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Rated 4.5 out of 5
Based on 642 reviews

Outbreaker Backpack 35L

$299
The maximum-sized international carry on. Fits in the overhead bin.
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Sold out. Estimated restock: October 15, 2022.
Pack everything you need without checking a bag.

The Outbreaker Backpack is carry-on-sized and fits in the overhead bin. This award-winning travel backpack combines the space and organization of a suitcase with the comfort and flexibility of a hiking pack.

Specs

Type

Carry on (Fits in the overhead bin)

Trip Length

1 week or longer

Dimensions

20 x 13 x 8 in (51 x 33 x 21 cm)

Volume

35L

Weight

4.5 lb (2 kg)

Fit

Height-adjustable

Hip Belt

32-60 in (81-152 cm)

Electronics

Up to 17” laptop and 9.7” tablet

Fabric

X-Pac® VX21

Hardware

YKK® zippers and Duraflex® buckles

Type

Carry on (Fits in the overhead bin)

Trip Length

1 week or longer

Dimensions

22 x 14 x 9 in (56 x 36 x 23 cm)

Volume

45L

Weight

5.1 lb (2.3 kg)

Fit

Height-adjustable

Hip Belt

32-60 in (81-152 cm)

Electronics

Up to 17” laptop and 9.7” tablet

Fabric

X-Pac® VX21

Hardware

YKK® zippers and Duraflex® buckles
Carry-On-Sized

Carry-On-Sized

  • Pack for one week or more with room to spare
  • Meets carry on size limits
  • Fits in the overhead bin
  • No checked luggage, no baggage fees
Easy to Pack

Easy to Pack

  • Front-loading with clamshell opening
  • Just the right amount of organization
  • Padded laptop and tablet sleeves in a dedicated compartment
  • Spacious main compartment with mesh pockets and side pockets
  • Front organizer pocket with key clip
  • Two external water bottle pockets
  • Two flat front pockets
Comfortable to Wear

Comfortable to Wear

  • Easily adjusts to your height for a perfect fit
  • Hip belt takes 80% of the weight off of your shoulders
  • Thick, soft foam-padded shoulder straps
  • Weight-bearing hip belt (removable), sternum strap, and load lifters
  • Breathable, sweat-wicking foam on back panel
Built to Last

Built to Last

  • Built for life on the road
  • Durable, waterproof sailcloth won’t rip or tear
  • Lockable, water-resistant zippers
  • Best-in-class buckles and hardware
  • Worldwide Warranty
  • "This bag is SO comfy and fits an unbelievable amount of my crap -- seriously, like a Mary Poppins bag."

    Samantha L.

    Samantha L.

    Verified Reviewer

  • "Amazing backpack that I overstuffed for a 6 month trip through 21 countries."

    Jeff W.

    Jeff W.

    Verified Reviewer

  • "The suspension system was fantastic. It felt like I wasn't carrying anything. That's really saying something considering I have a ruptured disc in my lower back."

    Amy D.

    Amy D.

    Verified Reviewer

Build Your Travel Kit

  • Outbreaker Laptop Backpack

Reviews

average rating 4.5 out of 5
Based on 642 reviews
  • 5 Stars
    448 Reviews
  • 4 Stars
    104 Reviews
  • 3 Stars
    53 Reviews
  • 2 Stars
    20 Reviews
  • 1 Star
    17 Reviews
86% of reviewers would recommend this product to a friend
Quality
Rated 4 out of 5
Comfort
Rated 4 out of 5
Organization
Rated 4 out of 5
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642 Reviews
Reviewed by Michael P., from United States
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I recommend this product
Rated 5 out of 5
Age
35 - 44
Gender
Male
Height
5'6" - 5'8"

Excellent for single bag travel

I got the 35L bag as a compliment to my 45L setout. I had originally just tried to get new waist straps for my larger bag but they don’t make them any more. Since I wasn’t able to get the straps they gave me a huge discount on the newer bag so now I have one of each size. I’ve traveled all over the world including a month long trek around Ireland with these bags and they’re much easier to get around with than a rolling bag, they also hold a ridiculously large amount of stuff if you want to pack heavy. Generally pretty comfortable and very efficient.

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Reviewed by Scott H., from United States
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I recommend this product
Rated 5 out of 5

You'll thank yourself for buying this bag.

Had a week long trip to Amsterdam coming up and I needed a solid and reliable carry-on that I wouldn't have to check and worry about losing. Not only was this compact AND organized for a backpack, but the design is incredibly tough and reliable. This lil beast of a bag held all my clothing and stuff for a week, and right away it felt like a bag I'd be using again and again. In fact, I'll be flying with this same bag on my trip to Japan in a few weeks and then yet AGAIN when I return to Amsterdam in January. Feels good to have a reliable bag for traveling now and I'll be surprised if this thing doesn't last me at least a good 10 years at minimum.

Just a side note - everyone talks about the hip straps being lifesavers...the bag was literally so comfy I didn't even have to use the hip straps. These guys really know how to make a supportive travel backpack.

***To the folks at Tortuga, CHEERS and KUDOS to you for making such a solid travel bag for all the adventurers out there that need/want one!***

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Reviewed by Angel, from United States
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I recommend this product
Rated 5 out of 5
Age
25 - 34
Gender
Female
Height
5'0" - 5'2"

Great Even For The Short Girls

I've had this 45L bag for a few years. I actually bought it during a one-time sale during CV19. Since then, I've taken it on multiple solo trips around America. For perspective, I'm 5'2. This bag is easily half my size. I've gotten some looks at the airport and have had a few issues throwing it in the overhead bins, but that's a me-problem. When I take it through TSA, it's 100% a little bit bigger than the bins they make you throw everything in, but it was a heck of a lot easier reaching into the tech space of this bag and grabbing my laptop than taking absolutely everything out of my Lululemon 30L (I'll never take it again, so embarrassing) to be able to pull it out/put back in.

This bag has great functionality. Each storage space is so thoughtful, imo. The 4 zipper spaces in the main compartment are nice for undergarments, socks, sleep shorts, tank tops, extra toiletries, snacks, you name it. The mesh compartments of the main space are large enough to fit extra shoes (I'm a size 4M/6F for reference), an absolute plethora of leggings, hairbrush, chargers, blah blah blah. I could go on and on. I used packing cubes for my trip to Chicago, but I actually found it more useful to just roll everything, as this bag does open like a clam-shell and you can see everything anyway.

The front of this bag is also very useful and spacious. The small compartment at the bottom secured by the sail flap is nice. Personally, I store time-of-month things in that one. In the upper space,…

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Rated 4 out of 5
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Reviewed by Andrew S., from United States
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I recommend this product
Rated 5 out of 5
Age
18 - 24
Gender
Male
Height
5'6" - 5'8"

Perfect Bag

I just took this bag on a week's trip to NYC and it was almost too big to fit everything! This bag is amazing for anyone who travels especially that who love organization and has to carry their tech.

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Reviewed by Patrick S., from Australia
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I recommend this product
Rated 5 out of 5
Age
25 - 34
Gender
Male
Height
6'+

Excellent travel pack

I've used this bag on one trip so far and packing for another at the moment!

Perfect for weekend travel or longer depending on how light you want to go. The laptop pouch is great for keeping the work laptop safe and it's suspended from the ground so I'm not worried about dropping the bag and damaging my tech.

Comfy to wear but after a while the shoulder straps can start digging into my pecs maybe they need to be further apart on the pack?

All in all excellent experience and excited to travel with just this one bag.

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