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 Creek Load Hauler Expandable
 
4.7

(based on 27 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (18)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (9)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (0)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (0)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (0)

100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Lightweight (25)
  • Good capacity (12)
  • Easy to access items (11)
  • Easy to carry (10)
  • Large capacity (10)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Weekend trips (19)
  • Airline travel (12)
  • Family trips (9)
  • Short travel (9)
  • Extended travel (7)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Practical (11), Comfort-oriented (10), Avid adventurer (7), Modern (4), Casual adventurer (3)
    • Travel Frequency:
    • 6-10 annual trips (7), 0-5 annual trips (4)
    • What Is Your Gear Style:
    • Survivalist / minimalist (9), Comfort driven (3)
    • Primary use:
    • Personal (13)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (25)

Reviewed by 27 customers

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5.0

Absolutely and in fact this is my second Load Hauler.

By Rhys

from San Francisco

About Me Avid Adventurer

Verified Buyer

Pros

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

Cons

    Best Uses

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

    Comments about Eagle Creek Load Hauler Expandable:

    Used the first Load Hauler on African safari trip with 5 small plane flights requiring minimal luggage wts. It was perfect for this 9 day trip. Used another Eagle creek light weight backpack to handle camera gear.
    Use this for week end trips and got the second one for organizing and storing a camping gear to-go bag.

    • What Is Your Gear Style:
    • Minimalist
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No
     
    4.0

    excellent travler

    By riffraff

    from FL

    About Me Casual Adventurer

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Easy to Transport
    • Large Capacity
    • Lightweight

    Cons

    • Zippers

    Best Uses

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

    Comments about Eagle Creek Load Hauler Expandable:

    grab and go travel, light weight bag more stuff. not happy with the zippered extension, would prefer full size with the straps drawing down. zippers are always the first to fail.

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

    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    4.0

    Great design but a few key things missing

    By world traveler

    from Germany and US

    About Me Casual Adventurer

    Pros

    • Easy to Transport
    • Large Capacity
    • Lightweight

    Cons

    • Add Cinch Straps Inside
    • Needs Stowed Waist Belt

    Best Uses

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

    Comments about Eagle Creek Load Hauler Expandable:

    The outside design of this duffel is great, it is lightweight and has a lot of room. However, I returned it because when I packed it completely it was a bit heavy and awkward without a waist belt. Also, internal compression straps are needed to stabilize the load internally. Even going short distances could be hard on the shoulders without being able to use waist straps to use the hips to bear some of the weight. The waist straps should be able to be stowed away like the shoulder straps. I realize this is not meant to be a real backpack but it should be designed a bit better even to get it to the airport or train, from the train to the hostel or hotel, etc. Also, the plastic parts could be a little sturdier. This could be a fantastic bag with a few modifications.

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

    Great weekend bag

    By Tree

    from Norfolk, VA

    About Me Getting Started

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Easy to Transport
    • Good Zippers
    • Lightweight

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Airline Travel
      • Weekend Trips

      Comments about Eagle Creek Load Hauler Expandable:

      I bought this bag as one of two. I also bought a much larger duffel bag. My plan is to use this bag as a carry-on bag that I can store some clothes and a few other things, so if my main bag (the duffel bag) gets on another plain I have some clothes in my carry-on. I used this bag for a long weekend trip and it worked beautifully. I got three days worth of clothes, toiletries, my chargers, my iPad, and two books in the bag with ease. I also packed a bathing suit, a rash guard, and a sweatshirt. I felt like there was still some room left. I also like that it is a backpack as that is my preferred style of bag. When I use the duffel bag with it on a more extended trip then my hands can be free when carrying both bags. :-)

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

      excellent travler

      By riffraff

      from FL

      About Me Outdoor Professional

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Easy to Transport
      • Large Capacity
      • Lightweight

      Cons

        Best Uses

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

        Comments about Eagle Creek Load Hauler Expandable:

        open loading, easy to toss in luggage bins. would prefer full depth without zipper closure use straps to compress load as needed.

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

        Excellent bag for quick-deploy/FiFo

        By Will

        from Washington, DC

        About Me Avid Adventurer

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

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

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Airline Travel
          • Short Travel
          • Weekend Trips

          Comments about Eagle Creek Load Hauler Expandable:

          Excellent bag. This has become my go-to for trips that I term fly-in and fly-out; quick, last minute business trips where I need to be able to grab a few things and be on a plane within a few hours. Honestly in my ten years of traveling I haven't found a better one for that yet.

