Nothing kills the buzz of a trip faster than a bag breaking in baggage claim. Proper duffles 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.
Outdoor Research Rangefinder Seabag
By combining the best qualities of a duffel and a messenger bag with full waterproofing via a rolltop closure, the 32-liter Outdoor Research Rangefinder Seabag won over all testers. The supertough but lightweight bag both sheds the wet and floats, meaning rainy commutes and canoe trips are no problem. A big exterior pocket stores your tablet, phone, and pocket gear. [$139; outdoorresearch.com]
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