Topo Designs Travel Bag Review | 40L Backpack For Carry On Travel

The Topo Designs Travel Bag offers some great organization in a classic heritage style, although we think the harness system is less than optimal. View Details & Buy:

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0:33 – Material & Aesthetic
2:56 – External Components
6:46 – Inside the Pack
11:22 – Durability & Testing
12:07 – Pros & Cons
12:41 – The Verdict

In this review, we’re taking a look at the Topo Designs travel bag. This is a 30 or 40-liter backpack—depending on which size you choose, we’ve got the 40-liter variant—and it’s got a lot of unique stuff going on. As a brand, Topo Designs has a pretty solid track record of creating backpacks and other gear that has a vintage, heritage-style look. The kicker is that, although their stuff has an old school look and feel, it’s all generally decked out with top-notch materials and awesome features.

At the time of this review, we’ve been testing the Topo Designs travel bag for two weeks, mostly as a daily driver on the way to and from coworking spaces and coffee shops. And of course, it’s always loaded up with a ton of gear.

The Topo Designs Travel Bag offers some great organization, thoughtful design features, and a pointed heritage aesthetic. If you can get past the laptop compartment not being an ideal size and you have no problem with the less-than-optimal harness system, there are a ton of pros and unique features on this pack. We love the compartmentalization and organization, as well as the excellent zippers. All in all, we think this bag could serve your one bag travel needs very well.

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bartogaming 123 says:

It’s nice

Jon Matle says:

I don’t think I’ve seen a single instagram poll give a positive consensus. Do y’all track that? I’d be curious to know what was the highest rating.

Peter Zaharis says:

Always liked Topo’s ethics (use of renewable energy, good supply chain etc). And I think their use of colour in their bags is great. I like Cotopaxi for the same reasons. But there always seems to be one or two things with their bags that make you pause or get something else which may be a similar price but slightly better. Still I like this pack and it would be something I would look at for a travel bag.

Christopher Punsalan says:

Do you have a suggestion on how to lock bags like this with zippers that are not lockable? I like the design but not being able to secure the bag with a combination lock is a concern for me, especially when if I opt to check it in.

Eliot Slevin says:

Crazy I was just looking at this bag the other day, interesting design. Love topo’s stuff!

Pack Hacker says:

Are you a fan of the Topo Designs style?

Hannah S. says:

I prefer backpack style when traveling with just my husband or friends but when traveling with kids if a pack has a messenger it is nice to be able to throw over my shoulder and over my pack. A common scene in my family is me with a backpack on the front of me and back of me and one slinged over my shoulder. But again I agree with y’all, I would way rather pack one backpack travel style!

Jason Maynard says:

I’ve had three travel bags by Topo: the original travel bag (which was 33L), then the 30L and 40L. They made great improvements over the old original bag. Grab handles, organization, depth to the outer pockets. I could have made the 30L work but moved up to the 40L for family travel (dad carries the extra stuff). I love the boxiness as mentioned. NOTE: the 30L does not have a hip belt (but you don’t really need it). I have no issues with the shoulder straps, but I only carry for travel (airports, train stations, hotels).

awesomesauce666 says:

i like the retro style/colours

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