There were two criteria to earn a spot on my High Five. I've had way too much experience with handles on suitcases being jammed or straps on duffels detaching or zippers breaking so the bags on my list had to be durable. And I'm always an advocate of buying products made in the USA if they are a viable option to ones made overseas, so all the bags are both durable and made right here in America. Here's my High Five bags.
1. Hudson Sutler Weekend Duffel - These bags are perfect for throwing in the car for a quick getaway on the weekend. One of my favorite features is that the color of each bag is influenced by a specific location. Keep your eyes out for a pretty awesome collaboration they'll be releasing this fall with another well-respected brand.
2. Blue Claw Co. Worton Weekender - Built to survive the beatings that airline travel can have on bags, it's got a great mix of ballistic nylon canvas and leather.
3. GORUCK GR1 - Designed by a former Special Forces serviceman and originally tested in combat zones. If it's good enough for our armed forces, it's good enough whatever your hikes, daily commute or casual travel can throw at it.
4. True Wind Port Laptop Bag - How can any workday start off poorly when you grab this nautically-themed laptop bag made with sailcloth on your way out the door?
5. Filson Travel Kit - A dopp kit made with oil finish rugged twill to keep it waterproof and accented with bridle leather for a classic touch.