March 7th, 2006

Eagle Creek Enters Business Travel

Eagle Creek today announced its entry into the business travel category with its 11-piece Velocity Collection, which the 30-year innovator of travel gear, luggage, travel accessories and packing solutions will unveil at The Travel Goods Show, March 7-9, 2006, in Las Vegas.

Smart, fast and light, Eagle Creek's versatile Velocity Collection is designed for every stage of the perpetual business traveler's journey.  Two categories are represented within the new Velocity Collection:  the first category includes Travel Gear used for travel (uprights, garment bags, totes), and the second product category includes Business Tools, or the shoulder bags and portfolios used everyday by business professionals.

Eagle Creek's introductory Fall/Holiday 2006 Velocity Collection, available in Black (with Amber trim internally) and Amber (with Black trim internally) includes:

Velocity Travel Gear

  • Upright (20", 22",  25")
  • Overnight Tri-Fold Garment Bag
  • In-Flight Companion
  • Wheeled In-Flight Tote
  • Women's Tote

Velocity Business Tools

  • Wheeled Office Case
  • Messenger Brief
  • Laptop Brief
  • Women's Portfolio

"Significant research combined with a deep understanding of the business professional's travel and everyday needs were dedicated to the launch of this product," said Eagle Creek Senior Vice President Ricky Schlesinger. "That dedication, matched by Eagle Creek's innovative track record, industry-leading quality, and the company's 30-year focus on durability, organization, comfort and convenience, all adds up to a stylish new option with a design sensibility that's just right for demanding business travelers."

Eagle Creek also introduces its innovative POD System within Velocity's Travel Gear uprights offering.  POD System is an intuitive Pre-board, On-board, and Destination-specific organization design approach that makes the travel experience easier even for the most seasoned travel veteran.

In addition to its innovative and intuitive organization system, Velocity is marked by unique product quality and design attributes only available in Eagle Creek product.

ExoForm Technology - Form without weight.  Compression molded, laminated and engineered for durability and abrasion resistance.  Soft, yet structured for easy packing and protection.  

Comfort built into every touch point - Ergonomic handles, soft-sided construction, contoured and padded shoulder straps, and fingertip friendly zipper pulls.

Integrated Pack-It™ System - Minimized wrinkles and maximized space with Eagle Creek's patented, built-in organization system.

Navigate with ease - Stackable companion pieces features an exclusive hard plastic, spring-loaded Quick Clip to connect luggage pieces, quick drop pockets, oversized wheels and comfortable touch points.

Insightful product design - Easier luggage to pack and unpack, with intuitive pocket placements for instant access to critical travel necessities. 

Grab and go - Retractable ID tags and handles.

Lightweight components - Trim and fabric designed to withstand the rigors of travel, without being overbuilt.

Velocity Super Light (VSL) Wheels - Hollowed out wheel components remove unnecessary weight without sacrificing durability.

Highly durable despite its lightweight construction, Velocity's intelligently and practically engineered line is built from the foundation of Eagle Creek's extensive experience in developing travel gear and accessories for the world traveler.  Velocity, like the 2005 introduction of Explorations System (ES) adventure luggage, also is backed by Eagle Creek's No Matter What™ damage repair policy, which, apart from losing one's luggage, offers the consumer free repair or replacement no matter what damage one's luggage receives or how.

Set for an early October 2006 release in travel and specialty retailers nationwide, Eagle Creek Velocity will run with the tagline, "SMART. PROFESSIONAL. TRAVEL."  In addition to promotional activity (to be announced), Eagle Creek's Velocity will be displayed at retail on a series of nesting fixtures designed specifically to showcase the professional collection.

Eagle Creek is a maker of adventure travel gear, luggage, travel accessories and packing solutions for active, adventurous souls.  Founded in 1975, California-based Eagle Creek, Inc., invented the adventure travel gear category, introduced the industry's first convertible backpack on wheels, and is revolutionizing the way travelers pack with its Pack-It™ folders, cubes, sacs and toiletry kit organizing system.