Looking for a duffel bag that can take some punishment and that is waterproof? Look no further. Get squared away with our breakdown of the best waterproof duffel bags.
Quick Picks for Best Waterproof Duffel Bags:
- Best overall waterproof duffel bag: Skog A Kust Duffelsak
- Best premium waterproof dry duffel: YETI Panga Dry Duffel Bag
- Best bargain waterproof duffel: COR Surf Waterproof Duffel Bag
- Best waterproof duffel for road trips: FirstGear Torrent Waterproof Duffel Bag
Skog A Kust Duffelsak
- Top pick: Best waterproof duffel bag
Yup, I know, it’s a mouthful. But this waterproof duffel bag absolutely lights it up in terms of everything that matters.
It’s waterproof, it looks good, it’s border-line indestructible, and is priced at around $100, making it hands-down our favorite dry duffel.
The Skog A KKust Duffelsak (really rolls off the tongue, doesn’t it!) is fabricated with watertight seams. It can be hauled over the shoulder, by the handles, or lashed up to your vehicle of choice with four D-rings on the exterior of the duffel.
Two slim pockets on the exterior are perfect for tucking a smartphone, keys, map–whatever valuables you are shlucking along with you and keeping them dry. There is another smallish interior pocket for safeguarding smaller, important gear.
Unlike most waterproof duffels, or unlike most bags that claim to be waterproof, the Skog A Kust Duffelsak closes with a roll-down top, like a dry bag.
YETI Panga Waterproof Duffel Bag
- Top Pick: Best Premium Dry Duffel
Even though YETI is maybe better known for making coolers, they hit a complete home run with their top of the line waterproof duffel bag, the YETI Panga.
Make no mistake, this bag is not cheap. But in terms of quality, you are definitely getting what you pay for with the YETI Panga Dry Duffel.
The YETI Panga is designed and constructed to take a beating, whether it’s white water rafting, fishing, or back-country camping, it will take all of the abuse (water-based or not) that you can hurl at it.
Weighing in at just over five pounds, when the bag is zipped up and locked it is airtight. It is equipped for fresh-water and salt-water resistance, with the zippers being salt-resistant. Unlike your regular metal zipper, it’s made of plastic which repels oxidation and corrosion.
Pictured below is the 50L model, which is the smallest in the series. The YETI Panga Dry Duffel also come in 75 and 100L sizes.
COR Surf Waterproof Duffel Bag
- Top pick: Best bargain duffel bag
The COR Surf Waterproof Duffel and Weekend Bag is my top pick for best value. At a fraction of the cost of the YETI bag, it still delivers on being waterproof.
Seams on the bag are sonically wielded to keep them fully water-proofed, Two compression straps at the end of the bag are tightened to pack it in the same way that you would with a dry bag. The volume of the bag is monstrous, coming in at 60-liters.
Perhaps the best feature of the bag—outside of the price, of course—is the quick-access pockets on top that allow for easy access to the main pocket and the interior zip pocket that is ideal for storing essentials like keys and your smart phone.
The bag can be easily strapped to the top of your kayak or vehicle with the D-rings, webbing, and sturdy handles. Slinging the bag over your shoulder is comfortable with the padded shoulder strap.
Watershed Yukon Duffel
The Watershed Yukon Duffel is another premium bag. Originally developed for US Special Forces teams in the 2000s, the waterproof bags have now been extended for personal and recreational use.
Made of 420 denier Cordura ripstop nylon, the bag has compression straps on both ends that keep the bag’s profile minimal. With an airtight ZipDry closure system that makes sure the bag locks tightly, your gear is guaranteed to stay dry.
The bag has numerous lash points to fasten it to your machine of choice, it comes in three different color combinations, and the bag fabric is both UV and chemical resistant.
FirstGear 70L Waterproof Duffel Bag
- Best waterproof duffel for road trips
Another one of the big boys, the FirstGear Duffel is a rugged and waterproof bag designed to take an aquatic beating.
Initially designed for motorcycle riders, the FirstGear bag is made of a tough PVC tarapulin that is built to withstand the elements, whether on the road or on the water.
The seams of the bag are welded to keep water out, and handles, D-rings, and webbing litter the bag to help you fasten it down. Like many of the other bags on this list, at each end are compression straps to tighten the bag.
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