Estimated In-Stock Date: May 2014
Bring everything you need without checking a bag.
International travelers like you need the right luggage.
Suitcases aren't up to the demands of city travel. Hiking packs are disorganized and too big to be carried onto a plane.
You need luggage that's carry-on-sized, organized, and convenient. Scroll down to find out why the Tortuga is the ultimate travel backpack.
Suitcases aren't designed for world travel. Wheeled luggage can't stand up to the rigors of city travel. Have you ever tried dragging a suitcase with cheap plastic wheels over the cobblestone streets of Paris? Good luck!
The cylinder-shaped packs for "backpackers" aren't much better.
Those giant backpacks are made for hikers, not travelers. They're too big to be carried onto a plane, disorganized, and vulnerable to theft.
You don't have to compromise. The Tortuga Travel Backpack is the ideal piece of luggage for frequent travelers.
For a weekend getaway or a two-week vacation or a year traveling around the world, you need a bag that's made for you.
Airlines charge $50 to check a bag on a round-trip flight. Even after paying this fee, you risk having your bag lost, stolen, misrouted, or damaged by the airlines.
Keep your money in your pocket and protect your luggage by using a carry-on-sized backpack.
For added protection when flying, use the Tortuga's strap cover. Just zip the cover over your bag's shoulder straps, chest strap, and hip belt so that they don't get caught on anything.
After converting your backpack to "luggage mode," you can carry it down the aisle of your plane or train by the padded top or side handle. Carrying your bag this way makes it very easy to maneuver in tight quarters.
"I was able to stow the backpack straps away and check the bag on airplanes, which was awesome! It also fits on all overhead compartments on the trains and planes."
Carry on limits vary, but most airlines allow bags up to 45 linear inches (length + width + height) or 22 x 14 x 9". The Tortuga maxes out at exactly these dimensions. By maximizing your carry on space, you can bring the most stuff possible without paying airline baggage fees.
Don't worry, you can pack plenty of stuff in carry on luggage. You don't need to be a minimalist to fit all of the clothes and gear you need for a week or even months abroad.
The longest trip I've used the Tortuga on was a month in London. On that trip my luggage even included a suit and dress shoes for a wedding on my way back to the States. Some of our customers have even used the Tortuga on year-long, around-the-world trips.
"As a female, I tend to get a bit of anxiety when I have to fit my life into a bag for a few weeks. After packing everything I needed, I actually had extra space."
For more info, see this sample packing list from our FAQs.
Backpacks that open from the top leave your clothes in a disorganized mess. You shouldn't have to unpack everything (and make a mess of your room) just to grab a t-shirt at the bottom of your bag.
Packing a top-loading backpack is like packing a garbage bag.
The Tortuga is front-loading. You can open the entire front of the bag, just like a suitcase.
With the entire front open, you can see all of your stuff and grab just what you need. The Tortuga combines the organization and accessibility of a suitcase with the portability of a backpack.
"I can carry everything I need and it's easy to access what I want when I want it."
World travel requires you to constantly adapt to new conditions. You never know when you might have to sprint to catch a flight, show a ticket stub you'd forgotten about, or present your liquids for yet another inspection by security.
Whether you're a neat freak or a hot mess, the Tortuga's array of pockets can store everything you need within easy reach.
You can use the mesh pockets on the inside cover to store your electronics, power cables, copies of your important documents, and any other small items that you don't want to get lost among your clothes.
On the front face of the Tortuga, you'll find a large, quick-access pocket. This pocket is great for storing anything you will need at the airport or on your flight. Store your books, ereader, or carry-on-sized liquids here for easy access without opening the main compartment of your backpack.
Other "travel" backpacks neglect to include any pockets that you can reach while wearing your bag. To grab even the smallest item, you have to take those packs all the way off. That's not very convenient.
The Tortuga has four pockets that you can reach while wearing it.
The main body of the pack has two side pockets for storing guidebooks, maps, water bottles, umbrellas, or any similarly-sized items.
The hip belt (more on that in the next section) has two more pockets. These pockets are small but are also the easiest ones to reach when wearing your backpack. They are great for carrying cash, coins, tickets, and boarding passes.
You can also use these pockets when going through airport security. I transfer everything from my pants pockets into the Tortuga's hip belt pockets before going through the metal detector or scanner. Having my money, passport, and phone securely zipped away makes me feel much safe. Storing them in the Tortuga's hip belt pockets is much safer than throwing them in a bowl to go through the x-ray machine. Don't leave your valuables sitting out, just waiting to be stolen off of the conveyor belt.
Most backpacks feel great when you try them on empty in a store. But, when they're fully packed, you feel every pound pulling on your shoulders.
To prevent back, neck, and shoulder pain, you need to transfer your bag's weight onto your hips. A hip belt may not look cool, but it's vital for a comfortable carry.
"I love this backpack! I find as light or as heavy as I pack it, doesn't hurt my neck."
To minimize shoulder strain, use the Tortuga's padded hip belt to distribute the bag's weight off of your shoulders and onto your hips.
"The Tortuga’s hip belt has the best padding I’ve seen in this class of backpacks."
-Brandon, The Yoga Nomads
When fitted correctly, you should be carrying at least 80% of your backpack's weight on your hips. A good hip belt allows your strong leg muscles, not your weaker shoulder muscles, to carry the load.
Learn more about adjusting your bag's fit.
Tourist attractions, public transportation, and hostels are magnets for pickpockets.
Most backpacks close at the top, with a drawstring. These bags are easy targets for even the most inexperienced thief.
The Tortuga is made to keep your belongings safe. All of the zippers on the Tortuga's main compartment are lockable. Use a simple TSA-approved padlock (sold separately) to keep your gear locked up and out of harm's way.
No bag is 100% theft-proof. By using a theft deterrent, like a padlock, your bag will turn away petty criminals. Thieves are looking for a quick score. Don't be the easiest mark. If you put up some resistance, thieves will move on to the next target.
Still have questions? Read through the other tabs above for the Tortuga's features, specs, videos, and more. Then check out our FAQ.
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Volume: 44 liters (2,685 cubic inches)
Dimensions: 22 x 14 x 9 inches (56 x 36 x 23 cm)
Weight: 3.65 lbs (1.66 kg)
Materials: Body: 1680D ballistic nylon; Lining: 210D ripstop nylon
Frame: Internal, HDPE (high-density polyethylene) framesheet
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