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10 Best Men’s Leather Duffle Bags

By Andrew Peloquin  |  Updated February 21, 2024

10 Best Men’s Leather Duffle Bags
Courtesy of Coronado Leather

We’ve all got those old, well-loved, beaten up bags that have accompanied us on countless road trips, weekend getaways, and overseas adventures.

But there comes a time in every guy’s life when he needs to step up his style game and upgrade to newer, tougher, and better-looking luggage.

If you’re finding yourself approaching this very critical crossroads (typically in your 30s, though sometimes 40s), you’ve come to the right place.

I’ve spent the last few years researching the very best travel gear, and one item I’ve relied on over and over is my leather duffle bag.

Think about it: leather is tough, handsome, masculine, and just gets better with age and regular use. Plus, with the right coating or finish, it’s water-resistant and stain-proof.


WHAT YOU SHOULD KNOW
  • The price is worth it. Yes, leather duffle bags cost notably more than nylon or polyester weekender duffles. But you’re paying for both premium quality and design. Plus, when properly cared for, leather can outlast any synthetic fabric, and will only grow more beautiful as it develops a unique patina.
  • Almost all-weather compatible. On its own, leather isn’t waterproof or mudproof. However, many leather duffle bags are treated with either wax, oil, or a synthetic coating that makes it water- and mud-resistant. You don’t want to take your leather bag on a fishing trip, jungle adventure, or weekend kayaking, but for urban sightseeing or a holiday to the countryside, it’ll more than hold up to light rain or snow.
  • Elegance embodied. No carbon fiber suitcase or ballistic nylon backpack will ever look as elegant as a duffel bag made out of leather. There’s something truly timeless and luxurious about a well-made leather bag.

Below, I’ve assembled a list of the best leather duffel bags that I’ve personally tested, along with those I’ve researched or received recommendations on. These bags are a taste of the good life, a touch of elegance your travel gear is desperately needing.

Best Overall

Kodiak Leather Denali

Why did I choose it?

Tough, handsome, and built for adventure. With 45L of storage space, padded laptop compartment, dedicated shoe pocket, and premium-quality hardware, this is the duffle bag you’ll love using for years to come.


Best Duffle for Business Trips
Bennett Winch Leather S.C Holdall

Most Durable Leather Duffle
Coronado Bison Duffel #105

Best Inexpensive Leather Duffle
Cuero Genuine Leather Duffle

Best Leather Gym Duffle
KNKG Heritage Leather Duffle


Best Overall

Kodiak Leather Denali


$399
 

The top grain buffalo leather used to make this bag is noticeably tougher than cowhide, with a handsome, unique look that sets it apart. In addition, you’ve got premium-grade brass hardware, a tough-as-nails YKK zipper, and brass feet to protect the duffel’s base.

Inside, the spacious main compartment is complemented by a dedicated laptop sleeve, a shoe compartment, zip pockets, card and pen holders, and a dedicated phone pocket.





Best Duffle for Business Trips

Bennett Winch Leather S.C Holdall


$2050
 

Handmade in England, this bag is my idea of luxury and convenience combined. The exterior features a wraparound suit-carrier that’ll make it easy to transport your workwear and formal wear safely, with a leather backing that’ll add a layer of protection to the 18-ounce canvas twill holdall.

Details like an external passport pocket and removable shoe bag make this the ultimate working gentleman’s companion.





Most Durable Leather Duffle

Coronado Bison Duffel #105


$899
 

With an exterior made from Horween Latigo bison leather and an interior lined with tartan plaid, this is the ultimate man bag.

It’s fully designed, cut, and sewn in the USA, with bison leather tanned and sourced in America.

Because bison are free-roaming and wild, their hides often display an array of scars, markings, and blemishes that make these bags a unique and truly eye-catching work of art.





Best Inexpensive Leather Duffle

Cuero Genuine Leather Duffle


$70
 

Take this bad boy to the gym, on holiday, or to work—it’ll serve you well.

The three exterior pockets let you keep your most important items close at hand and the spacious interior offers ample room for a week-long business trip or working holiday.

There’s no denying the handmade quality and weathered look, and the Italian-sourced leather is guaranteed to stand up to hard use.





Best Leather Gym Duffle

KNKG Heritage Leather Duffle


$599
 

For those looking for a durable, beautiful leather gym bag, this is the duffle for you. Each bag is made using full grain American leather, and are only crafted in small batches to ensure premium quality for your investment.

Its multiple interior pockets, compartments, bottle pockets, and internal shoe bag make it suitable for both the athlete and working man on the go. For peace of mind, it’s backed by a lifetime warranty.






Rustic Town Leather Travel Duffle


$150
 

Head from your cross-country motorbike ride to the airport in style with this vintage-looking, pre-patinated duffel bag.

The full grain leather is gorgeous and feels smooth to the touch, and it’ll just get more beautiful with every year of use.

The inner lining ensures your bag’s contents are protected from wind, rain, and dust, and the inner zip pockets and slots will give you storage space for all your small, easy-to-lose travel essentials.






Jack Archer PanAm


$489
 

Durability meets dashing good looks in this weekender duffel bag. Its compact size makes it the perfect companion for a quick getaway, and one glance is all you need to recognize the meticulous craftsmanship that went into its creation.

Each batch of bags is unique and varied in characteristics. Most importantly, every PanAm leather duffel is backed by a lifetime guarantee.






Shinola Canfield Classic Holdall


$1395
 

The minimalist exterior is complimented by a surprisingly feature-rich interior: a 15” laptop pocket, two slip pockets, a zipper pocket, and a card pocket.

The cotton interior lining protects your clothes and gear from scuffs, scrapes, and drops. Thanks to its sturdy handle and adjustable (and detachable) webbing shoulder strap, you can carry it however feels best. It’s a splurge you won’t regret.






Satchel & Page Pilot’s Bag


$625
 

European design and quality combine to make this a truly remarkable and elegant duffel bag. The leather is all sourced from one of Italy’s finest tanners, and as soon as you lay eyes—and hands—on the bag, its luxuriousness will be immediately apparent.

The oil and wax finish adds extra protection against the elements so you can take this bag fearlessly along on any adventure.






Tecovas Barlett Weekender


$595
 

I dare you to find a more versatile leather duffel bag. When the external straps are snapped in place, the bag is compact for carry-on. But if you need more space, unsnap the buckles and the bag expands to give you a few extra liters of packing room.

Multiple pockets inside and out, Western-inspired details, and ultra-sturdy hardware make it a rugged and reliable traveling companion.





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