Topo Travel Bag (30 + 40L) Review

"Durable. Organized. Playful."

The Topo Travel bag has a playful style, which I like a lot, but it is very serious about being a great travel bag. This is a classic.


Topo Travel Bag (30 + 40L) Killer aesthetic on this thing.

Killer aesthetic on this thing.

Aesthetically interesting — I love the modern-vintage vibe of Topo gear… feels like something a drop out rock climber from the 70s would have in his toyota camry hatchback.

Topo Travel Bag (30 + 40L) Solid straps. No mesh, tho.

Solid straps. No mesh, tho.

Built really great —

  • 1000D nylon, 400D nylon pack cloth, 210D nylon pack cloth liner, 1680D ballistic nylon on select colors
  • Heavy-duty YKK zippers

Solid and a little sweaty to carry:

  • Comfy straps with load lifters.
  • Removable hip belt… just nylon webbing on the 30L but the 40L has some fatty padding.
  • No ventilation on the back… just some 1000D ballistic nylon. So it’s likely to get sweaty, but I personally can’t avoid that.
  • Straps can stow away and you can use a shoulder strap to carry as a duffel.
Topo Travel Bag (30 + 40L) Comes in 30L or 40L.

Comes in 30L or 40L.

Solid capacity in 30L, massive in 40L:

  • the 30L is actually the one I’d encourage people to travel with more because it looks better, is nicer to carry and will fit in more airplane carry-on rules.
  • But if you’re worried about everything fitting, 40L is maximum carry on size.
  • The whole thing opens clamshell, so it’s easy to pack/unpack
Topo Travel Bag (30 + 40L) Nice organization. Nice external access.

Nice organization. Nice external access.

Better than average organization:

  • Quick access with internal org
  • Org panel
  • Interior organization on main compartment
  • 40L has an extra layer of organization inside the main compartment.

Some nice bonus travel features:

  • Luggage passthrough
  • Small bag clips
  • Zipper security for main compartment and org panel
  • Handles on all three sides

Material Choice:Sub-Par Satisfactory Excellent

Build Quality:Sub-Par Satisfactory Excellent

Water Resistance:Sub-Par Satisfactory Excellent

External Access:Sub-Par Satisfactory Excellent

Internal Organization:Sub-Par Satisfactory Excellent

Carry Comfort:Sub-Par Satisfactory Excellent