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Backpacker Magazine – Gear Guide 2014

Gear Review: Eagle Creek Morphus 30

Bag is able to hold personal and adventure gear in many different ways.

by: Kelly Bastone, Kristin Hostetter, and Rachel Zurer

Eagle Creek Morphus (Courtesy Photo)
Eagle Creek Morphus (Courtesy Photo)

Most versatile
One bag, so many ways to use it. The Morphus is actually two giant bags in one, with a total capacity up to 184 liters. At first glance, it looks like a regular wheeled bag, with a hard polycarbonate shell on the back and a soft front featuring three carrying handles. But a fat, wraparound zipper separates the well-organized behemoth into a 93-liter upper, detachable soft duffel and a 91-liter, minimalist, hard-sided, rolling lower. “On a group trip, I packed shared gear in the lower compartment and personal stuff in the detachable bag,” reports one editor. “It was awesome to be able to keep them apart without needing an extra bag.” 

Another tester opted to bring just the duffel on a warm-weather trip to Costa Rica. A third option: Fill the second bag with souvenirs as you travel, confident that you can still fit everything you started with in the first one. The detachable bag has shoulder straps on it, so you can carry it (or the whole thing combined) as a backpack. Bummer: It’s not two for the price (and weight) of one. At $470 and almost 10 pounds, it’s definitely a gourmet option. $470; 2 sizes; 9 lbs. 11 oz.; eaglecreek.com



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Alex
Jun 24, 2014

Thank you for the review. This looks to be an amazing bag, and I especially like the idea of 2 bags in one giving you a lot of options when traveling. I do wonder however, if it would not just be better and cheaper to buy 2 bags instead of spending a small fortune on this one? I think buying a good rolling back pack and a daypack could perhaps work better while saving you some cash. I came across http://www.bestbackpack.com/ which has some great reviews on rolling and daypacks as an possible alternative to the Morphus 30.

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