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Luggage as rugged as the places you take it.
You wouldn't take a front-wheel-drive car four-wheeling in the mountains; you'd take your souped-up rock crawler. The same logic applies to your luggage, and when you don't want some flimsy everyday luggage holding your travel essentials, you should carry the Eagle Creek Tarmac AWD 22 Carry-On Bag instead. All-wheel drive is great for travelling, and at 14x22x9in, the Tarmac AWD 22 falls within size restrictions for most major airlines carry-on luggage. Don't waste valuable cash checking your luggage—spend your money on things that matter, like snow globes and Eiffel Tower key chains. Triple-ply polycarbonate back shell fabric resists elephantine abrasions, whether it's from ragged concrete curbs, worn-out overhead compartments, or your steel-toed boots as you kick the bag into position. The front fabric consists of rugged Bi-Tech, designed to put up a strong front in the face of (literally and physically) rough situations. Dynamic Spin Wheels, encased in sturdy wheel housing and protected by bumpers, twist and wiggle 360-degrees for easy handling over any terrain, be it cobblestone streets, gravel driveways, or potholes bigger than Delaware.
- Polycarbonate back shell
- Rugged Bi-Tech abrasion-resistant fabric
- Durable Dynamic Spin wheels
- Lockable quick stash pocket
- Coat Keeper
- Key fob with Porter Key bottle opener
- Detachable cargo net
- Travel-tested recessed handle system
- Padded front 15in laptop sleeve
- Additional tablet sleeve
- Expandable main compartment
- #10 lockable self-repairing zippers with finger-friendly pulls
- Reflective safety accents
- Pack-It system compatible
- Item #EAG001X
- Q & A
Wheel broke on my first trip
- Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
One of the wheels fell off on my first trip. I will rewrite this review once Eagle Creek honors the warranty for this bag.
Well-built, easy to use spinner
- Familiarity: I've used it several times
Short version: the Tarmac AWD 22 is an excellent carry-on bag. It offers decent interior space, the comfort of knowing it'll comply with just about every airline's carry-on policies (for dimensions), and a solid construction. The weight, clamshell design, and lack of interior pockets may make it less appealing for certain travelers.
Detailed review: I was looking for a rolling bag that was well-built and lightweight (under 9 pounds). A laptop compartment or suit storage bag were not necessary.
Weight: the bag tips the scales right around the advertised 8 lb 4 oz. It's heavier than others in its class, but the counterpoint is its construction. Solid handles (very little flex), tough cloth, and durable wheels give the bag a dependable demeanor. Note: some airlines -- eg Lufthansa -- impose a carry-on weight limit of ~16 pounds.
Build: I've had it gate-checked due to flying on regional jets six times, and so far no abrasions or scratches. The wheels are still great. Handle still telescopes and locks in position with no issues. No frayed threads.
Size: it's a 22" bag, but that includes the wheels. As such, you'll get less interior volume with this bag than with 22" rollaboards. However, it'll fit in most any overhead bin.
Features: the coat keeper is a great idea. The side buckles aren't all that helpful. Some reviews mention that they are at seat armrest height, but this hasn't been my experience on larger (737/A320 sized planes and up). There is a lack of pockets -- definitely not a lot of places to stash random small items, so pack smart!
Design: the clamshell design is both good and bad. It makes it easy for organization of items, but it also prohibits carrying thicker objects easily. The rails for the telescoping handle are inside the unit, which prevent having a flat packing area. The wheels are 58 mm in diameter and are hard plastic, which makes them noisy over textured surfaces.
Overall: I'd give the bag 4.5 stars but without 0.5 stars, 4 it is.