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Rated 4.5 out of 5
Based on 617 reviews

Outbreaker Backpack

$299

Size Guide
The maximum-sized international carry on. Fits in the overhead bin.
The maximum-sized US carry on. Fits in the overhead bin.

Your luggage wasn’t made for world travel. Suitcases are too bulky, and their wheels weren’t made for the road. Hiking packs are too big and messy to carry on.

The Outbreaker Backpack combines the space and organization of a suitcase with the comfort and flexibility of a hiking pack.

Specs

Dimensions
20"(51 cm)
13"(33 cm)
8"(21 cm)
Volume
35L
Weight
4.6 lbs
Fit
Adjustable
Electronics
Up to 17” laptop and 9.7” tablet
Dimensions
22"(56 cm)
14"(36 cm)
9"(23 cm)
Volume
45L
Weight
5.1 lbs
Fit
Adjustable
Electronics
Up to 17" laptop and 9.7" tablet
Carry-On-Sized

Carry-On-Sized

  • Fits in the overhead bin
  • No checked luggage
  • No baggage fees
Organized

Organized

  • Front-loading with clamshell opening
  • Padded laptop and tablet sleeves in a dedicated compartment
  • Two external water bottle pockets
  • Tons of other pockets and organization
Comfortable

Comfortable

  • Height-adjustable suspension system
  • Weight-bearing, removable hip belt with pockets
  • Load lifters
  • Sternum strap
  • Thick, soft, sweat-wicking foam padding
Durable

Durable

  • Durable, waterproof body fabric (X-Pac® VX21)
  • Water-resistant, lockable zippers (YKK®)
  • Best-in-class buckles and hardware (Duraflex®)
  • Samantha L.

    Verified Reviewer

    "This bag is SO comfy and fits an unbelievable amount of my crap -- seriously, like a Mary Poppins bag."

  • Jeff W.

    Verified Reviewer

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

  • Amy D.

    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."

Build Your Travel Kit

  • Outbreaker Packing Cubes

  • Outbreaker Laptop Backpack

Reviews

average rating 4.5 out of 5
Based on 617 reviews
  • 5 Stars
    432 Reviews
  • 4 Stars
    99 Reviews
  • 3 Stars
    51 Reviews
  • 2 Stars
    19 Reviews
  • 1 Star
    16 Reviews
86% of reviewers would recommend this product to a friend
Quality
Rated 5 out of 5
Comfort
Rated 4 out of 5
Organization
Rated 4 out of 5
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617 Reviews
Reviewed by Claudia F., from United States
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I recommend this product
Rated 5 out of 5
Age
25 - 34
Gender
Female
Height
5'6" - 5'8"

Great travel gear

Used it to travel for 5 days to Machu Picchu- it fits a lot!! Makes it great to grab and go. Highly recommend.

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Reviewed by Jason U., from United States
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I recommend this product
Rated 5 out of 5
Gender
Male
Height
6'+

Comfortabe to carry a load

The shoulder straps and weight distribution are excellent, it feels lighter than it is. Even factoring in that the pack weighs 5lbs empty.

Build quality is also great.

Some of the organization could be a little better, but maybe it just doesn't fit well with my style of packing and travel.

Overall very satisfied.

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Rated 5 out of 5
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Reviewed by Doris T., from Brazil
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I recommend this product
Rated 5 out of 5
Age
25 - 34
Gender
Female
Height
5'3" - 5'5"

It is pretty good!

This is a very well thought backpack I have used a similar one but the rib belt of this really helps in the carrying the weight! Also the fact I can adjust the straps for my height and everything.

Things could be improved: the water pocket on the side in very tough to put if the backpack is full and closed. The pocket on the ribs does not fit a iphone easily. I think iphone might be a very common device in usa. The ipad pocket fits the 12,9 ipad but the ribbon to lock it doesn’t, could be a elastic ribbon would easily solve this.

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Rated 5 out of 5
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Reviewed by Amanda C., from United States
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I recommend this product
Rated 5 out of 5

Love It!

Most comfortable backpack option I’ve worn. Fit everything I needed for a week long getaway. Compartments made a single bag to carryon easy versus a carry on and additional bag to be organized. I love the easy access pockets on the waistband although my iPhone was too large to fit. Probably my only complaint with the bag. Awesome fold flat option for laptop in TSA. Overall very impressed. It remains to be seen if it will wear well over time but the construction and fabrication looks promising.

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Reviewed by Sabine C., from United States
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I recommend this product
Rated 5 out of 5
Age
45 - 54
Gender
Female
Height
5'6" - 5'8"

Love it

Bag was everything I researched.

I love not checking a bag in and saving money. Thanks Tortuga

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Rated 5 out of 5
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Rated 4 out of 5
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Outbreaker Backpack $299