Travel Backpack Comparison Tables 2019

 

There are a lot of data points with travel backpacks - capacity, gender, weight, features, dimensions - to name a few. The tables below summarize the data we gathered in our research to find our top travel backpacks. With an initial list of more than 25 backpacks, we narrowed it down to a top 5 list of the best travel backpacks, based on reviews from professional testers, reputable gear review sites, personal use, input from adventurers and digital nomads, and poring through hundreds of reviews.

See the Comparison Tables

The Basics

The table below summarizes the Treeline Award, gender, materials, warranty, and other features of our top travel backpack picks.

TRAVEL BACKPACKGENDERTREELINE AWARDMATERIALSOTHER FEATURESWARRANTY
MenBest All Around210-denier ripstop nylon and 600-denier packclothClamshell openingDamage or defect repairs are free (lifetime)
WomenBest All Around210-denier ripstop nylon and 600-denier packclothClamshell openingDamage or defect repairs are free (lifetime)
NeutralBusiness PickVX21 waterproof sailclothHeight adjustable suspensionLifetime for defects
NeutralBudget Pick840D & 900D Twisted PolyZip expansion for an extra 1.5"Lifetime for defects
NeutralDigital NomadsTPU-coated 1000-denier polyester and 1680-denier ballistic nylonIncludes rain coverLifetime for defects
 

travel backpack capacity, weight, dimensions, carry-on

Below we summarize the weight, capacity, dimensions, and carry-on capability of our top travel backpack picks. Sort the table if you’re looking for a specific set up.

TRAVEL BACKPACKWEIGHT (pounds)CAPACITY (liters)DIMENSIONS (inches)CARRY-ON SIZE?
3.238 or 40 (depending on size)21 x 14 x 9Y
3.138 or 40 (depending on size)21 x 14 x 9Y
5.14522 x 14 x 9Y
3.95422 x 14 x 9Y
3.43520 x 12 x 13Y
 

If you like your data in graphic form, see our chart below comparing the weight of our top travel backpack picks.

A graphic chart with travel backpacks on the x-axis and weight (in pounds) on the y-axis.

travel backpack laptop, tablet, and exterior pockets

Need a laptop compartment? And a tablet compartment? And a bunch of exterior pockets? See the table below for a summary of our top picks.

TRAVEL BACKPACKLAPTOP COMPARTMENT?LAPTOP SIZE (inches)TABLET COMPARTMENT?NUMBER OF EXTERIOR POCKETS
Y15Y3
Y15Y3
Y17Y7
Y17N3
Y15Y1
 


Didn’t Make the Cut

Some of the travel backpacks we reviewed didn’t make the cut and fell short of the criteria we set, even though they are still popular models.

TRAVEL BACKPACKREASON
Tortuga Setout 45LTortuga Outbreaker is weather resistant
Osprey Porter 46LNo water bottle pockets
Nomatic Travel 40LFinicky zippers
Patagonia Black Hole DuffelDuffel bag
The North Face Base Camp DuffelDuffel bag