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We test the Eagle Creek No Matter What Roller Duffel to see if it's as useful and versatile as its name suggests
eagle creek no matter what rolling duffel
Overall Score
Great build quality and Included storage bag is so useful
Towing the bag is a bit of a pain

Coming in five colours with a capacity of 105 litres for its 1.7kg weight empty, the Roller Duffel is a great utility bag for the outdoors. Made with a tough rubbery water repellent fabric it has two sturdy wheels on one bottom edge, carry handles at either end, and top straps to protect the full-length zipped closure.

The build quality is good, with stitching, zips and buckles all well designed and executed. After a long summer of outdoor abuse, flights and over packing, the No Matter What looks like it will go on giving reliable service for years to come.

The only downside to the rubbery outer materiel is that it does easily pick up and show scuffs, though these can be scrubbed off.

Duffle bags are designed to be crammed with stuff, thrown around, then emptied out and scrunched up for easy storage - so you might think that adding wheels could lose some of this 'No Matter What' convenience, adding weight and empty bulk.

In practice the compromise is worth it here, with the duffel only weighing 1.7kg empty and packing down to fit in the supplied stuff pouch for tidy, smart storage. When not in use, this tough, mesh-sided stuff sack with a good handle and Velcro closure makes for a really handy inner bag itself.

In terms of rolling, we have to confess a love-hate relationship with the No Matter What. We love the fact that it rolls in the first place on its sturdy pair of wheels, but we hated how it frequently hit our heels and tipped over - something that can be a right royal pain when rushing around airports and stations. In the end we developed a technique of dragging it by the end of the shoulder strap, which seemed much more stable.

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