Kathmandu Litehaul 38 Travel Backpack Review

"Light & Capable"

The Litehaul 38 from Kathmandu is capable, stylish, boasts a very interesting pocket configuration and a more comfortable than normal harness system.


Kathmandu Litehaul 38 Travel Backpack A very capable travel bag for the price.

A very capable travel bag for the price.

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.

Kathmandu Litehaul 38 Travel Backpack Solid capacity in this 38L bag.

Solid capacity in this 38L bag.

Kathmandu Litehaul 38 Travel Backpack Top front pocket size is excellent.

Top front pocket size is excellent.


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.