Depending on the nature of a getaway and method by which you make it there, there are right and wrong ways to travel. For instance, you wouldn’t bring a patent leather briefcase on a backpacking trip. Similarly, a small carry on probably isn’t going to fit all the necessary gear for a month-long cabin retreat in the great white north. The trick to it is making sure that you’ve got the right bag for the job. In this case – and perhaps quite obviously – we’re looking at quick-grab bags for semi-impromptu adventures.
But to say that there is any one that works for everybody is a clear oversimplification. Your choice of bag is going to vary depending on a number of determining factors – such as price, materials, size, etc. Luckily, there is a wide variety of options in every category, so you can probably find something out there that fits your exact preferences. But trying to sift through all the unworthy contenders out there can be a tedious process, to say the least. So, we’ve endeavored to make your search a little bit better and put together this list of the most worthwhile weekender and duffel bags for men on the market today.
B.A.D. Duffel #1.5 SP
The folks at B.A.D. (which stands for Best American Duffel) have created this fairly basic, yet still very capable duffel bag for an extremely reasonable price. Made from nylon and featuring metal hardware and seat belts for both the shoulder and briefcase carry straps, this 25 liter bag weighs in at just 1.75 lbs and comes in a variety of colorways. As far as budget luggage goes, this is easily one of the best.
Beckel Eena War Bag
For a no frills option that looks as good as it is functional, there’s the War Bag from Beckel Canvass Products. This 45.6 liter bag is made from a heavy canvas and features 2″ cotton webbing that’s reinforced with leather. And, though it seems rather large, it still meets most airline requirements for a carry on, so you shouldn’t have any trouble hopping a plane with this weekender. Though the suitcase straps come standard, you’ll have to add on a shoulder strap at checkout if you want one.
Patagonia Arbor Duffel
With an exterior made from Durable Water Repellant fabric and featuring a recycled polyester fleece lining, this bag from Patagonia can take a beating while still keeping your gear safe and secure. And though it may look like your standard single-compartment bag, it actually has a secondary exterior pouch and the main storage space has smaller interior pockets for easier organization. Even if you load this bag up to the brim, however, you can still carry it in comfort thanks to the padded shoulder strap and variety of other carry handles.
Flowfold Stormproof Conductor
Made from an extremely lightweight, durable, and weather resistant fabric called X-Pac, this 40 liter bag weighs in at an astonishing 12.7 ounces. If you’re keeping score, that’s about on par with the weight of a canned beer. It also features ballistic nylon webbing, a 12″ x 12″ exterior pocket (in addition to the large main compartment), and a water resistant YKK zipper. And this USA made bag comes with a lifetime warranty against defects.
Everlane Twill Weekender
For a bag priced at less than 100 dollars USD, this carry on-sized Weekender from Everlane looks surprisingly refined. But don’t let the sophisticated look fool you, the 100% cotton twill exterior is actually water resistant as well. And the bottom features gunmetal feet, so you don’t need to worry about scuffing up the bottom of the bag when you set it down. It also has a separate zippered interior pocket to keep your smaller items organized and easy to grab.
Timbuk2 Navigator Duffel Bag
If you lean toward the OCD side of the organizational spectrum, you might want to pick up something with a few more pockets – like the Navigator Duffel from Timbuk2. Made from durable nylon and featuring three different carry options, including stow-away backpack straps, this bag has several exterior and interior pockets, making for a wide variety of storage options. So you can be absolutely sure that your electronics aren’t anywhere near your toiletries, unless you expressly want it that way.
Outdoor Research Rangefinder Duffel
This simple, cleanly styled duffel bag from Outdoor Research is a superb option on the more minimalist side of the spectrum. Featuring two simple reinforced suitcase handles, a single side handle for more convenience when grabbing from overhead storage, a large main compartment, and a single exterior zippered pouch for quick-access to smaller items, this spacious bag is both lightweight and waterproof.
Topo Designs Classic Duffel
One of our favorite bag brands for both the quality of their products and the variety of color options, Topo Designs offers this 42 liter American made Classic Duffel. The exterior is made from ultra-durable 1000D Cordura fabric and features leather-reinforced seat belt straps, USA made YKK zippers, and metal hardware. And the interior features coated nylon pack cloth, an an interior organizer pocket for more organizational options.
