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Rated 4.5 out of 5
Based on 626 reviews

Outbreaker Backpack 35L

$299
The maximum-sized international carry on. Fits in the overhead bin.
Size Guide
Pack everything you need without checking a bag.

The Outbreaker Backpack is carry-on-sized and fits in the overhead bin. This award-winning travel backpack combines the space and organization of a suitcase with the comfort and flexibility of a hiking pack.

Specs

Type
Carry on (Fits in the overhead bin)
Trip Length
1 week or longer
Dimensions
20 x 13 x 8 in (51 x 33 x 21 cm)
Volume
35L
Weight
4.5 lb (2 kg)
Fit
Height-adjustable
Hip Belt
32-60 in (81-152 cm)
Electronics
Up to 17” laptop and 9.7” tablet
Fabric
X-Pac® VX21
Hardware
YKK® zippers and Duraflex® buckles
Type
Carry on (Fits in the overhead bin)
Trip Length
1 week or longer
Dimensions
22 x 14 x 9 in (56 x 36 x 23 cm)
Volume
45L
Weight
5.1 lb (2.3 kg)
Fit
Height-adjustable
Hip Belt
32-60 in (81-152 cm)
Electronics
Up to 17” laptop and 9.7” tablet
Fabric
X-Pac® VX21
Hardware
YKK® zippers and Duraflex® buckles
Carry-On-Sized

Carry-On-Sized

  • Pack for one week or more with room to spare
  • Meets carry on size limits
  • Fits in the overhead bin
  • No checked luggage, no baggage fees
Easy to Pack

Easy to Pack

  • Front-loading with clamshell opening
  • Just the right amount of organization
  • Padded laptop and tablet sleeves in a dedicated compartment
  • Spacious main compartment with mesh pockets and side pockets
  • Front organizer pocket with key clip
  • Two external water bottle pockets
  • Two flat front pockets
Comfortable to Wear

Comfortable to Wear

  • Easily adjusts to your height for a perfect fit
  • Hip belt takes 80% of the weight off of your shoulders
  • Thick, soft foam-padded shoulder straps
  • Weight-bearing hip belt (removable), sternum strap, and load lifters
  • Breathable, sweat-wicking foam on back panel
Built to Last

Built to Last

  • Built for life on the road
  • Durable, waterproof sailcloth won’t rip or tear
  • Lockable, water-resistant zippers
  • Best-in-class buckles and hardware
  • Backed by our Common Decency Guarantee
  • Samantha L.

    Samantha L.

    Verified Reviewer

    "This bag is SO comfy and fits an unbelievable amount of my crap -- seriously, like a Mary Poppins bag."

  • Jeff W.

    Jeff W.

    Verified Reviewer

    "Amazing backpack that I overstuffed for a 6 month trip through 21 countries."

  • Amy D.

    Amy D.

    Verified Reviewer

    "The suspension system was fantastic. It felt like I wasn't carrying anything. That's really saying something considering I have a ruptured disc in my lower back."

Build Your Travel Kit

  • Outbreaker Packing Cubes

Reviews

average rating 4.5 out of 5
Based on 626 reviews
  • 5 Stars
    435 Reviews
  • 4 Stars
    102 Reviews
  • 3 Stars
    53 Reviews
  • 2 Stars
    20 Reviews
  • 1 Star
    16 Reviews
86% of reviewers would recommend this product to a friend
Quality
Rated 4 out of 5
Comfort
Rated 4 out of 5
Organization
Rated 4 out of 5
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626 Reviews
Reviewed by Erica W., from United States
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I recommend this product
Rated 5 out of 5
Age
35 - 44
Gender
Female
Height
5'0" - 5'2"

Great Backpack!

My Tortuga Outbreaker Backpack, is mostly used as a "go bag" or day backpack. I take it with me in case of emergency for a change of clothes, or a quick trip. I really like the lap belt as it takes the weight off of my shoulders. I have lower back and shoulder issues where I carry most of my pain. So the Outbreaker has been wonderful in making sure I don't add more weight to those areas of my body than I need to.

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Rated 5 out of 5
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Reviewed by Chaz F., from United States
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I recommend this product
Rated 5 out of 5
Age
18 - 24
Gender
Male
Height
5'6" - 5'8"

The World's Pack

Love this pack. I've taken it on a few short trips so far and it has been nothing short of incredible. Pocket space is more than sufficient. Plenty of room. Organized well. About to take this thing down to South America for a year - I have no doubt my affection will grow even greater for this bag.

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Reviewed by Lynette, from United States
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I recommend this product
Rated 5 out of 5
Age
55 - 64
Gender
Female
Height
5'9" - 5'11"

Outbreaker is great multi-destination bag

Just returned from 2 week tour of Norway and Iceland, 5 different hotels, 4 flights. Outbreaker, with packing cubes for internal organization, made it so easy to effortlessly stay on the move. We flew Icelandair, and our 45L bags (not overpacked) fit the overhead bins well. This was our first carryon only trip of this length, and I loved the ease of check in and airport departure it gave us. With the hip belts to carry most of the weight, we did not suffer any back or shoulder strain.

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Rated 5 out of 5
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Rated 5 out of 5
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Reviewed by Claudia F., from United States
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I recommend this product
Rated 5 out of 5
Age
25 - 34
Gender
Female
Height
5'6" - 5'8"

Great travel gear

Used it to travel for 5 days to Machu Picchu- it fits a lot!! Makes it great to grab and go. Highly recommend.

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Reviewed by Jason U., from United States
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I recommend this product
Rated 5 out of 5
Gender
Male
Height
6'+

Comfortabe to carry a load

The shoulder straps and weight distribution are excellent, it feels lighter than it is. Even factoring in that the pack weighs 5lbs empty.

Build quality is also great.

Some of the organization could be a little better, but maybe it just doesn't fit well with my style of packing and travel.

Overall very satisfied.

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Rated 5 out of 5
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Rated 5 out of 5
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Outbreaker Backpack $299