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.

 

Gear Review: Eagle Creek Pack-It Folder

We review the Eagle Creek Pack-It Folder, 15 inch size, which is used for storing your jerseys. Reasonably priced at $21 (amazon.com), the Pack-It Folder provides a convenient way to transport your jerseys without the hassle of hangers. They’re sold in different thicknesses, including 15, 18, and 20 inch sizes. I’ve found the 15 inch size can accommodate 5 OSI Pro model short-sleeve jerseys. I’ve managed to cram in a long-sleeved jersey also, but things are pretty tight.

UPDATE: I now have the 18 inch model and can report that it accommodates the XL size jerseys perfectly! If you wear XL size jerseys, skip the 15 inch model and get the 18 inch. Note that OSI doesn’t offer the 18 inch version; you’ll have to go to Amazon or elsewhere to get it.

Using the folder is easy, because it comes with a plastic card you use to fold your jerseys, ensuring they will fit in the folder. This folding card is printed with easy-to-follow instructions for the “laundry challenged” among us.

Folding using the card is very easy and produces the right result each time. Once you’ve folded and placed all of your shirts, you put the plastic card on top, and seal up the four flaps of the folder with the velcro that is sewn in.

It’s nice having all of your jerseys in one place, folded neatly and ready to use. No hassling with hangers or digging through your bag searching for the green jersey.

One small quibble: I wear an XL in the OSI jersey and that size is just a bit too big for the Pack-It such that the jerseys do end up getting a bit crammed in. Take a look at the photo below to see what I mean.Eagle Creek Pack It Folder Image

Fortunately, these wrinkles aren’t a problem and fall out quickly when you pull the shirt out. I don’t think you’d have this problem if you wear anything below an XL. However, if you wear an XXL, you might want to think twice; you may find the jerseys are just too wide to work well in this system.

I’ve used the Eagle Creek Pack-It, 15 inch size for over a year now, and recommend it to you. It’s a great way to keep your kit neat and readily at hand.