Wheeled athletic duffels have them. Sometimes rolling carry-ons do, too. But the drop-bottom — a structured zipper compartment at the bottom of a luggage item — typically eludes the stylish, non-wheeled, non-athletic weekender. Thing is, drop-bottoms improve everything from finding your toiletries to getting through the security line. And they’re especially handy if you love to separate your clean clothes from your dirty clothes or your shoes from the rest of your gear. Here are seven simple, stylish weekenders with a drop-bottom compartment or a split construction, sure to change the way you travel.
Tommy Bahama Surge 19-Inch Duffle Bag
This tote-like duffel has ample space — it’s 19 inches wide, 9.5 inches wide and 9.5 inches deep — and its ample drop-bottom compartment is lined with plastic, making it perfect for a wet bathing suit or toiletries. The olive and leather colorways give off a tropical vibe.
Herschel Supply Co. Outfitter Eclipse Crosshatch
This hybrid duffel and backpack is the perfect versatile carry-on; its exterior even looks like a pair of jeans. Beyond a sturdy split design with two zippered compartments, this bag also has a front storage pocket.
Reef Duffel IV
The compartment on this Reef’s hybrid backpack-duffel is fittingly referred to as a wet-dry compartment. It includes a removable changing circle perfect for a pre-workday surfing session.
Lo & Sons Catalina Deluxe
The Catalina is made of versatile, sturdy waxed poly/cotton/nylon and comes in a variety of sizes and colorways. The Catalina Deluxe is the most popular shape, measuring 24 inches wide at the top, 8.5 inches deep and 13 inches high. It has a back sleeve, allowing it to be easily slid over a rolling carry-on. There’s also a matching tote perfect for an overnight trip, and larger version for a week-long trip.
Incase Diamond Wire Collection Tracto Split Duffel
Incase’s more tactical-style duffel is made of weather-resistant 70-denier Diamond Wire ripstop nylon. It’s designed to be a split bag, meaning it opens up to two distinct compartments — top and bottom — but the separating mesh can be removed for situations that require one large, 40-liter-volume inner compartment.
Fjallraven Splitpack Large
This splitpack duffel has two equally sized compartments for a combined capacity of 35 liters. It’s made of heavy-duty cotton and lined with polyamide. It features four internal mesh pockets and a side pocket for good measure.
Lo & Sons Rhodes Duffel
Lo & Sons’ much larger duffel can fit items like chunky sweaters, sneakers and larger accessories. Its top width is 28.5 inches with a height of 12 inches and a depth of 10 inches.
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