Gear Hauler 

$159.00 
Item # EC020440
Color:
BlackStone Grey
Quantity  

Product Information

Product Specs

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Gear Hauler

Introducing the new carry-on sized Gear Hauler with the versatility of backpack conversion and the durability of Bi-Tech™, it features our ever-popular bathtub construction. It’s the ultimate super-light travel companion. Go anywhere, do anything.

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Product Specs

capacity:
2925 cu in | 48 L
weight:
2 lbs 10 oz | 1.19 kg
fabric:
Bi-Tech™
dimensions:
14 x 22 x 9 in | 36 x 56 x 24 cm




Details and Features

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  • All Ways Secure™:
    • Anti-theft: Lockable, self-repairing zippers on main compartments
    • Digital Safe-Zone: Two padded, sleeves sized for a 15" laptop and tablet
    • Personal Safety: Reflective accents for dusk and nighttime visibility
  • Multiple carry options include Zip-away backpack straps, removable padded shoulder strap, and multiple grab handles
  • Zip-away backpack straps with a moisture-wicking 3D Air Mesh back panel, load lifter straps with sternum strap
  • Built-in durability: Bi-Tech™ for extreme abrasion and weather-resistance External end quick stash 3-1-1 compartment for organization of gear
  • #10 lockable, self-repairing zippers with finger friendly zipper pulls
  • Bottom “bathtub” construction resists water if the bag ends-up in a puddle
  • Lockable front pocket includes organization and key fob with Porter Key™ bottle opener
  • Front pocket contains padded sleeve sized to fit most 15” laptops and additional padded sleeve fits most tablets
  • Safety reflective accents for dusk and nighttime visibility
  • Integrates with Pack-It™ System & Gear Organizers, suggestions included
  • No Matter What Warranty

Pack this Bag

Original Pack-It™

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Color Red Fire
Swatch Swatch Swatch Swatch
1346
This tried-and-true toiletry kit now has a removable 3-1-1 pouch for TSA checkpoint convenience. With plenty of pockets and compartments for all of your personal care items, you can travel confidently knowing that your toiletries will be kept in their place. With stow-away swivel hook for hanging.
Color Red Fire
Swatch Swatch Swatch Swatch
1345
Ever see those spaces in-between the handles in the back of your wheeled luggage? We designed Pack-It™ Tube Cubes so you can make the most out of every square inch of your travel bag. Organize ties, belts, socks, electronic cords and other accessories with these packing cubes. You’ll love the organization and space savings. We promise.
Color Red Fire
Swatch Swatch Swatch Swatch
1321
Eagle Creek’s Original Pack-It™ Cubes help you organize and get use out of every square inch of your travel bag. Cubes come in four sizes for easy clothing and accessory packing, quick TSA security checks, or to create a fun, kid-friendly game cube for a long plane or car trip… With 101 uses, what are you waiting for? Travel easy knowing everything's right where you want it.
Color Blue Sea
Swatch Swatch Swatch Swatch
1323
With a new, modernized design, Eagle Creek’s Original Pack-It™ Cubes help you organize and get use out of every square inch of your travel bag. Cubes come in four sizes for quick clothing and accessory packing and quick TSA security checks… With 101 uses, what are you waiting for? Travel easy knowing everything's right where you want it.
Color Black
Swatch
1342
Do you really want your nice shirt consorting with those dirty running shoes? Keep shoes away from clean clothes with Eagle Creek’s Pack-It™ Shoe Sac. It has a convenient carry handle and is constructed with LinkSeal™ Mesh for both dirt resistance and easy visibility. Keep your travel bag organized and clean with the Pack-It™ Shoe Sac.

Pack-It Specter™

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Color Strobe Green
Swatch Swatch Swatch Swatch Swatch
1306
Ultra-light, translucent, and water-repellant, the Specter Wallaby Small toiletry kit offers hanging organization for any frequent traveler.
Color Strobe Green
Swatch Swatch Swatch Swatch Swatch
1282
A new ultra lightweight option to keep you organized while traveling. The translucent silnylon ripstop fabric gives easy visibility to items inside in a tried and true Pack-It™ style.
Color Strobe Green
Swatch Swatch Swatch Swatch Swatch
1141
An ultra-light packing solution that weighs in at one ounce made of Silnylon to keep clothing organized while traveling. This translucent fabric is the same fabric used for lightweight tents and backpacks, it is super-durable, stain and water-repellant. Finally, organization in just the size you need. Provide customization and space savings for any backpack, day bag or piece of luggage. If you can roll it, this travel cube can hold it.
Color Strobe Green
Swatch Swatch Swatch Swatch Swatch
1303
Ever want to protect your clean clothes from dirty shoes? Light as a feather, this zippered Shoe Sac is the simple solution! It holds two pairs of sandals or one pair of hiking boots.
Color Strobe Green
Swatch Swatch Swatch Swatch Swatch
1142
An ultra-light packing solution that weighs only eight ounces made of Silnylon to keep clothing organized while traveling. This translucent fabric is the same fabric used for lightweight tents and backpacks, it is super-durable, stain and water-repellant. The Pack-It Specter™ Folder M holds between 8-12 shirts or pants and fits in most carry on bags. Part of Eagle Creek’s Pack-It™ System, packing folder travel organizers work together with packing cubes, sacs and toiletry kits to help you get more into less space and organize your travel bag.

