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Gear Haulers

Eleven bags that keep you gear clean, dry and organized at the starting line, trailhead or gym.

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Evoc Bike Travel Bag XL

If you’re flying with a fat bike or plus bike, this is best bike case you can buy. Like Evoc’s standard Bike Travel Bag, the XL packs and unpacks in ten minutes or less. Remove pedals, handlebar and wheels—most bikes fit with the derailleur still installed. The frame straps securely into the body of the bag, with the bottom bracket supported on a lifted plastic base. A frame protector pad wraps the main triangle, and the fork slips into a reinforced, padded pocket. Wheels zips into two external rotor-protecting pockets. The XL’s broad base and sturdy wheels keep it stable so you can roll efficiently through the airport. $545

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Pacsafe Toursafe EXP34 Anti-theft Wheeled Gear Bag

When you have a lot of stuff you need to roll, not carry, to your race, ride or hotel, this massive duffel on wheels not only gets all your gear there but provides extra security en route and on arrival. The body of the bag is lined with slash-proof mesh, the zips are puncture-proof, and the bag comes with a cable so you can lock it like you would a bike. Practice at home with the various zips, clips and cables. They’re designed to stymie thieves so, by design, they’re not immediately intuitive to open. And you don’t want your race shoes locked inside your Gear Bag when the starting gun fires. $330

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North Street Weekender

Made to order in Portland, North Street’s 56-liter, duffel-styled Weekender is waterproof, burly and multi-functional. The main compartment has space for a multi-sport day, but it’s the side pockets that sold us on this bag. Four snap-shut stuff pockets are each big enough for a pair of running shoes, but can hold sunscreen, chamois cream, and spare socks. Another pocket runs the full length of the bag—we used it for a towel and toiletries. And a massive moisture barrier end pocket swallowed wet shoes, a dripping helmet, and a rain-soaked kit and kept them separated from dry, clean clothes. Velcro-in pockets, dopp kit and packing cubes, all sold separately, further enhance your ability to organize. $330

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Zoetica Z-Dopp

Zoetica wants to eliminate the disposable stuff of everyday life, like coffee cups and plastic forks. So they’ve packed those things in a bag you can keep in your office or car, including compact reusable stainless cutlery, a double-wall stainless Cortado cup, a cotton napkin, market tote, produce bag, and even a stainless straw and cleaning brush. The Dopp kit that holds it all is sized to carry the basics—toothbrush, deodorant, moisturizer, shampoo—with plenty of room for personalization. It holds its shape, preventing contents from getting squeezed when we chucked this bag in a duffel, purse or pack. $99

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Mustang Survival Pacifica Duffel

Set this bag in any dewy field, on any wet picnic table or soggy sidewalk without fear of getting your gear wet. The 40L or 60L heavy-duty, double-coated, PVC-free nylon bag has a waterproof bottom with sturdy seams and a water-resistant, storm-flap lid. It didn’t soak through when we set it on wet pavement, and it also shed water in a passing squall. Use the removable foam liner to cushion fragile gear, or use it as a seat. Grab handles on most sides make this bag easy to tug, toss, slide and heft even in tight spaces. $135-$150

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Elite Borson Bike Bag

Pack your bike into the Borson next time you’re flying to a race or ride, and you won’t even have to take off the handlebars. This origami-inspired bike travel bag carries two sets of wheels—pairs mate in a single wheel bag, or you put a wheel in each bag, which gives structure to the case to protect your frame. Dedicated padding wraps the brake hoods or your MTB bar—for a mountain bike the bar does need to be removed for travel. Otherwise, the only thing you need to pull are wheels and pedals. The lightweight bag rolls smoothly, and it also carries via shoulder strap. $799

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Mission Workshop Radian Travel Pack

Carry a duffel’s worth of gear on your back whether you’re riding to the gym, shuttling to the start of a race, bike commuting with dress clothes and a laptop, or jetting with your most critical gear in tow. The front panel of the 42-liter Radian zips open for easy packing, though you can also get to your gear through the Velcro-seal top flap. Dedicated laptop, iPad and water bottle pockets make it easy to stay plugged in and hydrated. And zip pockets under the main flap hold cords, wallet and more. An aluminum frame waist strap, hip belt and adjustable harness made the pack comfortable to carry, even when we overstuffed it. Waterproof with a patina that looks good as it wears, the pack is made by hand in San Francisco and guaranteed for life. $585

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RMU BRFCS 35.50

This 50-liter tough-as-nails portfolio-style bag is designed with the versatility to keep dress shirts neat, running gear accessible, and your laptop at hand, or to store ski boots, goggles and the rest of your kit for a day on the hill. It’s loaded with stuff pockets and zip pockets of every size and shape, including an external helmet carry. A harness and waistbelt stash away when you’re not using them to carry your load on your back instead of on your shoulder, or via webbing handles on all four sides. Aluminum hardware and heavy-duty tarpaulin help it stand up to wear and tear. And when you’re juggling too many bags, this one slides over the handle of a rollerboard. $199

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Sea to Summit Ultrasil Duffel

Shoes, extra water, snack and a towel… this ultralight duffel holds what you need, whether you’re chucking it in the back of your car or packing it as an auxiliary bag inside your suitcase. The 2.8 ounce, 40-liter duffel doesn’t have organizer pockets, but it does have large carry handles, and its bar tacked at stress points for durability. Gear stuffs into a single compartment, and when you’re not using it, the bag stuffs into a tennis ball-sized stuff sack with a carabiner. $45

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Thule Subterra 60 Duffel

Like a portable gym locker, this hexagonal duffel has wide-mouth access and a soft-sided structure. Combined with oversized mesh pockets you can see through and dual-shoe pockets on the ends of the bag, it's easy to keep track of your heart rate monitor, snacks, and more. We used the gusseted side pockets to sequester dirty clothes and footwear. The ability to access the mesh pockets from outside and inside quickly made this bag a favorite. $160

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Osprey Trailkit

Two of the best functions a gear bag can perform: separating wet, smelly stuff from clean, dry gear, and keeping your things organized so you can easily find what you want. Osprey’s 40-liter Trailkit does both. A spacious main compartment holds a ton, a tuck-away sling transports your helmet, and shoes live in their own compartment. Grab this bag and go using multiple handles, or carry it like a backpack—the harness stows when you don’t need it. Also available in 75-liter “Big Kit” size for more gear-intensive trips. $120