Gear Review: Eagle Creek Cargo Hauler Duffel great for race travel! Plus, a giveaway

Here’s my Eagle Creek Cargo Hauler Duffel packed with a variety of clothes, and of course, my shoes, to bring to the Anthem Richmond Marathon. (Vanessa Junkin photo)

Disclaimer: I received an Eagle Creek Cargo Hauler Duffel 60L/M to review, along with another one to give away, as part of being a BibRave Pro. Learn more about becoming a BibRave Pro (ambassador), and check out to review, find and write race reviews!

I received the Eagle Creek Cargo Hauler Duffel through BibRave at a great time, because I got to bring it to two races.

It’s an awesome bag to have for traveling, and I particularly love the huge side pockets — perfect for a pair of running shoes. On my way home from Richmond, I used one of the two pockets for sweaty clothes. I thought that was a great way to separate the most stinky stuff from the plenty of unworn clothes I brought along because of the weather forecast.

I also really like that the bag can be worn as a backpack, with sturdy straps. If you don’t want to carry it as a backpack, there are smaller handles you can use.

If you do want to wear it as a backpack, the example on the website is someone who is 5’10”. I am about 5’0″, but it still worked for me — it just went a little lower than it would on a tall person.

I think it’s helpful for storage that it is so compact when it’s not being used. The whole bag folds into one of the pockets!

I’ve never had a bag that folded into itself like this. When it’s compact, the bag is a little bigger than a shoebox, but it holds so much when it’s all spread out. When I first got it, I used my and my boyfriend’s cat for a size comparison.

Here is Buddy Cat with the Eagle Creek Cargo Hauler Duffel before I opened it. (Vanessa Junkin photo)

The size I received is medium/60 liters. It’s hard for me to compare bags in liters, but it definitely seems like a good size to me. I didn’t take it on any long trips, but I packed many pieces of clothing for the Richmond Marathon because I was unsure about the weather, and it seems like it can hold a lot. That was a two-night trip.


I also took the bag to the Across the Bay 10K the weekend before, which was a one-night trip.

I also used the bag soon after receiving it to bring snacks for our Eastern Shore Running Club group of volunteers at IRONMAN Maryland. It was a little big for what I needed, but I enjoyed getting the chance to try it out right away. On that day, I didn’t wear it as a backpack because I had food in there. I also didn’t think about that when I loaded the bag, so I had to carry it by the backpack straps, which wasn’t ideal. However, I won’t normally be using it to transport food.

Here’s Buddy Cat next to the spread-out bag. (Vanessa Junkin photo)

I am planning to bring this bag with me when I stay overnight at the Rehoboth Seashore Half Marathon in a couple weeks, and even if I’m not doing a race, I still enjoy running on my trips, so I’m sure this bag and its side pockets will get a good amount of use.


This bag only weighs in at a pound and 12 ounces, which is great — when you’re already carrying a bunch of stuff, who wants the bag to add to the weight?

I’ll let Eagle Creek explain the material the bag is made out of. It’s “Made with an extra-durable, water-repellent coated Bi-Tech™ Armor Lite fabric: a fusion of technology that merges max abrasion-resistance with ultra-light carry,” according to the Eagle Creek product website. I did not bring it in the rain, but although it does say it’s water-repellent, that doesn’t mean it is waterproof.

Here I am with my Eagle Creek Cargo Hauler Duffel before leaving for the Across the Bay 10K. (self timer photo)

You can get all the details about the bag and purchase it here. It retails at $99 and comes in five different color options. I tested the fern/grey color, and I have the orange/grey color bag to give away, also in the medium size.

The Eagle Creek Cargo Hauler Duffel is high-quality and I look forward to taking it on more trips!

Want your own? I’m hosting a giveaway through Rafflecopter for the orange/grey version of the bag. The bag I am giving away is unused and unopened.

The official rules are in the giveaway, but you do need to live in the United States to be able to win and be over the age of 18. My immediate family and household members are not eligible to win. There are various ways to get entries, and the giveaway will close at 12:00 a.m. Monday, Nov. 27.

Here is the bag I will be giving away to one lucky winner! (Vanessa Junkin photo)

Go here to enter the giveaway! 

UPDATE 11/27/17: The randomly-chosen winner is Julie Terry! Thank you to all who entered, and if you would like to buy an Eagle Creek Cargo Hauler Duffel, the brand is currently running a 20 percent off promotion through Dec. 24, 2017 (while supplies last) at

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17 thoughts on “Gear Review: Eagle Creek Cargo Hauler Duffel great for race travel! Plus, a giveaway

  1. I would love this bag! My brother in law had one when we went on our family trip to Ireland this summer! I am just getting into running and would use it for upcoming trips to run races!


  2. Oh man, that duffel looks AMAZING! My husband and I would be using this constantly on our trips to the mountains, or to the beach. Anywhere we go that requires gear!

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