Duffles are versatile travel pals. Cram a little or a lot of gear in there, and everything is safely packed for you to get from Point A to Point B, with as many stops along the way as you like.
The best duffles, though, allow you to separate some items from the others, all while keeping them in the same bag. The Dakine Recon Wet/Dry Duffle 80L bag is one of those.
Whether your adventure involves kayaking, stand-up paddling (SUP), swimming, snorkeling, diving, surfing, boating, hiking, canyoneering, or anything involving mud—the Recon lets you keep your clean items away from your wet/dry/dirty ones. The main compartment is accessible through a U-shaped opening, making it easy to get a quick glimpse of what’s where before you have to dig through everything. The bottom zippered compartment is where you stash the wet gear until you have time to wash and/or dry it.
There’s also an internal mesh pocket, so you can keep smaller items from floating around in that big main compartment. In front, a zippered side organizer pocket lets you stash other essential small items that you need to access quickly. Part of that organizer pocket is a wax pocket, but if you’re not a surfer, nobody will blame you if you stash something else there instead.
Made of 600D polyester and 1260D ballistic nylon, the bag is sturdy enough to survive standard luggage incidents without exposing your gear. It measures 23” x 16” x 14,” so is slightly over carry-on size, but can make it through scrutiny if you don’t fill it all the way and cinch it tight.
Removable padded backpack straps come with the bag, so you’re not limited to hand-carrying it or hauling it on one shoulder. I’ve brought this bag along on boating excursions, surfing adventures, and even a trip to my kid’s swimming beach—and it’s held up just fine.
The Dakine Recon Wet/Dry Duffle 80L Bag comes in black and “haze” (striped black, blue and green) and lists for $125 on the Dakine site. It’s also available at Amazon.