EAGLE CREEK CARGO
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The right duffel can send you packing easily. Roomy, lightweight bags come up big when size matters.

EAGLE CREEK CARGO
Cordura nylon fabric, compression straps, reinforced stress points, wide support webbing, trunk handles, exterior pocket, lightweight (28-48 ounces), four sizes (3,400-12,100 cubic inches; 24-42 inches long), four colors (black, red, blue, khaki). But single stitching predominates, no reinforced bottom, thin shoulder strap. $60-$90. (800) 874-1048, www.eaglecreek.com ()
L.L. BEAN WIDE-MOUTH
Wide rigid mouth, double stitching predominates, ripstop nylon sides, ballistic-nylon bottom, superior shoulder strap, seven external pockets, two internal pockets, lightweight (25-56 ounces), key clip, water-resistant liner, three sizes (846 to 4,104 cubic inches; 13-23½ inches long), four colors (black, blue, green, orange) — all very good. A terrific product. $50-$90. (800) 809-7057, www.llbean.com

Note: Checked-baggage size limits vary with airline and larger duffel bags often exceed them. ()
JANSPORT SPORT
Rock-bottom price ($20-$30), ultra-lightweight (18-24 ounces), ripstop nylon top and sides, trunk handles, two external pockets, three sizes (2,300-6,500 cubic inches; 20-30 inches long), three color combos (red/black, blue/black, solid black) — all very good. But single stitching predominates, thin polyester bottom, cheap shoulder strap. Still, a terrific value. (800) 426-9227, www.jansport.com ()
ORVIS BULLHIDE STRAP
The Rolls-Royce of duffels, as elegant and impractical as they come. Wide rigid-edged mouth, carry-on size (21 by 12 by 11 inches; 2,772 cubic inches), leather exterior, nylon interior with zippered side pocket, slip-in exterior pocket (think first-class tickets). But doesn’t accept travel locks (unlike the rest), one size and color, weighty (120 ounces) and pricey ($425). (888) 235-9763, www.orvis.com ()
THE NORTH FACE BASE CAMP
Waterproof and tough PVC tarpaulin fabric, reinforced bottom, double stitching predominates, compression straps, large D-shape opening, superior shoulder strap, big mesh interior pocket, reasonable weight (56-79 ounces), three sizes (4,200-9,070 cubic inches), four color combos, key clip — all very good. A pity the main zipper isn’t water-tight. An excellent product. $110-$135. (800) 447-2333, www.thenorthface.com ()
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