Eagle Creek Wayfinder collection offers travel flexibility

Eagle Creek’s new Wayfinder collection includes a variety of travel backpack sizes, from a mini day pack to a 20-liter, 30-liter or 40-liter day pack option, plus two sizes of waist packs and a crossbody bag. The variety and versatility is what I love most about this line: whether you’re outfitting yourself for a multi-week world trip or a weekend getaway, you can pick the day pack or bag that’s the perfect size for your travels.

The Crossbody is 12″ x 9″ x 4″ and has a volume of 8 liters, and despite the small size, can still stash everything you might need for a day out while traveling or flying, including a tablet or e-reader. You get a fleece-lined electronics compartment for that, plus a hidden zippered pocket on the back panel and Secure-Zip Toggle and Central Lock POint tech that enables you to protect your stuff. I love this Eagle Creek feature, which is on additional bags as well: you just twist the t-shaped toggle bar and would-be thieves can’t unzip you bag’s pockets on the fly.

The main compartment of the Crossbody includes a zippered mesh pocket with key fob, which I love for organization. A passport fits in there just fine. You also get a front exterior zippered pocket, which I like to use for my phone…or any other items you need constant access to.

The shoulder strap adjusts, of course, allowing you to tighten it your body for added security when needed, and the mesh pockets on the sides fit most water bottles (they’re especially good for my favorite Swell bottle). You get a grab handle too, on the outside, which is nice. And there are lash points throughout, so you could attach extra gear; I have attached my lightweight rain jacket, for instance.

The bag is very durable, as you’d expect from Eagle Creek, and of course, you get their No Matter What warranty. Pick it up for $69 on Eagle Creek in gray or black, or at most online retailers like Amazon.

The Eagle Creek women’s fit Wayfinder 20L backpack has a streamlined design that feels almost the same size as the Crossbody (though in fact can hold quite a bit more). There are so many cool features in this backpack:

  • a back panel pocket with enough room for all of your small electronics
  • a cord organizer where you can keep your cords untangled
  • cord clips that keep everything charging and attached while you’re on the go
  • a padded laptop sleeve (15″ or smaller)
  • a safety whistle

In addition, you get the same types of pockets and organizational panels as you do in the Crossbody, including very stretchy side panels that will hold even larger water bottles. The 20 L option is $79, and I think you definitely get a lot more for that $10. It comes in three understated colors.

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Amy Whitley is a freelance creative and travel writer and founding editor of the family travel website Pit Stops for Kids. An avid lover of the outdoors, Amy makes her home in Southern Oregon, where she, her husband, and three school-aged children spend much of their time backpacking, camping, skiing, and hiking. When not exploring her own backyard, Amy and her family hit the road for travel reviews of resorts, tour operations, and hotels across the country and abroad. Follow Amy Whitley on Twitter and Facebook.

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