Regardless of whether you're just going for a weekend away or a week or two off somewhere nice, a good duffel is a great asset to have, to be able to carry all your gear in. Originally a name given to any large cylindrical (typically cloth) bag closed with a drawstring, the name duffel has more recently been expanded. Now a duffel refers to a large and still cylindrical, heavy cloth bag that can either be zipped or closed with drawstring. The names origin comes from the Belgian town Duffel, where the original duffel cloth was created for repairing ship's sails. Scraps of said fabric were utilized by the sailors to put together sturdy, waterproof bags and thus the original duffel bags were born. Evolving from sail cloth in the 17th century to today's sturdy canvas, waxed canvas, leather, blanket lining, nylon and numerous other fabrics, the one thing that the duffel has always kept constant is a firmly planted stake in utility. With so many different options in today's market, we decided to highlight some of our favorites for you, including an all leather offering from J.W. Hulme, a unique take on the classic Filson duffel in collaboration with Sebago, my personal favorite on here, the Tanner Goods Nomad bag and the Swedish Fjallraven waxed canvas option.
Nº2 – Nomad Duffel
We've seen a lot of growth in the well crafted, leather goods world recently, and one of the brands that has pushed through the masses with flying colors is Portland's Tanner Goods. Interestingly, they've moved away from leather in some of their pieces lately, with their recent line of canvas based bags. One standout in that line is the Nomad Duffle. Designed as a versatile carryall that will look as in-place outdoors or in the back of your jeep as it will sitting next to you in the first class lounge in the airport, the Nomad is built from a waxed 18oz twill canvas, wool, felt and Horween Chromexcel leather and secrued with solid brass rivets, studs and buckles. If you're in the market for a rugged yet handsome bag, this offering from Tanner Goods is certainly worth a look.
• Made in Portland Oregon
• Dimensions: 22" x 9.5" x 10.5"
• Exterior Zippered Pocket
• Inside Felt Lined Open Pockets
• Inside Leather Lined Open Pockets
• Waxed 18 oz. Filter Twill Canvas
• Premium Wool Felt
• Horween Chromexcel Leather
• Solid Brass Rivets, Button Studs & Buckles
• Heavyweight Leather Handles
• Field Tan/Russet
Nº3 – Classic Small Duffel
The further we get into Fall, the more I find myself thinking about quick weekend trips out to a cabin on the sea, on the far west coast of the island, to relax and recharge. For some reason relaxing tends to happen in the cooler months for me more than any other. That's where JW Hulme Hulme Co. comes in. This Classic Small Duffel is one of those investment pieces that will last you decades while becoming even more personalized with every trip or vacation you carry it along for. Another draw to this beautiful duffel is that it's backed by the JW Hulme Co lifetime guarantee, which in a nutshell, means everybody wins.
• Dimensions: 20"W x 11.5"H x 10"D
• U-Shaped Zippered Main Entry
• Rain/Dust Flap & Three Buckles
• Exterior Zippered End Pocket
• Secret Interior Pocket
• Rolled Leather Handles with Snap Grip
• Riveted Leather Zipper Pulls
• Detachable/Adjustable Leather Shoulder Strap
• Leather Luggage Tag
• Solid Brass Hardware
• Fully Lined in Rip-Stop Nylon
• Optional Personalization with Embossed Monogram
• Made in the USA
• Guaranteed for Life