Eagle Creek Switchback Max 22 – tough and versatile rolling backpack
It is very well possible that the Eagle Creek Switchback Max 22 might be the most versatile piece of carry on luggage you have ever seen. This bad boy really does have it all. I have no doubt you have seen some pretty sweet carry on bags before. Maybe one that has backpack straps built into it? Or maybe one that has a whole detachable daypack built into it.
What if I told you that the Eagle Creek Switchback Max 22 had both of those features and then some? That’s right, this sucker has wheels, straps, handles, and more.
If you do a lot of short vacation travel and find yourself in the airport a lot, the Eagle Creek Switchback Max 22 might be the ultimate travel bag. If you are a light packer, then the Eagle Creek Switchback Max 22 is most certainly for you. The built in day pack is great for day trips and tours in your foreseen destination, but it is also great for on the plane. The daypack allows you to keep all your in flight essentials within arms reach under your seat.
I feel it is important to point out that the Eagle Creek Switchback Max 22 only works as a carry on bag if you have the daypack detached or empty. Otherwise you will have a pretty hard time trying to cram this guy into the overhead compartment. As you would expect, the Eagle Creek Switchback Max 22 has tough wheels and a telescoping arm. But for when the roads get tough, you can easily unzip the shoulder straps and carry it on your back.
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Why they rock:
- Stiff, panel-loading main compartment features zippered front pocket, internal compression straps and large internal zippered mesh pocket
- Removable daypack has front zippered pocket with internal organizer, 2 water bottle pockets and internal fleece-lined valuables pocket
- Comfort Zone suspension system disperses weight evenly for the long haul; system zips away into main pack’s back panel for easy check-in
- Air mesh back panel and shoulder straps on main pack wick moisture to keep you dry and comfortable; padded back and shoulder straps on daypack
- Integrated wheel system allows smooth maneuvering through airports, garages and hotel lobbies
- Adjustable, padded hipbelt provides a stable fit while protecting your back from the wheels
- Aluminum handle on main pack locks down inside the pack, doubling as a frame to support heavy loads; features easy push-button release
- External compression straps on both the daypack and the main pack help stabilize the loads
- Zippers are lockable (locks sold separately); durable kick plate and wheel housings protect the bag from urban obstacles such as stairs and curbs
- Top and side grab-handles make loading overhead compartments a breeze
- Total volume: 4,515 cu. in.; Daypack volume: 1,708 cu. in.
- High-performance Helix Double Box nylon with ripstop nylon and ballistic nylon reinforcement resists abrasions, tears, scuffs and punctures
Seat-of-the-pants rating: 9 out of 10
I am a huge fan of the Eagle Creek company. All of their gear is rock solid. The Eagle Creek Switchback Max 22 has a some what hefty price tag for a carry on rolling backpack. But, its versatility and quality design are sure to last you for years to come. If you do a lot of airport travel, the Eagle Creek Switchback Max 22 is for you.