Tortuga Packs, a review

If you’re looking for a backpackers pack, you’ve come to the right place. Made by travelers for travelers looking for the BEST pack out there, Tortuga is the company for your travel carrying needs! Since the purchase of my Tortuga V2 they’ve since upgraded to the Tortuga Outbreaker which only means that this already amazing 44 Liter bag has only improved; it has the same amazing features with a much sleeker look and the option to choose between 35L or 45L.

ABOUT OUR JOURNEY

I’ve carried this pack to Sweden and Finland in the dead of winter for 9 days abroad, filled with all of my clothes for a 15-day adventure to California, and multiple weekend getaways. I’ve yet to be disappointed. At Maximum carry-on size and full of space, I honestly couldn’t imagine travel without it. It has been my primary travel pack for the last two years now and here’s why:

It’s carry-on-sized — 22″ x 14″ x 9″ (56cm x 36cm x 23 cm)

No more baggage fees — I have never had to check this backpack. I would estimate that I’ve saved somewhere in the range of $500+ USD in baggage fees over the last two years.

It’s a front loading backpack — AMAZING. No more reaching deep into the top opening of your backpack blindfolded rifling around for something specific. I loved this feature so much I changed my hiker’s backpacking pack to this style. 

Pretty theft deterrent — Not theft proof; no backpack, suitcase, duffel or any other type of luggage is 100% theft proof but that being said there are always ways to minimize theft of your belongings. One of the really nice features about the Tortuga Pack is that all of the zippers on the main compartment of the Tortuga travel backpack are lockable (great not only for the in between but the hostel and/or couch stays too!).

SPECS:

  • Dimensions: 22″ x 14″ x 9″ (56cm x 36cm x 23 cm) — Carry-on Backpack size!
  • Sizing/Fit: 18″+ torsos
  • Weight: 3.65 lbs (1.66 kg)
  • Laptop Sleeve: Fits laptops up to 17in
  • Materials: 1680D ballistic nylon body and 70D ripstop polyester lining
  • Zippers: YKK
  • Buckle Material: Duraflex

OVERVIEW:


The Tortuga’s rectangle shape, similar to a suitcase, allows for ample packing space. With 11 pockets, you will neat and organized. Adjustable and comfortable, this pack will not let you down.

BUILT TOUGH.  A very durable outer shell leaves you peace of mind when shoving our back into overhead compartments or under airline seats. the pack is made with a 1680D ballistic nylon which is incredibly durable and offers some resistance to the elements.

HANDLES/STRAPS. The backpack straps and handles are all well padded and adjustable; with the adjustable, padded hip belt the weight of your pack should never strain your back or shoulders. A great feature of this pack is that the shoulder and hip straps zip away and a strong side handle allows you to carry your bag duffel style. This is super beneficial in busy places where you want a better eye on your belongings and/or you’re concerned about knocking into other people with your baggage.

POCKETS. With 11 pockets total, this variety of compartments means your organization should be pristine.

Here’s the breakdown:

  • 2 zippered side pockets — good for packing socks, accessories, cables, chargers, etc
  • 2 convenient hip belt pockets — great for passport, phone, chapstick, and emergency money storage
  • 1 medium-sized accessory/front pocket — store a pair of shoes, flip-flops, a book or other accessories
  • 1 large main compartment — storage for all your clothes and whatever else fits inside
  • 1 laptop sleeve — padded laptop storage for laptops up to 17″
  • 4 zippered pockets (internal) — two small zippered pockets on the two buckled ‘compression’ parts that can be used as an organizer barrier for the main compartment and two transparent mesh pockets located on the inside of the front flap of the backpack. I like to put my toiletries here so I can just unzip my pack and leave it open-faced for airport security.

MAIN COMPARTMENT. The interior lining of the front-loading Tortuga travel backpack is constructed with a durable 70D ripstop polyester lining. This makes the pack feel equally as strong and seemingly everlasting as the exterior. I cannot stress the value of traveling with a front loading bag as opposed to a top loading. As an avid hiker and camper, my newest long-term backpacking bag requirement was to have a front loading option after using my Tortuga! It is messy and inconvenient to have to rifle through all of your belongings to find something stuffed away at the bottom. The front loading option allows for easy access to all of your belongings and ultimately great organization which is the key to a stress-free, successful backpacking trip for me.

PERSONALIZATION. The design and fabric of the pack is inviting to patches! I’ve decorated mine with some of my favorites and a friend has affixed his with the names of everywhere his bag has been! I iron and sew on my patches for durability, however, I love the instant personalization this allows me.  

IN CONCLUSION

I really cannot say enough about this bag! It fits an AMPLE amount of clothing.

For 9 days in Sweden and Finland, I had to pack some serious layers for warmth; I fit everything I needed inside of my Tortuga V2 Travel Backpack. This was ideal for train and bus rides, as well as trekking through snowy/slushy, cobblestone streets. After purchasing some souvenirs abroad, I still had enough room to travel home.

For 14 days in California, I packed all of my hiking and casual clothing into this backpack (my camping gear had its own home in a checked bag). I had more than enough for 3 days on the beach, a few nights out, miles of hiking, hours of lake and river swimming, and 85+ degree days followed by 35-degree evenings. Our flight was actually delayed overnight as well and having my essentials on my back was AMAZING. 

For weekenders, this bag is clutch. It allows me the options I need for those ‘just in case’ moments and my laptop and school work while allowing me to bypass the baggage claim and getting me through the security line at the airport in no time.

