A duffel bag is a convenient option that can pack a lot of stuff but won't look too stiff or formal. Add some wheels and it can become the perfect travel bag.
It can help take the weight off your shoulders. You can roll it through airports, on paved streets, or carry it up flights of stairs or small hills. Versatile is its middle name!
Of course, some still prefer suitcases to duffels, and there are lots of reasons for that, but you are a duffel person, right?
You're ready for a travel bag that can be as adventurous as you are, here are some of the best duffel bags with wheels you can buy right now.
35.8 x 15 x 14.2 inches
4.2 lb / 1.9 kg
Bi-Tech - water & abrasion resistant
10 x 26 x 14 inches (26-inch variant)
8.8 lb / 4 kg
600D polyester ripstop with DWR
15 x 11 x 25 inches
7.5 lb / 3.4 kg
Polyester with TPU laminate and DWR
9 x 14 x 22 inches
8.4 lb / 3.8 kg
450D Geo Ripstop & 450D Helix Poly
22 x 12.5 x 12 inches
5.0 lb / 2.3 kg
18/8 stainless steel with powder coat finish
A tiny pouch when not in use and an oversized luggage when it needs to be. The Eagle Creek No Matter What Rolled Duffel is and adventurer's dream when it comes to convenient luggage.
It can pack 120 L of items and made with water- and abrasion-proof Bi-tech material. It comes with compression straps to stabilize the load, #10 lockable zippers, and rolls on oversized wheels for easy handling. It's a tough bag no matter what the adventure.
While it seems like the perfect bag, one major thing it lacks is a frame. You roll the bag behind you with a cloth handle, taking the shape of whatever is inside the bag. It's really meant to primarily be a duffel bag that you can pull along when it gets too heavy. The good thing is the bag material itself doesn't slack, which means even a half-empty bag can be rolled with ease.
On the other hand, the lack of the frame keeps this bag light at 1.5 kg and packable into its stuff pouch.
The Timberland Luggage Twin Mountain Wheeled Duffel comes in 22-, 26-, and 30-inch sizes. All variations have two separate packing compartments for better organization. Compression straps keep the items stable and compact. It can be handled as a rolling luggage or as a duffel with its side handle.
It's made with 100% Polyester keeping the material thin and lightweight but durable and flexible. The interior is lined with plastic so wet items won't leak through the bag. There are several external pockets but when the bag is completely full, the smaller external pockets won't be able to fit anything anymore.
The self-healing zippers take care of any overpacking problems when the zippers split accidentally. Wheels are stable and sturdy and a steel bar at the base of the bag helps support the weight of the bag.
A burly construction and superbly water-resistant material sets the Patagonia Black Hole Wheeled Duffel apart. The wide compartment opening makes it very easy to pack, while its narrow wheelbase makes it easy to maneuver around crowded airports.
The oversized 3.5-inch wheels will go through cobblestones, gravel parking lots, and even up flights of stairs. The handle extends in two stages and stretches up to 36 inches for easier handling. Together with its stiff frame and chassis, the you can slip on another bag over the handle and still keep the load manageable.
Meant for the outdoorsy type, the bag has a daisy chain on all four sides to make it easier to attach to just about anything. It also stays upright even when just half-full.
Pockets are a different matter, however. While there are enough to go around, they're not easy to access inside the bag. The large external pocket also becomes unusable when the bag is filled. It also goes very deep and will be hard to retrieve small items. There are two mesh pockets on the underside of the lid that can hold several quick-access items though, which might make up for it.
The Eagle Creek Gear Warrior is the ultimate gear bag for any outdoor sport and adventure. The Equipment Keeper allows you to strap gear to the top of the bag. It has lash points for gear attachment, and a secondary compartment to separate gear from clothes. The main compartment is also expandable and adds 15% more packing space, which is perfect if you plan on coming home with more than what you brought with you. Interior and exterior compression straps keep everything nice and stable too.
The luggage features Exo-Skeleton technology to add strength and magnify abrasion-resistance, allowing the bag to be both durable and lightweight enough to carry as a duffel. When rolling over uneven terrain, its oversized and treaded wheels and bumper protection will get you through just about anything.
Given all the functionality of this luggage, the main flaw are the plastic buckles. While a broken buckle won't completely affect the performance of the bag, the buckles on the compression straps and some grommets tend to be flimsy. Nevertheless, this luggage is covered by Eagle Creek's No Matter What Warranty and any defect will be replaced.
The Samsonite Luggage 22-inch Andante Wheeled Duffel is a great lightweight option that can serve as a carry-on. At 22 x 12.5 x 12 inches, it fits perfectly in the overhead bin of the plane.
It's a softside luggage made of polyester, which means you can stuff this bag to its maximum capacity. It's very roomy with multiple internal and external pockets. There are two zipper closures that give access to the top of the bag and also from the side.
On the downside, the soft material doesn't keep items very stable, especially with the lack of compression straps. It also doesn't stand upright as there are only two wheels and no base. When not rolling, the duffel will always have to be laid down flat as a duffel bag.
For a high-quality bag from a top brand, this bag just goes under $30 and is great value for money.
Wheeled duffel bags can range from small carry-ons to enormous carry-alls. Remember that the point of having duffel bags with wheels is to let you both roll the bag when you can and carry it when you should. Find the right size that will fit all your things but still be mangeable enough for you to lift off the ground.
Some come with lots of pockets, some come with no pockets. Some come with tuck-away handles, some don't come with frames. Look out for features and designs that will make things easier for you.
Wheeled duffel bags tend to experience more wear and tear. People who use these usually take these bags through different kinds of adventure. Some materials are also waterproof which is great for outdoorsy types, but makes the bags a little heavier. Lightweight polyester keeps the bag manageable but won't provide that much protection in terms of weather elements and structure. Make sure the materials of your bag fit the kind of travel you do.
Wheeled duffel bags are convenient and versatile. It will pack a lot of stuff and give you options on how you can handle your bags.
When traveling to a place with varied terrain, the Patagonia Black Hole Wheeled Duffel will roll over any obstacle. With oversized wheels and tough materials, this bag will withstand rough conditions too. It's also lightweight enough that carrying it over your shoulder won't be a problem either.
The Samsonite Luggage 22-inch Andante Wheeled Duffel is great for light travels or as a secondary bag. It's lightweight and roomy and will be easy to maneuver through narrow plane aisles.
For serious travels that require everything but the kitchen sink, the Eagle Creek No Matter What Rolling Duffel fits the bill. Extra-large and extra-tough, this duffel can take whatever you throw at or in it. Despite the lack of frame, this duffel can roll just as well as a framed option when full.
Roger is a little obsessed with travel. He has been to over 40 countries, broken 3 suitcases and owned over 10 backpacks in 12 months. What he doesn't know about travel, ain't worth knowing!