Eagle Creek has long been known for adventure travel luggage. From traditional suitcases to durable duffels, its bags are meant to be used and abused.
We got our hands on the company’s new 43-liter EC Lync “Limited Edition” Carry-On bag ($350), a convertible backpack/roller bag that is fit for most weekend warrior adventures.
The bag is unique in having a modular design; it works as a roller bag, backpack, or both, and has removable parts so you only bring what you need. While quite expensive for its size, it does work as three products in one.
Versatile and Light Luggage
I’ve spent trips rolling suitcases through airports only to have them fail me when the roads turn rough, leaving me dragging them awkwardly. Similarly, shouldering a full hiking backpack can be an awkward proposition and they often don’t fit in overhead bins on an airplane.
The EC Lynch is the best of both worlds, equipped with wheels and an extendable handle it can be rolled effortlessly through an airport and then just as easily slung on your back when needed. Plus, as the name eludes, the bag is sized for most domestic carry-on dimensions.
The real magic of the Lync though is its ability to completely disassemble and fit into a small tote bag. The bag’s metal frame, extendable handle, and pack snap apart in a few short movements and can easily be stowed away when not in use.
The backpack is made of three pieces; the metal frame, handle, and backpack. The genius of this system is that it allows you to use the backpack separately from the rest of the frame.
Going on a day hike and don’t want to haul around the frame and handle? No problem. Just undo a few buckles and the bag slides off the frame giving you a simple pack.
Similarly, the backpack straps can be removed and stowed in a back pocket if you just want to use the bag as a roller. They can also attach to the tote bag to use as a beach bag or something similar.