top load window, while keeping a delicate interior mesh pocket available for valuables and identification. We’d be willing to say that Base Camp Bag is one of the most convenient duffel bags to date, sporting just enough of a capacity to get the job done, without being a burden on your arms or shoulders. As a last note, this bag is also ultra simple to clean out, so you can leave it fresh for the next trip.
D-Zip opening for easier storage
TSA-compliant for carry-on
Zippered mesh pocket for valuables
- BrandThe North Face
- ModelT0CWW1JK3. OS
- Weight4.14 pounds
How much storage do you need? Because Ledmark is about to outweigh the competition. For our last duffel bag, you get an enormous capacity. Ledmark Heavyweight Cotton Canvas Duffel Bag is as tall and wide as a loveseat, allowing you to pack everything up, with room to spare. The durable canvas construction keep large capacities of clothing and personal items safe from harm, while the durable handles ensure that you’ll be able to lug this over your shoulder without worrying about tearing, but be certain you have the strength to carry it without hurting yourself.
Thick, durable canvas bag
Seriously large storage
Durable handles for quick carry
Duffel Bag Buying Guide and FAQs
How we Chose Our Selection of Duffel Bags
It sounds like a relatively simple purchase, but just grabbing whatever you see on the shelf at the department store isn’t going to cut it. There’s a lot that goes into these bags. We looked at the following criteria to determine our list.
- Brand name (usually helps pinpoint durability and lifespan)
- Weight capacity
- Materials used
- Overall durability
- Strap strength
- Color and design
- Internal pockets
- Zipper strength (YKK zippers are the goto)
- Overall cost
Nobody wants to grab something like this, something they’ll rely on to keep their personal belongings safe and covert, only to find that it’s not up to snuff. We’ve taken the necessary precautions to weed-out the hundreds of bad duffel bags on the market, giving you a well-rounded list to choose from.
Features to Look for in Duffel Bags
Size - You’re getting it for storage, but bigger is not always better. Duffel bags and rollaway suitcases are two different things; you’ll be carrying your duffel bag by your side, or over your shoulder. Capacity is important, but don’t overstuff the bag.
Material - Duffel bags usually come in canvas, giving you a lot of durability (more on that later). The material and thickness of said material are going to define how valuable the bag is, and how long you can expect to use it before it wears down.
Design - Some duffel bags come in a square shape, allowing you to pack them more efficiently in the car, or have an easier time stashing them in the carry-on compartment on the plane.
Color - This is mostly up to preference. If you’re planning on cleaning your duffel bag, pay attention to strong dyes. You don’t want to meld them with your clothing in a white wash, especially if you go for a blue bag (most common duffel bag color).
Durability - You wouldn’t buy anything if you didn’t think it was durable. Duffel bags are usually made out of canvas, giving you a lot of room to toss them around without risking ripping them. Canvas is fairly durable, and it’s simple to patch up a hole if you catch it in time.
Types of Duffel Bags
Sports - Whether you’re hitting the gym or you have a load of sneakers and sports gear (baseball, footballs, etc.), a duffel bag can be the perfect medium between the field, and your car.
Casual - We would consider using these for travelling around the city on a Sunday, or having an overnight adventure go bag at-the-ready for those times where you just need to get away for the weekend.
Duffel Bag FAQ
Q: What is a Duffel Bag
A: Duffel bags are canvas-crafted cylinders on a handle, designed initially to house your gym gear, keeping the smell on the inside. This was especially helpful for executives who took a gym-based lunch break, and didn’t want to stink up their office after they hit the showers.
Since then, duffel bags have become one of the goto travel bags for men all across the globe. These can either be carried by your side, or if they’re heavy enough, over your shoulder with the longer strap. These are traditionally used as a gym, sports, or travel bags, giving you a quick way to just reach into your inventory and pull out just about anything. There’s rarely dedicated interior storage pockets, but there is a correct way to pack them.
Q: Should You Take a Duffel Bag or a Suitcase on Your Next Trip?
A: Duffel bags come in various sizes, partially to fit as carry-on bags for air travel. They’re one of the best companions, because you can skip additional costs, and the ever-annoying baggage claim all at once. If you’re heading on a short business trip, you’re able to forgo the aggravation, and get from the airport to the hotel faster, all by using a duffel bag.
If you’re expected to show up in your suit and briefcase, you may be thinking that it’s a smart idea to pack these in your duffel bag. It can be, but just be certain to have your briefcase unlocked and ready to show to TSA. They traditionally don’t like bags inside of other bags, but if you’re doors-wide-open about it, you should be okay. Just be certain that your briefcase has a TSA-approved lock feature, as well.
Q: How do You Pack a Duffel Bag?
A: It’s sort of a free-for-all for your personal belongings, so you have to figure out how to cushion the electronics, and keen things from rumbling around. Nothing is more dangerous than a fully-loaded duffel bag, especially since it’s difficult to hold onto if you’re not packing the right muscle. Here’s a step-by-step guideline for what you should be doing.
- Pack clothing on the bottom
- Place electronics on top of clothing; apply additional clothing layer for more fragile electronics (two-shirt layer for a MacBook, etc.)
- Place personal items (depending on air or ground travel), such as soaps and grooming items, dopp kits, etc., in a Ziploc bag to reduce the risk of spills
- If you’re bringing back souvenirs, plan on having a little bit of extra room; they’ll go with your electronics when you return home
- Pack the walls with rolled-up clothing to cushion bumps and bruises, protecting your valuables
- You guessed it - line the top with another layer of clothing, and utilize external straps to lightly compress your inventory, if applicable