Eagle Creek Carry-On Wheeled Softside Duffel Suitcase, 22-Inch

Last updated date: May 12, 2020

DWYM Score
9.4

Eagle Creek Carry-On Wheeled Softside Duffel Suitcase, 22-Inch

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Overall Take

In our analysis of 85 expert reviews, the Eagle Creek Eagle Creek Carry-On Wheeled Duffel Suitcase, 22-Inch placed 6th when we looked at the top 15 products in the category. For the full ranking, see below.

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Expert Summarized Score
10.0
2 expert reviews
User Summarized Score
9.0
231 user reviews
Our Favorite Video Reviews
What experts liked
One item we particularly liked was the so-called Equipment Keeper elastic strap that stashes in the zipper-covered handle pocket. Pull it out and attach the metal buckle (which by the way doubles as a bottle opener!) to a daisy chain down the front to hold anything from a helmet to a coat to extra goodies for the train ride ahead.
- Hi Travel Tales
There hasn’t been so much as a single loose thread on the bag. I have dragged the wheels several kilometers across cobblestone, and the rugged tread is still in great shape six years later. The zippers are heavy and have never caught on anything, gotten stuck, or broken. Soft-sided with support. Gear Warrior bag has support on the bottom and sides to prevent it from flopping about, and I’ve never once encountered this issue with it.No unnecessary pouches or straps.
- Everything Everywhere
What experts didn't like
We also thought we’d like the exterior side zip pocket for carrying a water bottle or newspaper (or even a French baguette … mais oui!). But, alas, once you have the suitcase packed pretty full, there is not sufficient give to hold anything other than a flat item. We’d suggest a little stretch on the pocket or maybe a strap to hold an item in.
- Hi Travel Tales
My one minor complaint was a handle that loosened, but I managed to tighten the screw on my own.
- Everything Everywhere

From The Manufacturer

Eagle Creek Gear Warrior Rolling Carry-On Duffel. This luggage effortlessly wheels on your flight with two oversized wheels and a TSA-compliant size for U.S. domestic flights. Reinforced construction, a laminated exoskeleton and versatile carrying makes this duffel an ideal carry on for your next business trip or vacation. FEATURES Water Repellent. Made from water repellant, 900D heavy-duty TPU material.Versatile Straps. Can be carried by hand or rolled on two wheels. Secure Carrying. A padded electronics sleeve helps protect your laptop or tablet. Maximum Storage. Expandable space for additional storage. Upcycled Materials. Water repellent coating developed from windshield plastics from landfills. WHY EAGLE CREEK? Eagle Creek is a global tribe of travelers committed to preserving and protecting the places we live, work and travel. From community partnerships to sustainable materials and solutions designed to last a lifetime, we’re on a mission to unlock new ways to positively impact the cultures, environments and planet for future generations to discover. We've been around for more than 40 years and, from city parks to exotic destinations, we take pride in equipping you with versatile gear to take you beyond your fears and outside your comfort zone. Product Dimensions: 11 x 15.5 x 26.5 inches

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An Overview On Suitcases

Even on your most uncomfortable economy flight, take heart in the fact that your luggage is probably having a worse time than you are. From the punishment of the initial packing ritual to the inevitable bumps and bruises administered by the baggage handlers, your suitcase bears it all without a complaint — if it’s made of quality stuff.

So how do you choose the right travel companion for your next trip? First things first: Consider the contents. Is this luggage going to be used for a short, solo trip or long family outings? If it’s the former, go with a compact carry-on bag. For the latter, you’re going to need an actual suitcase, the kind that will likely be checked in and stowed in a separate compartment during your flight.

Don’t fully trust the name given by the manufacturer, either. Many so-called “carry-on” bags may get rejected as such by some airlines, especially when they’re overstuffed. Check the dimensions: The standard size limit for carry-on luggage on most US airlines is 22 by 14 by 9 inches. For checked baggage, the general limit is 62 linear inches (that’s length, width and height added together). Whatever you’re choosing, make sure that it’s a bag you can move by yourself if you have to. Ideally, that includes the ability to lift it overhead at least once to stow it in an overhead compartment.

The next thing you’ll want to consider is structure. Luggage materials fall into two main categories: Hardside or softside. Hardside luggage is made of aluminum or polymers that offer lots of protection, making them the default choice for larger suitcases that will see lots of handling (and might need some extra security). Softside luggage is usually made from high-quality nylon or polyester, possibly with PVC panels or other reinforcing material to protect the inside. It’s more prone to scratches and wear, but offers a bit of flexibility when you need to stretch the capacity. This material is obviously lighter and most common for carry-on luggage.

Whatever the material, the details make a lot of difference. The first thing to check is the zippers. The most common types you’ll see on luggage are coil zippers or chain zippers. Coil zippers are typically made of nylon or plastic, and while they’re flexible and can “heal” if the zipper slips, they’re generally less durable and easier to tamper with. Chain zippers, as the name implies, are made with interlocking metal or plastic teeth. They’re more secure but a bit less flexible, and generally more expensive. Whichever the type, a good perk is a “closed-end” zipper style that can be opened from either end of the suitcase. Not only is this more convenient, but it also ensures that you can still open your luggage if one end breaks.

Just as you might with a used car, you’ll want to check the wheels. Spinner wheels are generally considered to be the best option for frequent travelers. They have a versatile mounting that allows them to rotate 360 degrees, allowing you to maneuver more easily in crowded airports. Just bear in mind that they can also roll off more easily when unattended. For that reason, those who travel in areas with a steep incline might go with a good set of fixed wheels.

Other factors to consider include the handle. In the best-case scenario, it will be retractable and built into the body of the suitcase so it’s harder to break or bend. And of course, you’ll want to consider the layout of the interior: Are there enough pockets for all your smaller items? Is there a separate compartment for dirty clothes? How much can you reasonably pack in?

For some of these questions, you’ll need to ask around, or check the reviews online. Whatever you do, don’t skimp on the details! A good traveling companion is hard to find.

DWYM Fun Fact

Most every year, the TSA puts out their annual list of the strangest things Americans tried to pack inside their suitcases. Needless to say, it’s not a list you want to be on. Some of the most ambitious items people tried to bring aboard their flights in 2018 included an inert mortar round, a live cat (who either was intentionally stuffed in a suitcase or snuck in while her owners were packing) and a live python smuggled inside a hard drive.

The Suitcase Buying Guide

  • One great perk of many modern suitcases is a USB charging port. They’re typically attached to a power bank so that you can juice up your phone on the go. While this can be a lifesaver on long layovers, make sure you can get a suitcase that allows you to easily remove the battery. Lithium-ion batteries can pose a fire hazard, and many airlines may require you to carry the power bank separately for that reason.
  • Want a little extra peace of mind? Luggage tracking tags are another high-tech innovation that travelers can take advantage of. They’re tiny tags that you can insert into your suitcase and track by way of an app. The batteries on these tags are usually much smaller but double-check with your airline to make sure they’re compliant with all current regulations.