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Best Duffel Bags Reviewed 2019 | Top 10

We've tested out 10 of the latest duffel bags this season. Click 'Full Review' for more details on each product...

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 60 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 2019

  • Patagonia Black Hole Duffel 55
  • Rab Kitbag Duffel 80L
  • Ortlieb Duffle 60L
  • The North Face Basecamp Duffel Medium
  • Mountain Equipment Wet & Dry 70L
  • Osprey Transporter Duffel
  • Eagle Creek Cargo Hauler 60L
  • Arc’teryx Carrier Duffel 55L
  • Eagle Creek Migrate
  • Ortlieb ATrack ST

 

BEST BUY: Eagle Creek Migrate 60L

Price: £79
Weight: 960g
More info: eaglecreek.com

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…

 

Patagonia Black Hole Duffel 55L

Price: £120
Weight: 1440g
More info: eu.patagonia.com

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
 

Ortlieb ATrack ST

Price: £177
Weight:
1560g
More info:
ortlieb.com

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

 

Rab Kitbag Duffel 80L

Price: £95
Weight: 1480g
More info: rab.equipment

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

 

Ortlieb Duffle 60L

Price: £140
Weight: 1,180g
More info: ortlieb.com

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

 

The North Face Basecamp Duffel Medium

Price: £110
Weight: 1590g
More info: northface.co.uk

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 

 

Mountain Equipment Wet & Dry 70L

Price: £90
Weight: 1670g
More info: mountain-equipment.co.uk

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

 

Osprey Transporter Duffel

Price: £120
Weight: 1,410g
More info: ospreyeurope.com

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

 

Eagle Creek Cargo Hauler

Price: £100
Weight: 793g
More info: eaglecreek.com

Like the option from Patagonia, the Eagle Creek can be stuffed down and packed away into its own pocket making for a neat little package. It’s made from a clever material that offers durability without heaviness, and there are some nice details, like the slightly padded base and glove-friendly zip pulls.

Available in: 45, 60, 90 & 120L

Read our full Eagle Creek Cargo Hauler review

Arc’teryx Carrier Duffel 55L

Price: £130
Weight: 600g
More info: arcteryx.com

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

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