The Eagle Creek Cargo Hauler 45L is a lightweight and durable duffel that packs down into it's front-end zippered compartment for compact storage.
Eagle Creek says:
Ultra-light and constructed with leading-edge Bi-Tech Armor Lite, Cargo Haulers are equipped with gear pockets, grab handles, and tie-down daisy chains. Built resilient for big adventures, they are just itching to hit the backroads. The 45L is carry-on sized.
The 45L Cargo Hauler Duffel is a great size for weekends away. It's big enough for all the essentials but still small enough to fit as carry on luggage on most flights. What I really like about this bag is that it packs down small when empty and stuffs into its own side pocket, creating a handy carry case that you can't loose. Bags that stuff into their own pockets can sometimes be a challenge to get back inside due to stiff fabrics, but this one didn't take much effort at all.
You've also got multiple carrying options - it can be worn as a rucksack or you can remove the straps and just use the top or side padded grab handles. In terms of storage there's one main compartment, big enough for clothes and accessories, and two large side pockets which is large enough for shoes and toiletries.
The fabric feels pretty tough and durable and the zips have large pull's which makes accessing it while wearing gloves easy enough. The main compartment can be secured with a lock (lock not included), but the two side pockets don't have the same lockable zipper, however there are small fabric loops at each end that you could use to lock to the zips.
- Reviewed by Ultralight Outdoor Gear