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Eagle Creek No Matter What Flatbed Duffel Review

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Eagle Creek No Matter What Flatbed Duffel Review

Price and Where to Buy Eagle Creek No Matter What Flatbed Duffel: $159 on Amazon.com

Pros: This 28-inch duffel performs like a suitcase, with wheels, a telescoping handle, rigid back, and mesh organizational pockets. It’s also abrasion resistant, which makes it strong enough to stand up to the rigors of airport baggage handling systems. The duffel is water repellant, a useful feature for both adventure travel and anytime you’re traveling in rain or snow. And with external compression straps (that include daisy chains in case you want to attach gear to the outside of your bag), it manages overpacking well.

Cons: Because the back, top, and bottom are rigid, it can’t be folded for storage (though it does store mostly flat).

How Eagle Creek No Matter What Flatbed Duffel Rates

  • Usefulness: 10/10. This bag is all about rugged utility. And with its additional extras (like organizational pockets), it feels a lot nicer than most duffels.
  • Value: 9/10. The $200 price tag puts it above the range for bare-bones duffels, but as an option for travelers who are hard on their baggage, it’s priced well.
  • Durability: 10/10. This bag is built to take a beating. Strong seams, wheels surrounded by hard plastic bumpers, and abrasion-resistant, water-repelling fabric make it durable.
  • Cool Factor: 9/10. Just the right vibe for adventurers and people who prefer a travel bag with some rugged personality.

Final Verdict: If you’re willing to check baggage, and are looking for a bag that is tougher than average, the No Matter What Flatbed Duffel may be a great fit for you.

(Photo: Eagle Creek)

Editor’s Note: Reviews are based on usefulness, portability, durability, value, and “cool factor.” Some review products are sent to us free of charge and with no incentive to offer a favorable review. We offer our unbiased opinions, positive and negative, and will never accept compensation to review a product. If you have any questions or comments concerning our reviews, or would like to suggest a product for review, please email us at editor@smartertravel.com.

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