The age old traveler's companion.
The best duffel bags for you will depend on a number of criteria like your size, fitness level, packing needs and personal preferences but the bottom line is that they answer your needs and ask for very little in return.
fabrics have brought flair and durability as well as weather resistance to the fundamental design ... but it's hard to improve on perfection.
Even though the duffel has evolved over the years and some have sprouted appendages like wheels, backpack straps and separate compartments the design has stayed essentially the same.This 23" Duffel covers the basics.
Although it seems like wheels would be a good thing from any perspective that's not necessarily so.
Even so, most people love them.
Whether you think they're an upgrade or not, wheels are
making an appearance on some of the best duffel bags and die-hard brands. Still it's
entirely a personal preference and if you love the stowability of the
roll up bag you may want to give the wheels a pass. They sure do take a load off though
The up side is that they make transporting your belongings so much easier.
down side is that wheeled duffel bags have a rigid platform bottom to
which the wheels and handle are attached. These bags collapse on to the base but
can not be rolled up the same as the basic ones. It's a trade off.
Fabulous, mid sized and suitable for carry-on, this sweet bag measures 22.25 x 12.25 x 12 inches or 46.5 linear inches when packed.
Eight pockets between the inside and out in which to keep passports, boarding passes and all the little things that you like to keep handy.
Kipling duffle bags are available in a range of superb colors and sensible designs.Kipling Itska N Solid
Folds up tiny and opens to an expansive 11 x 15 x 27 inches with 85 liter capacity. This baby is tough, inexpensive, super light weight and it can easily hold everything you need for a week long stay.
At 1.5 pounds this is perfect for packing in your luggage as an extra bag when you take more luggage one way than the other.
There's a smaller, 10 x 14 x 23 inch version too that would be more suitable as a carry-on.
The best duffel bags with wheels combine all of the high points of soft sided luggage with the advantages of rolling luggage to get the best of both worlds.
Kipling comes through again with the
which starts with Kipling's usual high quality duffle and mounts it upon a sturdy platform fitted with wheels and a telescoping handle.
The unit itself weighs 8.9 pounds and measures 13.8 x 29.8 x 15.5 inches.
Three big outside zippered pockets make it super handy to pack small items together in an easy-to-find location.
It's hard to believe that they could improve on the good looks and hearty construction of this bag but they did it right by adding the convenience of the solid platform the 2 wheels and the extendable handle that allows enough room between you
and the bag that you can walk comfortably.
If organization is one of the keys to maintaining your sanity ... you are going to love packing cubes.
Sort things any way that makes sense to you. Sleepwear in one, shirts in another or Monday, Tuesday. These will really help to keep things together and easy to find.