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The Aer Travel Pack is missing one vital feature: a hip belt.
Without a padded, weight-bearing hip belt, you carry your pack’s entire load on your shoulders. No matter the distance you’re walking—airport to train or wandering miles to your hotel—you’ll painfully bear the load on your shoulders.
A hip belt’s entire purpose is to distribute weight from your shoulders and onto your hips. In fact, a good hip belt can shift up to 80% of your bag’s weight off your shoulders onto your stronger hip and leg muscles.
When we’re carrying a large backpack—like the Aer Travel Pack—this shift of weight is huge. It means you minimize the strain on your shoulders and back.
The Aer Travel Pack is a relatively small 33L, but you’ll feel its full weight. On your first half mile, it’ll feel like a bigger, heavier bag weighing down your shoulders.
That’s why the Setout Backpack has a padded, removable hip belt, crafted from injection molded foam. It's the same type of foam that cushions your feet in your favorite running shoes. Over time, this foam forms to your body for a custom fit.
Aer Travel Pack has a zippered pocket on the top of their backpack, pointing out this pocket is a “dedicated quick access pocket for your small items and travel documents.”
Only this pocket is not quick access. You have to take off the backpack and swivel it around to access the pocket. Wasting valuable minutes and whacking everyone in the face behind you.
Wouldn’t it be easier to have the pocket on a hip belt?
Your phone and passport are the last two things in your hands at the airport whether you’re in security or at your gate. These two items are your most valuable and, if lost, have the most disastrous consequences.
We want them close. Always.
The Setout’s hip belt has two zippered pockets for your most valuable items. So if one hand is holding a steaming cup of coffee, your free hand still grabs your phone or passport in a pocket right on your hip.
Aer Travel Pack is 21.5” x 13.5” x 8.5”. They claim this is “optimized to meet international and domestic carry-on luggage size limits.”
Unfortunately, that's not true.
The maximum size for a carry on is 22” x 14” x 9”. That's a lot of extra space you’re not taking advantage of when you use the Aer Travel Pack.
With that space, you could bring a set of gym clothes. Or even a couple extra pairs of clean shirts, socks, and your favorite jacket that makes you feel invincible. Or, leave some extra room for souvenirs you acquire on the road.
A small size is great if you’re an minimalist super-packer.
But for the rest of us, having a little extra space in your backpack means extra mental space. Meaning you’re free to pick up souvenirs, pack extra pairs of clean underwear or tees, or bring a book to read on long layovers.
At the perfect carry on limits, 22” x 14” x 9”, the Tortuga Setout has room for all that.
Interested in journeying with a travel backpack that’s engineered with your comfort in mind? A travel backpack that makes your travels easier and more enjoyable? Check out the Tortuga Setout.