In the beginning, Eagle Creek made roomy, no-nonsense duffel bags and backpacks that could survive the wear and tear of far-flung adventures. The company's new No Matter What Flatbed Duffel has all the space and toughness of its predecessors, plus rugged tractorlike wheels, a sturdy handle pull system, multiple grab handles, and a big, open rectangular build that makes the most efficient use of every internal inch. The structured back and external bumpers protect contents from the crush and crunch of stacking and banging in transit. Flat on its back, the duffel unzips in a giant U shape for fullest access to contents. Lockable double zippers, storm flaps all the way around, and external compression straps backed by reinforced webbing make for serious protection. Two large zippered mesh compartments on the internal side of the "door" can provide quick access to clean underwear, segregate dirty laundry, or whatever you assign them. An external zippered pocket above the "door" is big enough for a folded newspaper, documents, and a travel umbrella. The bag is available as a 20-inch or 22-inch wheel-aboard, or a 28- or 32-inch behemoth, each in basic black, or bright blue or red.
Dec. 7, 2014