Why I bought it-
I bought the Tortuga backpack prior to taking a month long trip through Europe. I wanted a bag I could carry with me wherever we went. It needed to meet carry on requirements and still fit everything I wanted to bring with me. One of the things that appealed to me about the Tortuga was the comparison page they had on their website. The listed all of the major competitors in the maximum carry on realm, and listed why the Tortuga was better than each of them.
The Tortuga is 45L and is the maximum size for carry on baggage with airlines in the United States (22"x14"x9"). It has lockable zippers and tough, but not waterproof, material. The main compartment opens fully, like a suitcase. It also features a smaller front pocket, two small side pockets, a laptop pocket in the back, and two small pockets on the weight belt. I also purchased the packing cubes that are designed to fit perfectly into the main compartment. When being placed in overhead bins or other storage, the backpack straps can be covered so they do not get caught.
I have used the Tortuga to go through many different countries and it has held up well. The durability of the backpack has been very good, and after a significant amount of use I have not noticed any significant wear and tear. It is still the bag I currently use for travel. I have been very happy with this backpack and plan to keep using it. While it has some room for minor improvements, it is a great option that has served me well.
Tortuga has now come out with a new line of bags called the "Outbreaker" series. I am considering buy the 35L to try and use as a personal item on airlines in the United States and a carry on for the more strictly limited European budget airlines. While it would technically be slightly to big, unless I ran into a flight attendant having a bad day, I would probably be fine using it for this. The new line appears to have ironed out some shortcomings of the previous line, such as using a more durable, waterproof material.
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