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Travel Backpack vs. Outbreaker Backpack

Outbreaker backpack
Travel Backpack 40L
Outbreaker backpack
Travel Backpack 30L
Outbreaker Backpack 45L Travel Backpack 40L Outbreaker Backpack 35L Travel Backpack 30L
Type Carry on
Trip Length 1 week or longer 1 week or longer 1 week or longer 2-5 nights
Dimensions (cm) 56 x 36 x 23 cm 55 x 35 x 20 cm 51 x 33 x 21 cm 52 x 31 x 19 cm
Dimensions (in) 22 x 14 x 9 in 21.7 x 13.8 x 7.9 in 20 x 13 x 8 in 20.5 x 12.2 x 7.5 in
Volume (L) 45L 40L 35L 30L
Weight (kg) 2.3 kg 2.0 kg 2.0 kg 1.8 kg
Weight (lb) 5.1 lb 4.5 lb 4.5 lb 4.0 lb
Fit Height-adjustable
Hip Belt (cm) 81-152 cm 86-157 cm 81-152 cm 86-157 cm
Hip Belt (in) 32-60 in 34-62 in 32-60 in 34-62 in
Laptop Up to 17 in Up to 16 in Up to 17 in Up to 16 in
Tablet Up to 9.7 in Up to 12.9 in Up to 9.7 in Up to 12.9 in
Body Fabric X-Pac VX21 SHELL200 X-Pac VX21 SHELL200
Zippers YKK zippers
Buckles Duraflex buckles Woojin buckles Duraflex buckles Woojin buckles
Price $349 $349 $299 $325
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What's Changed?

The Tortuga Travel Backpack is our newest and best flagship backpack. The Outbreaker Backpack was the previous version. 

The new pack is based on six years of feedback and reviews of the Outbreaker. 

At Tortuga, our goal is to make evergreen products that last for years and never become obsolete or go out of style. However, when we see opportunities to improve our products, we take them. 

Technology has advanced since we released the Outbreaker. To stay ahead, we’ve incorporated the latest, most sustainable fabrics, best hardware, and most advanced construction methods so that you’re always traveling with the highest-performance, most earth-friendly gear.

Keep reading to learn how we incorporated your feedback and the latest material technologies into an updated travel backpack.

More Carry On Compliant

Maximize your packing space while still being carry-on-compliant, even on international airlines. The Travel Backpack 40L is 55 x 35 x 20 cm, the largest size that can still be carried on most airlines.

The Outbreaker Backpack 45L was 22 x 14 x 9 inches. Forty-five liters is the maximum size that can be carried on US airlines but is too big to be carried onto some international and budget airlines.

When we asked, a majority of our customers preferred the slightly smaller, international size. The new size will maximize your packing space and compatibility with airline baggage rules. 

Greater compatibility shouldn’t mean less packing space. This brings us to our next update.

Lighter Weight

To make sure that you aren’t losing any packing space with the size update, the Travel Backpack is also simpler and lighter than the Outbreaker.

To cut weight, we simplified the laptop compartment and reduced the number of zippers in the bag. 

The Travel Backpack's measurements are smaller. But, the simplified design means that you have the same amount of packing space as you did in the Outbreaker. 

You’ll also have less weight to carry. The Travel Backpack is 0.6 lb (12%) lighter than the Outbreaker.

Improved Shape

You also asked for a less boxy backpack. A perfect rectangle offers the most packing volume but doesn’t make for the best looking bag.

The Travel Backpack has a softer, less rectangular shape. The improved silhouette means your bag will look better while still fitting just as much stuff.

Recycled Materials

Sustainability is important to Tortuga and our customers.

To reduce our environmental footprint, we’ve used a range of recycled fabrics over the years. The Outbreaker Backpack had a recycled lining. But the Travel Backpack has recycled lining and body fabric

You should feel good about your impact on the planet without having to sacrifice high-end performance. Read more about our fully-recycled SHELL200 material.

Easier to Adjust

Travelers demand flexibility. Even in how their travel backpack fits.

The Outbreaker Backpack was the first travel backpack with a fully-adjustable suspension system allowing it to fit your body perfectly. The Travel Backpack is now even easier to adjust so that you can get the perfect fit in seconds. Or share your bag with a family member or friend who needs to adjust the bag to fit their body.

You can quickly adjust the shoulder straps up or down for a perfect fit with the easy-to-use “peel and stick” velcro system.

What Hasn’t Changed?

The improvements above add up to a significantly better backpack. But the most important features of Tortuga backpacks haven’t changed. 

Like all previous generations of packs, the Travel Backpack is still:

  • Carry-on-sized
  • Easy to pack
  • Comfortable to wear
  • Built to last

These four features are non-negotiable. 

Learn more about the Travel Backpack.

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