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Eagle Creek ORV Trunk 30 Review

A tactical and durable adventure suitcase that excels at packing bulky gear
Eagle Creek ORV Trunk 30
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Price:  $379 List
Pros:  Ample storage, water-resistant, durable, heavily featured
Cons:  Many features that aren't that useful, bulky design
Manufacturer:   Eagle Creek
By Clark Tate and Amber King  ⋅  Aug 27, 2021
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#3 of 11
  • Storage & Organization - 25% 8
  • Ease of Transport - 25% 7
  • Reliability - 25% 9
  • Weight - 15% 8
  • Style - 10% 3

Our Verdict

The Eagle Creek ORV Trunk 30 is an excellent traveling companion if ample storage and reliability are what you seek. This trunk is focused purely on function, offering many water-resistant features and an exceptionally durable package. The 30-inch case advertises a 98-liter carrying capacity, and we were able to pack in plenty of gear for a weeklong trip. The ORV comes with webbing loops for extra organization, a bungee for your helmet, and a clever expandable compartment to fill with dirty duds as your journey progresses. For the average traveler, the features and volume may be overkill, but for those seeking a true adventure trunk on wheels, this is one to consider.

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Pros Ample storage, water-resistant, durable, heavily featuredSmooth ride, sensible features, excellent organization, great styleLarge wheels roll well, stable, convenient external organizationDurable and rugged wheels, backpack carry option, great organization, water resistantInexpensive, smooth travel, great storage
Cons Many features that aren't that useful, bulky designZippers could be smootherNot much in the way of interior organizationTippy when not packed correctly, backpack straps are narrowTips over, lacks durable materials
Bottom Line A tactical and durable adventure suitcase that excels at packing bulky gearA durable, stylish, and high-value suitcase suited for all types of travelA rough and tumble option that could work for anything from gear hauls to business tripsA rolling suitcase that can be transformed into a backpack when the terrain gets trickyA very low priced suitcase with great storage capacity but a propensity to be tippy
Rating Categories Eagle Creek ORV Tru... Timbuk2 Copilot The North Face Roll... Osprey Sojourn 80L AmazonBasics Expand...
Storage & Organization (25%)
8.0
9.0
6.0
5.0
6.0
Ease Of Transport (25%)
7.0
7.0
7.0
8.0
6.0
Reliability (25%)
9.0
8.0
9.0
7.0
4.0
Weight (15%)
8.0
6.0
5.0
7.0
7.0
Style (10%)
3.0
7.0
7.0
6.0
4.0
Specs Eagle Creek ORV Tru... Timbuk2 Copilot The North Face Roll... Osprey Sojourn 80L AmazonBasics Expand...
Measured Weight 9.1 lbs 9.4 lbs 10.2 lbs 8.5 lbs 9.9 lbs
Volume 98L 80L 80L 80L 105L
Liters per pound 10.8 8.5 7.8 9.4 10.6
Construction Zip open, softshell Clamshell & peek-a-boo access, softshell Roller-duffel Zip open, softshell Clamshell, softshell
Measured Packed Dimensions 30" x 17" x 15" 25" x 14" x 10" 28.5" x 15" x 16" 30" x 16" x 14" 20" x 11" x 29"
Expansion Zippers? No No No No Yes
Number of Wheels 2 2 2 2 4
Number of Large Interior Compartments 1 2 1 1 1
Interior Storage Features Three smaller organizational pockets 2 Mesh dividers with organizational pockets. 1 mesh organizational pockets on lid of duffel 4 organizational pockets inside Smaller organizational compartment with mesh organizer
Number of Exterior Pockets 2 large pockets, top and bottom. Several gear loops on the exterior. 1 pocket on top, 1 large sleeve 3 pockets, top and middle. Several gear loops on the exterior. 2 large pockets 1 large pocket
Compression System Removable gear holder keeps items in place, but not compression. Compression buckles on the outside. Expandable boot pocket on the interior of the backpack. Internal compression straps Internal and exterior compression straps Internal and exterior compression straps Internal compression straps
Handle Height from Ground 42" 40.75" 42.5" 40" Low: 38"
High: 42"
Built-In Lock None None No None Yes
Main Exterior Material Bi-Tech Heather, 1000D Helix Polyester Twill Nylon and polyester 1,000-denier polyester with TPE laminate/1,680-denier nylon Main: 420D Nylon Shadow Box
Accent: 1680D Ballistic Nylon
Bottom: 1680D Ballistic Nylon
150D-polyester
Unique Features Gear specific storage Peek-a-boo front pocket, padded front pocket for a 13" laptop. Duffel on wheels Backpacking carry option None

Our Analysis and Test Results

The Eagle Creek ORV Trunk 30 stands out as the most featured suitcase in our review, optimal for those who need to pack bulky gear and almost always travel with a helmet. Advertised as an adventure suitcase, it's not for those merely seeking a sleek or stylish bag to check at the airport. If you're an expedition traveler or adventurer who prefers a roller bag, this is an excellent option.

