You don’t need a perfect bag. You need an informed decision.
Expect to pay $100-400 for thoughtful designs + legit materials.
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A lightweight, suitable for smaller frames travel backpack with a killer harness and some interesting organization. Made from plastic bottles!
Costs a little more than others, but it's likely the last bag you'll need for years and years. The one draw back: not the softest shoulder straps.
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.
Tons of organization. Comfortable straps. 40L is maximum carry on size and can feel too big in transit sometimes. The 35L is killer.
Tons of organization. Comfortable straps. 40L is maximum carry on size. 30L is killer in travel and can even be used for a daybag when you arrive.
It can be a bit floppy because it's a soft-sided bag. Excellent rambler. Killer build and warranty. Solid inner compartmentalization.
Padded and protected all the way around. Extremely comfortable. Recommended to travel with a smaller bag alongside this one so you have a quick-accessible place for water bottle, headphones, etc.
Two large compartments, each with simple internal organization. TONS of capacity in the 40L version (but that one can look really big on people shorter than 6ft).
Will last you forever, the look is classic, the warranty is killer… A true life-long companion. External access is too minimal for me, tho.
These bags are excellent for any traveller who a). wants a good bag that's going to last forever, b). doesn't need a laptop or tech organizer built into their bag.
Great compartmentalization of the space. Super water resistant. Rubbery shell can be a problem for some. External access in transit leaves a little something to be desired.
A little smaller than others on this list, but that makes it sleeker. Nowadays I travel with a bigger bag, packable daypack packed inside.
There’s so many excellent carry-on bags out there. All of these have the seal of approval from us for one reason or another.