WP Standards Weekender leather duffel is built for life

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WP Standard makes exceptional leather goods, and the companys new leather duffel is no different. Its fantastic and my go-to travel bag. There are downsides its heavy and the shoulder strap slips on my boney shoulders but the good outweighs the bad.
I travel a lot. Airplanes, bikes, cars and pretty much everything but trains because I live in the Midwest and not because I dont like trains. A few years back I got a lovely, low-cost leather duffel from Amazon and started using it instead of a roller bag. Its fun and forces me to pack smarter. Besides, the duffel always fits in overhead spaces, in taxi cabs and is easier to handle on a busy subway.
But you dont care about my life. Youre here for this bag.
WP Standard built the Weekender duffel for people like me. Its a great size and I have no issue packing away a bunch of shirts, a few pairs of pants and an extra pair of shoes. This isnt a bag built to hold suits, but rather a weekends worth of clothes hence the name.
The full-grain leather is thick and tough and has so far held up nicely to the rigors of travel. There are scratches and scuffs, but those are souvenirs and badges of honor. It has ridden in the back of my pickup in downpours and down dusty lanes. It has survived several transatlantic flights and still looks like it has decades of life to give.
In the end, this isnt a Patagonia or The North Face duffel constructed out of space-age fabric designed to survive the tallest peaks or the deepest valleys. WP Standard doesnt play that game. This company makes goods out of full-grain leather that are naturally tough and will age gracefully.
The bag is constructed in a way to give the leather the best chance at survival. The hand straps wrap the bag to give it extra strength. The bottom is constructed out of two layers of stiff leather. The zipper is beefy. The shoulder strap is tough and hasnt shown any sign of stretching.
A few years ago I reviewed WP Standards messenger bag. The Weekender duffel is just as lovely, but these two bags share the same downside: The shoulder straps pad is too slippery. It doesnt matter if Im wearing a t-shirt, jacket or parka, the shoulder strap doesnt stay in place. To compensate, I often forgo using the pad and use the strap itself, which is thinner and can be uncomfortable after several minutes. To me, this isnt a deal killer, but you, dear reader, should know about this downside.
The WP Standard Weekender costs $375. Its a great price considering the thickness of the leather and quality of construction. Similar bags can be had from Wills, Shinola or Saddleback, but for nearly twice the price. Pad & Quill makes quality leather goods and sells a leather duffel thats similar to the Weekend for $545; its also worth a consideration.
WP Standards Weekender leather duffel is built for life
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