Eagle Creek Deviate Travel Pack Review: 85L for Longer Trips

A serious backpacking bag with thoughtful features.

Eagle Creek Deviate Travel Pack Review


  • Available in a regular or women’s fit
  • Includes a zip-off daypack
  • Large size: 13.5 x 31.5 x 10 in. and has a capacity of 76L (daypack holds 15L, making the set 85L total)
  • Lockable zippers on main compartment
  • RFID Blocker pocket to store your credit cards and passport
  • Padded, e-fleece electronics pocket
  • Reflective accents make you visible at night
  • Back panel and shoulder straps are made from a padded, moisture-wicking material that keep you comfortable
  • Sternum strap has a safety whistle attached
  • Hydration bladder compartment fits up to 3L of liquid
  • Molded polycarbonate frame flexes with you when you move


  • The main bag weighs 3 lbs when empty, which feels pretty heavy. The zip-off backpack is a lighter 8 oz.

How Eagle Creek Deviate Travel Pack Rates:

  • Usefulness: 10/10. All of the extra features and thoughtful designs make the Deviate great for backpacking trips.
  • Value: 8/10. Retails for $275, which is pricey, although within the standard range for a high-end backpack—plus, it comes with a lifetime warranty, so this is a forever type of bag.
  • Portability: 8/10. The Deviate comes with an included cover that you can pack the backpack in and use as a duffel.
  • Cool Factor: 10/10. You’ll be comfortable, and that’s cool. The Deviate also comes in fun colors, including an inconspicuous grey and a bright Flame Orange that will keep you visible in the woods.

Final Verdict: This is a serious bag for a serious backpacker. If that’s you, the built-in features make the Deviate stand out from the sea of generic backpacks.

(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

By Caroline Morse Teel

Unfortunately for her bank account, Principal Editor Caroline Morse Teel is powerless to resist a good flight deal. Follow her on Instagram @TravelWithCaroline.

Caroline joined Boston-based SmarterTravel in 2011 after living in Ireland, London, and Manhattan. She's traveled to all seven continents, jumped out of planes, and bungeed off bridges in the pursuit of a good story. She loves exploring off-the-beaten path destinations, anything outdoorsy, and all things adventure.

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