The Litehaul 38 from Kathmandu is capable, stylish, boasts a very interesting pocket configuration and a more comfortable than normal harness system.
I like the sleek looks. I like the harness system. I like the 38L size in travel. I like the organization. And I like the price.
Material Choice:Sub-Par Satisfactory Excellent
External material is made from recycled plastic bottles! It feels like it won't be as abrasion resistant as other, more burly fabrics, but the price and lightweight performance are excellent.
Build Quality:Sub-Par Satisfactory Excellent
Lots of solid components on this bag. Zips, harness, air mesh on the back panel, liner, all solid.
Water Resistance:Sub-Par Satisfactory Excellent
I don't think this would do super well in a downpour. May want to find a rain fly that will fit this bag.
External Access:Sub-Par Satisfactory Excellent
I love the way they've designed the pockets on this bag. Top external access pocket is what we lived out of when we traveled with this. Watch video for details.
Capacity:Sub-Par Satisfactory Excellent
Solid amount of space for digital nomading and carry-on travel.
Carry Comfort:Sub-Par Satisfactory Excellent
Definitely a more comfortable harness system than my usual travel bags. Smaller framed bodies may really love this thing.
Doesn't Look Weird:Sub-Par Satisfactory Excellent
Simple, clean, no frills or thrills on the outside. But it's got a simple, clean shape.