This leather duffle bag is our most popular duffle and is the most versatile one we have. It is just one solid giant piece of leather and with no breakable parts like zippers, snaps, buttons, etc. Any place that might get stress has been reinforced with rivets or hidden polyester strapping between the leather. The reason it's built with just one solid piece of leather is to reduce the amount of seams. Since we sew at only 5 stitches per inch, there is more leather between the needle holes. You see, a sewing machine is really just a perforation machine and so the fewer the holes to start a tear or let water in, the better. When it comes to less is more.
The cow leather I chose for this duffle bag is the strongest there is (full-grain boot leather, but thicker) and the removable liner is covered in pigskin, which is stronger than the full-grain leather. Our thread is super strong industrial marine grade UV resistant polyester thread and our custom hardware is the amazing 316 Stainless Steel (I really hope you google that). It's the metal you can feel secure about if your life depends on it. There's no other overnight duffle bag like the Waterbag.
This leather duffle bag comes with a built-in handle and a top handle for when its in tote mode and a build on handle for when it's rolled closed. It can be rolled or folded over to whatever height is needed or left open to be used as a huge tote. I used it more than once in Africa this way carrying a whole bunch of toothbrushes and toys and dolls and you name it. It's our go-to travel bag. The three straps can be pulled tight to compress it small. And when the top is rolled, it becomes pretty close to watertight, but don't please don't dunk it. And the straps have a hole at the very tip, just in case you way overstuff it. Did I mention that the leather travel bag makes into a backpack? I'm not sure there's a leather overnight bag in the world that has had the thought put into it and is as versatile as this one.
Shoulder strap adjusts long from 34" - 59"
Dimensions (W x H x D)
20" x 18" (unfolded) x 9"
Weight: 7.0 lbs
How this leather duffle bag got its name, "The Waterbag"
Since I grew up in Oregon, there were some things we used to do that I didn't realize aren't all that common. One kind of weird, actually. Since it was usually really cool and rainy, when the sun came out and it hit about 70 degrees, almost all men took their shirts off to bask in the sun. I didn't think much of it until I went back to visit with my wife in the summer and, no kidding, one third of the men walking around downtown, in shape and not, were bare chested. My wife started laughing and then I did too. I forgot how common it was. I thought everybody in the world did it too.
The other thing that we did in the short summers was float down one of the dozens of rivers on innertubes and little rafts. Seemed like every other weekend maybe. The river was usually snow melt and super cold, but that didn't matter, we took our shirts off and floated. Anyways, something that pretty much everybody had with them was some sort of way to keep their things dry from the water on those floats (and for the 8 solid months of rain for the rest of the year). It was usually some kind of a dry bag or smaller bag for gadgets that would tie to the tube or raft and make the 5 hour float with you. It was a long plastic or rubber bag that rolled up and then half way rolling down the bag, a strap or clip or ziplock thing was there to keep the rubber duffle bag rolled up.
I figured the whole world knew about them, but have since learned that they're not very common away from oceans of rain and watersports. But it was common to me and when I started this company, I knew but I knew that I just had to make one out of strong water resistant leather. And so I did. And I made it with as few seams as possible because that's the only vulnerability where the water could get in when it's rolled shut. Now don't submerge this bag or anything, but it is really good at generally keeping water out when it's in a rainstorm or for when you're using it in backpack form on a hike. I just recently walked all over London in the rain using my own Waterbag in backpack form to carry little things we bought along the way. Quite the duffle bag it turned out to be.