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PRODUCT REVIEW

Eagle Creek – Cargo Hauler Duffel 60

If you are looking for a cost-effective duffel bag with a few organization features, the Eagle Creek Cargo Hauler is for you. This extremely lightweight bag took everything we want from a duffel into consideration from being extra durable, having a few pockets and compartments, having water repellent fabric, side grab handles to removable backpack straps they have got you covered.

Our Overall Review

We have thoroughly tested - and read reviews from other experts and users. In summary, this is what we think:

4.7

Reasons to buy

  • This bag is ultra-lightweight and won’t add extra weight to your bag once you start packing.
  • The durable, water-resistant fabric is great for all outdoor adventures
  • With its large capacity, you can pack everything you need and leave space for souvenirs
  • A removable middle divider for better organization
  • It folds up into its own side pocket for easy storage
  • Shoulder straps connect for sling carrying
  • Lockable main zipper

Reasons NOT to buy

  • Lesser quality zippers (mitigated by lifetime warranty)

Review

Eagle Creek’s 60L Cargo Hauler is an innovative duffel for all your gear. What stands out most from this duffel compared to others we have reviewed is the internal, mesh divider. This is such an important feature since it helps you to keep your internal items separated and organized.

This lightweight, versatile duffel comes with three easy ways to carry giving you the freedom to choose what makes you comfortable: as a backpack, using one of the four handles, or as a sling over the shoulder when the straps are buttoned together.

It also comes with six lash points that allow you to strap your duffle to a bike or a roof ideal for a traveler on the move. The U-shaped zipper gives you easy access while the foam padded bottom protects all your belongings against impact.

The Cargo Hauler Duffel is designed by keeping all four seasons in mind. In addition to the water-resistant material is the storm flap shields that protect the zippers from water seeping through.

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Eagle Creek Cargo Hauler Duffel 60 Side View

Eagle Creek – Cargo Hauler Duffel 60: Key Specifications

  • Best Suited For: Hiking, Day Trips, Camping, Weekend trips
  • Material: 600D TPU, 1000D Helix™ Poly Twill
  • Volume: 60L
  • Dimensions: 26.75 x 10.25 x 13.5 inches
  • Weight: 2.3 pounds

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Construction

All material used in the Cargo Hauler Duffel bag comes with a lifetime guarantee. Eagle Creek calls it their “whatever guarantee”, meaning whatever happens to this product, they’ll service or replace it. But it’s robust construction minimizes this.

It’s designed with a water-resistant PU coated 600 denier polyester and a hexagon pattern printed on the exterior. It’s not as rugged as the similar Osprey Transporter 60L, but it has held up nicely after a few camping trips with no worse for wear.

Eagle Creek used their own branded zippers on the three compartments however only the main compartment zipper comes with a rain flap to help keep out water, relying instead on the seams for water repellency.

Speaking of the zippers, Eagle Creek’s sourced these somewhere other than the Toshida factory (of YKK quality), which might be inferior, but by no means is bad. The lifetime warranty negates this downside too.

This is definitely a minimalistic duffel and it shows in the backpack straps. The slightly padded straps come without a sternum strap and hip belt–not uncommon for duffel backpacks. These straps are comfortable but have no back padding, mesh ventilation, and weight distribution. Due to this, it’s comfortable for short trips but not to walk around all day.

To return your backpack to duffle mode simply unfasten the carabiner-style clips at the bottom of the shoulder straps and store them inside the zippered compartment.

Eagle Creek removed the longer hand straps that fasten together over the main compartment on most duffel bags, opting to use the shoulder straps to connect together instead. That prevents getting your arms entangled when putting this duffel on your back.

The backpack straps can be used for shorter half-day trips, but this isn’t a bag you are going to want to carry around on your back all day if you’re hauling more than 20 lbs.

Eagle Creek Cargo Hauler Duffel 60 Construction

Storage

Most duffel bags don’t come with external pockets. That’s where Eagle Creek stepped up and created two large side compartments on the Cargo Hauler. They are large enough to store smaller items or to keep your shoes separate from your clothes.

One of the side pockets is also reversible. The whole bag easily (surprisingly so) rolls up and fits into the pocket for compact storage.

When it comes to carrying a water bottle we suggest a collapsible water bottle or storing your water bottle in the main compartment. The interior is one large duffel compartment, with no further pockets.

The main compartment features a net that divides the main compartment into two separate areas. This helps you organize the inside of your duffel by keeping gear and clothes separate. If you need more space you can easily expand the center compartment into one of the side pockets.

Eagle Creek Cargo Hauler Duffel 60 Storage

Summary

Extremely lightweight, smart-features, and space-efficient are probably the words I would use to describe this duffel. The lightness of this bag and packable straps make this bag incredibly versatile. The additional pockets on the side, mesh divider, and option to open up the internal storage into the side pockets are a smart design from Eagle Creek’s side.

This duffel is ideal for all outdoor enthusiasts who are looking for a durable, lightweight duffel on a budget.

What We Like

  • This bag is ultra-lightweight and won’t add extra weight to your bag once you start packing.
  • The durable, water-resistant fabric is great for all outdoor adventures
  • With its large capacity, you can pack everything you need and leave space for souvenirs
  • A removable middle divider for better organization
  • It folds up into its own side pocket for easy storage
  • Shoulder straps connect for sling carrying
  • Lockable main zipper
  • It can compress for carry-on size on most airlines

What We Don’t Like

  • Lesser quality zippers (mitigated by lifetime warranty)

Buy This Duffel Bags If:

Yes. If you prioritize space, durability, and affordable pricing this bag is for you. It’s the ideal duffel bag you can use for day trips, a weekend away, a gym bag, or for camping. However this bag was not designed nor is it comfortable enough to carry around for hours on end, this might not be for you.

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