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.
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.
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.
Other Bags to Check Out:
Smith the Roll Pack from Millican is a perfect eco-friendly rambler for daily adventures that's built excellently, has plenty of room for your stuff, but still looks good when it's not totally full.
The Travel Duffel from Aer is an excellent "trunk style" duffel bag, but with a whole smattering of modern travel tools like laptop storage, water bottle storage, and tech organization.
At first glance it looked weird. Then I used it for a couple days. Good god does this bag do it all well. Seriously, so much organization, so well built.
The ATD1 is an expandable backpack you can use for both travel and daily carry. Looks pretty damn good too. One of the best in this category for sure.
The Aeronaut from Tom Bihn is an excellent duffel/backpack conversion bag with minimal organization and insanely durable materials and construction.