Putting wheels on luggage must have seemed like a good idea at the time, but don't be duped. Serious travelers know a duffel bag is far superior to a roller bag. Don't believe us? Consider the following points:
1. You're probably going to have to gate check that roller bag.
Let's face it: your roller bag might fit in the overhead bin, but that doesn't mean it's making it on the plane. Get a duffel bag and you won't be forced to gate check your bag again. Less time waiting for your carry-on at the gate means the sooner you're through passport control and on to the next place.
2. Duffels make great pillows
Missed connection means you're spending the night on an airport floor? Good luck resting your head on your hardshell roller bag. Get a good duffel and you'll be sleeping like a baby.
3. Roller bags are basically worthless outside airports
Sure, you can easily zip from gate to gate with a roller bag, but good luck getting to your hostel. There's no better way to piss off the locals than dragging your roller bag down cobblestone streets or onto a crowded metro.
4. Don't waste your allotted weight on wheels
European airlines are strict about carry-on bags being under the allotted weight limits. Your bag will be weighed and, no, you won't be able to talk your way out of it. Instead of wasting weight on wheels and a telescoping handle, get a quality duffel and put it towards what really counts.
5. Those wheels will break one day
There's probably still a mark in the carpet of DFW from when I had to drag my broken roller bag across the whole airport. One day the wheels on your roller bag will seize up on you and it will happen at the most inconvenient time possible. Avoid the inconvenience and embarrassment with a duffel.
6. You don't want to be that person who tries to wheel their bag down the aisle
We've all seen it happen: someone thinks they can roll their carry-on down the aisle of the aircraft. How many knee caps must plowed into before everyone realizes that's a bad idea?
7. Duffels are cheaper and more durable
I can't tell you how many roller bags I burned through before I learned the superiority of the duffel bag. Conversely, I'm fairly confident I'll be passing on my Beckel Canvas bag to my grandkids one day. Need a bag immediately before your trip next week? Herschel has our favorite weekend bag on Amazon.