Tortuga Setout Travel Backpackpack Review

The Setout from Tortuga is one of our highest recommended travel bags because it has tons of capacity and organization and a very comfortable back panel and straps.

This thing has so much capacity! One of my favorite bags when I know I need to bring a ton of sh*t. There’s a simple tech organizer which is totally satisfactory, and then there’s just a huge space for everything you need.

And it’s got one of the most comfortable shoulder strap setups out there so when you pack it full it won’t break your back.

Ultimately this is a really killer bag for 1-bag travel, and one of my go-to bags when I need to pack a ton of shit.


Material Choice:Sub-Par Satisfactory Excellent

The main fabric of the bag is actually lightweight but feels really solid. 900D polyester from recycled plastic bottles. Lining is nothing special, but better than it could be.

Build Quality:Sub-Par Satisfactory Excellent

You'll notice the back panel and straps feeling robust and well built. I never hear about these things breaking.

Water Resistance:Sub-Par Satisfactory Excellent

It's got decent DWR coating.

External Access:Sub-Par Satisfactory Excellent

There's a LOT of organization accessible on this sucker.

Internal Organization:Sub-Par Satisfactory Excellent

All the little stuff and tech stuff and water bottles have a place on this guy.

Carry Comfort:Sub-Par Satisfactory Excellent

Lots of air breathability and comfort on this sucker. Hip straps can help a lot (even though the bag is a bit floppy if not completely packed out).

Doesn't Look Weird:Sub-Par Satisfactory Excellent

40L can look very big on a smaller frame. 35L is an option for those folks. But the bag can also have a kinda frumpy look sometimes. Not a deal breaker for me since it does so much well.

Tortuga Setout Travel Backpackpack Looks smart in black. The polyester made from recycled bottles feels great. 

Looks smart in black. The polyester made from recycled bottles feels great. 

Tortuga Setout Travel Backpackpack Really large capacity: comes in 40L and 35L. 

Really large capacity: comes in 40L and 35L. 

Tortuga Setout Travel Backpackpack Lots of organization for the little stuff in the main organization panel. Also features dual water bottle pockets, laptop and tablet pockets, quick access pocket. 

Lots of organization for the little stuff in the main organization panel. Also features dual water bottle pockets, laptop and tablet pockets, quick access pocket. 

Tortuga Setout Travel Backpackpack Really robust and comfortable back panel and straps. Hip straps are great as well. 

Really robust and comfortable back panel and straps. Hip straps are great as well. 

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