Afar Backpack

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Durability meets organization in this maximum capacity All Ways Secure™ backpack. With a 17" laptop sleeve, lash points and compression straps for gear, plus lockable zippers and safety whistle, the Afar Backpack is built for both work and play.

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Details & Features

  • All Ways Secure™:
    • Anti-theft: Lockable zippers and Central Lock Point
    • Digital Safe-Zone: Padded compartment sized to fit a 17” laptop, plus an electronics pocket
    • Personal Safety: Sternum strap buckle with integrated safety whistle, reflective accents and light attachment loop
  • Exo-Skeleton seamless composite fabrication strategically strengthens wear points for maximum abrasion resistance
  • Constructed with water-repellent Geo Ripstop and ballistic fabrics
  • Designated laptop compartment with passport pocket
  • Padded breathable back panel and contoured backpack straps with tuckaway waist belt
  • Adjustable sternum strap with integrated safety whistle
  • Organization includes: electronics pocket, document slip pocket, zippered mesh pocket, pen slots and key fob
  • Mesh side pockets and front stretch pocket with daisy chain
  • Padded top grab handle and compression straps
  • Reflective accents including easy-zip pulls
  • Back slip panel for securing bag to the handle system of your wheeled luggage

Product Specification

Capacity: 1890 cu in | 31 L Dimensions: 12.25 x 20 x 8.5 in | 31 x 51 x 21 cm Weight: 1 lb 11 oz | .77 kg Material: 450D Geo Ripstop, 210D Exo Skeleton, 450D Helix™ Poly


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Eagle CreekBlack Afar Backpack
 
4.4

(based on 18 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

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    (10)

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    (6)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (2)

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88%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

No Pros

Cons

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Best Uses

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    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (6)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Pretty Good

Found zippers a little rough to "zip", why no lock on the COMPUTER SLEEVE? (hello?)
Paper pocket in computer sleeve needs a better way to close/secure.Read complete review

Found zippers a little rough to "zip", why no lock on the COMPUTER SLEEVE? (hello?)
Paper pocket in computer sleeve needs a better way to close/secure.
Over-all a good value, replacing my old PacSafe backpack which handled small items better but was too small and too difficult to get into.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Wonderful but with a design flaw

Love the new design. It is NOT 'all ways secure' The laptop compartment is secure when wearing the backpack as the straps are in front of the zipper but it does not have...Read complete review

Love the new design. It is NOT 'all ways secure' The laptop compartment is secure when wearing the backpack as the straps are in front of the zipper but it does not have a locking zipper (some zippers have the small holes in the zipper that are designed to put a lock through-- not sure what the official name so I will call them locking zippers). This is a no-go for me as I like to lock my laptop during long flights to Africa so I can feel a little more comfortable when I want to put my bag above me to sleep on flights over 12 hours. This has been a reoccurring problem with Eagle Creek as most of the backpacks have some locking zippers but not all of the zippers are locking zippers. I was looking to replace my EC Conor flashpoint backpack that has a locking zipper on the laptop compartment BUT not the main compartment. EC just needs to use locking zippers on all the compartments - I would gladly pay the extra money to get a backpack I can completely lock up. I loved the look of this bag but since I can't lock the laptop compartment, it is being returned.

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(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Versatile, well-made backpack - glad I bought it

By Katherine

from undisclosed

Verified Buyer

Comments about Eagle Creek Black Afar Backpack:

