You might not see it this way at first, but the duffel bag is an understated everyday staple. Carrying it as you strut down Madison Ave to Equinox in a muscle tee and compression shorts says, “That’s right, I’ve got a six-pack”; Having it in hand as you stroll through the airport in a business ensemble says, “I have some valuable stuff inside, so back off”; And tossing it in your car trunk before heading off for the weekend escapade says, “I’m ready for whatever is ahead, coz I’ve got it all packed.”
So, yeah you get it, when you’ve got places to be, your duffel bag should be there with you. These must haves are readier then other carrying alternatives for, well, carrying stuff. They are roomier, tougher, and often boast a whole interior organizational system to meet your daily-carry demands, from kicks to clothes and even gadgets. If you think your travel backpack is qualified to haul on your day trips or a long excursion, think again; slinging a duffel bag packed with everything you need over your shoulder is better when you just want to get there, items in-hand.
Here are 20 best duffel bags for men—for every budget and every occasion. Get a durable waterproof duffel for rough weather, or a designer leather duffel to feel like LeBron James making an entrance, or a one with many pouches inside for all your gym gear. Simply throw your stuff in these duffel bags, and they’ll take care of the rest.
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Best affordable Duffel Bag
Large Duffel Bag
It probably reminds you of the gym duffel the jocks in your high school used to carry around as a token for being popular. But since you’re probably too grown for that, simply use it as a fitness-ready duffel that’s also travel-friendly. Because it is.
Best Small Duffel Bag
Classic Duffle Mini
Topo Designs has managed to build a niche cachet among the mountaineering circle despite only having over a decade to its name. (It certainly helps that it was born in Colorado.) And its color-blocked mini duffel brings a 1970s-inspired vintage flair to your outdoors carry.
Best Duffel Bag for Gym
Mack Weldon hasn’t been playing the “reinventing menswear basics” card for too long, but it’s already made its way to the top by doing nothing other than making better-quality items. And we’re booting its Atlas Duffel with insulated and ventilated compartments that can keep your smelly wet gym stuff in check.
Most Durable Duffel Bag
Legacy 25-Inch Utility Duffel
Carhartt, the hunky sex symbol of menswear brands, makes workwear hot and bothered again. Its bags are nine times out of ten tough-as-nails and this one is available in a macho khaki brown. Hence, this duffel is truly ready for whatever it’ll face on the go, just like you.
Best Classic Duffel Bag
Novel Duffel Bag
If Herschel’s logo reminds you of a time in your life you don’t want to revisit, we’re sorry, but man-up because you simply can’t escape it. The brand just makes good bags. And we’re partial to the Novel duffel because it gets it right. From the side access to padded shoulder strap, it also comes so many colors and sizes.
Most Ingenious Duffel Bag
The Garment Duffel
This is a damn innovative duffel, one we have to say it the “jack-of-all-trades” bag. Basically, you lay it out flat first like a garment bag to neatly pack your finest pieces, then simply fold the whole thing over and zip it into shape to create a duffel bag roomy enough for casual clothes, accessories, and even shoes.
Best Duffel Bag for Camping
Base Camp Voyager Duffel
Most underrated duffel bag
Bellroy’s latest foray into the carryon world is not to be glossed over—seriously, where’s the hype? It is dumbfoundedly lightweight but can fit—and organize—an entire cavern. Here’s to hoping some celeb will pick it up and turn it into a sleeper hit.
Best Waterproof Duffel Bag
Waterproof Duffel Bag
Rains should be one of the first brands you check for waterproof accessories—which makes the brand name quite ironic. Its duffel bag in that roughing-it tube silhouette will guard all electronics and fabrics within. Size down or up if you like.
Best Duffel Bag Design
Command the Day Large Duffle Bag
Because nothing commands you to hit the gym quite like a Lululemon duffel when the temp is searing, skin-showing becomes daily, and your summer bod is still not ready. But feel free to take the Command the Day duffel straight from Equinox to World Trade Center to Upstate, courtesy of its divided space and optimal build.
Duffel bag with the most pockets
Landon Carryall Bag
We’ll do the math for you: Dagne Dover’s Landon has 5 x 5 = 25 options (excluding limited editions), from XS in “dune” to XL in “storm”. There’s got to be one combo in the mix that’ll suit your duffel needs. They’re stretchy and washable, too.
Best-looking duffel bag
Waxed-Canvas Duffel Bag
Most rugged duffel bag
Medium Dry Duffle Bag
If your bumpy outing involves kayaking at a lakeside cabin upstate or fending off crocodiles elsewhere, consider strapping onto Filson’s fully-waterproof. The no-BS duffel that is as badass-looking as its is badass-functional.
Best duffel bag for commuting
Best convertible duffel bag
Remus Duffle Bag
Caraa’s convertible duffel is so versatile that we proclaimed it as one you can take everywhere. The nylon plus Italian leather facade is a sleek upgrade to sporty canvas, but it’s still a duffel at its core, so it can stow your gym, tech, work, and fashion stuff, no sweat.
Best duffel bag for outdoors
Panga Waterproof Duffel
When you want to brave Mother Nature, there’s no weather element—torrential downpour, wind storm, or blizzard—can prevent Yeti’s Panga from holding and protecting your stuff. It’ll be their fortress—waterproof, nigh-impenetrable, 75-liters, all that.
Best Duffel Bag for Traveling
Tumi’s Mason fits the flying-first-class theme like no other. You can bring it and nothing else, since it’s sized and designed to pack the essentials for your business trip to London. But if you’re heading to vacation in Hawaii, Mason will sit will atop your luggage.
Best leather duffel bag
All the way from Motown, it’s Shinola, the brand whose watch is good enough for the POTUS, and whose leather craftsmanship is good enough for you. Its Utility Duffle fuses easy-to-use silhouette with matte-luster leather, and that’s more than anyone can ask for.
Most showy duffel bag
Monogram-Print Duffle Bag
For a little oomph, what better than a fully monogramed duffel to make you look like David Beckham or Huge Jackman leaving the airport and heading to car in a designer logo-ed duffel? Sans the annoying paparazzis, of course.
Best luxury duffel bag
Off The Grid Duffle Bag
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