Eagle Creek Adventure Weekender Bag vs. Tom Bihn Aeronaut








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


Solid construction and materials. Built to last a lifetime

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


Because of being a no nonsense bag they manage to keep the bag very light

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


Covers all the basics and well thought through except for lack of a laptop sleeve

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


Simple and yet stylish in its own way. Has a sort of elegance to it.

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


This is the most expensive bag in the Travel Backpack category. But get a bag to last a lifetime.

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
  • All around solid construction that holds up under rough travel conditions
  • Great YKK lockable zippers that function well and don’t get stuck or hard to open
  • The sturdy handles on three sides make it easy to quickly grab from any angle
  • Straps stow away which help it keep from getting tangled in overheads or when checked
  • Much lighter than many of the other bags reviewed
  • The large opening allows for easy access to all contents

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
  • Because of lack of weight bearing hip-belt all the weight is on shoulders
  • There is no laptop sleeve which can complicate when packing time comes
  • Both the hip-strap and the shoulder strap are extra costs
  • Not much organization, Tom Bihn recommends buying packing cubes (though it seems that all those who did buy packing cubes say they would never go back to packing without them!)

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: 45L
  • Weight: 2lb7oz-3lb1oz (1095-1395grams)
  • Dimensions: 22 x 14 x 9in (555 x 355 x 230mm)
  • Materials:1050 Denier Ballistic Nylon
  • YKK zippers

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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.


The interesting thing about the Tom Bihn Aeronaut is that it is hard to find negative reviews for it. With few exceptions, the people who own it, love it! Tom Bihn has a proven track record of making high quality bags. Though the price tag is a little higher than the other bags, you know you are getting quality in your purchase. This bag is incredibly versatile and could be taken on a whole range of trips from business to pleasure. For the traveler wishing to invest in a bag to last for many years then the Tom Bihn Aeronaut is my recommendation.

in summary

When comparing these two bags the reason I chose the Tom Bihn Aeronaut is that, despite its high price tag, it is built to last (and proven to do so). If you are the kind of traveler that prefers high quality (regardless off price) then I would recommend the Aeronaut. For those looking to safe a few bucks and still have a functional bag then the EC Adventure Weekender Bag is the one for you.

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" & "Tom Bihn Aeronaut."

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