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Published on December 1st, 2015 | by Greg


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.

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Greg dreamed up the idea for the Truly Network while living in Hawaii, which began with a single site called TrulyObscure. In 2010, when advertisers and readers were requesting coverage beyond the scope of that site, TrulyNet was launched, reaching a broader audience over a variety of niche sites. Formerly the head technology correspondent for the Des Moines Register at age 16, he has since lived and worked in five states and two countries, helping a list of organizations and companies that includes the United States Census Bureau, TripAdvisor, Events Photo Group, Berlitz, and Computer Geeks. He also served as the Content Strategy Manager for HearPlanet, a multi-platform app that has reached over a million users and has been featured in the New York Times, Hemispheres Magazine, National Geographic Adventure, Fox Business News, PC Magazine, and even Apple’s own iPhone ads. Greg has written as a restaurant critic and feature journalist for a number of national and international publications, including City Weekend Magazine, Red Egg Magazine, the Newton Daily News, Capital Change Magazine, and an arm of China Daily, Beijing Weekend. In addition, he has served as a consulting editor for the Foreign Language Press of Beijing, as well as a writer and editor for the George Washington University Hatchet, the school newspaper of his alma mater. Originally from Iowa, Greg is currently living in the West Village of Manhattan.

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