Cotopaxi Travel Backpack vs Tortuga Setout

Sacrificed Packing Space

The Cotopaxi Allpa Travel Pack is 35L, which is less than the maximum amount of volume that you're allowed to carry on.

The actual bag dimensions of 35L are 20" x 12" x 8".

Compare those to the carry on maximum size requirements of 22” x 14” x 9”. You'll see that you’re sacrificing a good five inches of possible space to carry your stuff on the road.

With the Cotopaxi, you're sacrificing too much space for a multi-week trip in Europe or jetting across differing weather zones.

You’re forced to make hard decisions on what to bring and what to leave at home. You’re sure to waste valuable time deciding whether to bring a heavier jacket and avoid the risk of growing cold on your trip… or not. All because your Cotopaxi is too small.

Instead, bring a backpack that measures at the maximum carry on size requirements, such as the Setout Backpack.

Flimsy Straps

Most of your travel backpack's weight hangs from its shoulder straps.

It make sense to make comfortable, thickly padded shoulder straps with a wide surface area to dispense that weight.

Unfortunately, Cotopaxi's should straps are thin and flimsy. They lack the padding your shoulders deserve.

The Setout's shoulder straps are crafted from injection-molded foam—the same kind that's in your favorite running sneakers. Over time, they only get more comfortable as they conform to your body.

No Reachable Pockets

The Setout’s hip belt features two large passport-sized pockets within easy reach. You don’t even have to take off your backpack to get into these pockets.

They’re perfect for storing your cash, coins, tickets, passport, and boarding passes.

Best of all: your most important items will always be within finger’s reach. No more digging in your pants' pockets, or rooting around in your bag for them.

And when you go through airport security? They’re a lifesaver. Quickly empty the contents of your pants' pockets into the Tortuga's hip belt pockets before going through the metal detector. On the other side, everything you need—like your boarding pass and lip balmis still within finger’s reach when you put your bag back on.

With the Cotopaxi Allpa Travel Pack, you won't have any reachable pockets while wearing it. In fact, no outside pockets are visible anywhere on the bag.

Every time you need something, you would have to take your bag off to find it. Choose a convenient Setout instead.

Missing: Water Bottle Pockets

Cotopaxi’s Allpa Travel Pack is “built for adventure travel" according to their website.

But where’s your water bottle pockets to rehydrate on dry plane rides or dusty bus routes? It's not to be found on the sides of your Cotopaxi bag.

The Tortuga Setout includes a lie-flat water bottle pocket. So you stay hydrated and ready for whatever the road throws your way. 

Don’t Attract Unwanted Attention

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 bright, highly visible colors and fabrics. But we deliberately created the Setout with a locals-only-vibe by crafting it in a beautiful, albeit concrete-colored, fabric.

Winning Combo

When you need a travel backpack that has your safety, hydration, and comfort in mind, check out the Setout Backpack. It’s a win-win.