Materials and Hardware

Tortuga is a product-first company. For us, performance comes first. 

Our goal is to design the absolute best gear for world travel. All of our products should perform well and last forever. That means we must balance the latest technology with the most proven solutions.

backpack shell



SHELL is a three-layer “sailcloth” originally developed for the sails of racing boats.

Sailcloth works well for sails and backpacks because it's durable, lightweight, and waterproof.

As a bonus, SHELL is also less harmful to the environment. The material is 100% recycled and uses no TPU, PVC, or other coatings; no fluorocarbons (like PFAS or PFOA); and no volatile organic compounds (VOCs).

  1. Recycled polyester face fabric with C0 DWR treatment
  2. 45° recycled polyester cross-ply
  3. Recycled ripstop polyester backing fabric

We use two versions of SHELL

Face Fabric 200D recycled polyester 70D recycled polyester ripstop
Weight (oz/yd²) 5.9 oz/yd² 5.05 oz/yd²
Weight (gsm) 200.1 gsm 171 gsm
Tear Strength (ATSM D2261): Warp 26.7 lb 17.8 lb
Tear Strength (ATSM D2261): Fill 24.8 lb 14.1 lb
Abrasion Resistance (ATSM 3884) 500 cycles 300 cycles
Waterproof: PSI 200+ PSI 200+ PSI
Waterproof: Bar 13.8+ Bar 13.8+ Bar

630D CORDURA re/cor™ RN6 Nylon

The Travel Backpack Lite 40L is made of 630D CORDURA re/cor™ RN6 nylon, a lightweight yet durable body fabric.

This nylon is made of 100% post-industrial re-claimed fiber that is 100% GRS (Global Recycled Standard) certified. Learn more on CORDURA's website.

70D Ripstop Nylon

Lightweight products like our Packable Backpack and Compression Packing Cube are made of recycled 70D ripstop nylon with an abrasion-resistant coating.

The base of the Packable Backpack is made for even more durability and abrasion resistance. The bottom panel is made of 70D ROBIC® ripstop nylon. This nylon is up to 50% stronger and 2.5x more tear-resistant than other nylon.

The panel is then reinforced with a UHMWPE (ultra-high molecular weight polyethylene) ripstop grid. You might know UHMWPE by a brand name like Dyneema® or Spectra®. This fiber has an extremely high strength-to-weight ratio, excellent tear strength, and high abrasion resistance.

This construction means your Packable Backpack can be lightweight but still tough enough for the road.

backpack zipper


YKK Zippers

Tortuga only uses best-in-class YKK zippers for durability, water resistance, and security.

We use PU-coated zippers in the Pro Collection for the best balance between water resistance and ease of use. For security, you'll find lockable zippers on the main compartments of our bags.

A travel backpack is only as good as its weakest component, and zippers are often the weakest parts of a bag. Cheap, low-quality zippers can distort and break. A broken zipper will ruin the backpack you invested in and trusted to travel the world with you. That’s why we only use the best zippers we can find.