There is no better way to haul a bunch of gear than with a big burley duffel. The North Face and Patagonia seem to currently dominate the outdoor duffel bag market, with newcomers like Granite Gear and now Eagle Creek hoping for a piece of the pie. You can never have too many duffels, right?
The new Eagle Creek Cargo Hauler Duffels focus on simple design balanced with well thought out organization and carryability. Lightweight yet durable, the duffels are made from a strong, storm-proof Bi-Tech Armor Lite material that uses a more environmentally friendly non-petroleum based fabric coating. This new proprietary coating is so durable that it also allows the company to reduce the denier of the base fabric without compromising performance.
The main zippers are self-repairing and hide beneath a storm flap to protect any opening from the rain. The zippers open up into a large U-shape so you can quickly get at any piece of gear. The burly grab handles are angled for easy loading and six heavy-duty horizontal lash points enable you to securely attach the duffels to everything from roof racks to packrafts.
The bottom is foam padded to help protect your gear from the baggage handlers, while removable backpack straps let you maneuver hands-free through airports and bus stations. When not in use, each duffel packs into the unique end zippered compartment for compact storage.
The Cargo Hauler Duffels come in four different sizes: Small (45L, 22.75 x 8.75 x 12.5 inches), Medium (60L, 26.5 x 10.25 x 13.5 inches), Large (90L, 28.75 x 12.5 x 14.5 inches), and XL (120L, 31.5 x 13.5 x 15.75 inches). You can choose from 5 color combinations in each size: black, blue/grey, fern/grey, cherry/grey, orange/grey.
The Cargo Hauler Duffels are proudly backed by Eagle Creek’s legendary No Matter What Warranty and retail for $89-$195 depending on size. Expect to see the duffels hit shelves around January 2016.