Carry-on Duffel Bags

Sometimes seen as more dignified than the backpack, now just as functional in transit.
Tortuga Setout Duffel
Duffels made for modern times, trips and travel.

My advice: get one you’ll love. 

What are you prone to be disappointed in? 

My advice: watch the entire video to really understand how that bag travels.

Pakt One

1

Price Expectations

Expect to pay $100-300 for thoughtful makers + legit materials.

2

Look & Feel

Click on the bags you like below to watch the video  and get an informed look.

3

Keep Notes

Keep a list of what bags interest you and what you like/dislike to help you make your final decision.

Simple, essential aesthetics. Possibly too simple, but it does it's job damn well. Simple, essential aesthetics. Possibly too simple, but it does it's job damn well.

Simple, essential aesthetics. Possibly too simple, but it does it's job damn well.

Modern tech organization panels and compartments make duffels like these<em><noscript><img class=

Modern tech organization panels and compartments make duffels like theseactually nice to travel with.

Laptop and business papers, man, storage. Laptop and business papers, man, storage.

Laptop and business papers, man, storage.

Separate shoe compartment (that, of course, eats into the main compartment's capacity). Separate shoe compartment (that, of course, eats into the main compartment's capacity).

Separate shoe compartment (that, of course, eats into the main compartment's capacity).

Luggage passthrough in case you<em><noscript><img class=

Luggage passthrough in case youreally need to bring a lot with you to the airport.

The 'does it all'

Tortuga Setout Duffel

The Tortuga Setout Duffel is affordable and really durable duffel luggage built with tech organization, a security pocket, a shoe compartment, laptop storage and extremely ample exterior access. view bag
Solid, simple, clean looks (without sacrificing functionality) Solid, simple, clean looks (without sacrificing functionality)

Solid, simple, clean looks (without sacrificing functionality)

Back panel has luggage pass through. Shoulder strap is satisfactory. Back panel has luggage pass through. Shoulder strap is satisfactory.

Back panel has luggage pass through. Shoulder strap is satisfactory.

Lots of capacity. Suitcase opening. Mesh organization on top panel. (All like you expect them to be) Lots of capacity. Suitcase opening. Mesh organization on top panel. (All like you expect them to be)

Lots of capacity. Suitcase opening. Mesh organization on top panel. (All like you expect them to be)

Solid tech organization panel, quick access pocket, water bottle pocket, laptop compartment with water-resistant zip. Solid tech organization panel, quick access pocket, water bottle pocket, laptop compartment with water-resistant zip.

Solid tech organization panel, quick access pocket, water bottle pocket, laptop compartment with water-resistant zip.

The modern trunk

Aer Travel Duffel

The Travel Duffel from Aer is an excellent "trunk style" duffel bag, but with a whole smattering of modern travel tools like laptop storage, water bottle storage, and tech organization. view bag
Pakt One Travel Bag

The Professional

Pakt One Travel Bag

The Pakt One travel bag is a stylish and extremely well thought through over-the-shoulder bag for conscientious travelers. view bag
Simple and removable organization of the main compartment into 3 sections. Simple and removable organization of the main compartment into 3 sections.

Simple and removable organization of the main compartment into 3 sections.

Hideable backpack straps, excellent materials for a life-long bag. Hideable backpack straps, excellent materials for a life-long bag.

Hideable backpack straps, excellent materials for a life-long bag.

Shoulder straps from Tom Bihn are known for their comfort. Shoulder straps from Tom Bihn are known for their comfort.

Shoulder straps from Tom Bihn are known for their comfort.

Durability + Simplicity

Tom Bihn Aeronaut 30 + 45

The Aeronaut from Tom Bihn is an excellent duffel/backpack conversion bag with minimal organization and insanely durable materials and construction. view bag
Lots of capacity. Great visibility. Lots of capacity. Great visibility.

Lots of capacity. Great visibility.

Solid external organization. Solid external organization.

Solid external organization.

Carry comfort is complicated. Carry comfort is complicated.

Carry comfort is complicated.

Simple, Techy Capacity

Peak Design 35L Travel Duffel

The Travel Duffel from Peak Design is a simple travel companion with some very useful features like weatherproof materials and killer external access pockets. view bag
Shoulder and hip straps hide away behind a magnetic panel. Shoulder and hip straps hide away behind a magnetic panel.

