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.
Fishpond Westwater Large Zippered Duffel
For traveling light and fast to destinations with unpredictable weather, the lightweight, 83-liter Westwater excels. Some features, like lashing for fly-rod tubes, cater to fishermen, but this is a great all-around adventure bag – thoughtfully designed, built for abuse, and with top lashing for carrying extra gear. [$200; fishpondusa.com]