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Timbuk2 Aviator vs Tortuga Outbreaker Backpack

Messenger bag company Timbuk2 expanded into the travel market with their Aviator backpack. While the Aviator does some things right, like being front-loading, a few glaring flaws make it imperfect for travel.

Size Matters

The Aviator's biggest flaw is an obvious one: it holds less than a maximum-sized carry on bag. Most airlines allow carry on luggage up to 45L (liters) in capacity. The Aviator holds only 30L.

The Aviator holds 33% less than max-sized carry ons. While its volume is small, its exterior dimensions are larger than even the most generous airlines allow.

Most airlines permit carry ons up to 22 x 14 x 9". The Aviator measures 22.8 x 15 x 9.4". It's too large in every dimension yet carries only two thirds as much as a max-sized carry on. The Aviator is space inefficient.

We all know how restrictive airlines are. Why not take advantage of all of the volume that you're allowed to use?

A smaller bag is fine for an overnight trip. But, it's overly restrictive for longer trips of a week or more.

Use every inch the airlines will give you without going over and being forced to check your bag.

The Outbreaker Backpack measures 22 x 14 x 9" and holds 45L. It takes full advantage of your allotted space in the overhead bin. Because the Outbreaker Backpack is rectangular, you get the most volume possible for its measured dimensions. 

Traveling light is hard. Make it easier with the space efficient Outbreaker Backpack.

You can learn more about the Outbreaker Backpack here.