What's the Difference Between the Men's and Women's Setout Backpacks?

Two of our most popular backpacks—the Setout Backpack and Setout Divide—are available in both men's and women's fits. 

The Setout Backpack (Men's Fit, Women's Fit) is the "just right" bag for international, city travel.

The Setout Divide (Men's Fit, Women's Fit) is the smaller, expandable bag for shorter trips.

Keep reading to learn why we made women's packs and what makes them unique.

Shoulder Straps


The curvature of each version's straps are designed to fit optimally on each sex. The women's backpack straps are curved for narrower frames with a higher-placed chest strap (so that it won't cut across your breasts). The men's backpack straps are curved to fit optimally on broader shoulders.

Left: Women's Setout Backpack straps. Right: Men's Setout Backpack Straps.



The Women's Setout backpacks' straps have a layer of closed-cell foam for structure and durability and a layer of soft, squishy, open-cell foam for cushiness. The straps feel springy and squishy on first touch, and feel comfy as soon as you put the bag on for the first time.

The Men's Setout backpacks' straps are made from injection-molded, closed-cell EVA foam. Picture the dense, slightly squishy stuff found in the bottom of running shoes. Closed-cell foam is a slightly rigid, highly durable type of foam that breaks in over time to get even more comfortable. It’s not springy like open-cell foam and won’t flatten over time, but it’s also not as cushy.


Hip Belt

The men's backpacks have a slightly larger hip belt, and the women's hip belt is slightly smaller. The hip belt on the women's Setout backpacks will tighten tighter than the men's hip belt. Both hip belts are highly adjustable to fit a large range of sizes and include pockets for your cell phone, boarding passes, and anything else you might want to quickly access en route.


Torso Length

The men's Setout and Divide Backpacks are designed to fit comfortably on 17-19" torsos, and the women's backpacks on 15.5-18" torsos.

What about the rest of the bag?

The rest of the backpack, from the fabric to compartments to packing space, is identical. There is nothing inherently masculine or feminine in the expression of either backpack -- the difference is in ergonomics and physiology, not aesthetics.

Learn more about all of the Setout travel backpacks.