You can go nuts on luggage, buying cavernous rollers or multifunctional rucksacks to suit any excursion. But assuming you’re as busy as the rest of us, your weekender—that go-to bag for a night or two away from home—is going to get the most use.
Here are nine that look sharp, can take a beating, and could pull double duty as your gym bag. You spend money on a lot of crap you never use. Picking up one of these will never qualify as a wasteful purchase.
FJÄLLRÄVEN DUFFEL NO.6
This 50-year-old Swedish outfitter mostly flies under the radar in the US. While they make everything from wallets to windbreakers, they’re still known most for their packs and bags. This duffel is a functional, unpretentious beauty.
HERSCHEL LONSDALE DUFFEL
For a big personality on a budget, this distinctive bag sports a separate shoe compartment to keep your spare kicks from mucking up your dress threads. If this pattern is too bold for you, Herschel offers six more color options.
TIMBUK2 NAVIGATOR DUFFEL
Sportier and more multifunctional than most, this many-pocketed duffel can also be worn as a backpack if you’re leaving town on two wheels. Made in San Francisco to last a lifetime.
TIMBERLAND EARTHKEEPERS™ WINNEGANCE LEATHER DUFFEL
The name’s a mouthful. But unlike its precious moniker, this duffel is man’s-man rugged with classic good looks. Made from 100% cow leather, you can drop your dough on this bad boy knowing it’ll never go out of style.
TOPO X WOOLRICH DUFFEL
From lumberjacks to hipsters, Woolrich plaids have been cool since the company started in 1830. This duffel from Colorado-based Topo Designs is made in the Rockies and features heavy duty “seatbelt strap” handles.
FILSON MEDIUM DUFFEL BAG
Made from rain-resistant twill, this made-in-the-USA bag looks as good in a luxury hotel as it would in the backcountry. Filson has been in business as an outfitter for more than 100 years.
EVERLANE REVERSE-DENIM WEEKENDER
This black twill bag is as understated as it is handsome and durable. It’s maker, Everlane, prides itself on transparency, and includes bios on each of the factories that produces its products.
JACK SPADE WAXWEAR SOFT DUFFEL
Made from cotton soaked in paraffin wax—a process once used to make sails, according to the maker’s site—this bag is super durable and abrasion-resistant. It’s also pretty damn good looking.
HEX CONVOY OVERNIGHT TRAVEL BAG
Featuring a fleece-lined pocket for tablets or e-readers along with a larger pouch for your laptop, this bag is a sleek option for the tech-minded traveler—which is all of us these days. The large main pocket has plenty of room for clothes and all of your chargers.