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 CreekBlack Load Hauler Expandable Backpack
 
4.6

(based on 52 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (36)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (15)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (0)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (0)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (1)

97%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Lightweight (35)
  • 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

Reviewed by 52 customers

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4.0

Simple pack

By Daniel

from undisclosed

Verified Buyer

Comments about Eagle Creek Black Load Hauler Expandable Backpack:

Well made and roomy. Adding one or two additional outside pockets would be beneficial. A bit high priced for essentially a simple back pack.

(0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

So happy with my purchase - will buy as gifts for my family!

By Linda

from undisclosed

Verified Buyer

Comments about Eagle Creek Black Load Hauler Expandable Backpack:

This bag made my 3 weeks in Europe a breeze! 7 hotels, countless trains, tons of walking ... and I couldn't have enjoyed it more thanks to the best travel bag / backpack I have ever used. Lots of room - not too many compartments- which I actually prefer, so I don't have to go searching. Just the right size and weight!

 
5.0

I would recommend this item for purchase.

By Bill

from undisclosed

Verified Buyer

Comments about Eagle Creek Black Load Hauler Expandable Backpack:

I just finished traveling to Alaska and Load hauler was awesome to have. The ability to convert it to a back pack and amount of space for use was exceptional! I am very pleased that I purchased this item.

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Very solid bag.

By Dave

from East Coast

Verified Reviewer

Pros

  • Easy access compartments
  • Fits a ton of stuff
  • Fits in any airplane overhead compartment
  • Great for week long trips.
  • Inexpensive
  • Light

Cons

  • Not as easy to get around as a wheeled bag

Best Uses

    Comments about Eagle Creek Black Load Hauler Expandable Backpack:

    I have traveled domestically three times with this bag, and internationally four times, two of which for two weeks. I travel with this bag and a small backpack for my computer. This bag is great. It easily fits enough clothes for 7 days (work wear, causal wear, and work out clothes), it is light, and comfortable enough wear wearing over the shoulder as a duffel. Its not as easy to carry around as one of the wheeled bags, but the extra stuff you can fit is great. A wheeled bag wasn't an option for me because one of my planned trips was to Iceland, and I was going to be hiking around carrying this bag.

    I spent a lot of time researching before I bought this bag. I don't like checking bags. Its not that I think something will happen, its just that after a long week of traveling, I don't want to wait at the baggage claim for a bag. I didnt want a bag with wheels, because some of the smaller domestic planes will check wheeled bags at the gate. Another minor inconvenience that I just want to avoid when I get to a new place.

    The bag is cheap, stylish enough, water resistant, can fit a ton of stuff, and has a lifetime warranty. One last note, the two compartments on top of the bag are useful when going through security. I can take everything out of my pockets and put it in those compartments (which are sitting waist high when using the bag in duffle form) right before security, and there is no worry of misplacing anything in the bins.

    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Bought a second one it was so good

    By Bulldog Beck

    from Minneapolis, MN

    Verified Buyer

    Comments about Eagle Creek Black Load Hauler Expandable Backpack:

    I bought this last June in preparation for backpacking weekends while I studied abroad in Europe. It worked beautifully- it for a lot and it fit into airline overhead compartments perfectly fine. I bought this one again for my brother who is going to Europe. It's the perfect "Carr-on" size and is worth the price. I got it for around $100 with an Eagle Creek email coupon.

    • Was this a gift?:
    • Yes

    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Excellent Product

    By Gail

    from undisclosed

    Verified Buyer

    Comments about Eagle Creek Black 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.

    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    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 Black 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

      (5 of 5 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 Black 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 Black 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 Black Load Hauler Expandable Backpack:

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

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