Cotopaxi Uyuni 46L ($80)

From proven outdoor models with backpack straps to rolling designs for travel, below are the year's top duffels
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Travel

1 lb. 8 oz.

A simple duffel with a unique aesthetic and feature set.

Not super durable and no backpack straps.

Cotopaxi has created some space in the market with their funky outdoor and travel gear which is exemplified by playful colorblocking and sustainably-sourced materials. The Uyuni 46L is their biggest and most useful duffel, ideal for trips on weekends and commutes between the gym and work. The main compartment is opened with the full length zip, and comes with a couple of characteristics that aren’t typically found in outdoor duffels, like the laptop-friendly laptop sleeve that is padded and a the ability to fold away laundry bags (great to store dirty climbing shoes, too!). For added convenience it comes with a Uyuni is a flat-sided bag that can be propped up on one end as well as an adjustable shoulder strap as well as five grab handles provide the ability to carry it in a variety of ways.

The Uyuni is fairly durable for use in everyday situations however its 210 and 420-denier ripstop nylon shells can’t compare to the more robust designs available here (nor do they offer anything in terms for water-resistant). While carrying a duffel this size on your shoulder is extremely comfortable but some people prefer straps for backpacks or a specific travel bag style such as the Cotopaxi Allpa below. At the end of the day, Peak Designs’ Travel Duffel above is the best choice for day-to-day use or trips on weekends that is made of better materials, backpacks with a shape that maintains its shape even when it is empty. However, the Uyuni is a reasonably priced and straightforward alternative, and its additional capacities and features for organization are a nice benefit for many.

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