Herschel Supply Co. Outfitter Convertible Bag
If you’re looking for something with a wider variety of carry options, you can’t go wrong with Herschel’s Outfitter Convertible Bag. This 63 Liter polyester bag (which also has an interior polyester lining) features a removable shoulder strap, suitcase style carry handles, and hideaway backpack straps in case you need to keep your hands free. And it comes with a limited lifetime warranty against defects.
Fjallraven Duffel No. 4
While this bag may not look very complicated, there’s more to it than meets the eye. For instance, there are dual exterior pockets in conjunction large main compartment. And the main compartment has a smaller internal safety pouch for smaller important items, as well. The quality of Fjallraven’s craftsmanship certainly earns this polyester and leather constructed bag high praise.
Thule Chasm XL
If what you are looking for is sheer storage space, then go no further. The nylon-constructed Chasm XL from Thule has a monstrous 130 liter capacity with an oversized wide-mouth opening for easy packing of all your items. And the carry straps can be converted into backpack straps for an alternative to suitcase carrying. For a quick getaway in colder climates, this bag can be depended upon to carry all your winter gear and then some.
Aer Gym Duffel
The San Francisco-based crew at Aer builds some of the best bags on the market. Seeing that their beloved Aer Duffel Pack put them on the map, we knew it was only a matter of time before the team took a stab at the more traditional duffel pack. And while it was designed with the gym in mind, the all black 1680D ballistic nylon construction will look right at home in the office, or on a plane for your weekend getaway. Each bag offers up 33 liters of spaciousness complete with YKK zippers, plenty of extra pockets for your gear, and even a dedicated ventilated compartment for your sneakers.
Bradley Mountain The Weekender Duffel
This classic duffel from Bradley Mountain features the kind of quality of materials and craftsmanship seemingly forgotten by more ubiquitous brands out there today. With an exterior made from Martexin heavy waxed canvas and featuring custom oiled and waxed leather straps and tags, a UCAN zipper, and copper rivets, this USA built and sourced bag weighs in at 1.8 lbs and the spacious main compartment is plenty big to handle gear for a quick getaway.
Filson Large Dry Duffel
Named for the fact that its exterior is made from waterproof vinyl coated polyester, this USA made duffel from Filson is the perfect bag for any outing that might get a little soggy – like, say, a deep-sea fishing trip off the coast of Baja. It also features a roll-top style closure on the main compartment for extra protection from water, sand, or dirt, and super secure radio frequency welded seams. And the carry handles are made from a quick-drying fabric, so even if they get doused, it isn’t the end of the world.
Frost River Flight Bag
Made to be simple and functional, but still have a stand-out style, these travel bags from Frost River are made from heavy waxed canvas (with a double layer on the bottom for added protection) and feature leather accents and handles and solid brass hardware for a design that looks as good as it is sturdy. And each one comes with the option to add a buckskin patch of your home state, so you can show off where you are from with pride.
J. Crew Abingdon Weekender Bag
With a style that takes cues from vintage hunting gear, this weekender from J. Crew is made from a waxed cotton canvas and features burnished leather trim, reinforcements for extra protection, heavy duty shoulder straps, and brass-finished hardware. And it comes made with dog-ear tabs that buckle down when they aren’t in use for a more pared-down silhouette, but can expand for larger storage space when needed.
Built specifically with a 3-day getaway in mind, the Weekender bag from DSPTCH is the brand’s best effort at creating the perfect quick and easy travel bag. This 35 liter bag features a large main compartment, two exterior quick-access zippered pockets, a packing cube designed to fit exactly within the bag, and a stowaway shoulder strap. And the 1680D ballistic nylon exterior is water resistant and the whole package comes with a lifetime guarantee.
United By Blue Mt. Drew Duffel
For every product that United by Blue sells, they remove one pound of trash from the world’s oceans and waterways. It that isn’t reason enough to purchase from them, the high quality of their products certainly is. This classic duffel is made from organic waxed cotton, vegetable tanned leather, and brass metal hardware. There is one large main compartment with a smaller zippered internal pocket for more organized storage, as well. And it comes with the brand’s lifetime guarantee.
Defy The Ultimate Overnighter
This bag from Defy was built specifically to be the toughest duffel bag on the market. And it may very well be. Made from military-grade materials – including canvas from an M35 truck, a ripstop nylon liner made from parachute material, and 2 inch wide seat belt straps – this badass bag features war zone level toughness. And each of them are handcrafted right here in the USA.
