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How we choose: The best pack duffels highlighted here were selected based on 23 reviews of 16 products. Our top picks are those that are readily-available in the United States and have received the highest overall ratings from reviewers.

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Patagonia Black Hole Duffel

user rating: 5 of 5 (3 reviews)

Patagonia's Black Hole Duffel line has 4 sizes, 45L, 60L, 90L and 120L. All are made from a durable water resistant fabric which can take a beating. I have the 60L size which is perfect for hauling around a ton of gear while still being carry-on size.

Reasons to Buy

  • Durable material
  • Shoulder straps
  • Carry-on size

Likes Size/Shape: The 60L duffel is just within carry-on size limits. With a little coaxing, I've gotten it to fit into even the smaller overhead compartments. For carrying gear on a plane, a duffel bag has advantages over a backpack in that it doesn't have any hard panels that can't be compressed. Also, a rectangular shape can hold more volume than a backpack which is generally taller and skinner with a rounded top. Finally, the rectangular shape is easily stacked versus a cylindrical shape like the North Face Base Camp Duffel.

Read more: Patagonia Black Hole Duffel reviews (3)

The North Face Base Camp Duffel

user rating: 4.5 of 5 (5 reviews)

My size small base camp duffel is a favorite for short work trips and toting small amounts of extra gear to and from a trailhead. It is built to withstand harsh punishment, easy to carry, and easy to access the interior contents. Cost is the only negative.

Reasons to Buy

  • Durability
  • Good opening
  • Good shoulder straps—carries well
  • Handles and straps

Reasons to Avoid

  • Pricy

Available from carry-on size to trek-swallowing massive, the base camp duffel might be the most indestructible and comfortable way to get your stuff from one place to the other. Mine is a size small, and I use it primarily for air travel, national and international, and for storing extra stuff to toss into the back of the car for a hiking trip. Mine is about five years old. What makes this such a great bag? MATERIALS AND CONSTRUCTION The bag itself is pretty simple—one D shaped zipper opening, super durable handles, straps and materials, very usable shoulder straps for getting this through airports or carrying to a remote bus stop.

Read more: The North Face Base Camp Duffel reviews (5)

Gregory Alpaca Duffle

user rating: 5 of 5 (2 reviews)

This is a review of the largest (120 liter) Alpaca, whose primary role will be long trips and transporting my big backpack and gear. Durable fabrics and features mean the bag will last a very long time. It has comfortable shoulder straps and multiple handles for getting around. Top opening is big, a plus for packing. If there is a downside, the removable shoulder straps lack a quick release—takes some work.

Reasons to Buy

  • Durability
  • Shoulder carry
  • Multiple handles
  • Big opening for packing
  • Storage options, small but useful

Reasons to Avoid

  • Weight
  • Cost
  • Removing shoulder straps

  BASIC INFO Shows how the shoulder straps attach at the top. Dog and starfish not included.   The Alpaca 120 is a big bag, no way around it. Capacity is 120 liters, or about 7,300 cubic inches. It weighs about 4 pounds, empty. [for the sake of comparison, the extra large LL Bean Adventure Duffel that the Alpaca replaced holds 139 liters and weighs a little less than 3 1/2 pounds]. The main pack is made of 900 denier polyester ripstop with a TPU coating on the outside, making it effectively waterproof in the rain unless there is a concentrated stream of water hitting the zipper and avoiding the overlapping cover—very unlikely.

Read more: Gregory Alpaca Duffle reviews (2)

Osprey Airporter Small

user rating: 5 of 5 (1 review)

Protective cover for medium size rucksacks when travelling by air. Packs down to a compact size.

Reasons to Buy

  • Roomy
  • Packs into its own pocket
  • Multiple options for carrying

Reasons to Avoid

  • Significant addition to rucksack weight

Hiking rucksacks tend to have plenty of dangling straps that can get caught in airport luggage conveyor belts, risking damage if they are checked in as hold luggage. The Osprey Airporter is a protective cover that completely encases your rucksack, eliminating this problem. The Airporter packs into its own pocket, so you can keep it in your rucksack till it's time for your flight back home.  The Airporter comes in different sizes. The small is rated for rucksacks of up to 50 litres in volume.