I bought this backpack (in black) for travel as well as in town adventures with a toddler w/ lots of stuff, and also for hiking in the mountains. I need a pack that is comfortable for long days and practical in all weather. This pack works well for urban adventures and holds its shape better than my top loading day-hiking backpack with all of its shock cord (that catches on things when traveling). The Afar pack is functional and versatile; stuff is easy to access. While I don't really need the computer sleeve (good to detox from electronics during hikes/travel), the padded sleeve does securely hold a 15" MacBook Pro and has the added advantage of creating a storage area for stuff that can benefit from being protected from impact when sliding in/out under airline seats, etc. - its also a good place for travel papers, magazines, items that like to lay flat, etc. I like that the Afar has locking compartments and an rfid protected area; wish the computer sleeve could be locked as well. CONS: I wish that the sternum strap could be adjusted upward at least another inch. The waist strap/hip belt could be more substantial, but at least it is there - nothing worse than walking all day with a load hanging off shoulders. I am small-framed and at first I was concerned about fit of sternum straps, but I gave the pack a chance and it fit better when fully loaded than when trying on empty. Prior to purchase I did a lot of research, and this pack was the only one that had travel and security features as well as practical features for the trail - covered, durable, easy-gliding zippers; reinforced bottom; and exterior mesh pockets on three sides. The plastic quick release buckles seem a little minimalist compared to what I am used to, but they can easily be replaced if they fail.

 
4.0

Light durable

By Dolgor

from undisclosed

Verified Buyer

Comments about Eagle Creek Black Afar Backpack:

Will use for travel, wish you could hide the straps, have more protection at the bottom. Does not have too many unnecessary pockets like many other backpacks. Have not tested, but seems durable.

 
4.0

Great complimenting piece

By Anne

from undisclosed

Verified Buyer

Comments about Eagle Creek Black Afar Backpack:

Purchased this backpack in the tan/olive to compliment the 26" Afar wheeled duffle for a trip to Ireland. It was large enough to handle all of my carry-on's for the flight. The side pockets handled the water bottles that we brought along. Did find that it could use some extra pockets for smaller items but other than that it was great. Love the fact that all of my Eagle Creek pieces match so it makes it easier keeping them together. Compared to other backpacks of equivalent size and quality I think this one was a bit pricey but since it has a lifetime guarantee it might end up being worth the extra cost.

 
5.0

Good fit under airline seats

By Kevin

from undisclosed

Verified Buyer

Comments about Eagle Creek Black Afar Backpack:

Good fit under airline seats.

 
5.0

great pack

By david

from undisclosed

Verified Buyer

Comments about Eagle Creek Black Afar Backpack:

It's my edc. Perfect size

(0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

As advertised

By David

from undisclosed

Verified Buyer

Comments about Eagle Creek Black Afar Backpack:

The pack is just as advertised. I haven't used it yet. I bought it for the locking capabilities when I visit Europe in December.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

This product get a "thumbs"

By Joyce

from undisclosed

Verified Buyer

Comments about Eagle Creek Black Afar Backpack:

I LOVE this backpack. It is light and does not cause my back to strain like most others do.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Got All the Whistles Needed in a Backpack

By Jade_USA

from Arizona

About Me Practical

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Attractive Design
  • Comfortable
  • Durable
  • Great Features
  • Lightweight
  • Nice Color
  • Roomy

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Commuting
    • Travel

    Comments about Eagle Creek Black Afar Backpack:

    This is the best backpack, so far, that I bought. It is good for travel and commuting, has a ton of pockets for organization and quite secure with lockable zippers. It is made with good quality material and should last a long time.

    • Primary use:
    • Personal
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No

    (0 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Excellent design & lightweight backpack.

    By Gennie

    from undisclosed

    Verified Buyer

    Comments about Eagle Creek Black Afar Backpack:

    Haven't used this yet but it looks solid in structure, very functional with all the pockets, lightweight and comes in three colors. I chose the beige to go with my rose gold hartmann carry-on hardside luggage.

    (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Highly recommend!

    By Samantha

    from undisclosed

    Verified Buyer

    Comments about Eagle Creek Black Afar Backpack:

    Not usually a huge fan of backpacks for travel since typically everything ends in a big pile at the bottom. I love this one however. Nicely set up to organize small stuff with enough space for larger items. The laptop slip in the back is awesome! It is also comfortable and easy to carry. I also like how it work with my other Eagle Creek bags by slipping over the handle or clipping on, make it much easier to manage multiple bags when running through an airport.

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