Duffel bags in the test – the best models 2022 in comparison
Finding the best duffel bag can sometimes be tricky as there is so much to choose from. Before buying, you also have to deal with the different materials, sizes, and other things to find a suitable model. If this is too time-consuming for you and you want to make a good decision quickly, you can follow our buy recommendation because we have already researched. For example, we can highly recommend the Osah Drybag, as this bag is waterproof and very well suited for all kinds of water activities. Alternatively, we recommend the Hawk Outdoors Drybag, as this product comes with a waterproof phone case and has a well-padded shoulder strap.
In the following, you will find the test report for all bags that prevailed in our test and got a place in the top 7 list of the best duffel bags in 2022. Before you buy a specific model, we recommend that you look at our leader board, as this will help you find a product that is right for you faster. In the compilation, you will find a wide range of different bags made of different materials.
1. Osah Drybag backpack and shoulder bag in one
The Drypack from Osah emerged as the best duffel bag in this series and is, therefore, our clear test winner. The waterproof bag is available in sizes 5, 10, 15, 20, and 30 L and has adjustable shoulder straps. The Drybag is suitable for activities in the water, such as swimming, rafting, fishing, and many different water sports (e.g., surfing or windsurfing).
The Drybag is very well made, has a waterproof closure, and the 10-liter pocket fits valuables such as a mobile phone, wallet, keys, and a towel. However, if you need more space, you need a larger model. The dimensions of the drybags correspond to the manufacturer’s table. However, the pockets are not very large and are very high, so people with short arms sometimes find it difficult to get to the things inside the bag. The material is also too stiff to bang the opening outwards. On the other hand, the Drybag is very stable, absolutely airtight, and can be carried very well on the back even when fully packed.
The Drybag can be worn as either a backpack or a shoulder bag, has a zippered pocket on the front, and has a wide application. The bag is also available in many different trendy colors, so there is something for everyone. Therefore, the price-performance ratio is very good, and we can recommend the product without reservation.
We have briefly summarized the advantages and disadvantages of the test report for you below.
Value for money: The bag is of high quality and offers a very good price
Waterproof: The bag is 100% waterproof, making it ideal for water activities such as canoeing, kayaking, swimming, and more.
Versatility: The Drybag has two adjustable shoulder straps and a pocket on the front and can be worn as either a backpack or a shoulder bag.
Multiple Colors: The bag is available in multiple beautiful colors, so there should be something for every taste.
Multiple Sizes: The waterproof bag is available in 5L, 10L, 15L, 20L, and 30L sizes.
Height: Experience with the duffel bag has shown that it is not very large but is high enough to make it difficult for people with short arms to access the items inside the bag.
2. Hawk Outdoors Drybag with mobile phone pocket
The Hawk Outdoors Drybag offers excellent value for money and is available in sizes 10, 20, and 30 L and several different colors and with a matching mobile phone pocket. The bag is versatile and can be used in everyday life, on a beach holiday, canoeing or kayaking, surfing, and more.
It features padded shoulder straps, which most dry bags don’t have, and is made of a soft yet durable material that will last a relatively long time. The bag is certified with IPX6, which means it protects against heavy rain, water jets, and the like, and the bag is buoyant.
The mobile phone case that comes with it is suitable for smartphones up to 6″ and is also waterproof. The only downside: the mobile phone case is not so easy to use. However, since this negatively impacts the Drybag, the price-performance ratio is still right. The bag keeps what it promises, is robust and cleanly made, and is good quality.
Price-performance ratio: The high-quality bag was able to convince with a very good price-performance ratio.
Padded shoulder strap: The bag has a padded shoulder strap, which is often not the case with many other models.
Versatility: The bag can be used in everyday life or for water activities such as kayaking and canoeing.
Cell Phone Case Included: The case comes with a cell phone case, which is also waterproof.
Multiple colors and sizes: The bag is available in multiple colors and sizes, so there should be something suitable for everyone.
Operation of the mobile phone case: The mobile phone case is a bit cumbersome to use.
3. Mil-Tec combat duffel bag
The combat duffel bag from Mil-Tec is available in the colors olive green and black and is extremely spacious with a size of 98 l. Therefore, it is very suitable for camping holidays, other outdoor activities, and as a sports bag. It has eight outer pockets on the bag, so everything is well organized and always easy to find, saving a lot of time when traveling. The bag’s material is also robust and gives the impression of being relatively durable.
However, it isn’t easy to get the zippers on the outside pockets of this bag because there is fabric on top. This is sewn so tightly that it is a bit of a hindrance when opening. However, the bag is available for a relatively low price and can be used in various ways.
It can be used both as a backpack and as a shoulder bag and has many small pockets that you can carefully store, for example, shower gel, flip flops, sports equipment, camping equipment, and much more. Overall, the bag offers a very good price-performance ratio.
