Beautiful, rich color options
Much larger than it appears
Potential to snag
Straps may be less comfortable for those with larger arms
Could use a laptop pocket on the inside
Packing for a weekend trip can be the toughest of any timeline; if anything, there’s more opportunity for over-packing. Therefore, the bag you choose is essential. The best kind of weekender is lightweight and simple—two words that sum up Everlane’s Twill Weekender.
Chances are, you don’t need a whole lot of pockets or hidden storage, and it’s a bonus when said bag can double as a gym tote. Your weekender has to be able to withstand the stress of being shoved into an airplane overhead bin and also be flexible enough to artfully pack into the overstuffed trunk of a car. Ahead, I’ll discuss whether or not the lightweight luggage from Everlane is up to all these tasks.
Design: Rich and minimal
This cotton twill bag is exactly what it sounds like: a solid-colored duffel. Aside from a small “Everlane” pin on the side of the bag, you won’t find any other branding on the outside of the weekender. On the inside, there’s a company tag, but the typeface is so good, it doesn’t detract from the overall design. Though categorized in the men’s section of the Everlane website, this bag is undeniably unisex.
This bag is available in various rich shades, from golden brown to green to navy. No matter which colorway you choose, though, the leather handles, zipper guard, zipper pull, and bag base are an earthy black. I appreciated the metal feet; I couldn’t see them when my weekender was on the ground, but they add an extra level of durability that many other bags don’t include. The twill weave is also notable and manages to add a level of luxury that’s quite subtle.
For the sub-$100 price, this is a fantastic weekender bag that looks way more expensive than it is.
One of the best things about buying something from Everlane is the ethical process in which the products are made. This particular weekender, and the other bags in Everlane’s collection, are made in the same factory an hour outside of Ho Chi Minh City. You can read an entire breakdown of how this factory was chosen for the job and its sustainable manufacturing process, but here’s the breakdown: Not only is the material ethical, but the process of making the bags also follows a strict compliance. Plus, the employees are paid above minimum wage and receive a number of company benefits.
Portability: Leather handles could be a bit longer
When you’re rushing through an airport or standing in a long TSA line, having the ability to toss your bag over your shoulder is a real benefit. You can certainly do this with the Everlane Twill Weekender, but in my experience, those with larger upper arms may have a bit of trouble fitting the handle, which has a 12-inch drop, over their shoulders. Otherwise, I found that the handles were quite comfortable to hold in my hand. It’s worth noting that a shoulder strap is not included, though, and probably would have made this weekender more versatile.
The size of the bag is quite large for a carry-on—22 x 8.5 x 12 inches—but it didn’t feel this bulky when I was toting it around. The weight is evenly distributed when it’s empty; I felt pretty stable when everything was packed. We did have to be a bit intentional about this, but the strategy was simple: Make sure there are things packed on both ends of the bag so one side isn’t heavier than the other. Putting the heavier items on the bottom, evenly distributed, is the smartest way to go. My partner was able to pack everything he needed for a four-day trip: four outfits, a pair of shoes, toiletries, and his camera.
Durability: Water-resistant and easy to spot clean
The non-slub cotton twill is water-resistant, which is especially helpful when you’re dodging sleepy, coffee-spilling travelers in airport terminals. However, keep in mind that it is spot clean only. After toting this bag through an airplane, car, and an Airbnb on a recent trip to Des Moines, it arrived back home without a mark in sight. In fact, it looked just as good as it did when I took it out of the box.
The non-slub cotton twill is water-resistant, which is especially helpful when you’re dodging sleepy, coffee-spilling travelers in airport terminals.
One thing to consider: The golden brown color option looks quite light, so it might hold stains and water splashes a bit differently. I found the deep green to be colorful yet dark enough to hide everyday spots.
Features: Pockets and gunmetal feet
There are two pockets in this bag: one zipper pocket on the inside and another open pocket on the end, which would be perfect for storing a water bottle. The one flaw with this bag is that there aren’t more pockets. Adding a sleeved section for a laptop on the inside would make this bag truly too good to be true. Still, the fact that the zipper runs the length of the bag makes it easy to see everything inside with just a quick look.
The one flaw with this bag is that there aren’t more pockets.
The aforementioned feet on the bottom of the bag are really fantastic—when the bag is full. Given that the bag is made of cotton twill, you can imagine just how dirty it could get after a few instances of setting it on an airplane terminal floor or on the dirt. The metal feet come in handy, but they’re most helpful when the bag is full and there’s some tension across the structure. I could see the bag body dropping a bit after lots of uses when it isn’t full, rendering the metal feet slightly useless.
Price: A great deal for the quality
For the sub-$100 price, this is a fantastic weekender bag that looks way more expensive than it is. You’re not getting any fancy pockets or patterns, but the simple design is timeless—it’s sure to be a travel staple for years to come.
Competition: Some may prefer rolling suitcases
There are so many lightweight luggage options out there, it’s entirely overwhelming. If you’re in the market for a good-looking weekender-sized luggage option and you don’t mind slinging it over your shoulder, Everlane’s Twill Weekender is your bag. If rolling your bag around is a priority, look elsewhere.
Pricewise, this bag fits right in with other high-end weekender bags on the market, given it doesn’t come with wheels. Even the fabric is nicer than some wheeled options like the iFLY EZ Glider that I also tested (which, admittedly, costs about half as much as Everlane’s bag).
In addition to weekend trips, I could see this beautiful bag being used for so many other life situations: the gym, toting goodies between home and the office, or bringing clothes to your local Goodwill for donation (something else I actually did with this bag). There isn’t a lot of organization inside, so it might be good to use your own packing cubes for longer trips. But open it up, and it’s easy to see everything you’ve got in there with a quick glance.
- Product Name Twill Weekender
- Product Brand Everlane
- Price $98.00
- Product Dimensions 22 x 8.5 x 12 in.
- Color Black + Black Leather, Navy + Black, Dark Green, Golden Brown Material: Cotton twill, leather, gunmetal
- Material Cotton twill, leather, gunmetal
- Shoulder Drop 12 in.