Review: Eagle Creek’s Market Handbag

Traveling with a smartly designed purse can make life much easier on the road. It’s tricky finding a compact bag that’s roomy enough to carry essentials like travel documents, wallet, cell phone, water, and a guidebook without feeling bulky or weighed down. Eagle Creek swooped to the rescue with the Market Handbag. Not only is the bag well constructed, but the company integrated some innovative storage and security features that set it apart from a regular purse. I’ve found it so versatile and functional that I’ve started using it as my regular daybag. Watch the video above to see it in action.

Specifications:

  • Size: The Market Handbag measures 15 x 10 x 6 in (38 x 26 x 15 cm).
  • Capacity: The purse holds up to 730 cubic in (12 L).
  • Weight: It weighs 12 oz (0.34 kg) empty.

Market Handbag by Eagle Creek

Style

The black bag has a classic, sleek style that is inconspicuous when traveling.

Construction

  • The Market Handbag is extremely durable – composed of a heavy-duty nylon with a tight, woven texture. It also has a reinforced bottom, reflective accents, and satin interior lining. Added bonus: it’s made of vegan-friendly materials.
  • The sturdy composition can withstand wear and tear. Dust and dirt that can easily be wiped clean with a damp cloth.
  • The heavy-duty straps lay comfortably over the shoulder and are easy to adjust.
  • The main compartment has a special padded pocket for tablets.
  • There are lots of convenient organization options that includes: a spacious main compartment with a key lanyard and handy storage pouches, front zippered pocket, back slip pocket for mobile phones, and two side slip pockets.

Smart organization

Standout Features

  • Smart Security Features: The innovative security features make this bag special. the Secure-Zip™ Toggle closure threads through an eyelet on the strap so that it’s difficult for pickpockets to unzip. The strap has a latch that unhooks on one side so that it can be securely wrapped around chair backs and legs.
  • End Slip Pockets: There are two accessible side pockets that are roomy enough to hold a Camelbak water bottle. I like to use the leftover second  pocket to hold items that I want readily available like umbrellas, hand sanitizer, or snacks.
  • Smart Organization: The purse has thoughtful organization and enough pockets to stay organized, but not so many that the user feels overwhelmed or loses items. The spacious main compartment houses a couple of sleeves that can store a cell phone, eyeglasses case, and pen. It also contains a key holder and an interior zipper pocket for travel documents or wallets. The other side of the compartment has a latched and padded sleeve that can hold a tablet.
  • Perfect Travel Size: This medium-sized bag is deceptively roomy without feeling bulky. It can comfortably hold a tablet, phone, wallet, passport, water bottle, sunglasses, pens, guidebook, and lip gloss – with room to spare. It’s a great bag for sightseeing or a long flight.
  • Accommodates a DSLR Camera: With the help of an partitioned camera insert, I can hold my DSLR camera body, a small lens or two, my wallet, and cleaning kit in the bag. This makes it less obvious that I’m carrying expensive equipment than wearing a camera bag.

Considerations

  • The adjustable strap works very well, almost too well. It’s extremely easy to adjust, but this also means that sometimes if you accidentally hit or grab the buckle, it loosens easily.
  • I’m a little on the short side and wish the strap could shorten a couple of extra inches so that it would sit a little higher up against my frame.

About Eagle Creek

Eagle Creek is a travel outfitter geared towards adventure and independent travelers. With over 40 years of experience, Eagle Creek has developed a reputation for creating durable and smart gear. Its products are backed by lifetime warranty against defects.

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Where to Buy

The Eagle Creek Market Handbag can be purchased online for around $80 on its website.

Do you have a favorite travel purse or any questions about this one? Leave your comments below.

Lara Dalinsky
Lara Dalinsky

Lara was instilled with the travel bug at an early age and has visited over 25 countries. Her mother’s job as a flight attendant enabled a childhood of discovering the world. She recently relocated to Seoul, South Korea, where she hopes to explore some of Asia for the next few years. In addition to being the founding editor of En Route Traveler, Lara also works as a freelance graphic designer. In her spare time, she contributes as a Local Expert to AFAR, is an ambassador for FIG Clothing, enjoys vegetarian cuisine, instructs Zumba, practices yoga, dabbles in photography and, of course, travels as much as possible.


Eagle Creek sent me the Market Handbag to test, but the reviews and opinions expressed in this post are original and all my own.

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