THIS DUFFEL’S NO LIGHT­WEIGHT IN FEA­TURES:

The Denver Post - - FEATURES - Ea­gle Creek Pack­able Duffel, with cen­tral lock­ing point in blue sea, black or tan (EC0A3CWT137), is $35.95 at www.ea­gle­creek.com.

The de­sign­ers at Ea­gle Creek are for­ever tweak­ing their light­est weight duffel bags to make them stur­dier, more ver­sa­tile and more se­cure, with­out adding heft. The new­est in­car­na­tion of the com­pany’s roomy 2,500-cu­bic-inch Pack­able Duffel has some in­no­va­tive fea­tures that lift this bag’s bonuses above oth­ers of its ilk. First off, and es­pe­cially wel­come, is the U-shaped dou­ble-zip­pered top open­ing, which makes con­tents eas­ier to or­ga­nize and see, with­out hav­ing to for­age blindly through the typ­i­cal straightzip­pered open­ing. The dou­ble zip­per pulls have T-shaped tog­gles that slide through a cen­tral lock point on the bag, which keeps them from ac­ci­den­tally open­ing in tran­sit. Snap a pad­lock through the zip­per pulls and lock point and you have ex­tra se­cu­rity. Although the ny­lon ma­te­rial ob­vi­ously is no match for a knife, the ex­tra lock­ing oomph adds at least a bit of ex­tra de­ter­rence. The duffel has dou­ble carry straps as well as an ad­justable shoul­der strap, which has dou­ble stitch­ing at ten­sion points. The bag is about 22 inches by 10 inches by 11 inches deep — mak­ing it spa­cious but carry-on size when fully stuffed. The en­tire duffel stuffs into its own zip­pered side pocket, be­com­ing a slim 10-inch by 6-inch eas­ily stash­able bag. The pocket has a sewn-in key fob, which can dou­ble as a clip to at­tach the bag to other gear. The duffel comes in ba­sic black, tan or a lovely shade called blue sea — my rec­om­men­da­tion for mak­ing the bag a stand out among other duf­fels, as well as easy to spot when stashed away in its diminu­tive un­ex­panded mode.

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