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Tortuga Travel Backpack - 44 Liter Carry-On-Sized, Travel Backpack

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4.3 out of 5 stars 45 customer reviews
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  • BRING EVERYTHING YOU NEED WITHOUT CHECKING A BAG. The Tortuga is a maximum-sized carry on backpack measuring 22 x 14 x 9".
  • KEEP YOUR BAG ORGANIZED AND YOUR STUFF WITHIN REACH. The Tortuga is front-loading, like a suitcase. Neatly pack your clothes and find what you need in your bag.
  • PREVENT DISCOMFORT AND INJURY. The padded hip belt transfers 80% of your bag's weight from your shoulders to your hips for a more comfortable carry.
  • NEVER GET ROBBED. All of the Tortuga's main compartments have lockable zippers to deter pickpockets.
  • PROTECT YOUR COMPUTER. The padded laptop sleeve fits up to 17" computers, has a lockable zipper, and is easy to access at airport security.
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Product Description

Bring Everything You Need Without Checking a Bag

Suitcases aren't made for world travel. Their cheap plastic wheels break easily on the cobblestone streets of Europe and dirt roads of less developed countries. Most backpacks aren't much better. They're designed for hikers and are too big to be carried onto a plane. Because they load from the top, your clothes are disorganized and hard to reach.

In 2009, we took a backpacking trip to Eastern Europe. The trip was a blast, but our bags were a disaster. We couldn't find the perfect travel backpack, so we made it: the Tortuga Travel Backpack.

Never pay airline baggage fees again. The Tortuga is a maximum-sized carry on backpack. The Tortuga measures 22x14x9", the default measurements for carry on luggage. (Always check your airline's guidelines before flying.)

Carries like a backpack; packs like a suitcase. The Tortuga is front-loading, like a suitcase, not top-loading, like a backpack. You can easily pack your bag and keep it organized as you travel.

Save your shoulders with the Tortuga's hip belt. The belt transfers up to 80% of your bag's weight from your shoulders to your hips. Because the hip belt and shoulder straps are fixed, the Tortuga will fit best if your torso is ~18-22" long. Please check the fit before ordering.

The Tortuga also has locking zippers, a laptop sleeve, exterior and interior pockets, air mesh back padding, and a cover to protect the straps while in transit.

Is the Tortuga Right for You?

The Tortuga was designed for international travelers, backpackers, study abroad students, and digital nomads who want to pack light for trips of 1 week to 1 year.


Product Details

  • Product Dimensions: 23 x 15 x 3.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • ASIN: B005BU2XNG
  • Item model number: 6537975
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (45 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #22,387 in Sports & Outdoors (See Top 100 in Sports & Outdoors)
  • Product Warranty: For warranty information about this product, please click here
  • Discontinued by manufacturer: Yes

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Seller Warranty Description
To the original owner, the Tortuga Backpacks Warranty guarantees against defects in materials and craftsmanship for as long as you own the product. If your product fails due to a defect, we will repair it, replace it, or refund your money at our discretion depending on product availability.

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By Amazon Customer VINE VOICE on May 31, 2015
(Before I get into the meat, if you're already suffering from sticker shock,Tortuga's website offers this bag for $200. Still too much? Have a look at Kelty's Redwing 44. Kelty has been in the business for ages. They're well-regarded. The Redwing gets great reviews. The best part? It's currently on offer for $119. Yep. Less than half the price of Tortuga. However, there are a couple of caveats to be aware of. Read below to learn how it stacks up against Tortuga and the others before jumping ship.)

I started with an Osprey Farpoint 70. I graduated to carry-on only & bought a Farpoint 40. Then I found Tortuga, so I returned the Osprey 40 and bought the Tortuga. Here's why.

1. Tortuga carries 4 more liters (1 gallon) of stuff, but still meets carry-on dimensions.
2. Tortuga has large hip pockets for easy access to passport, keys, money, cards, tickets, mobile phone.
3. Tortuga has side pockets that zip closed.
4. Tortuga has more organizing pockets & compartments.
5. Tortuga's square shape allows for more efficient packing
6. Tortuga is very well-padded and constructed. Noticeably more so than most other bags..

