Afar Backpack

Item # EC0A2V73
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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: 12.5 x 20 x 8.5 in | 31 x 51 x 21 cm Weight: 1 lbs 11 oz | 0.77 kg Material: 450D Geo Ripstop, 210D Exo Skeleton, 450D Helix™ Poly

Missing RFID security


As I looked for a relatively inexpensive but comfortable and versatile backpack, I would have settled on this one if it's security features included RFID protection for credit cards--ideally incorporated in a small unobtrusive (ideallyt hidden) compartment within arm's reach without removing the pack. A locking zipper would also be an asset to secure the laptop compartment. Without living up to its security claims, this backpack does not stand out from all the competition among everyday packs.

Retrospective vision of my pen & lens

Western edge of Oregon wilderness


Bought for Traveling


Replaced my old North Face backpack with this pack. It's much lighter in weight and I love the central zipper lock location. Also it's really helpful that the laptop compartment is separate from the main so you don't have to flash your pricey device every time you open it.


Newport, RI


Must have


I have used only Eagle Creek for travel for many years. It's the best.



Great Travel Backpack


Used this on a trip. Was able to pack a lot of things inside the backpack. The laptop pocket was a great place to put travel documents. I stuffed my hats in the front stretch pocket. Loved the back slip panel and the tuckaway waist belt. CONS: The sternum strap couldn't be adjusted higher. The highest point went to the lowest part of my sternum, and that is uncomfortable for women. I didn't use the sternum straps, but my arms kept hitting against them, so that was also uncomfortable. Also, the zipper for the laptop pocket was hard to zip.



Versatile, well-made backpack - glad I bought it


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.



Light durable


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.



Great complimenting piece


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.



Good fit under airline seats


Good fit under airline seats.



great pack


It's my edc. Perfect size



As advertised


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.



Smoky Blue Afar Backpack - Medium / Standard

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