Timbuk2 Wander Pack Review | One Bag Travel Backpack With Great Organization But Some Harness Issues

On transport large and small and journeys far and wide, the Timbuk2 Wander Pack is a great companion to have by your side. It’s a nice one bag travel option, but a couple harness & strap system issues exist. View Details & Buy: https://packha.kr/sgbo

View Our Full Review: https://packhacker.com/travel-gear/timbuk2/wander-pack/

0:32 – Material & Aesthetic
2:33 – External Components
5:59 – Inside The Pack
11:30 – Durability & Testing
12:47 – Pros & Cons
13:46 – The Verdict

You’re going on a trip. You have to bring things: clothes; shoes; electronics; toiletries. You have a decision to make, a question to answer: what type of vessel will I choose to carry all my items? Some choose a suitcase, others a duffel bag. But you don’t do that. You go a different route, off the beaten path, to places where suitcases and duffel bags don’t belong, but where you and your newly chosen backpack do.

Which pack did you choose? If it was the Timbuk2 Wander Pack, you’ve made a wise choice. The Wander Pack is Tumbuk2’s foray into creating “a legitimate backpacking pack.” If you read that statement and pictured a pack that’ll accompany you up a mountain with a sleeping bag and tent attached to it, your imagination would be spot on. But in the real world, the Wander Pack is more aptly described as a travel backpack for digital nomads.

Semantics aside, this is a great pack with attractive high-level details. It’s got a 40L capacity, measures 15” x 22.8” x 7.5”, and weighs 3.7lbs; it’s small enough for a long weekend and big enough for months-long travel. The two colors, Jet Black (the one we tested) and Surplus, both look great. It’s carry-on compliant for both major international airlines as well as small, regional ones. The construction is solid, made from water resistant 420D Ripstop nylon. And with Tumbuk2’s lifetime warranty, one needn’t worry about durability nor lifespan (though results on when something needed repair seem to be mixed).

The Timbuk2 Wander Pack is very nearly a perfect travel backpack. The things it does right, with its supremely efficient use of space and well-designed small details, make it hard to beat. If Timbuk2 would update the design to include a hip belt, reengineer how the shoulder straps lock in place, and attach the sternum strap to the shoulder straps, the Wander Pack would be second to none. As it is, it’s still a great choice for anyone looking for a carry-on compliant bag that’ll fit everything needed for your travels, no matter how far or wide your journey.

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In this video, Tom Wahlin of Pack Hacker reviews the Timbuk2 Wander Pack. It’s a decent one bag travel backpack option with some great organization options but unfortunately, there are some harness & strap system issues. Hopefully Timbuk2 will fix these for the next iteration.

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like2eat says:

Could you do a review on the evergoods 24L bag? Loving your videos!!

ryan webb says:

that bag is soooo ugly. timbuk2 should stay with the messenger bag.

Françoise Deighan says:

Such ugly and not user friendly at all, gave mine away. Messengers bags are good , stick with that. Your back pack are just horribly difficult to use, about laptop guys, shame used to be a good co.

Takahashi R says:

Awesome back pack but the lack of hip belt and the sternum strap situation are kind of deal breaker. Too bad! Good look and like the external fabric

anarokr says:

Hey man I appreciate your reviews, but can you give a measurement of your torso? I’m not sure if I’ve missed info somewhere (and I hope it’s not weird) but this would super help when trying to put bag measurements together. I’m a small female with a longer torso so I can carry a taller pack but I need to cut down the width and depth to be able to manage the weight.

Tom Wahlin says:

Hey Pack Hacker Community! What are your biggest gripes while traveling? Gear related or otherwise. We’re starting to do some free-form research on this topic and would love your input!

ziq ahmad says:

hi can you advise on travel pack that can fit with alienware 15 laptop and 3-4 days of clothing?

Ariel Ojeda says:


Nicholas Vazquez says:

Which pack in your eyes has a more business oriented look, the aer or the Wander?

An Dy says:

The “no water bottle” already was a major stopper for me ….too bad!

Sam Street says:

What size packing cubes are you using for this bag?

Lauren Hom says:

Wow looks like a great pack!

Nicholas Vazquez says:

Damn, looks like a great pack. Now I’m in between the Wander and the aer travel pack, to me they look very similar, one has rip-stop and the other cordura. One thing that the aer has though that the wander doesn’t is a laptop compartment. That’s a bummer.

V Raykov says:

Hello guys,

Could you please guide me which backpack would be able to carry in a crane 2, 1 mirrorless and 1 DSLR and total 4 lenses, also if it could transform to a normal travelling backpack it would be awesome.

Unknown Blogger says:

Hi. Can I ask you to do a review on Quechua Escape 30 (does has another name, N-Hiking) from Decathlon, since there’s no reviews in English.

Bernal Orozco says:

Hi, I’m a big fan of your channel. Just wanted to contribute. I went with the Cotopaxi Alpa 35L. It’s been fantastic. You should check it out at some point.

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