Both waxed canvas and high quality leather far outlast their counterparts in long term endurance. Beyond just enduring, the more you use them, the better they look. Given the proper care, the same wear and tear that would wear out and tear up another product will instead develop - in both leather and waxed canvas - the character and patina that make them even more valuable and desirable over time.
Okay, so you know leather and waxed canvas are both durable - but which is more durable?
That depends on how you plan to use them.
If you need a bag for an outdoor adventure, a bag that can handle being at your side (or on your back) while exposed to Mother Nature’s best (and worst), then a waxed canvas bag will be your more durable option. When it comes to rain in particular, waxed canvas will handle it better than leather.
If you want a bag for the daily grind, a bag that can handle being at your side while you blaze your path through the concrete jungle, get yourself some leather. Yes, waxed canvas is durable enough to handle constant and rigorous use -- but there’s nothing quite like the feel (and look) of a well-worn, well-loved leather bag.
So, is leather or waxed canvas more durable? Bottom line: both waxed canvas and leather are durable materials with rich histories that age well when cared for properly. Make your choice, treat it well, and enjoy it for a long time to come.