EMS Boda 70 Conversion Pack


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Eastern Mountain SportsEMS Boda 70 Conversion Pack

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Be prepared for stuck zippers


from Quincy, MA

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  • Roomy
  • Tough


  • Cheap zippers
  • Cut Corners On Day Pack

Best Uses

  • Urban travel

Comments about Eastern Mountain Sports EMS Boda 70 Conversion Pack:

I bought this pack when my Eastpak convertible--one of the originals--finally needed replacing. I used that pack for worldwide travel. I can already see the Boda 70 won't live up to the Eastpak.

On the plus side, the Boda 70 is huge. The longest trip I used it for was five days, and even then I didn't fill it. The pack cinches down nicely though, with sturdy clip buckles. Another nice feature is that the harness is adjustable, so you can fit it for real comfort. There's a mesh pocket in the lid, too, that comes in handy for dirty/wet clothes, or for things that you want to grab fast. It's main out of some tough material, too. I'm never reluctant to just heave it up in luggage compartment of a bus, or drop it on the ground in the subway. It also cleans easily with a damp cloth.

The daypack is pretty small though, barely big for a day in the city. Once you throw a jacket and maybe an small umbrella in there, you're out of room. The Eastpak was expandable, but the EMS daypack is as small as the Eastpak at it's smallest size. The main pocket of the daypack is pretty narrow, too, so have fun cramming a sandwich in there; it will come out squashed. It's basically big enough for a laptop in a padded cover, which is about all I put in there when I'm not traveling. Also, the daypack connects to the main pack with hooks that clip onto rubber loops. In time, that rubber will crack and break, and unlike buckles that you can replace,, once these break, the daypack will never go on the main pack again--a bummer when you're running through an airport or chasing a train.

The real pain is the zipper on the cover that covers the main harness. EMS definitely cut some corners, probably to save a little cost, but it was a big mistake. I don't think I've ever used it without it sticking big time, and it's always when you're coving up the straps right before you check the bag at the airport so the baggage handling equipment won't snag the harness. Also, it's a problem when you pick it up at baggage claim because you can never uncover the straps. Huge pain, and for that reason, I wouldn't recommend this pack. You're just going to end up with a lot of frustration during times when you just want things to work. I serioulsy doubt if EMS will post this on their site.

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Solid travel bag and good value

By Capt. Salty

from Manchester Ma


  • Value Design


  • No wheels

Best Uses

    Comments about Eastern Mountain Sports EMS Boda 70 Conversion Pack:

    This bag was purchased for a 7 day trip where modes of travel ranged from, air, train, taxi and a good deal of walking. The Boda 70 was pretty great in all of these conditions. The shoulder straps/waist belt carry the load well, not like a true 70 liter back packing bag, but well enough considering that they need to zip under the back cover for airline travel. Deploying the shoulder straps/waist belt cover should be practiced a few times so you can do it quickly when on the move. As another reviewer noted these zippers do snag at the corners and take a little persuasion. The zippers are not cheap and will hold up well. The main compartment in the bag is large and easy to fold clothes neatly into. There is a mesh pocket on the front loading lid. I found this to hold 7 days worth of underwear and socks perfectly with a little room to spare. The detachable day pack was the real winner. The bag detaches pretty easily and the rubber/nylon reinforced loops that the day pack attach to are very durable. The day pack can fit a surprising amount of gear, though overloading will cause the bag to bulge so it does not lay flat on your back. The space in the day pack is broken into 2 compartments. One compartment is open and will fit a light weight shell and light mid layer. The other compartment has a passport pocket, sleeve for a tablet or very small lap top (ie. macbook air), pen holders and a zippered mesh pocket.

    This bag really made organization easy, the day pack is well thought out, and I never had the sense that any part of the bag was susceptible to specific damage. I would pay $50-75 more or rollers and an extendible handle for pulling. You have to be accustomed to packs to like this bag, I am so it works out. For the money you will be hard pressed to find a bag that is up to variable travel conditions.

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