Review: Eagle Creek DoubleBack 22 Convertible Backpack

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When my convertible carry on luggage got damaged by airlines baggage handlers, I was in snit. When I find an aspect of  travel gear working for me… I marry it until one of us croaks.  Now I was being forced to find a new marriage partner!

The Eagle Creek DoubleBack 22  might just be my perfect mate, fitting my flashpacker style and needs.

The Eagle Creek DoubleBack 22 is convertible travel backpack rolling carry on with an attachable day pack (try saying that ten times quickly). It’s the best backpack for travel, whether you’re a flashpacker,  business jet setter or budget backpackers.

How to Choose a Your Perfect Backpack

A fan of convertible carry-ons  vs backpacks, I researched potential bags like a skeptic.

 Firstly, convertible travel backpacks/carry-ons are a new breed of luggage. You might have to google convertible travel backpack or juggle keywords like carry-on, rolling hand luggage, etc.., only to find there’s not many hand luggage and backpacks, which offer 3-in-1 options (backpack, hand luggage and rolling suitcase).

Secondly, choosing your perfect backpack takes thoughtfulness. Your choice can either be a help or hinderance:

Ever been wedged into a crowded Indian bus?  Has your flight ever gotten in late into Chicago’s O’Hare Airport and you’re running to a terminal, which feels an entire airstrip away?… Ever gone from backpacking and then straight into a luxury hotel ? …Ever gone from winter in one country into summer in another?…  Do you want to pay $25-75  in baggage fees for every flight you take on a multi-destination trip?  …You get the drift.

 I need a convertible carry-on to be malleable to my needs and past experiences!

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Eagle Creek  Doubleback 22 carryon travel backpack

Reasons to love this convertible backpack:

When my Eagle Creek  Doubleback 22 carry on convertible travel backpack  arrived in the mail, I had a good feeling about it. The fabric and manufacturing felt solid and strong. But I wasn’t sure how it would test on my three month long traipse through Southeast Asia & and Asia.  There would be high points of luxury and there’d inevitably be low points of squeezing into crowded spaces and cramped quarters.   Into my third month of use, I found it’s surviving the abuse of travel. It has many stories to tell.

Multiple Carry Options

There are times I roll this bag; and times, I take the burden to hauling my luggage on my back and running with it. This bag has options and I’m a big fan of options.

Rolling Hand Luggage/ Carry On

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Eagle Creek Doubleback 22 Convertible Rolling Backpack 2: convertible rolling bag

Hand luggage with two handles for easy and quick grip

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    Eagle Creek Doubleback 22 : Hand carry luggage

Backpack & Attachable Daypack

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Perhaps the only thing I would want to add to this is a carry on strap in the case you want to sling it over your shoulder in the case you ever need to make a dash for your plane.


The Eagle Creek Double Back 22 has a sturdy design and a durable fabric.  It’s built to survive a variety of weather and spaces, from a cramped storage under a train seat to the top of a jeep van on a rainy day.

There’s solid grab handles on the top and side and wheel housing that can withstand knocks and bumps. Wheels are lightweight but firmly protected by a hard plastic bumper, should the bag get knocked around by baggage handlers.

The pull-out rolling handle slides in and out easily and is built inside the body of the pack, so it’s never exposed. There’s back padding to cushion it from the outside world, so that it can take knocks without getting a dent.

It also touts  Bi-Tech reinforcement on areas exposed to high abrasion.

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Navigation: Sleek and easy

 I’m a fan of simple and no fuss packing solutions. I want things accessible when I want it and quick. I don’t want to fidget with zippers or unnecessary straps.  So I like that the detachable straps on this bag are easy to put on and remove.

Navigating the bag is easy. Just watch my video ! Zipper straps are large and visible.  I love them.

My only complaint about this is that there’s not enough outside pockets to store things in.

Universally Cool Style

I like to look slick when I travel. Yeah, cool.   Backpacker backpacks pretty much shout either, “Hey, I’m fresh travel meat!” or “I’m a hobo on a budget!“. The Double Back 22 is stylish, without drawing a lot of attention itself, which makes it perfect for both, rugged backpacking, business travel and solo travelers. Hence, it’s the perfect choice if you’re flash packing!

The bag is built expensive but you wouldn’t suspect it until you felt and used it.

Varanasi, India: Taking a rickshaw tax to the airport

Varanasi, India: Taking a rickshaw tax to the airport

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On a crowded mini van bus to Pai, Thailand:  Eagle Creek Doubleback 22 Convertible Backpack

Main Bag

Big backpacker backpacks can limit your navigation ease, which is why while I love my Northface 65 backpack (it’s both, top and bottom loading with several outside pockets),  I will never consider going back.

