Pockets of varying sizes
Stylish vintage look
Fits in overhead compartments
Awkward and heavy when fully packed
Can’t withstand rain
With ever-shrinking overhead bins and stressful airport security lines, travelers endure flustering chaos before even jetting off. That’s why functional and airline bin-friendly duffel bags such as the Plambag Unisex's Canvas Duffel Bag are increasingly appealing. Unlike many rolling suitcases, these soft, TSA-approved bags can fit in virtually any airplane’s overhead compartment.
But a compact size doesn’t have to mean subpar packing space. With multiple pockets, expandable compartments, and enough room for weekend attire—or for the skilled packer, a week-long wardrobe—this bag could be a jet-setter’s dream.
Curious whether or not the Plambag duffel would live up to the lofty promises, I filled it to the brim before flying off for a week-long road trip through the Midwest. Read on to see what I thought.
Design: Roomier than meets the eye
At first glance, the Plambag duffel seems like a small overnight bag, but as I quickly learned, packing this roomy duffel is like filling a clown car—the space (and pockets) never seems to end.
The Plambag has a total of seven pockets, with three smaller pockets on the front and back. I found that these were great for storing smaller items I might need to access, such as travel documents or chargers. The bag has two full-height pockets on either side for soiled clothes, blow-dryers, or a (small) pair of shoes. The pocket frenzy doesn’t stop there. Inside, the Plambag canvas bag has three additional pockets, including one small zippered slot for valuables and two open pouches for phones and accessories.
At first glance, the Plambag duffel seems like a small overnight bag, but as I quickly learned, packing this roomy duffel is like filling a clown car.
With all of its organizational pockets, the Plambag oversized tote could pass for a glorified briefcase, but the 50-liter size—plus its expandable sides—make it roomy enough for a weekend (or longer) trip. I fit a pair of size 8 sneakers into one side compartment, with my hair supplies and makeup bag in the other. With both sides expanded, I could also fit enough clothes for a full week. (Of course, this depends on whether or not you pack light for vacations.)
Size: Fits in ever-shrinking airplane bins
While generously roomy, the Plambag fits in nearly all airplane overhead bins. The soft build helps the duffel bag mold to even the tiniest compartments (including small regional jets). If overhead space gets tight, the duffel can fit under the seat in front of you if the airplane is big enough (think major domestic or international flights).
One of this bag’s downfalls is pretty common among duffels: uncomfortable carrying.
Material: A soft yet durable exterior
This oversized duffel is made of high-density cotton canvas that’s soft to the touch yet still relatively durable. This bag is not a rugged outdoor adventure bag—the materials aren’t waterproof—but it can withstand regular wear from trips by air, train, or car.
In addition to cotton canvas, this bag sports stylish leather trim on the sides and zipper tags, as well as classic brass hardware. Inside, this duffel is lined with protective nylon for less mess.
Portability: If packed to the brim, the bag can get heavy
One of this bag’s downfalls is pretty common among duffels: uncomfortable carrying. Once filled fully—even if with just clothes and a blow dryer—the 47.25-inch shoulder strap and handles were awkward for me to carry. Sure, the strap is padded, but even padding will dig into your shoulder if you’re carrying a full bag for an extended period. I found carrying the strap across my chest to be the easiest strategy, although even then it was still cumbersome.
Price: A functional duffel that won’t break the bank
Retailing around $45, this duffel is on-par with similar bags in its category. While the price is affordable, the Plambag oversized canvas duffel bag doesn’t skimp on quality. The cotton canvas materials are high-quality, and the functionality with easily accessible pockets is worth every penny in my opinion.
Aidonger Unisex Canvas Travel Bag Duffel Bag vs. Plambag Unisex's Canvas Duffel Bag Oversized Travel Tote Luggage Bag
Among the best canvas bags on the market, one stands out as the Plambag oversized canvas duffel bag’s prime competitor: the Aidonger Unisex Canvas Travel Bag Duffel Bag. At first glance, the two bags are one and the same: Dimensions, pocket locations, and even the rubber matting on the bottom are nearly identical.
So what are the main distinctions between the Aidonger canvas and the Plambag canvas bags? It comes down to style—and the differences are subtle at that. While the Plambag has rounded leather zipper tabs, the Aidonger’s tabs are nylon and rectangular. The Plambag comes in four colors (coffee, army green, dark gray, and gray), but the Aidonger bag comes in 11 shades.
Given these small, aesthetic differences, you won’t go wrong with either bag. The right canvas bag for you really depends on your personal preference and price (prices fluctuate during sales and promotions, but you can usually find both for around $30).
Want to take a look at some other options? See our guide to the best duffel bags for travel.
- Product Name Unisex's Canvas Duffel Bag
- Product Brand Plambag
- SKU PB058CE
- Price $45.99
- Weight 2.76 lbs.
- Product Dimensions 19.69 x 9.45 x 11.03 in.
- Color Gray, dark gray, army green, coffee
- Material Canvas, nylon lining