Pack a weekend's worth of gear into one sack.

Retailers keep telling us that the travel category is exploding and in some stores, travel sales are even surpassing camping and backpacking sales. Shoppers are looking for versatility—something they can take car camping and on the airplane and on an expedition. While duffels are really just big bags, they're valuable in that they're made to protect and carry all the gear you need. Vote for the best brand and tell us why in the comments.

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Poll | Who makes the best hammocks?

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Poll | Who makes the best trail runners?

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