Eagle Creek Adventure Weekender Bag vs. Osprey Farpoint 40L

 
 
 
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Winner
 

7.8pts

 

8.6pts


 

Total

 

The quality seems generally good, but doesn’t have some of the benchmark brands (like YKK zippers)

Build

The internal LightWire frame and solid construction have proven to hold up over time

How much does it weigh? This bag was the second lightest in the carry-on travel backpack category

Packability

How heavy is it? Osprey has done a great job of adding many needed features yet keeping the weight down.

It can pack in a lot of stuff, but due to lack of frame (which makes it light) can get barrel shaped when stuffed.

Functionality

Other than the placement of the laptop sleeve it performs incredibly well from packing to carrying

There is not too much that grabs my attention about this bag.

Originality

This is a no nonsense backpack that gets the job done. Not as stylistic as some of the others.

In regards to price this bag is on of the top three leaders in the carry-on travel backpack category

Value

This was the best priced backpack in the Travel Backpack category


reasons to travel with this

  • Lockable zippers keeping your items safe
  • Great organizational pockets for smaller items and documets
  • Solid briefcase handle and shoulder strap
  • Sleeve for attaching to roller bags makes it great for combining with checked luggage
  • Main compartment divides into two equal parts to allow for more organization of clothes
  • Straps stow away which help it keep from getting tangled in overheads or when checked
 
  • Has a great LightWire frame that adds next to no weight, yet helps maintain the structure of the bag when fully packed
  • Lockable zippers keeping your items safe
  • Great construction of bag and quality materials
  • Straps stow away which help it keep from getting tangled in overheads or when checked
  • One of the few bags that came with an included shoulder strap (for when backpack straps are stowed away)
  • Padded hip-belt helps keep some weight off shoulders
  • Best priced travel backpack out those compared

things to consider

  • Shoulder strap tends to slip off shoulders due to soft fabric
  • Connections for backpack straps don’t seem to be heavy duty (plastic and not metal)
  • No designated laptop sleeve (there is a pocket that could easily work as laptop sleeve but is not padded)
  • Lack of internal frame (which keeps it light) causes bag to bulge into a barrel shape when packed tight
  • Because of lack of weight bearing hip-belt all the weight is on shoulders
 
  • When it is cinched down it is difficult to open zippers
  • The laptop sleeve is not up against the travelers back which makes for awkward weight distribution
  • Front pockets could use a little more organizational pockets
  • Impossible to reach water bottle when wearing backpack

notable features and specs

  • Volume: 41L
  • Weight: 2.56lbs (1.16kg)
  • Dimensions: 13 x 20 x 8in (33 x 51 x 20cm)
  • Material: 600d ripstop polyester.
  • Three-way carry: adjustable, removable shoulder strap, padded stow-away backpack straps and tote handles
  • Butterfly-style opening for easy access to interior packing compartments
  • Interior compression straps secure and compress contents of bag
 
  • Volume: 38-40L
  • Weight: 2.9 lbs (1.32kg)
  • Dimensions: 13 x 9 x 21in / 53 x 33 x 23
  • Comes in two sizes: S/M and M/L
  • Handles on the top and side for easy carrying
  • Adjustable sternum strap with rescue whistle
  • Holds up to 15 in. laptops

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Brief Thoughts

There is nothing incredibly fancy or snazzy about the EC Adventure Weekender, but for business travel you don’t want snazzy anyways! This is a bag that works great for the business traveler who needs doesn’t want to check luggage (or a great addition to checked bags due to the pass through that allows you to slip over handles of wheeled bag). With the classic briefcase look to it, you would feel just fine bringing it into a meeting if the situation required you to.

 

This is a fantastic bag for a fantastic price. With many features and the ability to purchase in two sizes (S/M and M/L) this is a bag that can appeal to many different sizes of travelers. Additionally it has a padded hip belt that offers more support than other bags in this category. It is hard to find complaints from reviewers in regards to this bag except for the placement of the laptop sleeve since it is placed toward the outside and not up against the back.


in summary

The Osprey Farpoint beats out the EC Adventure Weekender in both price and functionality. In addition to being priced lower, it includes a weight bearing hip-belt and better backpack straps. I also liked its overall look and feel better.



PS. We did the research so you don't have to. The sources for our research used to make this resource available to you are posted at the bottom of the original product reviews for "Eagle Creek Adventure Weekender Bag" & "Osprey Farpoint 40L."


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