Topo Designs New Classic Duffel 20”

This classic duffel 20” does exactly what it says on the tin with plenty of space and style
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Classic Duffell 20" by Topo Designs. Image: Topo Designs

In three words

Effortless. Understated. Adventure

What is it?

Topo Designs have just released a new range of classic duffel bags. The Classic Duffel 20” comes in three great colours: charcoal, navy and ballistic black. The navy and charcoal versions featuring the recognisable Topo Designs contrasting details and lash tabs. As with the Sandqvist Adam bag, the ballistic weave is heavy duty and super strong, originally designed for body armour.

This bag also comes in another size, the Mini. Read our review here.

This bag is a good no-nonsense duffel with a large easily accessed main compartment and a couple of small zippered pockets on the inside to help store a few personal items. The main compartment is closed with heavy duty zippers. The outside of the bag is made from durable 1000D nylon with natural leather handles. The black version of the bag is made from 1680D nylon ballistic weave.

It has a removable padded shoulder strap so you can choose how you want to carry it. All the straps are made from heavy duty seatbelts, a common feature in Topo Designs bags that we really like. We also really like the leather handle with a button which keeps the handle together.

Why we love it

We love the simple design and the contrasting details on the navy and charcoal versions. The black version is also great if you’re after a discreet (but strong!) bag with lovely detailing on closer inspection. Speaking of details, this is one of Topo Designs strong points. It’s the little details like the leather handles and lash tabs that make this bag special. The design of the bag is well proportioned and the shape of the bag keeps it slim line when full. 

What will it fit? 

The Classic Duffel 20” by Topo Design can hold a spacious 25.7 litres. This is a good size for a weekend away. You’ll fit in two changes of clothes, shoes, books, toiletries and personal items and still have a some space for other items. The shape of the bag helps it to look slim even when fully packed. It’s also a great size for a gym bag. 

Final thoughts

Topo Designs call this the Classic Duffel and we agree it’s a fitting name. It does what it says on the tin in a stylish understated way. The contrasting colours on some of the versions scream Topo Designs but we also like the way this subtly comes through on the all black version. The bag is a good size for a weekend away and the shape keeps the bag nicely streamlined when it’s full. For those seeking out a durable classic duffel than this could be the one.


Capacity: 25.7 litres

Dimensions: 20” W x 10” H x 10” D (50.8cm W x 25.4cm H x 25.4cm D)

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