THE COMPETITION
Although Tortuga is best for me, Osprey's suspension is more adjustable. When you add to this Osprey's slightly smaller size and rounded corners, Osprey's Farpoint 40 is a better choice for those with small frames. Tortuga is too hefty for my slim, 5'5" sister because the suspension is fixed.

I went to REI Coop & looked at Osprey's Porter 46. That's half a gallon more space than Tortuga, but the hip straps have no pockets and are very flimsy. There is no place to carry a water bottle. The back padding has no air passage. The shoulder straps are not well-padded. Not a worthy contender.
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This is your backpack, stop looking. I put in dozens of hours of research into finding the appropriate backpack for my two month long trip, and I have to say, I couldn't be happier with my Tortuga. There was more than enough room for everything I needed, and I got tons of compliments from other more seasoned backpackers on the quality and size of the bag. My only complaint was that after two months of travel, I had a seam rip on the strap of my bag, but after I notified Tortuga of the problem, they quickly shipped me a new bag with a return shipping slip, and I sent the old one in, with no drama at all. I don't know where my next trip will take me, but I feel confident knowing that I have a bag that is perfect for my needs, and the support of a company that really understands what customer service is. I'm not sure I could've gotten that with a larger company. Tortuga is the way to go.
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I was reluctant to buy this because of the price but it turned out to be worth it.

From reviews I read this was designed for hostel/student travel.

1) It was designed to fit under a airline seat. Just barely but it saved $50 each way over the cost of Spirit airlines charge per overhead or checked in bagged. So I saved $100 first trip

2) It can transform from a compact suitcase to a backpack so you can adapt it the situation

3) Lots of pockets, and compartments, and accessible from many sides

4) Supposedly resistant to slashing by pickpockets. Didn't test that but had peace of mind.

Only thing I didn't like was advertising for Tortuga every where I like

Great for city-to-city bus travel.

NOT SUITABLE FOR: Overnight backpacking into the wilderness (no straps for tents or sleeping bags)
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I did not purchase from Amazon since it wasn't available but bought directly from Tortuga Backpack company.

Used this pack on my 3 week trip to Europe (Italy, France, England) and loved it! So nice to only have to worry about one bag and not have to hassle with dragging a wheeled one on cobblestones streets or lifting it up the steps of the train. It could have fit a smidgen better but I am a 5'2'' woman with a short torso. ;) The padded hip belt was great and the small pockets there were so useful. The laptop sleeve was my favorite! Perfect for laptop, folders, or folded jacket - it packed down flat and was quick to reach with out opening up the entire bag. I was able to fit everything I needed into the bag and then some. My only complaints would be the chest strap should be a little longer and maybe have a slight bit of padding to make it more comfortable and to make the pleat on the large front pocket a little bigger or stretchier because when the main compartment is packed full - it makes the large pocket puckered and a bit unusable.

Other than that, I adore my Tortuga and plan to use it for many years to come!!
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I was very conflicted when it came to trying to decide between the Tortuga and the Osprey farpoint 40 m/l. for a two week trip. I wanted to transition to suitable traveling pack in the event I decide to travel the world on impulse, I'll be ready. I acquired both packs and still found it very difficult to decide which one to go with. Even though I so badly wanted to go with the Osprey, it wasn't nearly as comfortable as the Tortuga and even though I will probably never travel with a laptop, the fact that the Tortuga had a sleeve in the back was a big deal. The osprey isn't meant for torso's over 19 inches unless you want the waist straps over your stomach. The Tortuga gets 4 stars for 3 reasons.
1. It's bulky and huge and the ugliest of em all.
2. The zippers aren't the best quality and I already see threads coming out of the pack. Not cool.
3, It's flimsy and the side pockets are cumbersome.
4. The internal compression straps don't really compress, they loosely hold together whatever is in the pack. The outside compression straps make the front look at a female private area.
Despite all of this, the bag really will get the job done. But maybe we shouldn't settle for just getting the job, consumers who pay over $199 for a backpack, we should get a little more. But from what I've seen, this has been the best. Certainly a oack for the heavier of packers and not the minimalist. Go for the osprey if you torso is under 19 inches and you don't travel much with a laptop.
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