The Eagle Creek Global Companion Travel Pack 40L is an impressive and solid bit of kit that will appeal to anyone looking for a smart and innovative carry-on that they can actually carry on.
Made from a combination of 450 denier and 600 denier ripstop fabrics, it's water-repellent, lightweight, eco-conscious and built to withstand all the potential bag-tearing demands of international travel.
Robust yet immediately comfortable, its padded backstraps, hipbelt and sternum strap are all easily adjustable on the fly so it won’t slow you down when you’re running for your flight or out on the trail.
Whilst you wear it like a backpack, the Global Companion has a book-style construction that splits in two allowing you to separate your gear into individual suitcase style compartments. Perfect for keeping muddy mountain bike gear separate from your clean pub outfit, it'll help you stay organised on weekend adventures when you want to maximise fun and minimise faff. There’s also a very clever separate shoe compartment that’s so ingenious it took us 5 minutes to find it!
"This is one seriously high tech pack..."
In terms of styling, the Global Companion Travel Pack 40L is a straight-forward, low-key player that should keep unwanted attention to a minimum when travelling in potentially dodgy destinations. The under-the-radar look and feel is deceptive though as this is one seriously high-tech pack, brimming with all the travel-related features you’ll ever need.
Useful aspects of the bag include the padded 17” laptop sleeve that's cleverly located next to the back panel in the main compartment but that can still be accessed through an exterior zip-opening for ease at check-points and during travel. There's also a stowable rain cover, lockable zippers and safety whistle. With all this in mind, I guess you could say that the Global Companion Travel Pack 40L has got your back whilst it’s on your back.
Eagle Creek Global Companion 40L
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The only negative we can see is that the externally accessed electronics pocket could potentially leave you vulnerable to opportunistic thieves. So it's worth using those lockable zippers.
At £170, it does involve significant investment but if you’re serious about travelling then you’ll appreciate that quality is worth paying for. And, if it does happen to rip or break then there's Eagle Creek's 'No Matter What' lifetime warranty which will cover you for any repairs or necessary replacements over the expected lifetime period of the product.
If you need something bigger, bear in mind that there's also a 65L version as well, though this one is designed to travel safely in the hold of a plane rather than in the cabin. Each version comes in either a unisex fit or a women's specific fit.
Eagle Creek Global Companion 40
Padded back and hipbelt / load adjustors / sternum strap with safety whistle / large butterfly opening / two separate packing compartments / padded 17" laptop sleeve / two zippered front panel pockets with mesh slip pockets / padded electronic pocket / key fob and pen slot / lockable zippers / mesh stuffer pocket in front with hook / side pockets / compression straps / durable Bi-Tech fabric bottom / rain cover / carry-on size / unisex / available in blue, black or purple.
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