Issue #1

Travel Backpacks

For this issue I’ve compiled a few of the best carry-on sized travel backpacks. Great for spending a few days in a new city without having to carry a suitcase with you.

All the selected backpacks are around ~35-45L in capacity and their main compartments open all the way up. They all have a laptop compartment too and some internal pockets for electronics and accessories.

Here we go!

Aer Travel Pack

Aer Travel Pack

The Aer Travel Pack is the backpack that I use. I've had it for about a year now and let me tell you: I love it. I switched from a regular suitcase to this backpack and I'm still amazed by its build quality and design. If you travel with a lot of devices, you'll enjoy the organizational capabilities it offers.

$220 on Aer's website →
Capacity 33L
Weight 3.7lbs
Laptop Up to 15.6"
Straps Chest strap
Carry-on sized Yes
Tortuga Setout Backpack

Tortuga Setout Backpack

The Setout is the latest addition to Tortuga's backpack family. It's a less technical backpack than their Outbreaker or Homebase, but a good choice if you're looking for an affordable and very spacious carry-on sized backpack.

$199 on Tortuga's website →
Capacity 45L
Weight 3.3lbs
Laptop Up to 15"
Straps Hip belt + chest strap
Carry-on sized Yes
GORUCK GR2

GORUCK GR2

GORUCK is a very well known brand for their military-grade gear and the GR2 is the perfect combination of durability, size and features. It's a bit on the expensive side, but you can rest assured this backpack will go through anything without breaking apart.

$395 on GORUCK's website →
Capacity 34L / 40L options
Weight 4.75lbs
Laptop Up to 17"
Straps No straps
Carry-on sized Yes
Minaal Carry-on 2.0 Bag

Minaal Carry-on 2.0 Bag

The Minaal Carry-on 2.0 is the natural evolution of Minaal's popular Carry-on 1.0. If what you're after is a very functional and super light travel backpack (at 3.12lbs it's the lightest of this selection), the Carry-on 2.0 won't disappoint you.

$299 on Minaal's website →
Capacity No capacity specified
Weight 3.12lbs
Laptop Up to 15"
Straps Chest strap + add-on hip pads
Carry-on sized Yes