Red Oxx MFG. Inc. Air Boss
Made for carry on travel, the Red Oxx Air Boss offers compartmental storage nearly unrivaled by any other similar bag on the market. With three large zippered pockets, organization with this super durable bag is a snap. And it still has over 40 liters of storage space in which to keep all your getaway gear. This weather resistant, USA made bag also comes with the brand’s lifetime “No Bull” warranty against defects.
Mission Workshop Transit Duffel
Constructed out of MultiCam-Black 1000D Cordura nylon, this American-made duffel bag is best suited for any occasion. Be it a weekend away indoors or at the campsite, the Transit keeps your personal belongings safe and dry thanks to its waterproof ripstop nylon liner. It hosts 31L of storage space, four cargo pockets on the outside and inside of the bag, and a separate padded and zippered laptop sleeve as well.
L.L. Bean Signature Leather Duffle
An iconic leather duffel bag from an iconic brand, the Signature is their newer version of the well-known 1934 Bean’s Zipper Duffel. It’s made with 100 percent oiled cowhide leather, lined with 16 oz cotton canvas, hosts rolled carry handles and a top zipper closure. It’s minimal, sleek and the durable leather composition of the bag means the Signature will be with you for years to come.
Cote & Ciel Loire Feldspath Coated Canvas
As their first travel bag, Cote & Ciel certainly deliver the goods. The Loire has a unique inspiration however, emulating the robust medical cases carried by traveling doctors. It’s a no-nonsense bag, designed and built to withstand the demanding needs of today’s active travelers and hosts an interior compartment for laptop computers. The Coated Canvas was also waxed three times and styled in cinder gray.
Lexdray Beijing Duffel
The traveler looking for manageable size with maximum carry capacity needs to look no further than this Beijing Duffel from Lexdray. It features two main compartments (one can fit up to four pairs of sneakers), a fleece-lined compartment that’s perfect for a laptop computer, a versatile padded strap for comfort, made from 1680D ballistic nylon, 1000D TPE waterproof fabric, and a custom nylon lining.
Jack Spade Tech Oxford Travel Duffel
At the ready to transport any and all tech whenever you’re in need, this travel duffel by Jack Spade is built with Tech oxford fabric, a leather trim, comes with full poly lining interior organization pockets, and an exterior zip pocket. It’s also water resistant, hosts a woven Jack Spade label on the outside of the bag and comes with a detachable and adjustable cross body strap.
Whipping Post Military Duffel Bag
Clearly taking inspiration from the old canvas military duffel bags of decades prior, this rendition is made with 100 percent vegetable tanned leather, features the classic top load style and was sized a bit down as to better suit the bag for a few days away from home rather than an 8-month deployment halfway across the world.
Tumi Alpha 2 Large Satchel
Don’t let the name fool you, this bag is so much more than a traditional satchel. Its built from 100 percent nylon and features a sizable main compartment that zippers shut, a back zip pocket for easy access to additional gear, and a Tumi ID lock zip pocket on the inside of the bag for extra protection in case it goes missing. The perfect option for fans of low-profile gear.
Ernest Alexander Andrews Weekend Duffel
Traveling light but in style? If so, the Andrews Weekend Duffel offers plenty of room and compartments for any and all travel necessities all within a compact and sleek design. There’s also a zip-around shoe pocket to store a favorite pair of dress shoes for that special occasion, as well. The larger interior pocket hosts enough room for your personal items and an exterior zipped side pocket keeps any highly-used travel items easily accessible at a moment’s notice.
Triple Aught Design Meridian Transport Case
Quite possibly the most modular travel bag we’ve ever come across, the Meridian Travel Case just goes to show that San Francisco- based T.A.D. is still one of the best in the business. Thanks to precision engineering, the bag hosts three clamshell-style compartments utilizing their Helix attachment system. You can mount transport cubes, control panels, and other accessories thanks to this advanced design. It’s a brilliant bag that’s made to transport delicate gear yet is small enough to keep you from checking it at the airport.
Travelteq Weekender Inside Out
Built by Italians for European road trips, the Weekender Inside Out is made with rubber coated Limonta nylon and the vegetable-tanned Florentine Vachetta leather. Each bag is handmade in Tuscany and designed to meet the ever-present needs of today’s tech traveler. There are specifically-designed compartments for multiple gadgets and its high-quality waterproof nylon keeps your electronics and travel necessities dry as a bone.
