Eagle Creek Adventure Weekender Bag vs. Tortuga Travel Backpack








The quality seems generally good, but doesn’t have some of the benchmark brands (like YKK zippers)


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

How much does it weigh? This bag was the second lightest in the carry-on travel backpack category


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

It can pack in a lot of stuff, but due to lack of frame (which makes it light) can get barrel shaped when stuffed.


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

There is not too much that grabs my attention about this bag.


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

In regards to price this bag is on of the top three leaders in the carry-on travel backpack category


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

  • Lockable zippers keeping your items safe
  • Great organizational pockets for smaller items and documets
  • Solid briefcase handle and shoulder strap
  • Sleeve for attaching to roller bags makes it great for combining with checked luggage
  • Main compartment divides into two equal parts to allow for more organization of clothes
  • Straps stow away which help it keep from getting tangled in overheads or when checked
  • 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

  • Shoulder strap tends to slip off shoulders due to soft fabric
  • Connections for backpack straps don’t seem to be heavy duty (plastic and not metal)
  • No designated laptop sleeve (there is a pocket that could easily work as laptop sleeve but is not padded)
  • Lack of internal frame (which keeps it light) causes bag to bulge into a barrel shape when packed tight
  • Because of lack of weight bearing hip-belt all the weight is on shoulders
  • 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: 41L
  • Weight: 2.56lbs (1.16kg)
  • Dimensions: 13 x 20 x 8in (33 x 51 x 20cm)
  • Material: 600d ripstop polyester.
  • Three-way carry: adjustable, removable shoulder strap, padded stow-away backpack straps and tote handles
  • Butterfly-style opening for easy access to interior packing compartments
  • Interior compression straps secure and compress contents of bag
  • 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

There is nothing incredibly fancy or snazzy about the EC Adventure Weekender, but for business travel you don’t want snazzy anyways! This is a bag that works great for the business traveler who needs doesn’t want to check luggage (or a great addition to checked bags due to the pass through that allows you to slip over handles of wheeled bag). With the classic briefcase look to it, you would feel just fine bringing it into a meeting if the situation required you to.


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 "Eagle Creek Adventure Weekender Bag" & "Tortuga Travel Backpack."

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