There are times in our adventurous lives that traditional luggage isn’t the best option. But something soft, lightweight, rugged and with a lot of cargo capacity is. That’s why I’m loving my Eagle Creek Cargo Hauler 90L and Eagle Creek Cargo Hauler 120L. They are cavernous, big-gear haulers for all travel that requires hauling gear.
How I’ve been using them
- Nordic ski weekends where I hauled xc ski boots, gloves, ski tights, bulky wool ski sweater, wool hat, après clothes, lounging-around-the-cabin clothes and toiletries in the 90L.
- Fatbiking weekend where I hauled winter cycling boots, helmet, winter cycling tights, wool baselayers, puffy down gloves, puffy down jacket, cycling jacket, balaclava, apres fatbiking clothes and lounging-around-the-hotel-in-Duluth, toolkit, hydration pack in the 120L.
- Day trips to the mountain bike trailheads in which I packed two helmets, two hydration packs, two towels, two sets of shoes, socks, gloves, apres mountain biking clothing, knee pads into the 90L.
- The 120L holds two sleeping bags, two pillows, two air mattresses. May not seem like a big deal but to contain these items into one bag cuts down on trips from the garage to car and car to campsite and helps with general organization and speed of packing and unpacking. The 90L carried the tent, food, hammocks, stove, cooking pots, coffee-making stuff, gas, plates, utensils, first aid kit, headlamps, etc.
What I liked
- At 90 liters, the Large holds a lot of gear while still remaining manageable. At 120 liters, the Extra Large holds even more.
- Padded side grab handles allow it to be carried like a big suitcase and make is easy to schlepp from car trunk to wherever.
- Removable backpack straps allow it to be carried like a backpack for hands-free maneuverability when maneuvering longer distances. This came in especially handy on car-camp weekends when the distance between the parked car and the tent site was a decent hike. Allowed me to carry an ice chest full of Todd the Axman!
- Packs down into a nice convenient “packing cube” for storage when not in use.
- Exterior zippered organizational pockets located at both ends of bags organize smaller items for quick access.
The Bi-Tec Armor Lite fabric is water- and weather-resistant. It will be very difficult to accidentally tear this bag. You would need a knife and you would need to set out with the intention of slicing it. The zippers are a force to be reckoned with. Eagle Creek made this duffel to be tossed, thrown, lugged, kicked, pulled and dragged.
- The 120L bag weighs in at two pounds, seven ounces. The 90L bag barely tips the scales at two pounds two ounces.
- At $109 and $119 for the 90L and 120L respectively, it’s easy on the wallet to buy a couple for the gear closet. For example, an ideal two-bag purchase for me would be the 120L for the big trips that require a lot of gear and the 60L Medium ($99) for everything else.
- Lifetime warranty. Companies that are willing to splay themselves open to lifetime warranties will always get a thumb’zup from me. Eagle Creek’s No Matter What warranty covers your Eagle Creek for life, either for repair or replacement should some critical part break or rip.
What I didn’t like
There’s nothing I “didn’t like” about the Eagle Creek Cargo Haulers. Maybe just a fair warning that, like any duffel bag, it lacks structure so it’s floppy and awkward to carry when it isn’t fully loaded.
The Eagle Creek Cargo Hauler Duffel is a Gear Gals Recommended piece of gear for your gear.