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About Duffel BagsDuffel bags were traditionally cylindrical bags made from fabric with a drawstring closure at the top. The name "duffel" comes from a town in Belgium where the thick cloth used to make the bag originated. Often used by military personnel and referred to as seabags or ditty bags, they were (and still are) popular because of their large open compartment which allows for maximum versatility in packing.
Today's duffle bags, however, have evolved far beyond the classic drawstring style to include zip-top, rolling, and even waterproof bags. Below are just some of the types of duffel bags you can find on eBags.com.
All Purpose Duffel Bags: These are the most versatile duffel bags because they were designed with no specific purpose. They are ideal for a multitude of uses including travel, camping, and sports. Like the classic military duffel, all purpose duffel bags have a large main compartment and little to no internal organization which means you can pack items inside without having to worry if they'll fit in interior pockets.
Gym Duffel Bags: Gym duffel bags, as the name suggests, are ideal for use at the gym. Many gym duffels are also all-purpose, but some have handy features like water bottle pockets and shoe compartments that make them ideal for use at fitness clubs, aerobics classes, and other fitness venues. Some are even designed to fit inside gym lockers.
Travel Duffel Bags: Travel duffels are often mistaken for traditional luggage, but generally offer more in the way of versatile packing space. Usually wheeled, this style of bag is perfect for light packers or travelers who plan to carry their luggage on board a plane. Travel duffle bags also make excellent overnight and weekend travel bags.
Waterproof Duffel Bags: Need a bag to hold your boating, surfing, or swimming gear? Check out waterproof duffel bags. As the name suggests, these bags are designed to keep water outside of the bag, thereby protecting what you've packed inside. Some waterproof duffel bags also include a wet/dry compartment designed to separate wet items from dry items.