Minaal Carry-On vs. Tortuga Travel Backpack

 
 
 
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8pts

 

9.4pts


 

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Solid construction and high quality material. The founders did their due diligence finding a manufacturer

Build

Solid construction and high quality materials. Has proven to hold up over time

How heavy is it? About average in the carry-on travel backpack category

Packability

How heavy is it? Slightly heavier than other bags due to padded hip-belt (worth the extra weight)

Being their first bag, there are still some issues to work through, but an incredible first pass!

Functionality

Designed for traveler, by travelers this bag includes many features that just make sense

This is my favorite bag when it comes to design. It is incredibly elegant.

Originality

All around this bag has been well thought through and is hard to compete with

The price tag is a little high, especially when compared with other bags in the carry-on travel backpack category

Value

This bag is not the cheapest, but also not the most expensive. It is a great price for what it delivers


reasons to travel with this

  • Laptop sleeve is positioned so that no matter which way you may drop your bag, it won’t hit the ground
  • The volume is great: big enough to take enough, but not too big that it becomes awkward to carry
  • Lots of functional pockets
  • Includes a rain cover that that packs into itself and allows you to ignore the rain (removable if you travel to a desert)
  • Lockable YKK zippers keeping your items safe
  • Straps stow away which help it keep from getting tangled in overheads or when checked
  • It just looks so darn good
 
  • The heavily padded hip-belt transfers 80% of the weight off your shoulders
  • Straps stow away which help it keep from getting tangled in overheads or when checked
  • Lockable YKK zippers keeping your items safe
  • Laptop sleeve close to back allowing for good weight distribution
  • Two internal mesh pockets double as compression straps (in addition to external compression straps)
  • Quick access pockets (laptop, documents, drink holder, and more)

things to consider

  • The main compartment has no structure or stabilization straps so clothes can get jumbled up and the bag tends to collapse when trying to pack.
  • Because of having no internal structure it collapses flat when packing making it rather awkward to load it up
  • The compression straps tend to get in the way of the zippers and interfere with the side handle
  • Because of lack of weight bearing hip-belt all the weight is on shoulders
  • Some of the organizational pockets seem to be confused as to which way is up with pockets facing in multiple directions
 
  • Does not have a shoulder strap specifically for “briefcase mode"
  • Looks a little “clunkier” than some of the other options
  • External compression straps provide stability but don’t really help to compress the backpack further
  • A little heavier than the other backpacks in this category (mainly due to padded hip-belt)
  • Not recommended for smaller frames (if under 5’3 consider Osprey Farpoint)

notable features and specs

  • Volume: 35L
  • Weight: 3.08lb (1.4kg)
  • Dimensions: 55 x 35 x 20(cm (21.65 x 13.77 x 7.87 in)
  • Materials: Fabric: 500D Cordura; 1000D Cordura; 210D Nylon Interior Lining; 2mm Neoprene; Soft Lining (phone pocket)
  • Duraflex and Woojin buckles
  • Weather: Main bag rated to 1000mm; seam-sealed rain cover to 1500mm
  • Device compartment: Main sleeve fits up to 15-inch Macbook Pro, with strap to hold smaller units safely. Second sleeve holds up to MacBook Air 11-inch
 
  • Volume: 44L (2,685 cu. in.)
  • Weight: 3.65lbs (1.66kg)
  • Dimensions: 22 x 14 x 9" (56 x 36 x 23 cm)
  • Materials: Body: 1680D ballistic nylon; Lining: 70D ripstop polyester
  • Holds laptops up to 17"
  • YKK zippers
  • Duraflex buckles

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Brief Thoughts

I didn’t know carry-on travel backpacks could be sexy until I saw Minaal’s bag. Similar to the Tortuga, this bag was created by two travelers who weren’t satisfied with the travel bags available to them. They had huge success with their epic Kickstarter video and have since delivered on a truly amazing bag. This bag helps you “keep some of your dignity” while traveling… which is a hard feet to accomplish while still maximizing space. Though it comes at a hefty price, you end up with a bag that can accompany you on the road for pleasure and into the office on business trips.

 

The Tortuga backpack was created by two travelers who couldn’t find the perfect backpack, so they made it. One of the biggest selling features is the padded hip-belt which beats the competing bags hands down. Though it does add some additional weight to the bag and make it look a little clunkier, it is essential for comfort because any backpack large enough to handle more than a weeks worth of travel can get heavy and exhaust your shoulders. Because this backpack was made “for travel, by travelers" it contains many well thought out features that many other competing travel backpacks missed. From laptop sleeve to quick access pockets (along with reasonable price tag) this travel backpack takes the lead.


in summary

I ultimately recommend the Tortuga Travel Backpack because of its padded hip-belt which transfers weight from your shoulders to your hips. Regardless of how much you plan, traveling is unpredictable. You never know when you are going to be stuck carrying your bag for long periods of time and its nice to have that weight off your shoulders



PS. We did the research so you don't have to. The sources for our research used to make this resource available to you are posted at the bottom of the original product reviews for "Minaal Carry-On" & "Tortuga Travel Backpack."


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