Read more: Osprey Airporter Small review (1)

Osprey Transporter 95

user rating: 4 of 5 (1 review)

Great convertible duffle/backpack. Rain resistant and bomb-proof. TSA friendly. Check it in!

Reasons to Buy

  • Shrinks to a pouch when not in use
  • Straps can be hidden away
  • Shoulder strap!
  • Capable of overstuffing!
  • Lots of handles
  • Easy to spot if you checked it in
  • It works!
  • Bomb-proof fabric

Reasons to Avoid

  • Clunky
  • No waist strap or compression straps
  • No structure to protect against crushing forces
  • Straps not exactly the most comfortable

As an active Scouter with a Pack AND Troop, I camp a lot. I've purchased different bags over the years in an effort to find the perfect bag. Is the Transporter the go-to bag? Not exactly, but pretty close. When my Troop went to Hawaii at Camp Pupukea, I looked around for a duffle bag that the Scouts could use regularly and was TSA friendly (i.e., lockable). After several trips to REI and beyond, I settled on recommending the Osprey Transporter. Simply put, it works. You can stuff it. You can even overstuff it.

Read more: Osprey Transporter 95 review (1)

Osprey Transporter 90

user rating: 4 of 5 (1 review)

Hi, I really enjoy the Transporter line from Osprey. Osprey's construction is tough and their suspension systems are very reliable. I bought these packs about five years ago before I moved to Germany for a year. I needed bags that I could travel with, as well as carry a heck of a lot of stuff in (hey, I brought my Nintendo 64 with me!). I searched for a long time looking for the right bag. Nothing really stood out at me. I wanted something versatile, and nothing on wheels. I finally stumbled across the Transporters.

Read more: Osprey Transporter 90 review (1)

Black Diamond Demon Duffel

user rating: 5 of 5 (1 review)

(Nearly) perfect rope and gear bag.

Reasons to Buy

  • Voluminous
  • Durable
  • Convenient
  • Comfortable

Reasons to Avoid

  • No outside accessory pocket
  • No gear loops on outside

This is just what I wanted when looking for a rope bag. It has everything I wanted: a ton of storage, integrated (not to mention removable) tarp, backpack straps, waist belt, looks great, super durable.  After returning the Metolius Speedster for lack of volume, I picked this pack/duffel up. Huge improvement. A bit more expensive, but worth it. It's huge inside, the full length zipper is convenient, material is burly, the backpack straps are really comfy (although not terribly padded), and the waistbelt is substantial and actually useful.  I pretty easily fit my 60m 10.2 rope, 10 draws, chalk bag, two 30m accessory cords, harness with biners and other crap, some webbing, helmet, and shoes.

Read more: Black Diamond Demon Duffel review (1)

Eagle Creek ORV Wheeled Duffel International Carry On

user rating: 3.5 of 5 (1 review)

This is a great International Carry On sized piece of luggage for the serious traveler. Mine had a minor failure, hence the three stars. If you get one with no issues, the design and function of this little pack could be excellent for business and pleasure.

Reasons to Buy

  • Great wheels
  • 2 Exterior pockets

Reasons to Avoid

  • Does not fully open for easy access
  • Internal compression strap is poorly attached
  • Handle tack failed on mine

I’m a backpack man. From my first overnight at my grandparents to more recent adventures in Panama and Iceland, I packed a pack that went on my back, no wheeled luggage for me. One of the contributing reasons for my pack preference is a wildly irrational one, filled with action-packed fantasy. I always figured, should we all need to sprint across the airport and seek cover in the nearby hills, those poor suckers pulling their wheeled gear would have to abandon the entirety of their belongings while I, pack on back, would be ready for the next act in the action thriller in my mind, Airport Departure.

Read more: Eagle Creek ORV Wheeled Duffel International Carry On review (1)

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