REVIEW SNAPSHOT®

by PowerReviews
Eagle Creek Gear Hauler
 
4.6

(based on 18 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (12)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (5)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (0)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (0)

100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good capacity (16)
  • High quality (15)
  • Easy to access items (13)
  • Easy to carry (13)
  • Lightweight (12)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Weekend trips (12)
  • Long vacations (8)
  • Family trips (4)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Comfort-oriented (10), Practical (10), Modern (5), Stylish (5), Career (4)
    • Travel Frequency:
    • 6-10 annual trips (9), 0-5 annual trips (4), 11-19 annual trips (3)
    • Primary use:
    • Personal (16)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (17)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Great for one-bagging

After being a chronic overpacker for many years I have focused on becoming a one-bagger. My initial attempt to one-bag it through Europe in 2014 with a Swissgear Ibex computer backpack proved to be...Read complete review

After being a chronic overpacker for many years I have focused on becoming a one-bagger. My initial attempt to one-bag it through Europe in 2014 with a Swissgear Ibex computer backpack proved to be a bit too extreme: while the Ibex held my 17" laptop and accessories very well it had severely limited capacity for clothing and toiletries. But I tremendously enjoyed the freedom of mobility and not having to wait at baggage carousels at numerous airports and bypassing the bellboy in hotels. I decided to go with a more luggage oriented backpack in preparation for a trip to Peru in 2015/2016, which would again require numerous flights and severe carry-on restrictions on the train to Machu Picchu. After the arduous, challenging yet liberating task of reducing my luggage to nominal one-bag capacity I sought out a carry-on backpack which would fit the following criteria: the ability to carry my 15" laptop, provide adequate security of contents and meet airline/train carry-on specs. After a bit of online research my final two choices were the PacSafe Venturesafe 45L and the Eagle Creek Gear Hauler. Both were of similar price range, carry-on compliant size, lightweight, had stowable backpack straps for various carrying options and eschewed numerous pockets for a more simple design to maximize carrying capacity.

I already have a Pacsafe Metrosafe 250 GII for my day trip bag and have grown appreciate their anti-theft features like Exo-mesh, locking straps and RFID blocking. The Venturesafe 45L backpack shares all these features. I was hoping they would have one in black to match my Metrosafe but all that were only available was green/yellow and blue/green, so I bought the green one off eBay. There was plenty of room in the Venturesafe for my clothes, toiletries and other items like flip flops and umbrella. I was able to fit my laptop into the exterior pocket but it was kind of a tight fit and I felt that with the compression straps clipped together it would bend my laptop. A built-in locking zipper anchor system at the top to keep items from being pilfed and the side handle was cushioned and very comfortably soft, but somehow it didn't instill a feeling of strength that a side handle should. This feeling probably stems from using the Swissgear Ibex and Synergy computer backpacks, both of which have their top handles made of steel cable and riveted on whereas the Pacsafe handle was sewn on. But the handle issue probably not a big deal if one adheres to the one-bag philosophy of traveling light (≈20lbs). The Venturesafe has backpack straps that are stored in a large semi-open plastic 'pocket' and includes a handy stainless steel locking cable to lock the bag to a table, chair or pipe in the hotel room to prevent opportunistic theft. I'm not sure how well the outer material would fair if the bag ever had to be checked in, but one of the main points of these backpacks is to be able to carry it on in the first place to avoid rough treatment in the hold. I used the Venturesafe for a weekend road trip to the river in Arizona where it performed well, but did not use it for any travel involving flight or with my laptop.

