Meet the Essential Duffel
Lightweight and stands upright
In ballistic nylon with four color accents
Roomy, golden interior with deep side pockets
Foam inserts provide structure and distributes weight evenly
Easy-access front pocket includes a key holder
Two organizational pockets in front
Deep pockets on both sides
Full-grain leather-wrapped handles for comfort
Long handles for carrying over the shoulder
OPTIONAL: Supreme Suspension Shoulder Strap for heavier loads
For Optional Carry: Hidden loops for strap attachments
OPTIONAL: Supreme Suspension Strap ($49) or Simple Shoulder Strap ($25) sold separately
Pass-through band to slip on carry-on handles
All Black Ballistic
Black Ballistic with Blue Forza
Black Ballistic with Green Forza
Black Ballistic with Red Forza

Essential Duffel

-15 in stock

Handcrafted from durable textiles, the lightweight Essential Duffel stands up on its own. Its compact size is perfect for weekend getaways, road trips, the gym, or work commutes.

Part of the Essential Bags Collection, a new line of lightweight bags with features that focus on a bag's functional essence. Check out our Essential BackpackEssential MessengerEssential Crossbody Pouch, and Essential Crossbody.

All our products are crafted locally in our workshop by the most skilled sewing team in San Francisco.



  • 1680 denier black ballistic nylon and Forza Nylon.
  • More details here


Dimensions & Weight:

  • One Size:
  • 11” (h) x 15.5” (l) x 7” (w); 1.8 lbs.
    27.94 (h) x 39.37 (l) x 17.78 (w) cm; 0.82 kg
    Volume: 19.56 liters

  • Handle (Top of bag to top of handle):
  • 11 inches (27.94 cm)


  • Made from abrasion and water-resistant durable ballistic nylon.
  • Stands upright for easy packing/unpacking.
  • Foam inserts add structure and evenly distribute the weight.
  • Roomy interior with four deep organizational pockets.
  • Gold liner illuminates the bag's interior.
  • Exterior front zipper pocket has two pockets and key tether.
  • Two deep side pockets fit water bottles.
  • Passthrough slot for slipping over a suitcase handle. 
  • Double YKK waterproof zippers can be secured with a lock. 
  • Four carrying options: by hand, over the shoulder, on suitcase handle, or with a shoulder strap (optional). 
  • Hidden loops for attaching optional removable shoulder strap.
  • Long, leather-wrapped handles for slipping over shoulder (12 inches from top of bag to curve of handle). 
  • OPTIONAL: Supreme Shoulder Strap or Simple Strap sold separately.


  • Domestic: Flat rate 2-day shipping. Details.
  • International: 2-3 business day delivery. Country duty/tax calculated at Checkout. Details.

Customer Reviews

Based on 11 reviews
Josh W. (England, United Kingdom)
Already an amazing duffle, now in canvas

I already have this duffle in the black and red, which was already one of my favourite quick getaway bags. Now I have it in canvas and leather, it looks so stylish in these textiles. Probably should be a permanent fixture, even though it is nice to have an exclusive.

Troy (Mississippi, United States)
Pleased with the Limited Edition

When I saw that the Essential Duffel was available for a limited time in waxed canvas and chocolate leather I did not hesitate to order one. Full grain leather requires a bit of care but I like the Zen aspect of this. I am more mindful about my bags when they are made with this leather, which can get scratched and scuffed easily. It also looks absolutely stunning. And just like our lives, leather bags acquire a distinct patina and reveal a personalized history.

Larry N. (Alberta, Canada)

Perfect bag for my travel needs

JJ (England, United Kingdom)
Stash it under the seat in front

Just got back from my trip and this was the perfect bag for stashing under the seat in front. It's also going to be great for trips when I'm driving.

Daniel w. (California, United States)
Love it!

Practical sturdy construction in yet so light weight! The color (red) really pops!! Can’t wait to use it on my next job. Thank you!

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Waterfield Designs Essential Duffel review

The Gadgeteer - September 5, 2022

“I have a feeling the Waterfield Designs Essential Duffel is the kind of item you only buy once- unless a family member claims it for themselves and you’re forced to buy another.”


The spacious Essential Duffel is ideal for packing clothes, gym apparel, sports equipment, travel gear, souvenirs, etc. 



This may be the only duffel that stands upright and keeps its shape while staying light at the same time. We accomplish this by inserting weightless foam in key areas for structure. 


So, the weight is evenly distributed,  and your bag won't sag. It's also much easier to pack and unpack. 



The Essentials Collection is a line of lightweight bags with a streamlined design, smart detailing, and features that focus on each bag's functional essence. The minimalist design delivers high impact. 


For durability, we use our custom-made abrasion- and water-resistant ballistic nylon which stays looking new for many years. It withstands prolonged sun exposure so your bag will stay looking fresh and new. 


These multi-functional, everyday bags are available as a Duffel, Messenger Bag, Backpack, and Crossbody bags in three different sizes for the 11-inch iPad Pro, iPad Mini, and iPhone

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