Price-performance ratio: The bag was able to convince with a very good price-performance ratio and can be used in many ways.
Spacious: The bag is very spacious with its 98 L – with this model, you don’t need a second bag.
Lots of external pockets: A total of eight external pockets are available so that you can store all your belongings carefully and easily find them again.
Low price: The relatively inexpensive duffel bag doesn’t rip a hole in your wallet.
Multiple Colors: The duffel bag is available in black and olive green.
Fabric over zippers: It’s tricky to get to the zippers on the outside pockets of this bag as there is fabric over them. This is sewn so tightly that it is a bit of a hindrance when opening.
4. Baosha HB-26 Vintage Men’s Backpack 3-in-1
The 3-in-1 men’s backpack from Baosha was able to convince with a very attractive look and is available in two different colors and two different price ranges. The duffel bag is partly made of leather (PU) and other durable materials such as cotton, which give the bag a cool vintage look. The backpack is well thought out, very roomy, and good value for money. For example, two small towels, a large towel, a wash bag, a drinking bottle, and some snacks fit in easily. The small pocket on the front also offers space for a wallet, mobile phone, keys, and other items.
Therefore, the relatively cheap duffel bag is suitable for everyday use but can also be taken on trips. It is made well enough to be loaded relatively heavily (even with books, for example) and has very robust handles. However, the bag could be designed a little more comfortably. But the backpack is not expensive, very spacious and versatile. Plus point: Even with small rain showers, it stays dry for about 15 minutes, and it can also be used as a shoulder bag thanks to the additional straps.
We can recommend the chic backpack without reservation.
Value for money: The relatively inexpensive bag does what it promises and offers a good price-performance ratio.
Appearance: The bag looks great with its vintage look.
Versatile: The bag can be used in everyday life and when traveling and is very versatile.
Very spacious: The bag is very spacious. For example, two small towels, a large towel, a wash bag, a drinking bottle, and some snacks fit in. The small pocket on the front also offers extra space for other belongings.
Multiple colors: The bag is available in two different colors and price ranges.
Carrying comfort: Experience with the duffel bag has shown that carrying comfort could be improved.
5. Aleenun SP-10 Drybag with a phone case and mesh pocket
The Aleenun Drybag is available in sizes 10, 20, and 30 L and comes with a practical mobile phone case (also suitable for large mobile phones), which is also waterproof. The backpack is made of PVC foil, is available in several eye-catching colors, and is very robust. It is also quite spacious and a good companion when traveling, cycling, going to the beach, swimming, sailing, canoeing, or other water sports.
However, the front mesh compartment offers hardly any storage space, which is not a good solution and is a pity. The bag is available for a fair price and is easy to see due to the bright colors – this is an advantage on the beach or on a bike.
It is also cleanly finished and has flawless locking systems. The price-performance ratio is right.
We can recommend the backpack, despite a small shortcoming.
Value for money: The backpack is well made and has a good locking system. The price-performance ratio is right.
Highly visible colors: The duffel bag is very visible thanks to the bright colors. This is especially useful on a bike or the beach.
Mesh compartment: There is a practical mesh compartment on the front.
Multiple Sizes: The duffel bag is available in three different sizes.
Mobile phone case included: The bag comes with a practical mobile phone case.
Versatility: The duffel bag is stylish and can be used in many ways.
Mesh compartment: Unfortunately, the mesh compartment does not offer enough storage space.
6. Losmile Duffel Bag 3in1
The Losmile duffel bag can be used as a backpack, daypack, or shoulder bag and is made of a dense cotton fabric that feels very high-quality and is comfortable to wear. The bag has a main compartment, two zipped pockets, and an inner zipped pocket and is available in several colors and two different sizes.
It is about 20 L in size and offers enough space for all the belongings you need for a trip. However, the backpack’s material has a strong tendency to crease, which doesn’t look particularly nice.
However, the backpack is well made and very robust. For this reason, it goes along with almost everything: bulk purchases, day trips, camping trips, and much more. Please note, however, that the material gets wet very quickly in heavy rain, and the backpack can get damp on the inside. The bottom line is that the backpack offers good value for money and looks very good. Clear purchase recommendation from our side.
Value for money: The backpack offers good value for money and does what it promises.
Look: The bag convinces with a chic look and is very well received everywhere.
Multiple colors and sizes: The bag is available in several beautiful colors and two different sizes, so you can choose something that suits you.
Pleasant material: The material consists mainly of cotton, which is very pleasant and increases the wearing comfort.
Versatility: The backpack can be used as a daypack, rucksack, or shoulder bag and has a robust finish. For example, you can use it to travel or go shopping very conveniently.
