The Eagle Creek Morphus 30 Rolling Gear Bag puts certain key inventions to shame. Running water and sliced bread are no match for this ultra-durable, ultra-versatile, ultra-lightweight piece of luggage mastery. Modern sanitation may prevent the spread of disease, but this two-in-one number prevents the spread of your stuff when you're traveling for weeks on end. Zip off the gear-bag from the wheeled base, and pack your stinky socks and pitted-out shirts in that bag. Then pull the inside of the wheeled base out and watch it become a fully functioning U-zip bag that'll handle your bright white undies and fresh-smelling pants. Or, head to Sonoma with the bags attached as one roller, and come home with your clothes in the zip-off gear bag and the wheeled bag full of wine.
Despite rugged fabrics and tough construction, the combined weight of both bags is under 10 pounds, tipping the scales at a meager 9 pounds, 11 ounces. From an air-traveling point of view, the wheeled bag holds nearly 44 pounds of your stuff, and the zip-off gear bag holds almost 47 pounds of stuff. That is a lot of outfits, shoes, or candy for a long weekend! If you don't need both bags, leave the gear bag attached to the rolling base for easy maneuvering through crowded airports and city streets.
The zip-off gear bag gives you multiple carry options, including removable backpack straps, a removable padded shoulder strap, and several grab handles. A separate quick-stash 3-1-1 pocket keeps you organized to avoid irritating your fellow travelers, and the lockable front pocket also sports a key fob with Porter Key bottle opener. Bottom "bathtub" construction does not mean you should bathe with your bag. Instead, it provides some water resistance if the zip-off bag goes puddle-diving, intentionally or by accident. Both the gear bag and rolling bag use Bi-Tech fabrics, offering weather and abrasion resistance without a lot of weight. The rolling bag has a triple-ply polycarbonate back shell to withstand overhead compartments, cargo holds, and bus roof tops.