The Eagle Creek Gear Hauler also held the reduced clothing, toiletries and extras with no problem. There is no built-in zipper locking anchor like the Pacsafe, so regular small luggage padlocks must be used. The external pocket held my laptop much better and in hand-carry or shoulder carry mode the entire laptop pocket is easily accessible even with the compression straps in place, making it convenient to get through airport security. However, when used in backpack mode there are two additional buckles on the top of the bag that must be unbuckled in order to gain access to the laptop pocket, hence a minor inconvenience. There is a handy boot pocket at the bottom to separately store dirty items or items that may require quick and easy access when the backpack is in lockdown during transit, i.e. umbrella, sandals and shoulder strap. Items stored in the boot pocket are at the expense of equal space in the main compartment. There are top and side handles and two more handles on the laptop/strap pocket for carrying and/or moving the bag. Like the Venturesafe 45L, the Gear Hauler handles are sewn in but for some reason I had more confidence in these handles than with the Pacsafe. Perhaps its because there are more of them and so I'd be more likely to use two handles and distribute the weight as opposed to all the weight on just one handle. But, as mentioned, the weight of the bag when packed should be light to begin with so handle strength probably won't be an issue. The most unique feature of the Gear Hauler (as pointed out in other reviews) are the backpack straps which are stored in another pocket attached atop the laptop pocket on the back, not in the front. So when you use the Gear Hauler as a backpack the entire bag is backwards with the laptop right against your back and thus giving better weight distribution (as opposed to having the laptop far away in an outer pocket like most other convertible backpacks) and it will also be protected more. This also means that the entire 'front' side of the backpack becomes the backside when its being carried and all the zippers and pockets will be against your back and not exposed for potential pickpockets. It truly is a simple but ingenious theft prevention design. The Gear Hauler does not come with a steel locking cable to protect from opportunistic theft like the Pacsafe but, ironically, I already had a Pacsafe 85L mesh safety bag that fits the Gear Hauler perfectly when deployed and easily stows away in the boot pocket on the bottom. There are several loose MOLLE style loops around the Gear Hauler backpack to hang/attach items from and triangular rings to attach the backpack straps or shoulder strap for various carrying configurations. The outer material seems a bit tougher than the Venturesafe, but I still think it would be susceptible to significant scuffing and other damage if it had to be checked in for whatever reason.

I decided to keep the Eagle Creek Gear Hauler due to the better laptop pocket, ingenious reverse backpack design and handy external boot pocket. Having returned from Peru the Gear Hauler came through with flying colors for all my criteria: I was able to carry it on during all flights of the trip (including domestic flights and the restrictive train to Machu Picchu), it protected my laptop during transit, and provided a secure haven for my laptop and luggage when used in conjunction with the Pacsafe 85L safety mesh bag (even if I had chosen the Venturesafe with all its anti-theft features I still would have used the safety mesh bag with it). It was once again a true pleasure to land at an airport and skip the baggage carousel and be first through immigration/customs and quickly be out and about town. The Gear Hauler held enough clothes for the 12 day trip, with some items needing to be washed (which is cheap in Peru). I had collected a few souvenirs and the bag eventually exceeded carry-on weight specifications, but the Gear Hauler is so compact looking that even when overpacked I was never asked to have it weighed or measured at the airline check-in desks. YMMV depending on country. With the laptop and Pacsafe 85L safety mesh (the two heaviest items) and clothes the entire backpack never went above 22lbs. I felt safe and secure knowing that most of the pockets and zippers were concealed when in backpack mode. The black Eagle Creek logo on black material was much more low key than the highly visible Pacsafe logo on the Venturesafe which screams out 'valuables inside!'

Whenever I walked a lot with the Gear Hauler my loosely packed clothes would start to shift and collect at the bottom and the bag would sort of lose its shape even with the compression straps tight. After I returned home I bought some Eagle Creek packing cubes that I hope will increase the organization and also help the bag to maintain its shape during transit. The only other item I would change is to have lockable double zippers for the bottom boot pocket since that is the only pocket that is accessible in any way when in backpack mode.

For those interested in the one-bag philosophy the Eagle Creek Gear Hauler is a great convertible backpack to start with and I see my self one-bagging with it for a long time. The Gear Hauler excels at carrying luggage through airports and train stations to your hotel but not meant for extended outdoor hiking which is more suited to large internal frame backpacks. It may not be considered a 'high end' or famous bag like the Red Oxx Air Boss or Sky Train, Tom Bihn Tristar or Goruck GR2 and at this point I cannot say if the Gear Hauler is as indestructible as those expensive brands are renowned for. But for the price point I am more than pleased with the performance and feature set of the Gear Hauler and I can't wait to use it to test my ever evolving one-bag packing techniques for my next trip (whenever that is).

