Tortuga Setout Laptop Backpack Review | Tech Focused 25L Pack For Carry On Travel

The Tortuga Setout Laptop Backpack is a solid tech-focused backpack for carry on travel, although we’re left wondering what it has to offer that the Setout Divide hasn’t already covered. View Our Full Review:

0:35 – Material & Aesthetic
2:35 – External Components
5:48 – Inside the Pack
10:34 – Durability & Testing
11:34 – Pros & Cons
12:18 – The Verdict

The Tortuga Setout Laptop Backpack is a tech-focused daypack that falls right in line with the rest of Tortuga’s lineup—specifically, it’s very similar to the Setout Divide. We’ve been excited to get our hands on this pack and see how it differs from Tortuga’s other gear, which we’ve been mostly impressed with over our years of testing.

At the time of this review, we’ve been testing the Tortuga Setout Laptop Backpack for about two weeks. We’ve also tested the original Tortuage Setout for three months, and the Setout Divide for a total of one month. Since the materials are so similar between all these bags, we’re pretty confident this bag will follow a similar trajectory in terms of durability. Really, there haven’t been any durability issues yet on any of these packs except for some small aesthetic blemishes on the 900D polyester.

The Setout Laptop Backpack is definitely a great addition to the Setout line. Although we feel strongly about grabbing the Setout Divide compared to this Laptop Backpack, if you’re looking for something smaller and you don’t need the versatility this is a solid choice. We do think the front organization panel needs some work, and we wish the strap attachment was a bit more secure, but this pack definitely fits its use-case quite well.

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In this video, Tom Wahlin of Pack Hacker reviews the Tortuga Setout Laptop Backpack, a tech-focused 25L pack for carry on travel

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oOGeekITOo says:

I like Tortuga’s backpacks for their design. Each model looks neat and stylish. This one is no different. But it seems to be a bit small for a carry-on bag unless you’re a consummate minimalist.
I remember that moment when i bumped into Tortuga’s website, there was only The Outbreaker. But now they have Outbreaker, Setout, Setout Divide – and all of them are carry-on. The more options the more difficult it is to choose backpack %)

The Poetic Voyage says:

Came for the review. Stayed for the shirt.

Mélanie Roussel says:

Still got my eyes on the Osprey Fairview 40..

An Dy says:

@Pack Hacker Could you please update your height information box(es) to also put meters / cm in it as an addition? Not everybody is using feet as a unit. Thanks!

Casey Taylor says:

Love travel gear – thanks for all the video’s. Also…love the pj shirt – classic!

Pack Hacker says:

How much tech gear do you travel with?

An Dy says:

When I just saw the messed up organizer panel — show stopper, too bad.

Mazza Spitz says:

any chance you can review the boundary supply?

andymck62 says:

great review really well detailed thanks.con you have a look and your thoughts on the Pacsafe Vibe 28 please.

Ch Th says:

Good review, but what a shirt.

Vincent Tandaw says:

Is that the Aer Travel Wallet I see inside the organizer section? Hmm

Anderson Merhej says:

Hi there! i’m from Brazil and your reviews are so incredible, relevants and informatives. Good job man!! Lets go to my doubt(s): I’m planning an one month trip to eastern Europe or some nearby countries (and probably I will get some cold weather) and my plans include washing clothes during the journey. Here in Brazil we don’t have this variety of carry-on travel bakcpacks (just Thule is available sometimes). What do you recommend in terms of capacity (I tought about 35-45 liters so I don’t need to check in) and what about buying one at the destiny (and travel from here with one bag I can throw away)? Thank you so much!

Andy Modell says:

Could you put an article or video comparing the different setout models side-by-side so we can get a feel for how they look next to each other?

AafkeArt says:

The Tortuga logo is so unobtrusive and such a minimal design that I actually think it’s rather cool having it all over. I like that it opens fully, but I prefer the divide.

Vincent Tandaw says:

THANK YOU PACKHACKER! This was the review that I’ve been looking for. Now about 90% ready to buy!

Christopher Rines says:

Hey Tom,

Great video as always. It was one of the most helpful yet but for a different reason than the review of this bag. Somehow I completely missed the video on the Divide version. Not sure if it’s because it was before I was following or because I dismissed it out of hand after experiencing the original bags from Tortuga but I went and watched the Divide video after this one and it just might be the perfect size travel bag – at least for me. While as a day pack I prefer a smaller/tighter bag (with my current favour being the Arktype Dashpack 2) but I think I could deal with the compressed size as my day pack if it meant I only need to carry one bag! It’s surprisingly inexpensive as well, at least when compared to similar and even inferior packs. I love the beefy handles and it has the duffle carry which I ideally want at least as an option in any travel bag ( and ideally in a daily work carry). There’s a good chance I’d pick something up like a Loctote as a non-work buzz around town or go exploring day pack.

Note on Soap Nuts… I called the active ingredient Sapanella (sp?) but that’s the name of just the plant I referenced. The actual name of the soap ingredient is sapanen and soap nuts have much more of it than the actual plant which I mentioned was used a lot in WW2 Britain due to shortages. Of course it’s use goes back to the Middle Ages. Another neat fact and a good reason it might be ideal for cleaning Merino Wool is it’s the soap used on restoration projects where a modern soap is way to harsh. I also love the fact it doesn’t foam since the hardest part of rinsing Clothes is getting rid of all the foam.

Note 2 – As much as I love the Arktype bag it has 1 (almost) fatal flaw. That is the external laptop compartment is made for a MacBook 15” so even my rather svelte X1 Extreme won’t fit. It does fit in the internal sleeve which makes it not a total flaw just annoying. Like so many manufacturers they seem to target Apple devices and forget the 80% of the market using windows (or Linux in my case) laptops.

I need to send the dimensions of my X1 to Tortuga to ensure it fits in the Divide’s pocket and if it does I think I’ll be grabbing it as my travel bag of choice. 🙂



Darryl says:

For some odd reason I want sushi. Hopefully a company will create a travel backpack named the Bento Box.

BagelsBagels says:

I’ve never watched a backpack review that made me crave sushi before. Interesting.

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