Load Hauler Expandable

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An ultra-light, mega-durable, carry-on duffel that converts to a backpack and expands for more packing space. Built to do exactly what you need it to.

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Details & Features

  • Exo-Skeleton seamless composite fabrication strategically strengthens wear points for maximum abrasion resistance
  • Water repellent Geo Ripstop and ballistic fabrics
  • Bartack reinforcement for maximum strength in high-stress areas
  • Multiple carry options: Zip-away backpack straps, removable padded shoulder strap, and multiple grab handles
  • Zippered 360° bottom expansion for more carry capacity when needed
  • Quick stash 3-1-1 pocket contains key fob
  • Interior compression straps secure contents
  • #10 lockable zippers with finger friendly pulls
  • Reflective accents for dusk and nighttime visibility
  • Pack with Pack-It™ System organizers, suggestions included

Product Specification

Capacity: 3000 cu in | 49 L Expanded Capacity: 3475 cu in | 57 L Dimensions: 14 x 22 x 9 in | 36 x 56 x 23.5 cm Expanded Dimensions: 14 x 22 x 11 in | 36 x 56 x 28 cm Weight: 1 lbs 13 oz | .83 kg Material: 450D Gep Ripstop, 210D Exo Skeleton, 450D Helix Poly


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Eagle CreekSmoky Blue Load Hauler Expandable Backpack
 
4.6

(based on 47 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (32)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (14)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (0)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (0)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (1)

97%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Lightweight (34)
  • Large capacity (17)
  • Durable (14)
  • Easy to transport (14)
  • Good zippers (13)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Weekend trips (29)
  • Airline travel (22)
  • Short travel (17)
  • Extended travel (14)
  • Family trips (9)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Avid adventurer (11), Practical (11), Comfort-oriented (10), Casual adventurer (7), Modern (4)
    • Travel Frequency:
    • 6-10 annual trips (7), 0-5 annual trips (4)
    • What Is Your Gear Style:
    • Survivalist / minimalist (15), Comfort driven (7)
    • Primary use:
    • Personal (13)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (35)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Load Hauler

Recently used this on a flight on a smaller plane where people with roll-aboards had to check them at the gate. My bag passed, fitting easily in the overhead compartment even though it's similar...Read complete review

Recently used this on a flight on a smaller plane where people with roll-aboards had to check them at the gate. My bag passed, fitting easily in the overhead compartment even though it's similar in capacity to a wheeled carry-on. Nice!
Not so nice is that it doesn't have a backpack style belt. When fully loaded, it is not comfortable to carry due to strain on the shoulders. I fashioned one out of an old nylon belt and carabiner clips that is passable.
How about designing a convertible shoulder strap that could double as a belt?

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

warranty does not work

the material may look good and strong but it will stain and wear out by the air lines companies buy some think cheaper if you can this is to expensive for the results

the material may look good and strong but it will stain and wear out by the air lines companies buy some think cheaper if you can this is to expensive for the results

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5.0

Excellent Product

By Gail

from undisclosed

Verified Buyer

Comments about Eagle Creek Smoky Blue Load Hauler Expandable Backpack:

Will be using this on an African Safari where there's a luggage restriction. It will be perfect as a backpack to carry thru the airport and carry on.

 
4.0

We are buying this again!!

By bng

from Fremont, ca

About Me Avid Adventurer

Pros

  • Durable
  • Easy to Transport
  • Good Zippers
  • Large Capacity
  • Lightweight

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Airline Travel
    • Camping
    • Short Travel
    • Weekend Trips

    Comments about Eagle Creek Smoky Blue Load Hauler Expandable Backpack:

    Our first load hauler was ideal for travel to Ireland. We were a group of 4 and had a car.. loved it. we've also used it for weekend trips, car camping and really anytime we're leaving for a few days to over a week. We were just in Italy and France. This was my primary travel bag, we were using the train systems solely so walking from train stations to our apartment, hotel, or camp was tough with the straps.. my shoulders were killing me.. Thene went on a bike and barge trip. our barge sank so we lost everything! we're re-buying these because they work so well for many of the trips we do is; light weight , sturdy, love the pockets on top, expand, can be backpacked short distances, and nice without wheels for certain things.. however if we do a train trip and have to cart heavy bags longer distances we'd definitely get bags that roll. or a backpack style with a sturdy hip strap. we are backpackers. When in Europe for immediate replacement we got two backpack/rolling bags which were light weight and worked better. We really didn't have much since we lost everything, but a few bit of replacement clothes, toiletry and our bike helmets.. .

    • What Is Your Gear Style:
    • Minimalist
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No

    (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

     
    4.0

    Rugged, practical, well designed but...

