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Halfday Garment Duffle Review: Travel Hero or Dud?

Have you ever been served ads for a product on Instagram so often that you eventually break down and buy it? As a personal finance blogger, this is not a practice I can endorse. However, as someone who reviews products, I have much more tolerance for allowing myself to give in (#content). That’s what happened to me with the Halfday Garment Bag, leading me to order one for myself when I realized I was running low on Travel Tuesday topics.

Since buying the bag, I’ve had a chance to take it on a couple of trips and see how it works. So, let’s take a look at what the Halfday Garment Bag is, what makes it different, and what I’ve learned about it so far.

Halfday Garment Duffle
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Halfday Garment Duffle: A clever travel bag for formal occasions
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Price
$98 (save 20% off with referral link)
Size options
Original and compact
For those looking to travel with a suit of other formal attire that typically requires a garment bag, the Halfday Garment Duffle could be a great solution. Thanks to the bag’s clever design, you can keep your formal wear on the bottom while storing more than three days worth of clothes on top (plus shoe bags inside). The only downside is that the Original bag is on the large side, which doesn’t make it great as a carry-on. However, it would still be great for a road bag — and the new Compact version may fit the bill for flyers.
Pros
  • Holds a suit as well as three days of clothes (or more)
  • Includes interior shoe bags
  • Now available in multiple colors and designs
Cons
  • Original bag is large and may not be the most comfortable carry on

Reviewing the Halfday Garment Duffle Bag

Halfday Garment Bag

What is the Halfday Garment Bag?

The Halfday Garment Duffle is an interestingly constructed bag with a garment bag (for formal wear and the like) at the bottom that folds up to be a fully-sized carry-on bag that can hold all the rest of your clothes and other items. Additionally, the bag includes two shoe pockets. While this may not be the only bag to have such a design, it is the one I’ve seen the most often. Thus, I went ahead and bought it.

Pricing

When you log onto the Halfday site, you’ll see that the Garment Duffle is listed at $98. But, there’s good news as that price includes free shipping. Moreover, if you look around the usual places, you’ll likely be able to find a coupon code that can help you save a bit of money on your purchase. In my case, I was able to find a coupon for 20% off, bringing my subtotal to $78.40 and grand total (after tax) to $83.38.

Color options

If you like variety, it’s nice to know that the Halfday Garment Duffle now comes in several colors/designs, including:

  • Marine (Blue)
  • Hunter (Green)
  • Shadow (Black)
  • Coast (Blue)
  • Cactus (Green)
  • Dune (Brown)
  • Stone (Beige)
  • Terracotta (Orange/Red)
  • Camo
  • Geo

Personally, we went with the Marine Blue — because, at the time, there were only three color options. If I had to do it over with today’s options, I think I’d go with Coast, Stone, or even Geo. But, I do still like the basic Marine color overall.

using my Halfday Garment Duffle Bag

Size

After unboxing my bag, I was a bit surprised by how large it was. Granted, even with the dimensions listed, I’m absolutely terrible at judging the size of items. Ultimately, while this bag would surely fit in most airplane overhead bins, it probably would not fit under most airplane seats if it was more than half full.

Looking at some actual stats, the bag measures 22″ x 12″ x 12″. According to Halfday, the garment bag portion can be used for a jacket up to a size 50R, the shoe bags hold up to a size 13, and the overall bag has a volume of 45 liters. Unpacked, the bag weighs a total of 2.3 pounds.

The build

When my bag arrived, I did look it over to make sure there wasn’t any fraying or issues. Luckily, everything seemed to be just fine. On that note, I do like the feel of the fabric on the exterior but I especially love the interior. Also, the zippers on the bag feel nice and definitely do the job, even if they don’t feel quite as “premium” as those on the Away bags (granted, those bags also cost a lot more). Similarly, the clips for the shoulder strap are plastic instead of metal, which does save some weight but also feels a little cheap IMHO. Still, overall, it looks to be fairly well-made to me.

Packing the bag

To first test the bag, I opted to prepare for a fictional week-long trip. Moreover, apparently, I’ll need a full suit on this non-existent trip, so I made sure to fit one of those in as well.