VS

Most Liked Negative Review

 

Excellent in concept

I'm a bit of a gear-a-holic with a specific fetish for travel bags. I was on the search for a new bag to try out for a 20 day swing through Florida and Cuba...Read complete review

I'm a bit of a gear-a-holic with a specific fetish for travel bags. I was on the search for a new bag to try out for a 20 day swing through Florida and Cuba that would include travel by air, taxi, bus and boat. I narrowed by bag choices for this trip down to the Patagonia MLC, the Eagle Creek Gear Hauler, and the Go Ruck GR2. I own all three of these bags, and selected to the Gear Hauler for this trip. First, I'm a huge Eagle Creek fan. I own several of their bags, and am a huge proponent of their packing systems and cubes. I selected the gear hauler mostly because I was limited to 20LBS of weight for my bag for the charter flight from Miami to Cuba, and the gear hauler was the lightest of the bags. I'm a long time one bagger and can go indefinitely with a carry-on size bag.

The Gear Hauler exceeded my expectations in durability. I wouldn't think the material, a rubberized product, would hold up to the abrasions of someone who's known for chucking their bag off a bus roof or across the deck of a boat. This bag is bomb proof. The perfectly square design allows for boat loads of storage. I always pack with Eagle Creek cubes.

I love the idea of having the back pack straps come from the opposite side of the pack. Nice to know the side going on your back is clean after picking the bag up off the beach, a bus or restroom floor. I'm usually a fan of YKK zippers, but the zippers on this bag are heavy duty and I love the lockable design.

Where this bag really failed for me was the handle on the top and the side. The Gear hauler is simply a well designed duffle bag with great material and some cool carry features. I found myself more often than not carrying this bag on or off a bus or airplane but the handles on the side and top and was concerned by the durability. I never had the bag filled with more than 20 lbs, and when lifting the bag by the handles is appeared to concentrate the weight of the bag on a very small section of the bag. Looking at the stitching and the pressure points on the bag, I wouldn't be confident of this design over the long term if you used these handles as a primary method of carrying the bag. The handles could be wider, and better reinforced where they attach to the bag.

Also, the secondary pocket offers some excellent organization, but it hard to utilize when the bag is fully packed.

This is ultimately a duffle bag with good compression and a square design that lets you maximize the space if you use the Eagle Creek cubes. Long as you carry it with the shoulder strap or backpack straps you will be ok, but be weary of lugging it around longterm by any of the handles.

I'll keep this bag in my arsenal and it will find a place in my one bag carry rotation for the appropriate trips.

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4.0

Best organizational pack!

By The Nomadic Lotus

from Portland, OR

About Me Practical, Solo Travel

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Easy To Access Items
  • Easy To Identify
  • Good Capacity
  • High Quality

Cons

  • Uncomfortable To Carry

Best Uses

  • Long Vacations
  • Weekend Trips

Comments about Eagle Creek Gear Hauler:

Bought this pack for my year around the world trip. Currently halfway through my travels and loving my pack! I love how easy it is to get to everything inside the bag. That coupled with my packing cubes has made for flawless packing even in a rush. The fold-away straps are great for flying and it fits easily into overhead bins. It is slightly uncomfortable to carry long distances, so the few treks across town (2+ miles) with my bag full haven't been very fun. But normal hotel to transport type of carrying is fine no problem. I love that I can't really over pack it to blow the airport carry on standards. All in all I would totally recommend this bag and it's a great value for the money!

  • Travel Frequency:
  • 11-19 Annual Trips
  • Primary use:
  • Personal
  • Was this a gift?:
  • No

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
3.0

Excellent in concept

By jbmarcott

from North Dakota

About Me Adventure Traveler, Comfort-Oriented, Modern, Practical

Verified Reviewer

Pros

  • Good Capacity
  • High Quality
  • Lightweight

Cons

  • Weak Seams

Best Uses

  • Long Vacations
  • Weekend Trips

Comments about Eagle Creek Gear Hauler:

I'm a bit of a gear-a-holic with a specific fetish for travel bags. I was on the search for a new bag to try out for a 20 day swing through Florida and Cuba that would include travel by air, taxi, bus and boat. I narrowed by bag choices for this trip down to the Patagonia MLC, the Eagle Creek Gear Hauler, and the Go Ruck GR2. I own all three of these bags, and selected to the Gear Hauler for this trip. First, I'm a huge Eagle Creek fan. I own several of their bags, and am a huge proponent of their packing systems and cubes. I selected the gear hauler mostly because I was limited to 20LBS of weight for my bag for the charter flight from Miami to Cuba, and the gear hauler was the lightest of the bags. I'm a long time one bagger and can go indefinitely with a carry-on size bag.

The Gear Hauler exceeded my expectations in durability. I wouldn't think the material, a rubberized product, would hold up to the abrasions of someone who's known for chucking their bag off a bus roof or across the deck of a boat. This bag is bomb proof. The perfectly square design allows for boat loads of storage. I always pack with Eagle Creek cubes.

I love the idea of having the back pack straps come from the opposite side of the pack. Nice to know the side going on your back is clean after picking the bag up off the beach, a bus or restroom floor. I'm usually a fan of YKK zippers, but the zippers on this bag are heavy duty and I love the lockable design.

Where this bag really failed for me was the handle on the top and the side. The Gear hauler is simply a well designed duffle bag with great material and some cool carry features. I found myself more often than not carrying this bag on or off a bus or airplane but the handles on the side and top and was concerned by the durability. I never had the bag filled with more than 20 lbs, and when lifting the bag by the handles is appeared to concentrate the weight of the bag on a very small section of the bag. Looking at the stitching and the pressure points on the bag, I wouldn't be confident of this design over the long term if you used these handles as a primary method of carrying the bag. The handles could be wider, and better reinforced where they attach to the bag.

Also, the secondary pocket offers some excellent organization, but it hard to utilize when the bag is fully packed.

This is ultimately a duffle bag with good compression and a square design that lets you maximize the space if you use the Eagle Creek cubes. Long as you carry it with the shoulder strap or backpack straps you will be ok, but be weary of lugging it around longterm by any of the handles.

I'll keep this bag in my arsenal and it will find a place in my one bag carry rotation for the appropriate trips.

  • Travel Frequency:
  • 6-10 Annual Trips
  • Primary use:
  • Personal
  • Was this a gift?:
  • No

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Great for one-bagging

By pingvuiini

from Long Beach, CA

Verified Reviewer

Pros

  • Easy To Access Items
  • Easy To Carry
  • Good Capacity
  • Lightweight

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Long Vacations

    Comments about Eagle Creek Gear Hauler:

    After being a chronic overpacker for many years I have focused on becoming a one-bagger. My initial attempt to one-bag it through Europe in 2014 with a Swissgear Ibex computer backpack proved to be a bit too extreme: while the Ibex held my 17" laptop and accessories very well it had severely limited capacity for clothing and toiletries. But I tremendously enjoyed the freedom of mobility and not having to wait at baggage carousels at numerous airports and bypassing the bellboy in hotels. I decided to go with a more luggage oriented backpack in preparation for a trip to Peru in 2015/2016, which would again require numerous flights and severe carry-on restrictions on the train to Machu Picchu. After the arduous, challenging yet liberating task of reducing my luggage to nominal one-bag capacity I sought out a carry-on backpack which would fit the following criteria: the ability to carry my 15" laptop, provide adequate security of contents and meet airline/train carry-on specs. After a bit of online research my final two choices were the PacSafe Venturesafe 45L and the Eagle Creek Gear Hauler. Both were of similar price range, carry-on compliant size, lightweight, had stowable backpack straps for various carrying options and eschewed numerous pockets for a more simple design to maximize carrying capacity.

    I already have a Pacsafe Metrosafe 250 GII for my day trip bag and have grown appreciate their anti-theft features like Exo-mesh, locking straps and RFID blocking. The Venturesafe 45L backpack shares all these features. I was hoping they would have one in black to match my Metrosafe but all that were only available was green/yellow and blue/green, so I bought the green one off eBay. There was plenty of room in the Venturesafe for my clothes, toiletries and other items like flip flops and umbrella. I was able to fit my laptop into the exterior pocket but it was kind of a tight fit and I felt that with the compression straps clipped together it would bend my laptop. A built-in locking zipper anchor system at the top to keep items from being pilfed and the side handle was cushioned and very comfortably soft, but somehow it didn't instill a feeling of strength that a side handle should. This feeling probably stems from using the Swissgear Ibex and Synergy computer backpacks, both of which have their top handles made of steel cable and riveted on whereas the Pacsafe handle was sewn on. But the handle issue probably not a big deal if one adheres to the one-bag philosophy of traveling light (≈20lbs). The Venturesafe has backpack straps that are stored in a large semi-open plastic 'pocket' and includes a handy stainless steel locking cable to lock the bag to a table, chair or pipe in the hotel room to prevent opportunistic theft. I'm not sure how well the outer material would fair if the bag ever had to be checked in, but one of the main points of these backpacks is to be able to carry it on in the first place to avoid rough treatment in the hold. I used the Venturesafe for a weekend road trip to the river in Arizona where it performed well, but did not use it for any travel involving flight or with my laptop.

    The Eagle Creek Gear Hauler also held the reduced clothing, toiletries and extras with no problem. There is no built-in zipper locking anchor like the Pacsafe, so regular small luggage padlocks must be used. The external pocket held my laptop much better and in hand-carry or shoulder carry mode the entire laptop pocket is easily accessible even with the compression straps in place, making it convenient to get through airport security. However, when used in backpack mode there are two additional buckles on the top of the bag that must be unbuckled in order to gain access to the laptop pocket, hence a minor inconvenience. There is a handy boot pocket at the bottom to separately store dirty items or items that may require quick and easy access when the backpack is in lockdown during transit, i.e. umbrella, sandals and shoulder strap. Items stored in the boot pocket are at the expense of equal space in the main compartment. There are top and side handles and two more handles on the laptop/strap pocket for carrying and/or moving the bag. Like the Venturesafe 45L, the Gear Hauler handles are sewn in but for some reason I had more confidence in these handles than with the Pacsafe. Perhaps its because there are more of them and so I'd be more likely to use two handles and distribute the weight as opposed to all the weight on just one handle. But, as mentioned, the weight of the bag when packed should be light to begin with so handle strength probably won't be an issue. The most unique feature of the Gear Hauler (as pointed out in other reviews) are the backpack straps which are stored in another pocket attached atop the laptop pocket on the back, not in the front. So when you use the Gear Hauler as a backpack the entire bag is backwards with the laptop right against your back and thus giving better weight distribution (as opposed to having the laptop far away in an outer pocket like most other convertible backpacks) and it will also be protected more. This also means that the entire 'front' side of the backpack becomes the backside when its being carried and all the zippers and pockets will be against your back and not exposed for potential pickpockets. It truly is a simple but ingenious theft prevention design. The Gear Hauler does not come with a steel locking cable to protect from opportunistic theft like the Pacsafe but, ironically, I already had a Pacsafe 85L mesh safety bag that fits the Gear Hauler perfectly when deployed and easily stows away in the boot pocket on the bottom. There are several loose MOLLE style loops around the Gear Hauler backpack to hang/attach items from and triangular rings to attach the backpack straps or shoulder strap for various carrying configurations. The outer material seems a bit tougher than the Venturesafe, but I still think it would be susceptible to significant scuffing and other damage if it had to be checked in for whatever reason.

    I decided to keep the Eagle Creek Gear Hauler due to the better laptop pocket, ingenious reverse backpack design and handy external boot pocket. Having returned from Peru the Gear Hauler came through with flying colors for all my criteria: I was able to carry it on during all flights of the trip (including domestic flights and the restrictive train to Machu Picchu), it protected my laptop during transit, and provided a secure haven for my laptop and luggage when used in conjunction with the Pacsafe 85L safety mesh bag (even if I had chosen the Venturesafe with all its anti-theft features I still would have used the safety mesh bag with it). It was once again a true pleasure to land at an airport and skip the baggage carousel and be first through immigration/customs and quickly be out and about town. The Gear Hauler held enough clothes for the 12 day trip, with some items needing to be washed (which is cheap in Peru). I had collected a few souvenirs and the bag eventually exceeded carry-on weight specifications, but the Gear Hauler is so compact looking that even when overpacked I was never asked to have it weighed or measured at the airline check-in desks. YMMV depending on country. With the laptop and Pacsafe 85L safety mesh (the two heaviest items) and clothes the entire backpack never went above 22lbs. I felt safe and secure knowing that most of the pockets and zippers were concealed when in backpack mode. The black Eagle Creek logo on black material was much more low key than the highly visible Pacsafe logo on the Venturesafe which screams out 'valuables inside!'

    Whenever I walked a lot with the Gear Hauler my loosely packed clothes would start to shift and collect at the bottom and the bag would sort of lose its shape even with the compression straps tight. After I returned home I bought some Eagle Creek packing cubes that I hope will increase the organization and also help the bag to maintain its shape during transit. The only other item I would change is to have lockable double zippers for the bottom boot pocket since that is the only pocket that is accessible in any way when in backpack mode.

    For those interested in the one-bag philosophy the Eagle Creek Gear Hauler is a great convertible backpack to start with and I see my self one-bagging with it for a long time. The Gear Hauler excels at carrying luggage through airports and train stations to your hotel but not meant for extended outdoor hiking which is more suited to large internal frame backpacks. It may not be considered a 'high end' or famous bag like the Red Oxx Air Boss or Sky Train, Tom Bihn Tristar or Goruck GR2 and at this point I cannot say if the Gear Hauler is as indestructible as those expensive brands are renowned for. But for the price point I am more than pleased with the performance and feature set of the Gear Hauler and I can't wait to use it to test my ever evolving one-bag packing techniques for my next trip (whenever that is).

    • Travel Frequency:
    • 0-5 Annual Trips
    • Primary use:
    • Personal
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No
     
    5.0

    Love it!

    By HAL

    from San Jose, CA

    About Me Comfort-Oriented, Practical

    Verified Reviewer

    Pros

    • Easy To Access Items
    • Easy To Carry
    • Easy To Identify
    • Good Capacity
    • High Quality
    • Lightweight
    • Rain Proof
    • Stylish

    Cons

    • None

    Best Uses

    • Adventures In The Rain

    Comments about Eagle Creek Gear Hauler:

    We bought two for a week trip from San Francisco to Seattle then Vancouver and back. Both bags survived the winter rain of Washington and British Columbia fabulously! The black and grey bags were easy to identify and wipe off when stuff got spilled on them. We also love how the zippers and openings are against our back when worn like a backpack. It's piece of mind from pick pockets. Also, the bag is spacious and could hold two weeks worth of clothes, but you probably won't want to over do fill if you want them fit them under the airline seats. Otherwise,when packed reasonably, the cinch straps made the bag compact enough to fit smaller overhead compartments of regional jets and/or under the seats of ferries. I trust all my travels with Eagle Creek.

    • Travel Frequency:
    • 6-10 Annual Trips
    • Primary use:
    • Personal
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No
     
    5.0

    LOVE this bag

    By Maureen

    from Chicago, IL

    About Me Comfort-Oriented, Modern, Stylish

    Verified Reviewer

    Pros

    • Easy To Access Items
    • Easy To Carry
    • Easy To Identify
    • Good Capacity
    • High Quality
    • Lightweight
    • Stylish

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Long Vacations
      • Weekend Trips

      Comments about Eagle Creek Gear Hauler:

      Wow! This bag was perfect for my three week trip in Tanzania. I was able to easily fit everything I needed. One of my favorite things about this bag is how easy it was to access everything I packed. I did not have to dig around to find what I was looking for. It is well-made, comfortable, and looks great.

      • Travel Frequency:
      • 6-10 Annual Trips
      • Primary use:
      • Personal
      • Was this a gift?:
      • No

      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Great for Bush planes

      By Liz

      from Baltimore

      Verified Reviewer

      Pros

      • Easy To Carry
      • Good Capacity
      • High Quality
      • Lightweight

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Safaribush Planes

        Comments about Eagle Creek Gear Hauler:

        We used these bags during a trip to South Africa and Botswana, which involved small plane flights with luggage restrictions - no wheels, frames, or hard sides. We were able to carry everything we needed for two weeks in Africa in one of these bags, with occasional laundry service. They stuff under the cabin of small planes quite well; I carried my camera etc. in my small backpack on board, and used this for everything else.

        • Travel Frequency:
        • 11-19 Annual Trips
        • Primary use:
        • Personal
        • Was this a gift?:
        • No

        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Sturdy and spacious.

        By Q

        from 480, Los Dales

        About Me Classic, Comfort-Oriented

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Easy To Access Items
        • Easy To Carry
        • Good Capacity
        • High Quality

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Family Trips
          • Long Vacations
          • Weekend Trips

          Comments about Eagle Creek Gear Hauler:

          So I haven't used this bag yet for its original purpose. But I have used it for smaller trips and it works great. I originally bought this bag to hold all my belongings for a two week trip to Thailand. I tend to pack light no matter how long the trip is so this is a perfect carry on size bag that I can fit everything I need into it. I bought the solid black one and it is very sleek looking. Great bag for a reasonable price.

          • Travel Frequency:
          • 6-10 Annual Trips
          • Primary use:
          • Personal
          • Was this a gift?:
          • No
           
          4.0

          Great Backpack for travelling.

