REVIEW: Tortuga Homebase Duffle Case


Aside from a passport, camera, and a sense of adventure, what’s the most important thing a traveler should own? I think we can all agree that compact, durable luggage that’s easy to carry and has a lot of compartments for clothes, gadgets, and other traveling necessities is an absolute must.

In the review below, we’ll be taking a closer look at the Tortuga Homebase Duffel Case, a super light carry-on duffle bag that every traveler will love.


  The Tortuga Homebase Duffle Case is a hybrid between a duffel bag and a suitcase — it combines the portability of the former and the spaciousness of the latter. It also eliminates the downside of these two types of luggage: the inefficient dimensions of a duffle bag and the heaviness of a suitcase. Its smart design and light materials maximize the amount of stuff you can fit inside of it. For people who like to travel but want to avoid additional luggage costs at check-in, the Tortuga Homebase Duffle Case is a very good option to consider. Pro Tip: You can purchase the Homebase Duffle alone or you can purchase the Nomad Bundle, which includes the Tortuga Homebase Backpack at a discounted price. Value-wise, the Nomad Bundle is great for those of you looking to maximize space and take advantage of a backpack and duffle combination deal.


Build / Materials

  If you travel a lot, you’ll know that durability is extremely important when it comes to your luggage. You want something that you can take on-the-go yet will last and remain intact after dragging it around the world with you. The Tortuga Homebase Duffle Bag uses materials that will keep it strong wherever you go and no matter how often you travel. It is made of LS21 waterproof sailcloth, Ariaprene foam, YKK zippers, and duraflex buckles. Let’s take a closer look at the materials used on the Tortuga Homebase Duffle below.

  • LS21 Waterproof Sailcloth: What the heck is sailcloth? Well, it’s exactly how it sounds. The LiteSkin waterproof sailcloth used to build the Homebase Duffle is a high-performance material used in sails which, as you may already know, are always exposed to natural elements yet can withstand heavy winds and rains when at sea. Don’t get fooled by how thin the Sailcloth material feels either — it’s light and almost paper-thin, but the extremely tight weave of the sailcloth makes it more durable than traditional bag materials. Waterproofness, durability, abrasion resistance, and fray prevention—all of these are features of the Tortuga Homebase Duffle because of the sailcloth material that the brand uses in manufacturing this product.
  • Ariaprene Foam: Ariaprene’s foam-core technology makes it light yet flexible, supporting movement, stretch and compression — things that everyone’s luggage experiences during travel. Ariaprene foam is used in a lot of gear and apparel, such as New Balance shoes and, of course, the Tortuga Homebase Duffle. Aside from performance, the material also takes pride in being environmentally friendly and hypo-allergenic. It also pairs well with the LS21 waterproof sailcloth because it dries quickly.
  • YKK Zippers: YKK is a Japanese brand of zippers that designers all over the world love to use. It’s safe to say that the company has perfected the craft of making zippers after decades in the business, which is how it became an established brand in the apparel industry.
  • Duraflex Buckles: The problem with most duffle bags is that their buckles break after several uses or so. With the Tortuga Homebase Duffle Bag’s duraflex buckles, you don’t have to worry about this problem. The buckles can withstand substantial force, so you’ll be able to carry it without any worries of the buckles failing on you.
  • Long-Lasting Quality: At the end of the day, Tortuga continues to prioritize quality materials over materials that simply look cool and this ensures that you will be purchasing a bag that you’ll be able to carry with you for years to come.



  The Tortuga Homebase Duffle Case measures (22″ x 14″ x 9″) and it weighs in at 1.9lbs. It’s compact and light, which are characteristics of a great carry-on bag. (Note, however, that some budget airlines only allow carry-ons up to 20 inches in length). Therefore, depending on how strict the airline is, you might have to check-in this bag before you board your flight. Generally speaking, this bag flies well under the radar but we do have to let you know ahead of time that this is a possibility. If this does occur, make sure that you remove your valuables and anything that is fragile since the sailcloth material and Ariaprene foam are not thick enough to absorb drops that your bag might endure when checked in.



External Features

The Tortuga Homebase Duffle Case comes in a really sleek, sexy gray color. It has side, bottom and top handles, so you can carry it just about anyway you want. The bag also comes with two hand straps and a detachable shoulder strap, which gives you more flexibility when you’re walking around with it. There is an external pocket on the front of the bag where you can store your keys, passports and whatever other documents you want to keep handy and within arms reach. Overall, the bag has a simple design, with a rubberized Tortuga logo stitched onto the front pocket.


Internal Features

  The main compartment of the Tortuga Homebase Duffle Case is very spacious, so you can easily store your clothes, gadgets, shoes and other belongings in it. Inside, you will also find two mesh compartments where you can organize your toiletries and makeup, small tech and equipment such as chargers, adapters and batteries, socks and underwear, and other traveling necessities. The simple internal design of the bag allows you to customize your packing as you much as you wish. With how spacious the bag is, you can even fit a spare backpack inside it with all your things that you can carry with you during your side trips. A backpack within a duffel bag? This takes “carry-on” to a whole other level. Getting excited to pack for your next big adventure? Hold up one sec. To maximize what you can do with your Tortuga Homebase Duffle Case, continue reading below for organization tips and tricks.  


  Experienced travelers know the importance of staying organized when traveling. However, they will also know that organization is always easier said than done. Even with a light and compact luggage like the Tortuga Homebase Duffle Case, packing can still get messy if you don’t know what you’re doing. To help you stay organized before, during and after your trip, here are a few tips: 1. Know your airline’s baggage policies The first step to organized packing is knowing what your airline’s policies are when it comes to carry-ons and other luggage. What’s the weight limit? What things are not allowed in the plane? What things are allowed in carry-ons? Make sure that you do your research prior to your trip, especially if you are using an airline that you haven’t used before or are flying for the very first time. This will prevent any delays and problems during check-in. 2. Make a list of everything you need Before opening your luggage and going through your closet, sit down, think about your destination and create a list of all the things that you will need during the trip.

  • Is it cold or hot where you’re going?
  • Do you need light layers and swimsuits or thick layers and warm coats?
  • Do you need flip flops or boots?
  • Will you be going on a fancy dinner?
  • Or are you going somewhere more outdoorsy and casual?

By keeping your destination and itinerary in mind, you’ll be able to pack the appropriate clothes for your trip. Aside from taking note of your clothing items, you should also make a list of all the tech and equipment that you wish to bring. Lastly, make a list of all the miscellaneous things that you need to take with you. These include toiletries (especially if you’re not staying at a hotel where these things are provided), makeup, a book or two, sunscreen (for warm destinations), etcetera. When creating your list, try to be as specific as possible so you won’t forget to bring anything. For example, you might write “toiletries” and then forget to bring your toothbrush. Keep this list with you when you travel, whether you make a written copy or keep one in your phone. This will help you keep track of all of your belongings when you’re packing up before going home. 3. Don’t overpack Overpacking is a common problem for travelers. To avoid overpacking, plan your outfits beforehand. Keep your itinerary in mind, and then plan each outfit accordingly. A night out, a hiking trip, a beach day — pick the right clothes for each activity. One of the best ways to avoid overpacking is to simply plan on washing your clothes during your trip. If you’re going on a two-week vacation, you pack clothes for a week, have them washed during the weekend, and then use them again the following week. 4. Roll, don’t fold Folding clothes when packing is an amateur mistake. If you’ve been traveling for a while now, you know that it’s better to roll clothes instead of folding them. By rolling, you make each item of clothing more compact so it takes less space. As a result, you can pack more into your luggage. 5. Use packing cubes Utilizing Packing cubes is the best way to make your packing more efficient. With packing cubes, you can compartmentalize your luggage so each “compartment” is separated into smaller units within your bag. This takes organization into a whole other level. For example, you can put casual shirts, pants and shorts, dresses, socks and underwear, swimsuits, etcetera into separate packing cubes. At the same time, you can put one outfit together into a packing cube so you only have to access one per day. These packing cubes will also help you separate clean from dirty clothes if you’re the kind of traveler who lives out of your luggage. Just like the Tortuga Homebase Duffle Case and Backpack, their Outbreaker Packing Cubes are made from durable sailcloth and are designed to fit perfectly within the brand’s bigger pieces of luggage. They will help you stay organized before, during and after your trip, and you will be able to use them for years to come.


The Verdict

  If you’re looking for a luggage that you can carry with you all across the globe, the Tortuga Homebase Duffle Case is the perfect choice for you. As mentioned above, it’s built with durable materials that resist wear and tear and last longer than conventional materials that most other luggage brands use. The sleek and simple design of the bag gives you a lot of options when it comes to customizing your packing. When paired with the Outbreaker Packing Cubes, you can stay organized all throughout your trip. Overall, the Tortuga Homebase Duffle Case is a great investment for those who love to travel. Light, perfect and durable for any type of trip — I highly recommend you pick up a Tortuga Homebase Duffle Case today.