Shoulder and hip straps hide away behind a magnetic panel.

Massive capacity. Expands from 45-65L. Massive capacity. Expands from 45-65L.

Massive capacity. Expands from 45-65L.

Excellent materials + build. Excellent materials + build.

Excellent materials + build.

Internal organization. Zipped pockets on both sides. Internal organization. Zipped pockets on both sides.

Internal organization. Zipped pockets on both sides.

Shoulder and hip straps are solid for hauling the load. Shoulder and hip straps are solid for hauling the load.

Shoulder and hip straps are solid for hauling the load.

Everything but Carry-on

Peak Design Travel Duffelpack (65L)

The Duffelpack from Peak Design expands from 45L to 65L (a little too large for carry-on on most airlines), has backpack straps that hide away, is made of weatherproof material and is a durable and organized companion for LOTS of different kinds of adventures. view bag
Simple backpack straps. Simple backpack straps.

Simple backpack straps.

YKK zips. Great zip pulls. Decent details. YKK zips. Great zip pulls. Decent details.

YKK zips. Great zip pulls. Decent details.

Affordable Killer.

Everlane Mover Pack Duffel

The Mover Pack is an affordable duffel with simple backpack straps, solid materials and a few solid pockets for organization. view bag
Tortuga Homebase Backpack & Duffel Case

the heavy duty Lightweight

Tortuga Homebase Backpack & Duffel Case

The Homebase series from Tortuga features this incredibly lightweight sailcloth material that's water resistant and super strong. (It feels light and scary! But it's damn strong stuff.) This makes for an incredibly light and resilient travel bag. view bag
Lots of compartmentalization of the space. Works as a backpack or a duffel. Lots of compartmentalization of the space. Works as a backpack or a duffel.

Lots of compartmentalization of the space. Works as a backpack or a duffel.

The camera man

Wandrd Hexad Access Duffel

The Hexad Access Duffel from Wandrd is a highly organized bag with multiple large compartments that's great for anyone traveling with a serious camera setup. view bag
Waterfield Atlas Executive Holdall

Delicious. Rich. Techy.

Waterfield Atlas Executive Holdall

The Atlas Executive Holdall from Waterfield is an excellent large-ish capacity shoulder bag designed to help you shift seamlessly from tech gear to gym gear. view bag
Patagonia Headway MLC

The laid back lifer

Patagonia Headway MLC

The Headway MLC (Maximum Legal Carry-on) from Patagonia is a very functional gear bag that works better as a duffel due to it's uncomfortable (but hideable!) backpack straps. view bag
Interesting 3-compartment method for organizing your goods in transit. Interesting 3-compartment method for organizing your goods in transit.

Interesting 3-compartment method for organizing your goods in transit.

Lots of external access pockets on the front of the bag. Lots of external access pockets on the front of the bag.

Lots of external access pockets on the front of the bag.

Comfortable backpack straps that hide away Comfortable backpack straps that hide away

Comfortable backpack straps that hide away

Organized. Built Tough.

Tom Bihn Tristar

The Tristar from Tom Bihn is an excellent almost business-class duffel/backpack conversion bag that makes for excellent use in transit. view bag
YNOT Viken Duffel Bag

Roll One

YNOT Viken Duffel Bag

The Viken from YNOT is as simple and sturdy a duffel as a modern urbanite could ask for. And it expands. Just lovely. view bag
Millican Miles the Duffel Bag 40L

The Rambler

Millican Miles the Duffel Bag 40L

Miles the Duffel 40L from Millican is a sturdy little companion for travel (so long as you don't have to walk long distances with your bag!). view bag
Aasgard 50L Duffel

Adventure Junkie

Aasgard 50L Duffel

The 50L duffel from Aasgard is a very exciting idea — massive space in a weatherproof simple duffel with backpack straps. (The shoulder straps could use an update though.) view bag
Patagonia Black Hole Duffel

Old Standby

Patagonia Black Hole Duffel

The Black Hole Duffel from Patagonia is called the "black hole" because it fan fit all your stuff. view bag

The Big List

Here’s every duffel bag we’ve reviewed to date: