Eagle Creek No Matter What Flatbed Duffel Review

The 28-inch duffel performs like a super-tough suitcase.

Eagle Creek No Matter What Flatbed Duffel Review

Price and Where to Buy Eagle Creek No Matter What Flatbed Duffel: $159 on

Pros: This 28-inch duffel performs like a suitcase, with wheels, a telescoping handle, rigid back, and mesh organizational pockets. It’s also abrasion resistant, which makes it strong enough to stand up to the rigors of airport baggage handling systems. The duffel is water repellant, a useful feature for both adventure travel and anytime you’re traveling in rain or snow. And with external compression straps (that include daisy chains in case you want to attach gear to the outside of your bag), it manages overpacking well.

Cons: Because the back, top, and bottom are rigid, it can’t be folded for storage (though it does store mostly flat).

How Eagle Creek No Matter What Flatbed Duffel Rates

  • Usefulness: 10/10. This bag is all about rugged utility. And with its additional extras (like organizational pockets), it feels a lot nicer than most duffels.
  • Value: 9/10. The $200 price tag puts it above the range for bare-bones duffels, but as an option for travelers who are hard on their baggage, it’s priced well.
  • Durability: 10/10. This bag is built to take a beating. Strong seams, wheels surrounded by hard plastic bumpers, and abrasion-resistant, water-repelling fabric make it durable.
  • Cool Factor: 9/10. Just the right vibe for adventurers and people who prefer a travel bag with some rugged personality.

Final Verdict: If you’re willing to check baggage, and are looking for a bag that is tougher than average, the No Matter What Flatbed Duffel may be a great fit for you.

(Photo: Eagle Creek)

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By Christine Sarkis

There's a 95 percent chance Senior Editor Christine Sarkis is thinking about travel right now. Follow her on Instagram @postcartography and Twitter @ChristineSarkis.

Christine Sarkis is an SATW-award-winning journalist and executive editor at SmarterTravel. Her stories have also appeared on USA Today, Conde Nast Traveler, Huffington Post, and Business Insider. Her advice has been featured in dozens of print and online publications including The New York Times, Conde Nast Traveler, and People magazine. She has also shared travel tips on television and radio shows including Good Morning America, Marketplace, and Here & Now. Her work has been published in the anthologies Spain from a Backpack and The Best Women's Travel Writing 2008. She is currently working on a travel memoir.

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