Collected Works Co. Military Duffel Backpack
Inspired by military duffel bags, this backpack boasts a waxed canvas exterior and interior divider, Horween leather straps and shoulder pads, a laptop sleeve, zippered iPad pouch, open-top notebook, phone and pen pockets, and utility straps. All the materials are sourced in the U.S, leather work done in Portland, OR, and it’s sewn and assembled in Vancouver, WA making it a fantastic all-American bag for the U.S. traveler.
Satchel & Page Pilot’s Bag
Those looking for a bit of a time warp will find comfort in this Pilot’s Bag from Satchel & Page. Designed in the name of minimalism, it was inspired by the days before black nylon luggage and is built with 6-8 oz. rich full-grain vegetable tanned brown leather that been hot stuffed with oil and wax to give the bag a unique weathered appearance. It’s also hosts hand-hammered copper rivets, Tartan lining, and two small open pockets within the large main compartment.
Ralph Lauren Waxed Canvas Duffel Bag
Working with a straightforward name for this handsome bag, there’s certainly no unpleasant surprises here. This duffel features the classic top zip closure, a buckled leather strap at the front, a fully lined interior zip pocket, made from 100 percent cotton and offers three double snap pockets at the front of the bag for easy access to important items on the go.
Tanner Goods Nomad Duffel
What’s great about contemporary duffel bags is their versatility. And this Nomad duffel, brought to you by Tanner Goods, offers just that. Carry it by hand, wear it as a backpack, or over your shoulder in the more tradition manner. It’s made with a combination of waxed 18 oz filter twill canvas and vegetable-tanned Cambara English bridle leather, hosts an expandable, top-loading zippered body with various interior pockets for your smaller yet essential travel gear, and is made entirely in the US.
Duluth Pack Bison Leather Sportsman’s Duffel
Built for those with a sense of adventure, this American-made duffel bag honors the cross-country expeditions of the American frontier. It features a dust flap to keep your gear clean, rolled leather handles, a webbed shoulder strap and since it’s built from Bison leather, it will only get better-looking with age, taking on a natural patina as the years roll on.
Trask Jackson Duffel
This tough yet spacious duffel bag is made from hand-selected Horween American Bison leather. Tough enough to handle the abuse from an adventurous traveler but sleek enough to fit in at even the most prestigious occasions, this duffel is built to last thanks to its antiqued brass hardware and rivet reinforcements. It also hosts a plaid wool with gray linen lining and an interior zipper pocket for specific tech and gear.
Will Leather Traveler Duffel
If both looks and functionality are your prerogatives then feast your eyes on the Leather Traveler. It features the finest bridle leather, is constructed using the highest grade of vegetable-tanned hide, and hosts a top zip closure, plaid lining, interior zip pockets for organization, two Eco-Pilows, a back zipper pocket, and two large front pockets. It’s also worth noting that because of the leather’s high quality, the oils may rise to the surface. In this instance, Will Leather Goods recommends simply rubbing the oils back into the leather with a soft cotton cloth.
J.W. Hulme Co. Weekend Satchel Carry-On Bag
Made in the USA, this Weekend Satchel takes J.W Hulme’s expertise in manufacturing canvas tents during WWI for the U.S Army to build an expertly-crafted duffel bag that’s guaranteed to last. It’s made from their premium Gravestone that’s as tough as leather and resists both moisture and dirt, trimmed with their rich brown American Heritage Leather, and hosts a variety of both interior and exterior pockets and reinforcements to keep everything organized and looking clean on the go.
Killspencer Forever USA Weekender 3.0
Inspired by athletes on their way to the Rio Olympic Games, this bag is available for only a limited time and comes hand stitched with a monogram of your choice and a USA leather patch. It’s constructed with premium full-grain leather, hosts an open-top construction, carries Swiss-made black Riri water resistant zippers, double-sided bull hide leather handles, and fire retardant and waterproof black nylon and foam lining. For the fancy and sleek transcontinental traveler.
Hard Graft Holdall Volume One
As a large tonal holdall featuring one-of-a-kind design details, this Italian-made bag boasts a floating Riri zipper, handsome herringbone webbing, two concealed external zip pockets under the flaps, a large internal zip pocket, external grab handles and is made with highly durable brushed suede. It comes in rock color as well and features a gray cotton lining. It’s a serious bag that doesn’t mess around and is ready for the hardy worldwide traveler.
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