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Best Duffel Bags 2021

For farflung adventures, weekends away and expeditions abroad, duffel bags are gear-hauling heroes. Here’s what to look for and the best options out there.

Duffel bags are useful for anyone who leads an active lifestyle, especially one that involves plenty of travelling. The best duffel bags will be lightweight but durable, and able to stand up to the rigours of travel. They’ll be able to support heavy loads and still be comfortable and easy to carry over short to medium-length distances, and they also won’t be too rigid and bulky so that they can be kept out of the way when not needed.

Duffel bags come in all shapes, weights and sizes. The ones we have reviewed here all range from 600g to 1670g and from 55 litres to 90. We’ve also only looked at duffel bags that have shoulder straps that mean they can be carried like a backpack, however there are also plenty of models on the market that can only be carried like a briefcase, or that have just one sling strap that’s worn over one shoulder.

The best duffel bags will offer full waterproof protection but the majority tend to only be rated as water resistant – this isn’t necessarily a bad thing if you’re unlikely to need the bag for any water-based adventures.

One final point: we’ve gone for duffel rather than duffle, for the sake of consistency and also because it seems to be the form that most brands go for. Apparently there’s no set way!

The Best Duffel Bags 2021

  • Bach Dr. Duffel 70L – Best Duffel Bag
  • Eagle Creek Migrate 60L
  • Peak Design Travel Duffelpack 65L
  • Patagonia Black Hole Duffel 55L
  • Ortlieb ATrack ST
  • Rab Kitbag Duffel 80L
  • Ortlieb Duffle 60L
  • The North Face Basecamp Duffel Medium
  • Mountain Equipment Wet & Dry 70L
  • Osprey Transporter Duffel
  • Bach Dr. Duffel 70L
  • Arc’teryx Carrier Duffel 55L

 

BEST BUY: Bach Dr. Duffel 70L

Price: £160
Weight: 1.69kg
Best for: Travel
Key attributes: Classic design, modern twist, reliable 1000-denier fabric

The Bach Dr. Duffel is a modern take on an old-school doctor’s bag design – one of those things that’s able to swallow more than you’d believe is possible. 

It has a huge opening, giving you access to all corners of the pack, and It’s chock-a-block full of organisation pockets. It’s also made from a 1000-denier strong Cordura which is ‘air textured’, giving it a more sophisticated and matte textured appearance than your average duffel.  

The storage compartments are made from mesh whilst the side and back panel of the bag are padded to protect your valuables and provide carrying comfort. It also comes with two shoulder straps that can be tucked away or completely removed when they’re not required. 

Other features include a padded laptop sleeve, zips with padlock loops and two compression straps on each side, allowing you to expand/compress storage as required. 

Selected for the 2021/22 Outdoor 100 – Read our full Bach Dr Duffel 70 review.

Get the latest price at:
absolute-snow.co.uk

 

Eagle Creek Migrate 60L

Price: £79
Weight: 960g
Best for: Travel
Key attributes: Well-priced, durable, water-repellent, good eco credentials

The 60-litre Eagle Creek Migrate duffel has plenty of qualities to recommend it as a good travel companion. It’s the perfect size to take as carry-on, and slings easily over your shoulder or on your back thanks to the dual haul and pack straps. It’s also tough and durable, utilising a water-repellent 900-denier heavy-duty TPU fabric. This is a better alternative to PVC, which can leak toxins into the environment. The TPU is made from Bluesign-approved material, while the duffel’s water repellent coating was developed by harvesting windscreen plastics from landfill sites in Asia. Talk about junk in your trunk…

Get the latest price at:
eaglecreek.com

 

Peak Design Travel Duffelpack 65L

Price: £158
Weight: 1770g
Best for: Expeditions, overseas travel, backpacking
Key attributes: Durable materials, weatherproof, stylish, fully-featured

As rugged as it is stylish, this capacious gear-hauler is an ISPO gold award winner – and it’s easy to see why. Constructed of a weatherproof, 100% recycled 600-denier nylon canvas, the Travel Duffelpack 65L has a generous internal cavity with two pockets (for kit organisation) and a weatherproof main zip. Six padded grab handles allow for convenient grab-and-go scenarios while shoulder and waist straps enable you to carry it like a backpack. Ingeniously the shoulder straps deploy and stowaway beneath magnetically sealed flaps for added neatness, and if you don’t need the full 65L capacity the duffel instantly contracts to 45L via external zips. Clever stuff.