    By Little C

    from Denver, CO

    About Me Avid Adventurer

    Verified Reviewer

    Pros

    • Durable
    • Easy to Transport
    • Good Zippers
    • Large Capacity
    • Lightweight

    Cons

    • Needs waist strap

    Best Uses

    • Airline Travel
    • Camping
    • Extended Travel
    • Short Travel
    • Weekend Trips

    Comments about Eagle Creek Smoky Blue Load Hauler Expandable Backpack:

    I have had this bag just shy of one year. I bought it for a trip to Alaska where roller bags just weren't practical. Since then its been on more than 15 week long trips on planes, trains, road trips not to mention layovers. Ugh the layovers!

    Anyway, needless to say my bag has some miles on it. The capacity is great and more than most carry on bags. I stuff it, throw it, smash it and drag it both carried on and checked in and other than some well earned dirt scuffs on the fabric I haven't had one issue with it. No torn fabric, or ripped seams, no broken zippers or missing zipper pulls. The backpack straps are a great addition although they are a little long and if they could cinch a little more (I am only 4' 10") that would be nice but its not a real hindrance. The 3-1-1 pocket is smart and the extra top pocket is wonderful place to stash gloves, a scarf, power packs and other stuff you want easy access to.

    So now for the but...WAIST STRAP! I ended up fashioning my own out of an old messenger strap I had laying around. But this bag, especially for the price, could benefit from a simple removable waist strap. Nothing fancy but it would really help take the weight off your shoulders. Other than that its a fantastic bag but I think the waist strap will be a deal breaker for a lot of people.

    • What Is Your Gear Style:
    • Minimalist
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No
     
    5.0

    Definitely!!!

    By Maggie

    from undisclosed

    Verified Buyer

    Comments about Eagle Creek Smoky Blue Load Hauler Expandable Backpack:

    Used on a 10 day trip to South Africa and everything fit nicely into bag. Used it as a backpack while transitioning hotels and it was awesome!!

     
    5.0

    this is top quality!!!

    By Nestor

    from undisclosed

    Verified Buyer

    Comments about Eagle Creek Smoky Blue Load Hauler Expandable Backpack:

    Awesome quality and excellent usability I highly recommended this product to anybody

     
    4.0

    Hard for me to carry

    By Kemie

    from undisclosed

    Verified Buyer

    Comments about Eagle Creek Smoky Blue Load Hauler Expandable Backpack:

    Bag is lightweight but hard to carry when packed full!
    Wish I had bought a wheeled one!

    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    You should buy this backpack

    By Sonja

    from undisclosed

    Verified Buyer

    Comments about Eagle Creek Smoky Blue Load Hauler Expandable Backpack:

    I love all the room this bag has, especially with the expansion. The straps for carrying as a backpack are comfortable. I like that it has multiple handles. It fits easily, if not overstuffed, in the overhead bin of the airplane. Airline did not hassle me about it's size. This is a great backpack. Only thing I wish it had was an outside pocket to hold a water bottle.

     
    5.0

    Great travel bag

    By phillip

    from undisclosed

    Verified Buyer

    Comments about Eagle Creek Smoky Blue Load Hauler Expandable Backpack:

    Bought this to replace a very well worn backpack that I used for air travel. Matched this bag up with a set of compression cubes and the original set of travel bags and it's easy to get a weeks worth of clothing in the overhead compartment. Now I travel with one carry on instead of two.

     
    5.0

    would recommend to anyone

    By lyns

    from canada

    About Me Getting Started

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Good Zippers
    • great compartments
    • Lightweight
    • stylish

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Airline Travel
      • Backpacking
      • Camping
      • Extended Travel
      • Short Travel
      • Weekend Trips

      Comments about Eagle Creek Smoky Blue Load Hauler Expandable Backpack:

      backpacking Europe with this and couldn't feel more prepared or excited

      • What Is Your Gear Style:
      • Comfort Driven
      • Was this a gift?:
      • No
       
      5.0

      I love it!

      By Dianna

      from Elk Grove Village, IL

      About Me Casual Adventurer

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Durable
      • Easy to Transport
      • Good Zippers
      • Large Capacity
      • Lightweight

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Airline Travel
        • Backpacking
        • Camping
        • Extended Travel
        • School
        • Short Travel
        • Weekend Trips

        Comments about Eagle Creek Smoky Blue Load Hauler Expandable Backpack:

        I love this back pack! It is perfect for a weekend trip or carry on. It is not only light weight but durable and expandable.

        • What Is Your Gear Style:
        • Comfort Driven
        • Was this a gift?:
        • No

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