Whether you call them leather duffle bags, leather duffel bags, or leather weekenders, they are back on fashion, and in a variety of shades, sizes and even designs. Previously duffle bags mostly used to be carry over-shoulder bags, but many new designs are popping up with both hand handles and over-shoulder straps. The variety available makes it even more difficulty to choose the right leather duffle bag. This guide is to help you prepare so that you can spend your money wisely on a leather duffle bag that truly suits your needs.
Know your budget.
You must be saying Oh No! here is the “B” Word again! Most people don’t want to hear the “Budget” word. But the truth is, you will always need to set a budget. It is not just a matter of how much you are willing to spend on a leather duffle bag. But how comfortable you are willing to spend that much. Duffle bag prices start from as low as 10 bucks and go as high as $4,000. The Chateau de Laquant goes for $4,100 on Amazon. Made in France with genuine Nile Crocodile hide and looks really professional and exotic. The Brunello Cucinelli Men’s duffle bag goes for $2,615 with free shipping. It has one zip compartment on each side, 2 slip compartments on the inside, an adjustable and removable shoulder strap. Trust me, you will need to know how much you are willing to comfortably spend.
Consider the bag’s Material
Not all Leather Duffel bags come wholly in leather. Some come in combinations of leather and wool, leather and jeans, etc. So, choosing the right material will majorly depend on how and when you plan to use the bag. For example; If it is a rainy or wet season, you may prefer to go with a waterproof or water resistant leather duffel bag so that in case you are caught up in rain, all your valuables will remain intact. The KomalC Genuine Leather duffel bag is a great one to start your search from.
It is made of pure genuine leather and measures up to 20 inches in length, 7 inches in depth and 11 inches in height. It has metal studs at the base to protect the leather. In addition to the YKK metal zippers, the KomalC leather duffle bag has on internal pocket and 2 external zipper pockets.
If you are a dresser, you may consider your dressing to choose a leather duffel bag. For example; if you plan to go on a weekend with mostly jeans outfits, a leather duffle bag with a denim material combination would really complement your look. The Sweetbriar Classic Duffle bag would be your best pick here. It has a great unisex design with a genuine vegan leather. Apart from the Blue Denim color, it also comes in black, nylon black, gray, blue, red, and woodland camo. Despite its small looking size, it has a side shoe compartment. In addition to the durable interior lining, the Sweetbriar Classic Duffel bag has a water-resistant interior to keep your items safe from light rain. Although the exterior will be soaked. This bag is great for a casual weekend.
Spicer Bags’ Large Duffle Bag is another option you may like. With a simple and elegant design, it’s $193 price tag is reasonable. Comparing it to the Sweetbriar Classic Duffel bag, the Large Duffle bag by Spicer Bags is more feminine and lacks the shoe compartment. The leather straps are wrapped around the bottom of the bag to provide extra strength for heavy items.
Additionally, you may also need to consider whether to go with hard body leather duffel bags or soft body leather duffel bags. If your travel only includes putting your bag in the back seat or the car boot, any will work for you. But if your travel includes having to place your luggage in overhead compartments like in a plane or bus, then you need to go with the soft body materials because they are easy to fold and squeeze into those compartments.
Take a look at the Rustic Town Leather Duffle bag. It originates from India and is handcrafted from genuine buffalo leather. It has a great enhanced look. It’s dimensions are 20 inches long, 11 inches high and 7 inches deep. Whether you are getting away for a weekend or a business trip the Rustic Town leather Duffel bag is a great option. The Floto Collection Sport Leather Duffle bag is a beautiful piece too. It has a smooth wax finish which gives it a rich look and feel. If the Rustic Town Leather duffle bag is small for you, then the Floto Sport bag will be just what you need. It is 22 inches long, 12 inches wide and 11 inches deep.
How much are you packing?
You want to choose the right size to be on a safer side. Get a leather duffel bag that is too big, everything inside moves in all directions and your cloths all end up wrinkled. Get a small one, you risk over loading or having to leave some of your stuff behind. If you are unsure of the size you need, then look out for the resizable options. With the resizable ones, you can reduce or increase the bags size to accommodate all your stuff.
The problem is, there are not many resizable leather duffle bags out there. Instead, you want to look out for leather duffel bags that have multiple external pockets. The external pockets will always create more room. Your best choice would probably be the David King & Co. Extra Large Multi Pocket Leather Duffel bag. In addition to the inside pockets, it has four other zippered pockets in the front, back, right and left.
Your travel destination
A little research about your travel destination will not hurt in anyway. Imagine traveling to a place that is in a rainy season and you pick a soak-able material. Know the conditions of your destination so that you can plan ahead.
If you intend to have air travels, it is wise you take a good look at the weight of the leather duffel bag. Then go with the light weight to meet the weight requirements, and save on extra weight charges. Bags with hard shells will normally weigh more than the soft ones. In such a case, always avoid wheeled duffle bags. The wheels and metal/plastic handles add weight. Make sure to check the required luggage weight with your airlines to avoid any disappointments.
Last, maybe not important is the color. Most people don’t really care about the color of a leather duffle bag but I think it is wise to choose a rare color. That way, your luggage gets to stand out from the crowd especially if you are traveling with a public means. One, the risk of someone mistakenly taking your bag is minimized. Secondly, it’s easy to identify your bag in case they get mixed up in the terminal.
The Brown Iblue Genuine Leather Duffle Bag has a well-polished look that will always standout. It has enough room to pack clothes for even 4 days. It is 21 inches long, 9 inches in width, and 14.5 inches high. One very interesting thing is that Iblue offers up to 3 years warranty on the bag.
With many aspects to look at while choosing a leather duffle bag, it can get really hard to find that one leather duffel bag that suits all you needs. That is the sole reason many people have multiple bags so that they can use each according to the needs of that time. A lot of people seem to think that duffle bags are gone, off fashion, and are being replaced by suitcases. The truth is, duffle bags are back and even better than before.