Eagle Creek Traverse Pro Review
Perfect for overnight trips when you want to bring a set of work clothes and a set of workout clothes & shoes, I introduce to you the Eagle Creek Traverse Pro 19. I’ve been testing this bag out on a number of overnight work trips as well as some local adventure trips and I am a HUGE fan of the Traverse Pro travel line by Eagle Creek.
I must admit, when I first received this suitcase in the mail, I was thinking that it was too small to fit everything I wanted in a travel bag/suitcase. With some of my work trips, I travel from time to time with 1-day overnighters and I typically don’t need a full on suitcase or 22 inch carry-on. The 19 inch size allows enough room for a set of dress clothes and a set of workout clothes. Typically, I like to get out for a run when I get to a new city if the location is safe, so being able to carry my running shoes and clothes with me is important. After my runs, I like to switch my sweaty dirty running clothes into the backpack where it is separated from my nicer dress clothes.
The other compartment/section of the Eagle Creek Traverse Pro 19 is the detachable backpack. Since I am on my computer 25 hours a day, having a backpack that is laptop compatible is super important to me. Drum roll… the backpack is laptop compatible! Not only is it laptop compatible, you can also leave your laptop in the bag while going through airport security. Be sure to open the bag flat open though, airport security was sure to point that out to me. On the inside of one of the compartments in the removable backpack, there are two secure fleece lined pockets; one for a smartphone and one for a point and shoot camera. There’s also a little fleece pocket for nicer pens and pencils, cheap bic pens do not apply! On the backside of the backpack (the side that sits on your back) there is plenty of padding so you don’t even notice your laptop in your pack. Sometimes in laptop compatible bags, I feel like the laptop is digging into my back. The bottom of the backpack uses a burly waterproof fabric in case you have to set your bag on the wet/dirty ground. For traveling through the airport, you can also place this backpack on the main suitcase handle as there is a strap on the backpack to slide it through.
Between the backpack and the main compartment on the Eagle Creek Traverse Pro, this suitcase combination is perfect for the overnight adventurer. For people that are good at packing super light, the 19′ size could work for a weekend, but it would be my preference to have something a little larger like the 22′ for trips longer than a day. If you’re in the market for a new suitcase, I highly suggest you taking a look at the Eagle Creek Traverse Pro line. The price of the 19′ Traverse Pro is $285 while the 22′ retails for $300. I must admit, these prices are a little steep for some, but with Eagle Creek’s history of making quality and durable product history, you won’t be disappointed. For more information, please visit EagleCreek.com