assorted-travel-duffel-bags-with-wheelsFor many travelers, duffel bags with wheels are the luggage of choice.  This is especially true for adventure journeys and self-guided trips.  That’s because they’re easy to pack and convenient to roll, carry, and stack.   Wheeled duffel bags come in all different sizes from smaller carry-on bag size to extra large military style bags.  When looking for the best travel duffel bag with wheels that best suits your unique travel style, you’ll want to carefully evaluate your needs.

Think about what you will be using your bag for.   How much gear will you need to carry? Is there any specialty gear that you bring along (hiking boots, snorkel gear, electronics, sports accessories, etc.).   How long is your typical trip?  Will you be traveling by plane, car, train, bus, or other means?  Evaluating these questions will help you to determine what size travel duffle bag you need and types of compartments that would be best.

Some other features to consider include whether you want a 2-wheeled rolling duffel bag or a 4 wheeled spinner duffel, whether you want it to have backpack straps for optional carrying, and whether you would benefit from expandability for extra capacity when you need it.


Eagle Creek 30″ No Matter What Rolling Duffel

eagle-reek-no-matter-what-rolling-duffel-colorsEagle creek is super well-known for delivering top quality travel bags and accessories, so naturally they top our list of best travel duffel bag with wheels options.   If you’re looking for a casual, durable bag that is built to withstand the rugged conditions of adventure travel, the Eagle Creek No Matter What rolling duffel bag may be the ideal solution.  Extra spacious and easy to get into, this bag helps simplify packing and handling.

Made of an ultra strong water resistant and rip resistant material, this bag can handle being tossed into a the baggage area under a bus or stacked atop a safari jeep.

Two oversized wheels can handle most any terrain, including cobblestones, dirt, and steps.  External compression straps help stabilize the load, and with padded carry handles and an adjustable, removable shoulder strap, there are multiple ways to get this bag where you’re going.

Standout Feature:  Amazingly, this bag is fully collapsible, and stows away into its included compression pouch for convenient storage.

Dimensions:  30″ x 14.2″ x 15″

Weight:  4.3 pounds

Choose from slate blue, cobalt blue, firebrick red, red clay, or black


High Sierra AT7 Wheeled Duffel with Backpack Straps

high-sierra-at7-wheeled-duffelhigh-sierra-at7-wheeled-duffel-cranberryHigh Sierra has perfected wheeled duffel bags with backpack straps, and the AT7 series is among the most popular of the many travel duffel bags with wheels that are offered by High Sierra.  This roomy 26-inch backpack duffel bag provides the convertible convenience of a wheeled duffel and a large backpack combined into one.   It measures 26″h x 15″w x 14.5″d, and weighs 8.83 lbs.

Unlike most traditional duffels, this bag features a full zippered book style opening allowing the top to flip open flat for convenient access to all areas of the interior.  A zippered divider panel can be used to separate the upper and lower compartments.

The large drop bottom lower compartment is useful for separating bulky items such as boots, fins, or tripods.  Or if preferred, the divider panel can be rolled up and out of the way so you have one super spacious packing area.

The built-in, lightweight, high density foam core construction maintains the shape of the bag so that it stands on its own no matter how full it is.

Standout Feature:  Padded backpack straps enable hands-free carrying when needed.  Straps hide out of the way in a zippered back panel when not being used.

Dimensions:  26″ x 15″ x 14.5″

Weight:  8.8 lbs

Choose from black or cranberry.   This bag also comes in a larger 32″ High Sierra AT7 size for longer adventures, as well as a 22″ wheeled carry-on.  See below for the spinner style carry-on sized bag from this collection.


High Sierra AT7 Carry-on Spinner duffel with backpack straps

high-sierra-at7-22-inch-carry-on-duffel-with-backpack-strapsSimilar to the bag reviewed above, this carry-on sized AT7 wheeled duffel with backpack straps differs in that it is a 4-wheeled spinner style (rather than 2-wheeled as those above are).   This means that it rolls in an upright position, reducing arm fatigue while providing ease of maneuverability whether rolling through the airport or down a city street.

As a part of the AT7 series, this bag shares the same features as those outlined in the larger 2-wheeled versions above, including book-style opening for easy access to all areas of the interior, roomy upper and lower compartments that can be separated by a zippered divider panel, and padded shoulder straps that can be stored away when not in use by slipping into a zippered back panel.

