Duffel Bags

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Carrying around a bit too much lately? There’s a bag to help with that. And we’re not just talking about any kind of bag. We’re talking about a duffel bag.

A modern bag with an ancient history

The history of the duffel bag (sometimes spelt duffle bag) is surprisingly disputed. There’s evidence that the term “duffel bag” dates back as far as the 1600s. Although the exact date is unknown, there’s no denying that humans have found these multipurpose sacks useful.
And who can blame them? With a soft outer shell and a capacity that seems never-ending, duffle bags are one of the most useful ...items you could have in your closet.
In their early days, duffel bags were mostly filled at the top. However, there are now many different duffel bag options, including duffel bags with backpack straps, rolling duffel bags, and smaller travel duffels.

What’s the difference between gym bags, duffel bags, and weekender bags?

Duffel bags and gym bags are often confused with one another, but they’re not the same thing. A gym bag, for example, is a more specific type of bag compared to a duffel. Duffel bags can take any general shape, but gym bags are almost always rectangular.
To make things even more confusing, weekender bags are also not the same thing as duffel bags. A “weekender bag” is named for its ability to hold the items required for weekend trips. It could include a duffel bag but could also include luggage.
Duffel bags are such an integral part of any outdoor collection that many of your favourite brands have created their own answers to what a duffel bag can look like. Companies like Patagonia, the North Face, Herschel, Thule, and more, all offer their own answer to duffel and weekender bags.
Some bags, like the Patagonia Black Hole, feature helpful features like a removable shoulder strap. The Black Hole bag is one of the best-selling models on the market. It comes in four different capacities: 40L, 55L, 70L, and 100L.

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Frequently Asked Questions


What is a duffel bag used for?

Because duffel bags are large and made from soft material, you can use them for just about anything! They’re useful both for the athlete looking to carry about his or her sporting gear and for anyone going on a trip out of town.

Which is correct: duffel or duffle?

You’ve probably noticed that you’ve seen it spelt both as “duffel bags” and “duffle bags”. “Duffel bag” is the most common spelling convention, though you’ll see it spelt “duffle bag” as well.

Is a duffel bag worth it?

Yes — if you’re constantly on the move, a duffel bag is absolutely worth it!

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