The Doubleback 22’s main bag holds a 39L capacity and is the regulated size of a normal hand luggage (carry-on) according to standard western aircrafts. I don’t need to check it into luggage and it helps me avoid overpacking. It fits snugly into most environments from crowded Indian buses, overhead plane compartments, the front of a Thai motorbike (that’s where motorbike taxis pack them!) and under train berths.

While I would prefer more outside pockets for quick access, there are areas that can  hold items secretly.  Watch the video at 06:25, where I take you inside the pack!

Attachable day pack

Most travelers like to carry a daypack for sightseeing, so Eagle Creek built a day pack into their design. It’s a simple day pack, with an inside pocket that is capable of storing a camel back or 11″ Macbook Air laptop.  There are two mesh side pockets to hold bottled water and an outside pocket for quick grab items.

The daypack is good for light use, but for my purposes of carrying my camera gear, I’m taking a different day pack!

Initially, I didn’t know how to attach the day pack to me, when the straps were in use on the main pack . But it’s been brought to my attention that you can attach it through the extra lash clips on the straps (which I have my left hand resting upon in the photo below)

One potential drawback: While Eagle Creek chose to make a more efficient design by cutting back on redundancies of offering two separate removable straps for each bag (day pack and main bag), some travelers see this as an either /or situation.

Final Conclusion

Overall, Eagle Creek Doubleback 22 convertible travel backpack does a fantastic job on a convertible pack, taking care to ensure the bag functions efficiently versus wasting space and resources.   You can tell they’ve thought about various travel uses and travel types in great length and didn’t skimp on quality to make this a solid, multipurpose bag you can feel confident traveling with!

As a mid-life female solo traveler,  I never enjoyed carrying heavy loads on long distances nor do I like looking like a budget backpacker stuck in my twenties.  I appreciate that the Doubleback 22 is rugged enough to take a beating and yet still emerge looking semi-classy and jet setting. I like that it’s lightweight, fluid and offers multiple transporting options.  Above all, it ensures I can confidently fit into small spaces, crowded buses and having the rolling option is a godsend!

So far it’s been perfect for my longer term travels. I’d recommend it for anyone as the best backpack for travel! What do you think?

Doubleback 22 Specs

Main bag:  14 x 22 x 9 in , 39 L capacity

Daypack:  11 x 18.5 x 6 in,   17 L capacity

Light weight:  6 lbs 4oz (2.83 kg)

Get it on Amazon here or here.

Eagle Creek Double Back 22

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  • Avatar
    stephen m driscoll
    September 15, 2019 4:59 pm

    Hi Christine,. I just watched your review of the DoubleBack from Eagle Creek.
    It was excellent. You did a great job.
    I see that it is from 2016 so you may know this by now but the little clips that are in th efront of the bag that you didn’t know what they were for were to attach the day bag in the front as you said you wanted to in the video. If you watch the Eagle Creek video on YouTube on the Gear Warrior convertible Carry On it shows how to do it. Hope that helps. I will be watching more of your videos.

  • Great Stuff! It’s really awesome review on Eagle Creek DoubleBack 22 Flashpacker Convertible Backpack.
    Your article will help a lot for my next tour. Thank you for sharing with us.

    Steven Rocks

  • Hi, may I know your height? Saw your video. It looks good on you. Just want to have idea on how it fits on my 5″ height.


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    Shorty Lavender
    February 25, 2016 6:10 pm

    I love your site. And I just bought this bag! Your review helped me decide. Just wanted to let you know the mystery clips on the shoulder straps clip into the strap clips on the day pack so you can wear it on your chest when you have the main bag on your back. The daypack hangs on your front so you don’t have to have double straps. Pretty clever! I’ll see how it all works when it’s filled up and heavy…

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      Christine Kaaloa
      February 25, 2016 6:22 pm

      Fantastic @Shorty! Thanks for your comment and enjoy the bag! It’s a clever bag all around.

      But I don’t know how everyone knew about the use for the front clips (a lot of people left that comment on my YouTube video); I just couldn’t get that! lol.

  • I was just traveling with a friend who had one of these great bags and I was super jealous! I’ll definitely be getting my own.

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      Christine Kaaloa
      February 25, 2016 6:14 pm

      @Heather: Whoops! I missed your comment. Yeah, this bag is the bomb. I researched online a lot before choosing this one, because I’m particular about the ‘convertible’ part and for some reason, it’s hard to find. Get it.

  • It’s way over-priced at REI…hint hint


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