Tortuga Setout Review | 45L Travel Backpack (Maximum Legal Carry-On Bag)

The Tortuga Setout is a maximum legal sized carry-on bag that’s “just right” for the average traveler. The few nitpicks we found are outweighed by the smart organizational features and design. View Details & Buy:
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0:40 – Material & Aesthetic
3:11 – External Components
8:08 – Inside the Pack
12:09 – Durability & Testing
13:05 – Pros & Cons
13:38 – The Verdict

We’ve gotten a lot of requests to review the Tortuga Setout, and we’re just now ready to reveal our thoughts and experiences after testing this bag for three months. Tortuga promotes this bag as being ‘just right’ for travelers. In their own words, it “packs like a suitcase and carries like a backpack.” It’s designed to give you the capacity to carry more on your travels, while still fitting within carry on limits for most airlines. Over the past three months, we’ve taken it to Detroit, California and New York to put it through its paces. So, does it live up to the hype?

Overall, we’ve enjoyed using the Tortuga Setout, but as you come to expect from a Pack Hacker review, we did find a few nitpicks. The velcro attachment on the hip belt, plus the fact that it rides up like a belly-belt on taller torsos, left us a bit confused. There is also a slight sagging when the pack is fully loaded, and the somewhat flimsy framesheet which could be improved. That said, the smart organizational features and design outweigh the couple of nitpicks we’ve found with this pack. The Tortuga Setout is a great option for a maximum legal carry-on bag. It’s “just right” for the average traveler and lives up to its promise of offering suitcase-packing with backpack convenience.

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In this video, Tom Wahlin of Pack Hacker reviews the Tortuga Setout. This 45L travel backpack will work great for one bag travel and works as a carry-on.

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Lucha Tech Fan says:

Hi. Will u be reviewing the Lifeproof backacks!

Pack Hacker says:

What Tortuga pack do you like better – the Outbreaker or the Setout? Let us know!

TheTBull8 says:

Love this bag!!!

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