          By Ottobot

          from Los Angeles, CA

          About Me Modern, Practical, Stylish

          Verified Reviewer

          Pros

          • Easy To Access Items
          • Good Capacity
          • High Quality
          • Lightweight
          • Stylish

          Cons

          • No waist strap

          Best Uses

          • Family Trips
          • Long Vacations
          • Weekend Trips

          Comments about Eagle Creek Gear Hauler:

          I went to Japan for 8 days. Combined this bag with the Spectre bag set and was able to pack 10 days worth of clothes. Managed to place toiletries shoes. Sweaters and neck pillow with room to spare.

          I liked the ability to open the back from three sides.I liked the multiple straps and the backpack straps.

          Although I did loved the backpack feature there is no weist strap. Also my back could not get any ventilation and I sweated a lot with this bag on.The tote option was okay BH it it did hurt a bit. Did I mention the weist strap.

          • Travel Frequency:
          • 6-10 Annual Trips
          • Primary use:
          • Personal
          • Was this a gift?:
          • No
           
          4.0

          Traveled to Europe for 3 weeks

          By Cold Gecko

          from Boca Raton, Florida

          About Me Comfort-Oriented, Practical, Stylish

          Verified Reviewer

          Pros

          • Decevingly High Capacity
          • Easy To Identify
          • Good Capacity

          Cons

          • Hard To Carry Loaded
          • Questionable zippers
          • Weak Seams

          Best Uses

          • Weekend Trips

          Comments about Eagle Creek Gear Hauler:

          I generally travel for long and hard trips, often. Leaving to Patagonia and Antarctica in couple of weeks for a month. I am also a big fan of Eagle Creek owning lots of their luggage and backpacks.

          I just got back from a 3 week motorcycle trip in Europe and took the Gear Hauler which I just bought. I stayed in 10 hotels along the trip -- packing and unpacking almost nightly due to the type of trip.

          I decided to get the Gear Hauler because I wanted a higher capacity bag which would fit on the plane along with my larger checked bag. Here is a quick synopsis of my experience:

          Pro:

          - The bag really does hold lots of stuff. The design is unique in that it expands much larger than expected.
          - I like that the bottom is water resistant (proof?). Would be nice if it had a rain cover too.
          - The material seems fine. I won't know until I use it more but good enough. I would like to learn more about the fabric.
          - Lightweight bag compared with its size and capacity.
          - Integrated shoulder straps is great idea. And the fact that they tuck away is great although not unique -- still executed well.

          Cons:

          - Biggest issue was that the backpack setup really hurt my back when traveling in airports and to/from hotels. I had my bag really loaded which is great. It was heavy. So when using as a backpack, it just was not comfortable. My backed really hurt because their is no padding on top. Possibly if I had it less full, it may have been better.
          - After the first trip -- a few seems did split. Small, but still the sewing did unravel in one area. Thats disappointing.
          - The zippers are so-so. I wish they used YKK zippers. Instead, the chosen zippers are probably cheaper and don't feel as solid. Often hard to pull.
          - The area that stores the laptop/iPad is real small. Maybe just increasing the size a bit.

          So on my next trip, I really had to consider if I will bring this bag as carry-on or a traditional backpack with 40L capacity and a better backpack setup with less pain. Tough decision since the Gear Hauler holds 45+ L which I'm sure that I will use.

          • Travel Frequency:
          • 6-10 Annual Trips
          • Primary use:
          • Personal
          • Was this a gift?:
          • No

          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

           
          4.0

          Bought for my 1st "Carry on only" trip !

          By The Plus Size Backpacker

          from Montreal, Canada

          About Me Comfort-Oriented, Practical

          Verified Reviewer

          Pros

          • Easy To Access Items
          • Easy To Carry
          • Good Capacity
          • High Quality
          • Lightweight

          Cons

          • Lack Of Color Choice
          • No Waisthip Belt
          • No Waist-hip Belt

          Best Uses

          • Carry-on Only Travels

          Comments about Eagle Creek Gear Hauler:

          With many backpacks, the outside seems always much greater than the inside... which is not the case here. Because what you see is what you get: a roomy backpack that can be squeezed in as a carry-on on most major commercial airlines.
          I have rarely so little wasted space in the design of a backpack, wow !

          Don't be appalled by the backpack straps coming from the front (i was worried about that aspect and carried the bag on my back for a whole afternoon and never felt it to be awkward); those straps are really well designed!

          Though i didn't get the chance to travel with it, i "tested" it with 4-5 days worth of clothes (including hiking boots), some toiletries and gizmos and my fair share of techno gear and I was amazed to see that I would be able to squeeze in some souvenirs when I travel with it.

          • Travel Frequency:
          • 0-5 Annual Trips
          • Primary use:
          • Personal
          • Was this a gift?:
          • No

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