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Cotopaxi Allpa vs Tortuga Setout Divide Backpack

Cotopaxi’s Allpa travel backpack looks like it’s meant for frequent travelers, but when you unzip the pack and look inside, you’ll find that it’s lacking in some major areas while the Setout Divide Backpack excels.

Needed: Thick, Comfy Shoulder Straps

Let’s get honest, shall we?

Your shoulders are delicate beings. They are the conduit between your body and center of operations: your brain. Your shoulders are often mistreated by being forced to carry the weight of your heavy backpack, handbag, or messenger bag.

That is why we made Setout Divide Backpack’s shoulder straps from injection molded foam. It’s the same foam used in the soles of your favorite running shoes. Over time, that foam breaks in -- in the best way possible -- and conforms to the shape of your body.

With the Setout Divide, your shoulders are treated with white gloves. You don’t end up with a mass of painful knots in your shoulders or neck, exposing you to pounding headaches and sleepless nights.

How does the Cotopaxi Allpa's shoulder straps compare?

They don’t. Comparing the Cotopaxi Allpa’s straps to the Setout Divide’s is like deploying a 6-year old to an alumni Fight Club. It’s just not fair to send such wimpy, under-developed, weak straps to war.

Where’s My Hip Belt?

A good hip belt, like the one on the Setout Divide, can transfer 80% or more of your bag's weight to your hips. When your backpack’s weight is lifted (literally) from your shoulders, your tender neck muscles burst forth with songs of praise… not annoying relentless complaints of pain.

A hip belt is designed to make your pack feel lighter. When fitted correctly, a good hip belt transfers your bag's weight from your shoulders to your hips. Then you use your big, powerful leg muscles to hold the weight of your bag, instead of using your weaker shoulder muscles.

If you're carrying 15-20 pounds, and you don’t use a hip belt, your neck will develop knots, creating long-term headaches. Which is, exactly, what the designers behind Cotopaxi Allpa want you to have because the hip belt they attached is not a true weight-bearing belt. So, strap it around your waist to look fancy… but don’t expect it to actually save your shoulders.

We want you to be comfortable on your trip. That’s why the Tortuga Setout Divide has a full-weight bearing hip belt. So your hips carry that full 80% of your bag’s weight.

And your shoulders are light, fancy-free, and primed for adventure.

Not Ideal for Air Travelers

The Setout Divide has a pass-through sleeve for use with a rolling suitcase, so you hook it right on the top of your rolling suitcase. Suddenly, your backpack is a good-sized personal item that doesn’t topple off your suitcase when you speed-walk through the airport. This small detail that makes it more ideal for air travelers.

Does the Cotopaxi Allpa 28L have this thoughtful detail? No way.  

Attracts All The Wrong Eyes

When you’re on the road, many times its best to blend into the city rather than stand out.

If you look like a tourist, your chances of being targeted by a thief, pickpocket, or worse skyrocket. Because you’re an easy mark.

City dwellers favor nondescript, dark colored bags and clothing. It helps them blend into the scenery and crowds rather than catch the eye of a potential criminal.

Cotopaxi picked neon 1980’s dance-party fabrics for their backpacks. But we deliberately created the Setout Divide with a locals-only-vibe by crafting it in a beautiful, albeit concrete-colored, fabric.

So you blend into the buildings, drifting below the radar and making it that much easier to evade evil-hearted villains.

Winning Combo

When you need a travel backpack designed with your safety, comfort, and delicate shoulders squarely front of mind, choose the Setout Divide Backpack. This travel backpack delivers a win-win.