Put Your Wet Gear In A ‘Gili’ Bag And Let It Breathe

If you’re doing it right, there’s a pretty good chance your outdoor gear will get wet. It’s best to dry it as quickly as possible. The Gili Bag helps get this done.

The Gili Gear Bag is a simple duffle. But instead of solid fabric, it’s made from tough, tightly woven repurposed vinyl mesh. It feels like tough, smooth plastic and is super ventilated.

While it might seem odd to get stoked over a duffle bag, I quickly fell in love with this design. Here’s why.

Made In Colorado

I’m a bit of a sucker for USA-made products. It’s nice to know where your dollars go. Gili Bags are made in Vail, Colo., less than two hours drive from my house.

Gili American-made duffle

Yes, they are a little pricy, ranging from $30 for a beach bag to $90 for a gigantic 42″x16″ gear bag. But in a couple months of use, the model I tested shows zero wear. I suspect this domestically manufactured sack will last for years.

Air Permeable Drying

Obviously this isn’t the world’s first mesh sack. But it might be the nicest.

Gili Gear Bag review

What that means for you is that you can toss your waders, wet jacket, or ski boots into the bag, and they will still dry. Forget them overnight and, while not ideal, stuff will still probably be dry by morning.

For things that regularly get wet like wetsuits, rain jackets, and fishing gear, the Gili Bag allows transport and drying at the same time.

It would also be sweet to use as a gym bag that allows your funky socks and T-shirts to dry a little instead of fermenting in an enclosed bag.

Recycled Material

Gili Bags are made from repurposed vinyl. It’s the material used in billboards, beautifully turned into a tight mesh fabric.

Plus, the recycled material means each Gili Bag is unique. They all sport a similar striped design, but each bag has distinct coloring.

Burly zippers and shoulder straps round out the tough, useful sack.

For those who need a duffle for gear that’s often wet (divers, surfers, anglers, sweaty gym patrons), this sack should be high on your list.

Sean McCoy

Editorial Director Sean McCoy is a life-long outdoorsman who grew up hunting and fishing central Wisconsin forests and lakes. He joined GearJunkie after a 10-year stint as a newspaperman in the Caribbean, where he learned sailing and wooden-boat repair. Based in GearJunkie's Denver office, McCoy is an avid trail runner, camper, hunter, angler, mountain biker, skier, and beer tester.