Performance Comparison


The Eagle Creek ORV is the suitcase for adventurous travel or those...
The Eagle Creek ORV is the suitcase for adventurous travel or those that appreciate a tactile look with many features.
Photo: Amber King

Storage & Organization


The ORV Trunk is aptly named. It really is more like a trunk than a traditional suitcase and stands out for its thoughtful storage design and easy to exploit capacity. While the company claims the 30-inch case carries 98 liters of gear, we feel like we get more out of it thanks to the external gear loops and helmet strap.

If you need even more storage, consider the 136-liter trunk as an option.


This bag is rigid enough to hold its shape when only partially packed yet still flexible enough to squeeze in just one more layer when packed to the gills. That said, since the weight capacity on most airlines is only 50 pounds, you need to be careful about overpacking this behemoth. The ORV is not for those seeking simplicity — it is one of the most featured suitcases we tested.

There are ten gear loops on the 30-inch version that we tested, with even more on the 36-inch option. Clipping things to the outside of your pack isn't the best idea when you're in transit, though. They'll swing around and potentially catch on things like conveyor belts. Because of this, we don't find ourselves using them often. You probably already know if you will or not. We do like them for sorting gear once we get where we're going, and they can be really handy to bungee wet gear to your bag from a last-minute mission.

When fully loaded the gear net isn't quite big enough. We prefer a...
When fully loaded the gear net isn't quite big enough. We prefer a traditional compression system to this one.
Photo: Amber King

The top of the bag comes with a bungee cord that easily deploys from the handle port to attach a helmet, second backpack, or purse. The top front pocket is spacious and can easily fit a pair of sandals, a camera, or any other items you need to access quickly. It also has a zippered mesh pocket for essentials like an ID or ticket.

The pocket at the bottom of the case is expandable and huge. Perfect...
The pocket at the bottom of the case is expandable and huge. Perfect for dirty boots or other heavy items that you'd need to keep separate from your clean clothing.
Photo: Amber King

We really love the expandable pocket at the foot of the suitcase. This pocket has a Nylon water-resistant liner that separates the pocket from the rest of your gear. When unzipped and expanded from the inside, the pocket fills the bottom third of the bag — we were able to fit two pairs of ice climbing boots inside. This is perfect if you've got gear you want to keep separate from your clean clothes.

Shoes still fit in the lowest exterior pocket even when fully loaded.
Shoes still fit in the lowest exterior pocket even when fully loaded.
Photo: Amber King

The inside of the ORV 30 has one large mesh pocket on the zippered flap. Along the sides are three more mesh compartments where you can stash undies and socks. To hold it all together, there is a net-like gear holder that is marginally helpful though it doesn't provide much compression. If you need to compress this suitcase from the outside, simply cinch down the buckles that wrap around the outer edges. The effect is relatively minor but still helps you streamline. It is a bit tedious to have to unbuckle four buckles before getting into your bag, though.

A look at the relative storage capacity during our storage and...
A look at the relative storage capacity during our storage and roller tests with a big water jug we packed into each case.
Photo: Amber King

The main compartment has a nice rectangular shape that makes packing easy with or without cubes. A photographer friend commented that it would be great for camera equipment given the amount of space. It also works well for winter expeditions that require bulky gear like snow pants, ski boots, climbing ropes, and more. Bottom line, it's easy to pack this bag with a tremendous amount of stuff. If you're traveling by plane, be sure to weigh your suitcase to ensure you don't overpack… it's really easy to do.

While the buckles are helpful with compression, it is annoying to...
While the buckles are helpful with compression, it is annoying to have to unbuckle four of them to get into the suitcase.
Photo: Amber King

Ease of Transport


This suitcase isn't the easiest to haul around, but it's not bad either. Like any roller bag, it moves pretty flawlessly through the airport and on hard surfaces. The oversized wheels glide over cracks smoothly, even when fully loaded. We also appreciate that this suitcase stands on its own when loaded down and is well-balanced.


The wheels on the ORV feel very sturdy. They have friction grooves that add an element of vibration when rolling on harder surfaces, though, so they aren't super smooth. The wheels are also plastic and don't have the rubberized surface that we have grown to love on other models. However, wheel housings are bomber, holding up under the weight of a full load. It works on gravel too, but not as smoothly. Given the size of this bag, it can be heavy when loaded and hard to push and pull. It's not exactly nimble. It doesn't have a lot of clearance either, so it snags easily if you're not careful.

It rolls easily in an airport but is much bulkier in comparison to...
It rolls easily in an airport but is much bulkier in comparison to other suitcases tested.
Photo: Amber King

If you've got to pick the whole thing up to haul it over rougher terrain or toss it in the car, you've got your work cut out for you. The ORV is big and bulky, but there are six haul handles, including one on each edge and two on the front, so you'll always have one close at hand.

