New Gear: Eagle Creek Weekend Bags, Pack It Sport

Anyone who regularly visits this website knows I’m a fan of the Eagle Creek Adventure Weekender. Earlier this summer, Eagle Creek came out with two new similar style bags.

Eagle Creek Tarmac Weekend Bag

 

Eagle Creek Tarmac Weekend Bag

The Eagle Creek Tarmac Weekend Bag is a virtual design copy of the Adventure Weekender with a small change in dimensions (19.5″ x 13.5″ x 8″/49.5 x 34.5 x 20.5cm vs 20″ x 13″ x 8″/51 x 33 x 20 cm) and in material. (The Tarmac is mostly made up of Eagle Creek’s new Bi-Tech material.) The weight is the same for both. The Tarmac Weekend is available in Black, Olive and Blue. $160

Because it is so similar, I’m not going to focus on this bag. I personally prefer the Adventure Weekender material over the Tarmac but if the dimensions of the Tarmac are more to your liking, go with that.

Eagle Creek Flyte Weekend Bag

 

Eagle Creek Flyte Weekend Bag

The Eagle Creek Flyte Weekend Bag is the second bag introduced. It has enough changes that I want to focus on it.

Rather than me go into detailed explanation of the bag, I suggest you first watch the video Eagle Creek produced on it.

This bag measures 20.5″ x 14″ x 6.5″/52 x 36 x 17 cm) and weighs 2 lbs 10 oz.

I like the fact that the laptop pocket was moved to the rear and the organizer pockets found on the Adventure Weekender and Tarmac Weekend were removed and replaced with two separate electronics pockets. (Personally, I carry my electronics in a separate bag to keep near me when traveling by plane, train or bus.)

It is made of 1260d Helix Ballistic and Bi-Tech. The available colors are black and olive/tan. $150

There are two items I’d like to point out. Eagle Creek now designs bags with the concept of “Always Secure” meaning the compartments are lockable and there is some reflection on the bag to help keep you safe. All the packable compartments are lockable except for the one designed for your laptop. There is no way to secure this compartment.

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The bottom zipper is the main compartment. The top one is for the laptop compartment.  Doesn’t make sense to me especially since this bag is designed for carrying electronics.

The other detail I want to point out is the thickness of the bag. It’s only 6.5″/17 cm and that includes the two front pockets. Why Eagle Creek didn’t make them similar to the other two weekend bags is a mystery to me.

Besides  those two issues, I like the Flyte Weekend. I no longer carry a laptop so I can use that rear compartment for less valuable items like a jacket. You might also do the same.

I’m not going to recommend one of the three Weekend bags over the other. Each has their pluses and minuses. Think about how you pack, how you travel and which dimensions and layout your prefer.

The two new bags are covered under Eagle Creek’s “No Matter What” warranty.

Eagle Creek Pack It Sport

Eagle Creek also came out with a new line of packing accessories called the Pack-It Sport. While primarily designed for the fitness aficionado, I see many items that might be of interest to the one bag traveler.

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The above photo shows the Pack-It Sport Travel Set. With a little creativity these items could have multiple uses. I like them because the material used has an antimicrobial added to help prevent odors. They are also very lightweight and fall somewhere between the regular Eagle Creek Pack It accessories and their Specter line.

On the bottom right in the above photo is the Pack It Sport Garment Envelope  (13.25″ x 9.5″ x 2.75″/33.5 x 24 x 7 cm, 3 oz., $22) which can be bought separately. This is a big plus for the one bag traveler who felt the small Eagle Creek Pack It folder was too big and heavy for quick trips. The Garment Envelope is designed to hold one shirt and one pair of pants although you could substitute one or more shirts for the pair of pants.

I suggest you look at the entire line and see if any of the new Pack It Sport items might help you pack better. They are available in yellow, blue and red.

Let us know if you decide to use any of the Pack It Sport and the reason. Creativity gets extra points.

One last note…Eagle Creek also added a new color to some of its Specter items–grape (purple.) I bought one. It adds a nice contrast to the other colors.

Some of you might ask why I spend so much time talking about Eagle Creek. It’s simple; they are one of the few companies that continually puts out quality products that may be of interest to the one bag traveler.

Eagle Creek supplied the Flyte Weekend and Pack It Sport Travel Set. This has no effect on our opinions.

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2 Responses to New Gear: Eagle Creek Weekend Bags, Pack It Sport

  1. mop71 says:

    Spot on review, Frank. I too like the older Adventure Weekender and ended up sending back my Tarmac. As for the EC Flyte, which as mentioned in my posts, I really like it and it’s becoming my go to bag. I may be in the minority on this but I’m really glad EC made the bag only 6.5″ wide. When packed, I got more like 8″ wide and it seems to hold it’s shape much better than the ECAW (thus no prob in the luggage sizers). I also found that extra 1/2″ lengthwise allowed my clothes (and packing cubes) to be spread out just a little more along the length.

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