Published on December 1st, 2015 | by Greg0
Eagle Creek: Travel, No Matter What!
If you’re planning a trip these days, you are probably paying a lot of attention to your bag- you have to consider all of the luggage fees, the carry-on requirements, and also make sure you leave enough room to bring back everything you purchase. And whether you are going for a day or a week, it’s nice to have something fairly light, expandable, flexible, and maneuverable. If you don’t need the protection of a hard sided shell, and a regular duffel just won’t do, then today’s bag might be right for you.
We took our the new Eagle Creek No Matter What Flatbed AWD Duffel 22 out on some recent travels, and managed to easily throw it into the overhead compartments, as it’s a nicely-sized wheeled carry-on. It did seem a bit larger than 22 inches tall, but not enough to trigger any issues from the airlines. Made from abrasion-resistant, water repellant, fabric that they call Bi-Tech, it’s got strategic seam reinforcement for durability. Soft sides allow you some space to expand when you inevitably need to fit in just that one extra item, and there are compression straps to help keep it all together.
We liked the wheels, which are not only oversized and have great treads, but held up to a bunch of stairs and bumps and drops- plus the AWD version includes spinner wheels for multi-directional maneuvering. The main handle also was durable, metal and rigid, responsive and placed at just the right place. The secondary side handles weren’t quite as nice, and we did have issues with stability- the No Matter What (NMW) tended to fall over unless we were careful about our packing. One cool feature- there’s a nice quick access pocket- but there aren’t a lot of dividers inside the main compartment. The zippers are lockable, though, for safety.
Available in three colors- cobalt blue, grape, and black- ours was the last, and it has a nice metallic sheen and reflective accents. At six pounds, this guy isn’t going to weigh you down, and we’ve always had good luck with Eagle Creek luggage in the past. The No Matter What is available in quite a few different styles and models, including larger versions (32 inches) and smaller ones as well (20). Available now, the AWD Duffel version runs about $230 online and in stores.