40th Anniversary

A History of Innovation


Eagle Creek is Born

  • Eagle Creek was born in the San Jacinto Mountains of Southern California
  • Young founders focused on innovation and durability

Adventure Travel Gear

  • Introduced the concept of the Adventure Travel Gear category
  • First backpack designed specifically for travel brought to market by Eagle Creek

Built-in Durability

  • First built-in organizational panel in a backpack designed by Eagle Creek
  • Began utilizing double needle seam stitching to increase product durability

Creative Solutions for Travel Security

  • The Undercover™ security category, a line of products designed to keep valuables safe, introduced to the market

Products for Every Step of the Journey

  • The Eagle Creek offering represented the Travel Outfitting story, providing solutions for any trips and every traveler

Global Stewardship

  • Eagle Creek began advocating Responsible Travel, encouraging our customers to travel while supporting local economies and environmental initiatives

A New Generation of Innovation

  • Eagle Creek launched the Switchback™, the first convertible backpack on wheels

Award-Winning Switchback® Max

  • The Switchback® Max ES, wheeled backpack with zip-off daypack, was awarded Gear of the Year by Outside Magazine.

A Step Above

Outside Magazine Accolades
  • The award winning Take 2 ORV Trunk 28 was introduced; innovation award from Outside Magazine and National Geographic Adventure

Eagle Creek™ Travel System Launch + Environmental & Social Responsibility

  • Developed a smart 4-step travel system to outfit any customer for any trip.
  • Introduced employee-led program to help make a positive impact in the places we live,work and travel.
  • Announced bluesign® partnership as one of our latest steps toward a sustainable future.

Pack-It™ Specter

  • Introduced Pack-It™ Specter, an ultra-light translucent line of packing organizers.


  • Unveiled the Morphus™ A patent pending, ultra-versatile bag that zips apart to become two full-size bags.

Award Winning Bags + Travel Security

  • A new innovation of travel day bags was introduced with the launch of 2-in-1 Ultra-lights.
  • ORV Trunk Wins Travel Award From Outside Magazine
  • All Ways Secure™ introduced as an integrated approach to travel safety.

EC Lync™ System

  • Recognized as Gear of the Year by Men's Journal, EC Lync™ System is a patent-pending, wheeled travel bag that packs down into a stuff sac.
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Eagle Creek travel luggage ensures travelers arrive at their destination confident and well equipped to experience it all. So grab your bag and let's go! Watch our brand video and get inspired.

Our Company History

Eagle Creek was born in the San Jacinto Mountains of California where Steve and Nona Barker ran a retail store called Mountain People. In 1975, they decided to put their energy full-time into pack manufacturing and began with a 1500 square foot warehouse in Solana Beach, California.

Since the beginning, innovation, durability and craftsmanship have been an integral part of the brand's DNA. Today, Eagle Creek offers a full spectrum of travel solutions and can outfit any traveler for any adventure with our 4-step Travel System.

Design Philosophy

We take pride in crafting durable and intelligent travel bags; smart solutions that deliver delight and discovery as benefits are revealed through each leg of your trip. Every buckle, zipper, webbing and fabric choice is scrutinized based on rigorous lab testing. Then we take our products on the road to make sure that when you travel, Eagle Creek will have your back. The places we visit motivate our aesthetic, infusing our products with the experiences and sensibilities of travel. Our travel system was made by travelers, for travelers.

We are keenly aware of the environmental impact of everything we produce. We strive to minimize material waste, and source and manufacture with the least environmentally impactful fabrics, trims and packaging materials. As many of our customers tell us, they have been carrying their Eagle Creek gear for years and have been amazed with the longevity of our products. To that end, we strive to make stuff that lasts a lifetime which means Eagle Creek products inevitably stay out of the landfill that much longer.

Brand Stories

Eagle Creek™ Travel System

Smart Travel in 4 Steps

We can outfit you for any trip using Eagle Creek's 4-step Travel System. Find your (1) Luggage & Packs, (2) Pack-It™ System, (3) Necessities and (4) Day Traveler™ all in one place.

Learn more about the Travel System


We build durability into every single product we make—it's the foundation of our brand. We've been making travel gear since 1975 so you can count on us to deliver products with proven performance.

Learn more about our Warranty

Live.Work.Travel.™ it's in our DNA


Our employee-led Live.Work.Travel.™ program encompasses the unique aspects of what we do, from our community involvement to our sustainability practices and global giving efforts.

Learn more about Live.Work.Travel.™