Call it the “Goldilocks of Bags” if you like, though sometimes it seems like more of a “Unicorn of Bags”: the perfectly sized and properly priced duffel can be elusive (hell, brands can’t even decide one way to spell it). When the occasion calls for light packing in something that’ll easily fit in the back seat or sling comfortably over your shoulder there are myriad options, but how many of them can be considered worth a buy? What follows are 30 of the best duffel bags to fit every budget. These represent a vast array of materials, styles, colors and purposes, but suffice it to say each of these duffels is just right.
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Herschel Supply Sutton Duffel
This inconspicuous number is anything but boring. It’s the classic look and style that we want in a duffle: detachable shoulder strap, just the right size, offend-no-one color. Beneath the unassuming exterior, however, is an eye-catching red-and-white striped interior that also lines an extra pocket on the outer end.
Victorinox Werks Traveler 4.0 Convertible Hybrid Duffel Garment Bag
The Swiss Army Knife of duffels features a large u-shaped main storage compartment in addition to cleverly concealed garment bag complete with a compression strap and foam bolsters to keep your clothes crease free.
Everlane’s affordable entry boasts leather detailing, a waterproof nylon lining and a bold stripe that stands out from the rest of the weekender crowd.
Marc by Marc Jacobs Mesh Houndstooth Packable Large Duffel
Bear Bryant wouldn’t approve, but the bold Reed Tan houndstooth pattern certainly makes a statement.
J. Crew Rail and Wharf 48-Hour Duffel
Take this aboard your father in law’s next weekend yachting excursion and finally feel like part of the gang. Oh, and monogramming and embossing is available so another sailor doesn’t snag yours by mistake.
Hex Gallery Carry On Duffel Bag
Those looking for a sleek and modern look from their carry-on will be hard pressed to find a better option than Hex’s Gallery Carry On at this price point. Unlike most options on this list, the bag also boasts internal pockets for up to a 17” MacBook Pro, a tablet and phone, in addition to other spaces for non-tech items.
Topo Designs Orange Cordura Duffel Bag
Never confuse your luggage at the carousel again. There will be no mistaking the Topo Designs Duffel. Constructed of bright orange Cordura and lined with coated pack cloth, this American-made bag grabs attention and elicits envy regardless of the setting.
L.L. Bean Signature Men’s Zipper Duffle Medium
Based on one of L.L. Bean’s heritage designs, this leather-bottomed, waxed canvas duffle is decidedly old school with a heavy garnish of modernity. Suede and oiled leather trim ensure your gear will always travel in rugged style.
Frost River Flight Bag
Available in four sizes to suit your needs, the Flight Bag is elegance in simplicity: whether you opt for the smallest, bowling ball-sized unit or any of its larger siblings, you get precisely one compartment in which to store all your weekend necessities. Don’t let its affordable price fool you. High-grade, durable materials make for an attractive bag worthy of first-class overhead bins.
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