The many handles of the ORV make it easy to hoist up and put in a...
The many handles of the ORV make it easy to hoist up and put in a vehicle - though they aren't overly padded.
Photo: Amber King

We appreciate the beefy and comfortable roller handle on the top of this bag. It tucks into a zippable port and is one of the sturdiest in our review. The rest of the handles are thinner, but we didn't run into any durability issues during our testing period.

Overall, this suitcase is a bulkier case to transport than most. While it has decent rolling capabilities, it should probably stick to hard surfaces that aren't littered with rocks, soft dirt, or gravel. It's a great option for car travel and can easily be used at the airport as well.

The ORV 30 can move over curbs and over stairways with ease.
The ORV 30 can move over curbs and over stairways with ease.
Photo: Amber King

Reliability


This suitcase is solid. The outer material is a water-resistant 1000-denier polyester material that resists scratches and punctures. The wheels, zippers, and main handle are all well-constructed, some of the sturdiest we've tested. Given how durable each of these components proved during testing, we award this bag with one of the highest reliability scores in our review.


Even after throwing this suitcase in the back of a truck for a month, it still looked brand new. The corners, where you would expect to see the most wear and tear, are reinforced with plastic bumpers and thicker fabric. They really do their job, increasing the durability and longevity of the bag.

The durable exterior offers reliable protection from scuffs...
The durable exterior offers reliable protection from scuffs, punctures, and water on your travels. Travel on a boat, car, or airplane with ease.
Photo: Amber King

The fabric on the main body is also impressively water-resistance, repelling moisture during all our water tests. That said, the case itself is not waterproof because the zippers are permeable. If water can get past the protective zipper flap, it will seep in through the zips.

While this case isn't completely waterproof, we appreciate its...
While this case isn't completely waterproof, we appreciate its recessed zippers and durable fabrics that offer great water resistance.
Photo: Amber King

The wheels on the ORV 30 are large, rolling easily over cracks and other obstacles. They are also easy to change out if they do wear down over time with a simple twist of an Allen key.

The wheels are relatively durable, but still plastic in construction.
The wheels are relatively durable, but still plastic in construction.
Photo: Amber King

The only durability issue we foresee is at the bottom of the bag. The rubber guard in between the wheels was pretty chewed up after our tests. If you're somebody who bumps their bags up curbs and steps, expect to see some wear and tear in that area. Of course, that's what the guard is there for, so the fabric doesn't suffer.

While we appreciate the plastic bars on the back of the pack, they...
While we appreciate the plastic bars on the back of the pack, they don't quite extend long enough to protect the case from wear when dragging it up and down stairs.
Photo: Amber King

The burly zippers are simple enough to use, but they do get tangled up in the corners, given the softshell material. When the suitcase is fully packed, they're easier to use. The giant pulls help, especially if you're sitting on top of the bag, trying to close it.

We love the burly zippers and zipper pulls that make this bag easy...
We love the burly zippers and zipper pulls that make this bag easy to pack up.
Photo: Amber King

The main handle operates simply by pressing a central button. It has one of the smoothest actions in our review and feels sturdy as it glides to one of two possible heights. It doesn't bow out under the weight of a fully packed bag, either. If you're seeking a super reliable suitcase, this is one of the best.

Weight


This is a burly piece of luggage, yet only registered 9 pounds on our scale. That leaves you 41 pounds available for gear before making it an overweight suitcase at the airport terminal. You will definitely want to double-check yourself before flying, though — the cavernous interior of this case can easily swallow way more than 40 pounds.


Style


This case has a utilitarian, technical style. The exterior gear loops and super burly fabric give it an outdoorsy or even military-style look. It's not particularly stylish. This probably isn't the suitcase for regular business trips or anyone who likes a sleek look.


Value


The ORV is on the pricier side. Those seeking a simple bag for run-of-the-mill travel are unlikely to unlock its value. That said, if you frequently travel with enough gear to head to the crag or into the backcountry, you'll appreciate its rugged durability and packing capacity.

The Eagle Creek ORV is built like a durable beast. It offers some of...
The Eagle Creek ORV is built like a durable beast. It offers some of the best reliability overall and great organizational features.
Photo: Amber King

Conclusion


The Eagle Creek ORV Trunk 30 is a very technically-minded suitcase. This water-resistant piece is perfect for long expeditions via boat, plane, or car — a truly good choice for adventure travel. It's not a great option for those seeking a simple checked bag due to its bulk and utilitarian looks, but this is one to seriously consider for the go-hard and go-big adventurer.

We appreciate this rugged, utilitarian suitcase for adventure travel.
We appreciate this rugged, utilitarian suitcase for adventure travel.
Photo: Clark Tate

Clark Tate and Amber King

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