Gear Review: Eagle Creek Hybrid Hauler

Unfortunately, this item has been discontinued by the manufacturer.

Before you say “Are you nuts, this bag is well over $100!”, just read on.

For me, the Eagle Creek Hybrid Hauler, Medium, is a dual purpose bag: it’s my ref bag,but it also serves as luggage for a long weekend trip.

So, yes, it is expensive (I paid $100, but the price is more consistently around $150 on Amazon), but I get more than one use out of it.

I bought this bag primarily because of the multiple ways you can carry it. It has a detachable shoulder strap, multiple grab handles, and even coverts to a backpack. This is especially nice when you have a long hike from your car to the field.

But the other features of this bag made me a real fan.

The bottom of the bag is coated with a thick, weather resistant lining that protects it from just about any condition, and cleans up easily.

The bottom layer opens so that you can stash your nasty wet things inside without soiling your clean uniforms.

A small zippered compartment on top hold your keys and other items you need quick access to.

The main compartment is roomy and easily accessible, thanks to the design of the top, which unzips nearly completely.

Finished off the nice touches likes the oversized zipper pulls, and you’ve got yourself one killer ref bag.

One criticism: the shoe bin is small on the medium bag; my size 12’s don’t begin to fit inside.

Eagle Creek backs the bag with a comprehensive “no questions asked” warranty. If you want more details, you can visit the Eagle Creek website here.

The Eagle Creek video below demonstrates many of the bag’s features.


I use the Eagle Creek Pack-It system to organize the contents of my ref bag, as you can see in the photos below.


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