The Setout Duffle Bag: a User Manual

This page will give you a tour of every pocket, compartment, and feature of the Setout Duffle Bag so you can make the most of your new carry on.

Let’s kick it off with an overview video of the Setout Duffle Bag to get you acquainted.

 On to the exterior of the bag.


There are two ways to carry the Setout Duffle Bag: via the top handles or padded, removable crossbody strap.

Right below the handles on each side, you'll find two drop pockets with velcro closures. These are ideal for stowing the top handles or crossbody strap. 

On the front and back of the Setout Duffle Bag, you'll find a zippered pocket right below the velcro drop pockets. Both pockets are the perfect size for a notebook, headphones, important papers, or other small items you might need to access quickly.

The back of the bag also has a hidden slash pocket with an invisible zipper. Use this to discreetly store valuables like your passport, spare cash, wallet, or phone. 

On one side of the bag is a drop pocket. Store incidentals in here like an umbrella or granola bar.

The other side of the bag has a D-shaped zippered pocket for your shoes. This pocket fits a men's size 13 sneakers, and the inside of the pocket lies flat when not in use.


The Duffle Bag's outer fabric, a 900D polyester, is treated with a Durable Water Repellent (DWR) finish for weather resistance. It's not fully waterproof, but it will protect your stuff while you find a place to wait out a drizzle.


The zippers to the main compartment, front compartment, and electronics compartment are all equipped with lockable YKK zippers. Slide a TSA-friendly lock through the loops at the base of the zipper to secure your stuff.

Front Organization Pocket

Unzip the front compartment of the bag and you'll find a slim compartment with plenty of pockets to organize small items. Included in the organization pocket:

The front pocket is also a great place to store things you might need to access quickly when going through security, like your 3-1-1 liquids bag.

Main Compartment

The large main compartment is lined with two mesh pockets on the side for small items like underwear and socks.

The shoe compartment is at the bottom and lies flat to give you more packing space when not in use.

Pro tip: pack your shoes first, then stack the rest of your clothes on top.

Laptop Compartment

The laptop compartment has sleeves for a 13" computer and 9.7" tablet.

Inside the laptop compartment, there are also two mesh pockets, perfect for chargers, and with a little bit of depth built in for a folder or notebook.

Generally, you want the heaviest stuff as close to your center of gravity as possible so you're carrying it with your big muscles. Since your electronics are typically the heaviest items you carry, we've positioned the laptop compartment closest to your body for ergonomics and added security.

How to Care For Your Setout Backpack

First, make sure to wipe off your backpack any time you spill something on it or otherwise dirty it. A few seconds of effort right when it gets dirty will prevent more work later.

If you need to fully wash your Setout Duffle, hand wash it. Don't put it in the washing machine. 

Hand washing your backpack will allow you to target problem areas and prevent a washing machine from damaging the zippers or tearing the straps.

First, fill a large sink or bathtub with cool to lukewarm water. By not using hot water, you’ll avoid burning yourself or damaging your pack.

Add a gentle detergent or natural soap like Dr. Bronner’s Magic Soap (what we use) to the water. If you use detergent, make sure it’s free of dyes, fragrances, and chemicals that could damage your bag or irritate your skin. Soak you Setout Duffle and spot treat as needed.

Hang dry your bag in a well-ventilated place. You can dry your duffle in a shower or bath, or in a safe area outside like a balcony.

Once your bag is dry, treat the zippers to keep them running smoothly. A non-greasy, non-staining silicone spray will help lubricate the zippers and keep them from rusting. The helpful users at Ask Metafilter recommend using paraffin wax, powdered graphite, or even a crayon to keep zippers running smoothly.

Wiping down your bag after a trip is always a good idea, but you shouldn’t do a full wash too often. Once or twice per year is plenty. Excessive washing can damage the bag and wear away its day-to-day water resistance.

Read more here about how we designed the Setout Duffle Bag to be an ideal carry on for city travelers who prefer duffles to backpacks.