Here’s what I packed in the bag:

  • 7 T-shirts (including one long-sleeved)
  • 2 pairs of jeans
  • 7 pairs of underwear
  • 7 pairs of socks
  • 1 hoodie
  • 1 full suit
  • 1 button-up shirt
  • 1 tie
  • 1 extra pair of shoes
  • 1 Away toiletry bag
clothes packed into a Halfday Garment Duffle Bag

Above is the photo I took when I first tried just putting these items in the bag in a way that I thought made sense. However, I also decided to repack using some of my favorite packing cubes to see if that greatly cleaned things up. Here’s how that looked:

packing cubes in a Halfday Garment Duffle Bag

Clearly, everything fit just fine — especially when I used the packing cubes. Also, after you open the main flap, everything is fairly accessible, which may actually be an advantage over a traditional suitcase or duffel bag. That said, I don’t love that some of my socks just have to get shoved on top and kind of wish there was a separate, netted area for them. Other than that, though, I really liked how easy it was to pack and unpack the bag or just leave it open and take one item at a time.

By the way, I left my packed bag sitting on the floor overnight and checked in on it nearly 24 hours later to see how my suit looked. Sure enough, it held up great, with not a wrinkle to be found. For that reason, if I ever need to bring formal wear with me, this would be a great asset.

On that note, I did end up taking the Halfday on a couple of trips where I did, indeed, need a suit. Sure enough, the results were similar to my experiment — meaning that I was able to fit a week’s worth of clothes on top while keeping my suit looking nice below. All around, thumbs up.

You can view my full video review here:

The Garment Duffle 40L

Since my initial review, Halfday has launched a smaller version of its signature garment duffle. Now, in addition to the regular 45L size, there’s a 40L one.

Although I haven’t tried this one for myself, as you’ll see in my final thoughts, I think this smaller size would be better for me personally. The existence of this option also seems to suggest that I wasn’t alone in thinking that the original was just a tad too large. But, the only downside here is that the smaller bag is still the same price — $98. Still, I think this could be a good pick for those who don’t need to accommodate as large of a suit and want something closer to a regular carry-on-sized bag.

The Premium Garment Duffle

Not only has Halfday debuted a smaller bag since I originally got mine but they’ve now also released a premium edition of their 45L bag! And, once again, this one speaks to some of the critiques I had of the previous edition.

First, the Premium Garment Duffle upgrades hardware to metal instead of plastic. Additionally, while retaining much of the same design, the Premium does include some interior pockets for easier organization. Sidenote: these updates also put it in-line with the Moderne Gentleman duffle I recently reviewed.

Final Thoughts on the Halfday Garment Bag

a suit packed in a Halfday Garment Duffle Bag

Overall, I think the Halfday Garment Duffle is a nice bag with a clever design. Plus, despite the name that implies it’s made for short trips, the bag is plenty large enough to hold a week’s worth of clothes — including a dress outfit and change of shoes — assuming you don’t need a lot of layers. Because of this, I foresee myself taking it on many future road trips.

Why road trips specifically? There are a few reasons for that, starting with the size. Even though the bag didn’t feel too heavy after I packed it and tried lifting it, I really don’t want to have to lug it around an airport (while also carrying a backpack). Plus, although you may be able to fit a 3-1-1 bag in the side pocket or position your toiletry bag in an easily accessible way, neither strikes me as a great option, making for a slight hassle at TSA. For those reasons, I’ll be sticking with my roller bag for air travel. That said, I am curious if I’d feel differently about the 40L edition and if that smaller size on paper translates in person.

So, is the Halfday bag worth the price? I think that will depend on how (and how much) you plan to use it. Personally, I do think $100 is a bit steep for my anticipated usage — although the coupon I found that took it down to $78 before taxes feels a bit better. Still, I am excited to continue using the bag and see how it holds up. Plus, if I can avoid having to hang a suit in the backseat of my car, that’s a big win for me. With that, I’ll be sure to report back on my ongoing experience with the Halfday garment duffle.

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Kyle Burbank

Founder ~ Moneyat30
Kyle is a freelance writer - including being the head writer for Fioney.com. He also serves as editorial director for the Disney fan site LaughingPlace.com and the founder of Money@30.com. In 2015, Kyle and his wife Bekah moved from Los Angeles to Springfield MO in pursuit of greater financial freedom. Together, the pair enjoy travel, coffee, and spending time with their dog Rigby. Additionally, as of 2023, they become first-time homeowners.

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