The best outdoor packs, luggage, and waterproof cases should make transporting your gear easier while providing you with the features you need to pack for your adventures.
We tested dry bags, duffel bags, rod tubes, and more in the last year to give you the best list of packs, luggage, and cases.
These are the best outdoor packs, luggage, and cases for 2019
|Duluth Trading Co. Oil Cloth Weekender Bag|
We found this bag to be handy and the perfect size for a weekend. We especially loved how comfortable it is to sling over your shoulder compared to other duffle bags. It also fit in the overhead bin on a quick Ravn flight to Kenai.
|Fishpond Grand Teton Rolling Luggage|
This rolling duffel is 35 inches tall and can fit six standard-sized fly-rod tubes inside along with a lot of other gear. The volume is 125 liters. It has a very large, clamshell zippered opening, and inside there are two separate compartments so you can organize your clothing and gear logically. The base compartment is coated in PU and DWR to keep damp waders and dirty boats from contaminating your other stuff. It has four exterior compression straps, a retractable handle, and a rope haul handle on top and one on the front panel. We have used this on trips as long as 10 days and can attest to the Grand Teton’s quality.
|Umpqua Wader ZS Chest Pack|
When you want to pare down your gear to go mobile, consider adding this chest pack to your waders. It can accommodate two fly boxes, leaders, tippet and tools. Its got plenty of other features too including a removable foam fly patch, hemostat ports, stowable cord tippet holder, as well as a belt loop and clip-on attachment for added versatility. It can hold a surprising amount of gear, yet is small enough that it doesn’t get in the way while fishing.
|SealLine WideMouth Duffle 80L|
The spacious duffel provides a fair amount of space for a day trip or as part of the bags needed to outfit a group on a float trip. It has comfortable carry handles and beefy straps. It’s also got a small, zippered, front pocket on the outside front.
|FisheWear Poly Box|
We love the evolution of the women’s flyfishing gear by our peeps at Fishe. “Some of my favorite girlfriends love to distinguish themselves as authentic, lady flyfishers by sporting the gear that reps fly ladies the most. I’m no different. I can’t stand the cuteness. Seriously.” said Melissa Norris.
|Gobi Gear Free Spirit Backpack|
This is an awesome bag; our tester said this is her favorite item this year. It’s great for keeping things handy, organized, easy to reach, and banishes the black-hole effect of most bags. It’s easy to stow, lightweight, has well thought-out details and pockets, and is comfortable enough that the kids volunteer to carry the family pack. We are looking forward to seeing more from this innovative company.
|Plano Waterproof Case|
We tested model 145000, which has external dimensions of 9 inches long by 4.875 inches wide by 3 inches tall. It sports a Dri-Loc O-ring seal combined with a strong, polycarbonate case to provide waterproof and crushproof protection. We used it to store our phone, wallet, license, and keys, and it works perfectly.
|Gamakatsu G-Box Utility Case|
We used this box to organize jigs, spoons, and spinners for targeting coho and it worked great. It’s deep enough to fit several lures per compartment, and the dividers are removable so you can customize the box to meet your needs each trip. We also stored extra hooks, split rings, and split shot. The lid is removable, and at the end of each rainy day, we would empty the box, remove the dividers and lid, and that made it very easy to dry the box and get ready for the next day.
|Sagebrush Dry Gear Plain Jane Duffel|
This bag is completely waterproof, and when you zip the waterproof zipper closed, the bag holds air. We are impressed with the construction and that all the seams on the bag are welded. It’s a simply-designed bag, but versatile and spacious enough to accommodate a significant amount of clothes and gear. We like how the two handles are designed to clasp together and connect. We haven’t added a shoulder strap yet, but the bag also sports two D-rings for that purpose.
|Umpqua Tongass 1800 Backpack|
This waterproof backpack offers a dry place to stash a day’s worth of gear, in a dual-compartment, roll-top design. The waist and shoulder straps are padded and comfortable to wear. There are tool attachment points on the shoulder straps as well as a D-ring clip for a net. The bag sports two water-bottle pockets as well as multiple pockets on the pack and on the belt, and can hold two rod tubes without a problem.
|Plano 64-inch Rod Tube|
The long tube is designed to be able to accommodate up to a 10-foot fly rod, with the rod broken down into two pieces, and allows for the fly reel to remain attached. This makes it faster to get a fly in the water when you get to a location. We also appreciate the shoulder strap, which is handy when hauling a lot of gear, or hiking.
|Buffalo Jackson Roosevelt Buffalo Leather Satchel Messenger Bag|
This bag is spacious and collapses to fit under the airplane seat in front of you. It’s got lots of storage and several handles. It is a pretty stylish laptop carry-on bag/briefcase, that our tester liked for its natural materials and timeless design, but also for the thoughtfully placed zippered pockets and device holders throughout the bag. It’s made from water-buffalo leather, with brass and iron hardware.
|Filson Dryden 2 Wheel Carry-on Bag|
This is the right size to fit as an airplane carry-on, but can also expand to hold 3- or 4 days’ worth of clothes. It’s got handles in good positions and has an extra-long handle for rolling the bag. It’s got extra-beefy wheels, which our tester appreciated especially compared to what is normally standard on wheeled luggage. Like most Filson items we have tested, this bag is well made and should last for a long time.
|FisheWear Fly Rod Tube|
“Is it wrong that I want every item Fishe conceives of for a new fly accessory?” Melissa Norris wonders. Then she remembers that style and “just a little bit different” are a winning combination. FisheWear founder Linda Leary and her team just keep doing that and it’s winning.
|Watershed Animas Backpack|
We became interested in Watershed dry bags after reading a blog written for Hunt Alaska by our trusted friend Larry Bartlett. Since Larry is a float-hunting and float-fishing expert, it stands to reason he knows what makes a good dry bag. We love this Animas Backpack. It’s completely waterproof, and has an excellent strapping system that can be removed. Their most popular pack, the Animas, has space for a couple days’ worth of gear, spare reels, and tackle. We were even able to stuff the Pelican case containing our DSLR camera and spare lenses in the Watershed Animas Backpack.
|Patagonia Black Hole Wheeled Duffel 120L|
We fish a lot, and we travel a lot. We need luggage that can not only survive airports, but also float planes, boats, and the ruggedness that typifies travel in remote Alaska. The Black Hole Wheeled Duffel is the kind of luggage we like. It’s the largest wheeled duffel in the Black Hole line. The polyester ripstop material is tough and coated with a TPU-film laminate and DWR finish to provide water resistance. There’s a large, top opening to the main compartment, a zippered side pocket, and mesh pockets inside the lid for smaller items. The handles are reinforced, and the wheels are stout. Internal compression straps take the load off the zippers.