It fits under most airline seats even packed to capacity and never fails to fit in an overhead container. Since my purchase in 2016, I have yet to check this bag and I don’t anticipate on that changing any time soon. It is SO convenient to have everything on your back!

Although I can’t fathom purchasing the Outbreaker considering the V2 has been nothing short of amazing and is still in such great condition, I hope to have the opportunity to review it in the future and compare the two products.

If you are interested in Tortuga products, including not only their travel bags but accessories as well visit their webpage a  tortugabackpacks

Travel on your terms with Tortuga!  


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Published by expeditioneducation

Hi there, I'm Kati! I'm an outdoor recreation loving public school teacher who plans epic adventures on her school breaks. If you like to explore and experience beautiful new places on a budget, then let me help you plan your next trip!

20 thoughts on “Tortuga Packs, a review

  1. This Main Line Life – Inspiring women over 50 & in midlife to feel beautiful inside & out. Bringing you health, beauty, outfits and wellness content that’s relevant to you (not a teenager). Come share the journey with me.
    This Main Line Life says:

    Glad you had a layout of everything that could fit in the backpack. Really helpful in deciding the proper size.

  2. Your post makes me wistful and want to drop everything and go traveling again like I used to a lot more before kids, thanks for reviewing what sounds like a great versatile back pack. Sounds awesome.

    1. expeditioneducation – Hello! My name is Kati. I am currently a Middle School Teacher and three season sports coach in upstate New York. If you take a look at my blog you will learn that I love being outside, exploring places near and far, and aspire to create this website into something that inspires others to connect with what's around them. My hope is that you read something here that inspires you to learn more and challenge yourself every day. Don't be afraid to leave your comfort zone for that is where true growth​ begins! Thank you so much for reading!
      expeditioneducation says:

      it is awesome!! get back out there sometime!

  3. benleander – Compulsive nonconformist who left the 9-to-5 world after studying psychology and has since then devoted himself to design and writing on a freelance basis. Has at least four different kinds of chips at home at any given time.
    benleander says:

    Glad you had a good time with that backpack! Looks like you have some awesometimes behind + ahead of you 🙂

  4. Marie Fe Amaya – Arizona, USA – Hello there! My name is Marie Fe Callao (Amaya). I am from Philippines and lives in Arizona United States. WELCOME TO MY JOURNEY IN LIFE!
    Marie Fe Amaya says:

    I want a backpack like that. We always go on roadtrips and I only got big travelling bag. Thanks for sharing

  5. That is absolutely amazing! I always travel light (just one carry-on) and people think Im so crazy. Im so happy to see you even do it with a backpack. And this one is bomb, I really need to get myself one. Love this!

    1. expeditioneducation – Hello! My name is Kati. I am currently a Middle School Teacher and three season sports coach in upstate New York. If you take a look at my blog you will learn that I love being outside, exploring places near and far, and aspire to create this website into something that inspires others to connect with what's around them. My hope is that you read something here that inspires you to learn more and challenge yourself every day. Don't be afraid to leave your comfort zone for that is where true growth​ begins! Thank you so much for reading!
      expeditioneducation says:

      It is really the best! goodnwork girly!!

  6. That’s a great travel backpack. I love traveling and would love to try this backpack

    1. expeditioneducation – Hello! My name is Kati. I am currently a Middle School Teacher and three season sports coach in upstate New York. If you take a look at my blog you will learn that I love being outside, exploring places near and far, and aspire to create this website into something that inspires others to connect with what's around them. My hope is that you read something here that inspires you to learn more and challenge yourself every day. Don't be afraid to leave your comfort zone for that is where true growth​ begins! Thank you so much for reading!
      expeditioneducation says:

      go for it! it’s a great product.

    1. expeditioneducation – Hello! My name is Kati. I am currently a Middle School Teacher and three season sports coach in upstate New York. If you take a look at my blog you will learn that I love being outside, exploring places near and far, and aspire to create this website into something that inspires others to connect with what's around them. My hope is that you read something here that inspires you to learn more and challenge yourself every day. Don't be afraid to leave your comfort zone for that is where true growth​ begins! Thank you so much for reading!
      expeditioneducation says:

      you certainly can!

    2. expeditioneducation – Hello! My name is Kati. I am currently a Middle School Teacher and three season sports coach in upstate New York. If you take a look at my blog you will learn that I love being outside, exploring places near and far, and aspire to create this website into something that inspires others to connect with what's around them. My hope is that you read something here that inspires you to learn more and challenge yourself every day. Don't be afraid to leave your comfort zone for that is where true growth​ begins! Thank you so much for reading!
      expeditioneducation says:

      it really does fit a ton! it’s great.

  7. Kaella – New Jersey – Hi my name is Meagan, I am the owner, creator and write of Kaella Boutique and Blog. I am a mom to 4 beautiful kids ranging from an infant to 17 years old and our 1 year old puppy Max. I am the wife to a hardworking man and amazing dad. Plus, (as Danyella makes me say) the grandma to Benny the rabbit. My life is all about creating and bringing beauty into the world.
    Kaella says:

    It sounds like you and your backpack have been on some great adventures. I could have used this bag for a few of my trips to avoid checking in a bag.

    1. expeditioneducation – Hello! My name is Kati. I am currently a Middle School Teacher and three season sports coach in upstate New York. If you take a look at my blog you will learn that I love being outside, exploring places near and far, and aspire to create this website into something that inspires others to connect with what's around them. My hope is that you read something here that inspires you to learn more and challenge yourself every day. Don't be afraid to leave your comfort zone for that is where true growth​ begins! Thank you so much for reading!
      expeditioneducation says:

      oh it’s the best! So convenient.

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