Get the latest price at:
peakdesign.com

Patagonia Black Hole Duffel 55L

Price: £120
Weight: 1440g
Best for: Expeditions, overseas travel
Key attributes: Recycled materials, durable, water resistant

This isn’t an overly technical duffel bag but it’s durable and water resistant enough, and it carries very comfortably. The shoulder straps are quick and easy to remove if you want to use this as just a holdall or if you ever want to lash it down to, say, your car roof. It also all folds up into its own pocket, down to about the size of a loaf of bread – pretty handy. Best of all, however, is the fact that all of the fabrics used here are made from recycled materials and they’re recyclable as well. Available in: 55L, 70L and 100L.

Read our full Patagonia Black Hole Duffel 55 Review

Get the latest price at:
eu.patagonia.com

 

Ortlieb ATrack ST

Price: £177
Weight:
1560g
Best for: Hiking, active adventures, backpacking
Key attributes: Fully waterproof, excellent as a backpack

Every so often, along comes an outdoor product that seemingly makes a considerable slice of products from that same product genre redundant overnight. The ISPO Award-winning, and critically-acclaimed, Atrack ST Backpack from Ortlieb is one such product. What we have here is a duffel back that works like a backpack, or a backpack that works like a duffel. It’s super durable and fully waterproof. Even the main zip, which is located against your back, is 100% watertight.

Read our full Ortlieb Atrack ST review

Get the latest price at:
ortlieb.com

 

Rab Kitbag Duffel 80L

Price: £95
Weight: 1480g
Best for: Adventures that require a lot of kit and equipment
Key attributes: Large capacity, padded shoulder straps

The biggest duffel reviewed in this group test, the Rab Kitbag is one of those that will be able to swallow everything you need for your next big trip. There’s good padding on the shoulder straps which makes for a comfortable carry, and there are two zipped mesh pockets in the lid – useful for storing things like travel documents and house keys. Available in: 50, 80 & 120L.

Read our full Rab Kitbag 80L review

Get the latest price at:
rab.equipment

Ortlieb Duffle 60L

Price: £145
Weight: 1,180g
Best for: Packrafting, kayaking, sailing
Key attributes: Waterproofing

If you need something for packrafting, kayaking, sailing, or just for really, really bad weather, this will be the duffel for you. Do up the impressive waterproof zips properly and you can count on your stuff staying completely dry. There are also some really clever design features, like the little metal bars by the zip docks that the zip pulls can be locked to for instance. Available in: 40, 60, 85 & 110L.

Read our full Ortlieb Duffle review

Get the latest price at:
ortlieb.com

 

The North Face Basecamp Duffel Medium

Price: £110
Weight: 1590g
Best for: Weekends away, general travel
Key attributes: Tough fabrics, useful pockets, grab handles

It’s a simple duffel but it’s effective, with a tough 840 denier fabric, grab handles with bar tack reinforced stitching and a number of useful pockets. It’s available in basically all the colours of the rainbow and more and carries nicely thanks to its well-shaped shoulder straps. Available in: XS, S, M, L, XL & XXL.

Read our full North Face Basecamp Duffel review 

Get the latest price at:
northface.co.uk

Mountain Equipment Wet & Dry 70L

Price: £90
Weight: 1670
Best for: Expeditions, travel
Key attributes: Good value, sternum strap, durable, wet/dry divider

A very similar duffel to The North Face‘s but you’ll usually find it at a lower price. It might seem like a funny thing to focus on, but we love the fact it has a sternum strap – a useful feature that for some reason, most other duffels don’t have. As well as being one of the most durable duffel bags featured here, it also is the only one to have a handy wet/dry equipment divider. Available in: 40, 70 & 100L.

Read our full Mountain Equipment Wet & Dry Duffel review

Get the latest price at:
mountain-equipment.co.uk

 

Osprey Transporter Duffel

Price: £120
Weight: 1,410g
Best for: Overseas backpacking, long-term travel
Key attributes: Useful pockets, packability, versatility

When a duffel bag is worthy of making it into our Outdoor 100 product guide, you can count on it to being a good item. You can tell Osprey have put a lot of thought into its functionality. For instance, it can stuff into its own pocket, the straps, which have their own tuck-away pockets, are interchangeable so that the duffel can be carried either as a backpack or a courier bag and there are loads of useful pockets. Available in: 40, 65 & 130L.

Read our full Osprey Transporter Duffel review

Get the latest price at:
ospreyeurope.com

Arc’teryx Carrier Duffel 55L

Price: £130
Weight: 600g
Best for: Wet weather adventures
Key attributes: Light, packable, high quality materials

This is by far the lightest and most packable of the duffels we tested. It also has excellent wet weather performance. If you’re on a big trip and need an extra pack for roaming away from basecamp with then it’s an option worth considering. Granted, it’s not the cheapest, but it’s certainly made from some high quality materials. Available in: 40, 55 & 80L.

Read our full Arc’teryx Carrier Duffel 55L review

Get the latest price at:
arcteryx.com

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