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Eagle Creek have tried to amp up the basic duffel, giving it a few extra features to ultimately make it more useful, read the review to find out if they've succeeded.

eagle creek cargo hauler
Best for...
Chucking all your favourite adventure gear in and heading off into the sunset
Overall Score
Lightweight for such a big duffel
Flops around a bit when not full

The Cargo Hauler is quite lightweight considering the duffel moniker and the bags sheer size but still manages a thick and durable outer fabric - a mix of 600 denier and 1000 denier depending on area. This classic fabric is both highly abrasion resistant and water repellent. In fact, water just flows off the material itself and with a large storm flap protecting the main zip and one of the end compartments and a water resistant zip on the other the Cargo Hauler can easily deal with drizzle and light snow. One of those end compartments is cavernous - big enough for a pair of size 11 walking boots with loads of room to spare and the other fits a ski or cycle helmet very neatly, with an extra zipped mesh compartment inside for small bits and pieces. Inside the main compartment there's a mesh divider with toggles so you can choose to separate your gear or have the whole thing open and everything is easily accessible thanks to a fully opening u-shaped zip.

Carrying the bag is easy from one of the four grab handles and if you need to wear the Cargo Hauler on your back there are shoulder straps which handily pack into a zipped pocket when not in use. These can be clipped together to double as an across the shoulder strap depending on taste. If you need to lash the pack to the top of a Land Rover for an overland adventure (for instance!) the Cargo Hauler has four lash points down each side of the bag - these could also be useful for attaching additional gear should the huge 90l capacity not be enough for you!

Side compression straps help to stabilise the load, but the lightweight nature of the bag means that when it isn't full it still flops around a bit unlike some of the stiffer, heavier duffels out there.

If you regularly need to haul lots of kit, whether travelling or camping then the Cargo Hauler is a solid option with classic Eagle Creek build quality, not to mention their lifetime 'No Matter What' warranty. Eagle Creek will repair or replace your bag free of charge should any damage occur to it - regardless of reason, this clearly adds a lot to the value of the bag and demonstrates Eagle Creek's commitment to build quality.

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