For years, I was a roller suitcase kind of traveler. It’s just seemed like the easiest option. For one thing, rolling a carry-on suitcase behind me at the airport was mindless, and when I finally got to where I was going, having a traditional suitcase with its clamshell-style opening made accessing my belongings and finding what I needed a breeze.
But there was one major issue, traveling with a rolling suitcase during travel’s in between phases can be really annoying. For example, when making your way from the airport to a hotel in a European city (rolling suitcases don’t do well on crowded trains or while walking through city streets — especially cobblestone ones).
Plus, a rolling suitcase can seem so formal (granted there are definitely times I would still use one — like going to a nice hotel in Hawaii where you land and are chauffeured to your hotel, hassle free). But what about driving a couple of hours from home for a night or weekend away, or taking a road trip? A rolling suitcase can just feel out of place.
As an alternative, there is of course, the duffle bag. But those can tire you out and be cumbersome to constantly hold. And then there’s the backpack, but if you’re no longer backpacking through Southeast Asia and staying in hostels, you need something more mature.
This is where the Duffle No. 6 from Fjallraven comes in. It’s a clean cut and masculine duffle bag that transforms into a stylish and mature-looking backpack when you need it. It’s truly the middle of the Venn diagram — it’s the best of both worlds. And did I mention how great this bag looks?
Ever since I got my Duffle No. 6 (I recommend you get it in size medium, color, green), I’ve opted to leave my rolling suitcase at home countless times. I’ve brought mine back and forth from LA to New York several times, to South Dakota, and most recently, to Amsterdam (see the photos below).
If that’s not an endorsement enough, I’ll say it directly: you should really own this bag, it’s fantastic.
Material: G-1000 HeavyDuty (Fjallraven’s proprietary, durable, rugged and water resistant fabric)
Capacity/Volume: 70 liters (medium). Also available in 50 liters (small) and 110 liters (large)
Dimensions: 15″(Height) X 28″(Width) X 15″(Depth)
Design notes: With its rugged good looks and high quality construction, this masculine duffle bag can be carried by hand via the soft, natural-toned leather handle grips, and like a backpack via the concealed, padded shoulder straps. Padded panels at the top of the bag make it comfortable to wear as a backpack and prevent the bag’s contents from digging into your back. The buttom of the bag is constructed using reinforced nylon for extra durability and protection from the elements.
Inside, the spacious central compartment features two zippered, mesh pockets. The outside features two snap button closure pockets, one hiding a small zippered pocket within. Each end of the bag features double handles (great for pulling the bag out of and overhead bin) and each end can be cinched down to help secure the bag’s contents.
My Favorite Feature: Hands down, the ability to wear the duffle as a backpack. The padded backpack straps are beautifully concealed when not in use, and it’s comfortable to wear.
Fjallraven provided me with a sample of this duffle bag for my travel testing purposes. All opinions are entirely my own (I never partner with companies or products I wouldn’t personally recommend to a friend).