Material creases: Unfortunately, the material from which the backpack is made tends to crease, which is not very nice
7. Mil-Tec US double strap duffel bag
This classic duffel bag from Mil-Tec is available in black or olive green and is ideal for a camping holiday or other outdoor activities. It is water-repellent (but not waterproof) and has a diameter of about 40-50 cm at the bottom and a capacity of about 50 L. Therefore, the duffel bag is a decent size, so you can easily carry many personal items comfortably when traveling.
It is also comfortable to wear and is made of a very thick fabric that looks robust and will probably last a relatively long time. However, the duffel bag gives off a relatively strong chemical smell initially, so it has to be aired out for a few days.
There is another minus point for the crochet closure – it could be a little more stable. All in all, it is still a good, inexpensive product. The price to performance ratio can therefore be described as good, despite minor shortcomings, and we can recommend the duffel bag without hesitation.
Value for money: The duffel bag has a thick, robust fabric and does what it says on the tin. The price-performance ratio is right.
Capacity: The duffel bag is very large at around 50 L and offers enough storage space for all kinds of items that you might need in everyday life or when traveling.
Low Price: The duffel bag is available at a low price, so you don’t have to dig deep into your wallet.
Multiple Colors: The duffel bag comes in two colors (black and olive green).
Closure crochet: The closure crochet could be a little sturdier.
Odor: The duffel bag initially gives off a chemical odor and, in some cases, needs to be aired thoroughly for a few days before use.
Buying advice for duffel bags
Originally made out of canvas, duffel bags are used by people in the military, sports, and other fields. They are among the simplest and most well-known transport bags that have found widespread use both on land and at sea and are very popular because they are simple, durable, and offer a lot of storage space. However, since it is not always easy to find the perfect bag, you should get an overview of the range before buying, carry out a brief price comparison, and deal with the most important purchase criteria. We have summarized what you should pay attention to when buying in the following. Finally, you can take our top 7 list to overview the best duffel bags for 2022 that we determined in the test.
Pack the duffel bag properly.
Duffel bags are uncomplicated and offer just as much storage space when traveling as a conventional backpack, small suitcase, or bag. If you want to pack clothes, you should not put them on top of each other in a duffel bag, as this can wrinkle the clothes. Unlike a suitcase or backpack, the clothes in a duffel bag are packed into a single bundle (the so-called “bundling technique” is used). This technique usually keeps the clothing almost wrinkle-free. Unlike a suitcase, a duffel bag also offers more flexibility as it is less bulky and, therefore, much easier to transport.
The bundling technique starts with slightly wrinkled clothing items such as shirts or blouses. These are placed on top of other so that the sleeves are on top of each other, saving a lot of space and not getting mixed up in the duffel bag. For detailed descriptions and to learn this technique correctly, we recommend watching a video on the Internet. Unfortunately, we cannot describe the details here.
How to carry a duffel bag and what you can do with it
Duffel bags can sometimes be carried on the back like a normal backpack – provided they have two shoulder straps. However, most models that look more like the original duffel bags are carried like a kind of shoulder bag. You can use duffel bags in many ways. For example, so-called dry packs (water-repellent models made of PVC) are ideal for doing water sports or going sailing. Other types of duffel bags can be used, for example, on short vacations, camping, or the like. For example, a duffel bag with wheels, a duffel bag backpack or a duffel bag, a duffel bag from the Bundeswehr, or, as already mentioned, a waterproof duffel bag is suitable for vacation.
Volume: Duffel bags usually come in sizes from 4 to 10 L (mini duffel bag), 11 to 40 L (normal duffel bag size), and 60 to 100 L (large duffel bag). The small version is suitable as a small daypack or gym bag, the normal size as a backpack for short vacations, and the large version for longer vacations or a spacious sports bag.
Waterproof or not: Not all duffel bags are waterproof. If you are looking for a waterproof bag, you should look for a so-called “dry pack.” These bags are suitable for all water sports and, of course, waterproof.
Material: Duffel bags are made from waterproof PVC, fabric, and other materials. These each has different advantages and disadvantages, so you should think carefully about what you expect from the duffel bag and what it must be able to do before you buy it.
Shoulder straps: Not all duffel bags have classic shoulder straps, as you know them from conventional backpacks. Most duffel bags only have one shoulder strap, so you carry them like a shoulder bag.
Design: Last but not least, the design also plays a role. For example, there are small dry packs that are fashionable and functional or classic Bundeswehr duffel bags that are not particularly chic but offer a lot of storage space and are very well suited for many outdoor activities.
Deadweight and inner workings: While these criteria are not relevant for everyone, they should be mentioned here so that you can think of everything that might be important to you. If this information is relevant to you, pay attention to the weight of the duffel bag and the inner workings, which can differ significantly from product to product.