Nothing kills the buzz of a trip faster than a bag breaking in baggage claim. Proper duffels should be lightweight, weather-proof, and sturdy enough to take a beating. Convenience matters, too. These days, many duffels can be converted into backpacks for when you hit the trails, and have smartly placed side pockets so you can access the important stuff without having to pull over. Here are the best high-performance duffels on the market.
Collected Works Military Duffel Backpack
Made in the U.S., this modern take on the classic barracks bag is an extremely burly, 24-liter, top-loading backpack, built with weather-resistant, 18-oz waxed canvas, thick leather shoulder straps, and brass hardware. Smart pockets abound, including an organizer that holds gadgets against your back for better balance. [$440; collectedworksco.com]