GEAR REVIEW: Daybreaker Duffel Is A Versatile Bag Made For More Than Just The Gym

Rhone Daybreaker Duffel Bag

Every morning involves packing two bags – a backpack for work and a gym bag for after quitting time. My backpack is a warrior and the day I’m forced to trade it in for a new model will be incredibly sad.

My gym bag, on the other hand…

Well, I should say gym BAGS because I’ve been through more than a few over the years. Nothing has done the job or lasted the constant wear and tear.

Rhone is a premium activewear engineered for performance and the progress of the modern man. Their intended mission is to bring innovation and integrity “to men who strive to move forever forward.” That all sounds nice but the real question is do they make gear that looks good and can take a beating.

To test their mettle, I picked up the Daybreaker Duffel Bag, a new addition to their line of gym bags. I dumped my old gym bag into the closet and took the Daybreaker for spin, actually TO spin, and jammed it full of gym gear to test the features and functionality.

Here’s a quick rundown of Daybreaker Duffel from Rhone.

Daybreaker Duffel Bag Rhone



The exterior of the Daybreaker Duffel is constructed of superior resistant ballistic nylon. The bag looks and feels like it could take a beating, which is perfect because I’m generally a real menace to laptop bags, luggage and gym bags. The double zipper feature is nice because I’ve busted more bag zippers than Derrick Rose has broken body parts. The shoulder strap is comfortable and doesn’t dig into the shoulder like most straps, even when the duffel is packed with way too much stuff


The side compartment is a huge selling point for most gym bags. I’m a huge fan of the feature but before the workout. Winter is hell on sneakers and the soles end up caked in mud, dirt and rock salt. The gook that will get all over your gym clothes prior to hitting the fitness facility. The side compartment on the Rhone Daybreaker is perfect for housing disgusting sneakers, soaking wet clothing or anything else that must stay quarantine from the other items in the bag.


This bag has few negatives but if I’m going to be honest in this assessment the Daybreaker is missing two crucial features common to most gym bags. A spot for a water bottle or sports drink and at least one outside compartment. I can live without the spot for a drink but the outside compartment is necessary for storing all the items I don’t feel like digging back into the bag to retrieve – specifically wallet, cell phone, keys and other everyday carry items.


The $178 price tag is slightly steep for a bag that’s moving your dirty underwear and sneakers from point A to point B but the material sturdy and should last longer than your New Year’s resolution to lose weight this year and the next ten years.

The Daybreaker Duffel from Rhone is now my permanent gym bag. I’ve also used it for overnight trips as the interior is big enough to hold a few day’s worth of clothing.

BUY IT NOW: $178

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