Standout Feature:  Padded backpack straps let you wear this bag when needed, then zip them out of the way when not in use.

Dimensions:  22″ x 9″ x 14″

Weight:  7.5 lbs

Colors:  black or cranberry.


Olympia Luggage 29″ 8 Pocket Rolling Duffel Bag

olympia-luggage-29-8-pocket-rolling-duffel-bag-colorsInexpensive yet full-featured, this large rolling duffel bag from Olympia Luggage is constructed of durable 1200 D Protecflon polyester for handling all types of travel.

The recessed inline skate wheels and the hideaway retractable handle are well designed.  And most importantly, this duffel has pockets galore, providing lots of packing and organizing options.

Overall, this bag is a great value for getting you and all your gear where you’re going.

Standout Feature:  This bag includes 8 separate pockets for a multitude of versatile storage options.

Dimensions:  29″ x 14″ x 14.8″

Weight:   6.5 lbs.

Choose from 6 color choices.


Samsonite Luggage 22 Inch Andante Wheeled Duffel

samsonite-luggage-22-inch-andante-wheeled-duffel-colorsThis 22 inch carry-on size Andante Wheeled Duffel bag from Samsonite is a no-frills, low cost, durable bag that provides all you need in a compact space.

Made of durable polyester in a variety of color options, this bag has top, front, and bottom carry handles when you want to grab and go instead of roll.

The exterior zip pocket is useful for quick access items and accessories such as itinerary, book, suntan lotion, etc.

Standout Feature:   This is the least expensive pick on our list, making it a good choice for budget minded travelers.

Dimensions:  22″ x 13″ x 12″

Weight:  6 lbs

Available in black/grey, black/red, grey/lime, or black.


High Sierra AT3 32″ Drop Bottom Wheeled Duffle Bag

high-sierra-drop-bottom-wheeled-duffel-bagHigh Sierra has long been offering feature-rich and versatile outdoor gear for the adventure lifestyle, so it’s no surprise that they have yet another offering that appears on our list.  When it comes to a large capacity, versatile rolling duffle, there are many reasons that this High Sierra 32″ Drop Bottom Wheeled Duffle bag is a popular choice.

This bag features the same 3 in 1 versatility we’ve seen in the other High Sierra Duffel bags.  Not only is it a rolling duffel bag, but it is also a free standing wheeled upright, and a backpack.  That’s right.  It has backpack straps that are hidden away in a back panel when not being used.

The Duralite tech material exterior is extremely durable and resilient to the strains that travel can present.  The two inline skate wheels are smooth gliding to handle a variety of terrains, and molded feet allow the duffel to stand upright and in place when at rest.

This bag allows for both front loading and top loading access to its spacious main compartment, making getting to your belongings quick and easy.  The drop down lower compartment has clothing tie down straps to keep gear from shifting around, and a zippered panel the can be used to separate the top from the bottom if desired.

Standout Feature:  This bag can be expanded an additional 2 inches at the pull of a zipper, when added packing capacity is needed.

Dimensions:   32″ x 15.5″ x 15.75″

Weight:  8 lbs

Available in graphite/titanium (pictured) or black.


Samsonite Luggage 35 Inch Ripstop Wheeled Duffel

samsonite-luggage-35-inch-ripstop-wheeled-duffelThis oversized 35 inch duffel from Samsonite has several good reasons for making it onto our best travel duffel bag with wheels list.  From one of the world’s top luggage brands, this largest bag on our list offers the ultimate in capacity that’s useful for extra long journeys or carrying larger amounts of gear or larger pieces of gear.  For example, you can fit trekking poles, camera tripod, or sports gear in this bag with plenty of room to spare for clothing and other essentials.

This bag is designed to withstand heavy duty use, including a super rugged ripstop nylon exterior, oversized skate wheels, and reinforced aluminum retracting handle.  Multiple carry handles offer alternative means of carrying the bag, and the sewn in name tag provides secure identification.

A book style opening allow the bag’s top and bottom compartments to lay flat when opened, making packing and unpacking a breeze.   This bag also features some handy exterior pockets that are great for packing last minute items or those things you want to access easily.

Standout Feature:  Exterior compression straps help compress your load, making it easy to handle this large piece of cargo.

Dimensions:   35″ x 16″ x 16″

Weight:  9.8 lbs