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

          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

           
          4.0

          Great bag, need's interiors compression straps

          By mac

          from northeast

          About Me Casual Adventurer

          Verified Reviewer

          Pros

          • Large Capacity
          • Lightweight

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Airline Travel
            • Short Travel
            • Weekend Trips

            Comments about Eagle Creek Load Hauler Expandable:

            Great bag. Took it on a 9 day trip to Italy.

            Used it as a carry on with it maxed out and was never asked to check it.

            Very light and spacious, worked great with the packing cubes. Understand this is not a real, "Backpack". Don't buy it thinking you will be comfortable lugging it around and or hiking. It's intent is too get from the terminal to the bus,train etc.

            At the end of the trip I noticed that the stitching on one of the grab handles was starting to fail.

            FYI This bag does not have the interior compression straps as stated in the description.

            Eagle Creek please add interior straps. My girlfriend used a Patagonia Black Hole 60 and the interior compression straps proved to very valuable in gaining that extra interior space.

            I returned the bag, but will buy a new one as soon as they come out with the interior straps

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

            (3 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Fabulous bag for 5 weeks overseas

            By Tribski

            from Lexington, KY

            About Me Avid Adventurer

            Verified Reviewer

            Pros

            • Accomodates Packing Cubes
            • Comfortable To Wear
            • Durable
            • Easy to Transport
            • Exterior Compartments
            • Fits In Overhead Bins
            • Good Zippers
            • Large Capacity
            • Lightweight
            • Sturdy Handles

            Cons

            • Bulges In The Middle
            • Could Use Center Strap

            Best Uses

            • Airline Travel
            • Carryon Skip Customs Line
            • Extended Travel
            • Short Travel
            • Use With Packing Cubes
            • Weekend Trips

            Comments about Eagle Creek Load Hauler Expandable:

            Bought the bag in order to just carry on luggage for a 5 week trip in Australia and New Zealand which involved 17 airline flights and 15 hotel stays. The internal flights had a max weight of only 15lbs so the empty weight of the bag was essential to being able to pack what I needed without losing extra weight just for the bag. This bag was THE best purchase I could have made. It was easy to carry on my back. It easily fit in the overhead bins on small internal flights as well as overhead on coaches. I used it with packing cubes which kept everything neat in the bag. I could easily access anything I needed in the roomy compartment and it was easy to repack for the many flights and hotels. I loved going lightweight/carry-on only. No baggage lines and going thru customs was a breeze. I didn't use the expandable option but it was a big selling point if I found something to buy and needed extra room in my bag. My only recommendation would be to add another strap across the mid-section of the bag because it tended to bulge in the middle and I had no way to cinch it up.

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

            (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

             
            4.0

            Been looking for a bag like this for weeks

            By Luce

            from Sweden

            About Me Avid Adventurer

            Verified Reviewer

            Pros

            • Convertible
            • Good Zippers
            • Lightweight

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Airline Travel

              Comments about Eagle Creek Load Hauler Expandable:

              I have been looking for a duffel bag that can also be carried as a backpack for weeks and I finally discovered this one. I love it but it does have some cons.

              One of the main selling points was the lifetime guarantee and the possibility to buy spare parts (yay sustainability!). However, I live in Sweden and bought the bag from a German e-shop and the terms&conditions for a potential repair were not 100% clear even after exchanging three emails with the customer service. Additionally, the spare parts are not shipped outside the US.

              Since it can become quite heavy, I would welcome a waist strap (perhaps the duffel strap could covnvert into a waist strap on your next model).

              When it's not fully loaded, it bends in the middle as the walls are not supported like with other duffel bags. For this reason, it can also be difficult to load but I can forgive this as it is a lightweight bag.

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

              (7 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              Excellent Bag to Go Anywhere!

              By Photo Geek

              from Honolulu HI

              About Me Avid Adventurer

              Pros

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

              Cons

              • None Exeperienced

              Best Uses

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

              Comments about Eagle Creek Load Hauler Expandable:

              I use the Load Hauler for domestic and foreign travel. In every case, I have not had to check it as it fits easily into overhead compartments.

              HINT: Before reaching baggage inspection, tuck the backpack straps into their zippered compartment.
              IF you don't you may have to use Baggage Check In as most backpacks of same size are rejected simply because they are 'backpacks'. Once the straps are out of view, it LOOKS LIKE a standard soft bag.

              Use the cmpression straps to really tighten it down and you're good to go.

              When I have arrived late at the airport (so.etimes only minutes to spare) the backpack straps have proven invalueable for making it to security and then to the gate on time.

              Again, remember to stow the straps before you get to Security!

              This bag should always remain among Eagle Creek's core product line (especially in black with red accents).

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

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