May 20th, 2005

Eagle Creek Switchback™ Max ES Earns Coveted 2005

Trundle this cleanly designed multitasker up to the reception desk at the W Hotel without looking like you're fresh off the mountain, then zip off the bomber backpack to launch into the urban jungle or more challenging environments" reads Outside gear editor Ted Stedman's review of Eagle Creek's Switchback™ Max ES, which earned the 2005 "Outside Gear of the Year" designation for luggage.

"When it comes to the equipment and apparel you'll trust with your life, we take our jobs very seriously," said James Glave, editor of the 2005 Outside Buyer's Guide. "As we sifted through hundreds of new adventure products, we sought out those that delivered outstanding technical performance, style, and design."

Touted as America's leading active lifestyle and adventure-travel magazine with an audience of nearly 2.3 million readers worldwide, Outside is the only magazine to receive three consecutive National Magazine Awards for General Excellence. With reviews of more than 420 products, the 2005 Outside Buyer's Guide is considered the authoritative handbook to the latest active-lifestyle gear, equipment, and apparel. In-depth evaluations of the winning products appeared in the tenth-anniversary edition of the annual Guide.

"The Outside award is especially rewarding as it recognizes more than 30 years of gear innovation and our people who are truly passionate about travel," said Eagle Creek Executive Vice President Ricky Schlesinger of the Outside award. "By combining our passion for travel with our emphasis on 'one customer,' the traveler, we're able to deliver stand-out products like the Switchback that make traveling easier for our customers."

The Eagle Creek Switchback™ Max ES 25 which carries Eagle Creek's No Matter What™ Damage Repair Policy, is available at retailers nationwide. More information on the wheeled luggage piece, as well as a retail store locator, is available at

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.