Tortuga Setout Laptop Backpack Review

Water Bottle fans will be pleased to know there’s a dedicated water bottle pocket on the side of the bag. I prefer to carry my Vapur rollable water bottles on the inside of my bags though personally. But I know a lot of people love a dedicated water bottle pocket.

The Tortuga Setout Laptop Backpack can function as an everyday carry and can be used on short trips. I’m particularly impressed with the two shoulder straps. If there was a way to contract and expand this bag, making it size-appropriate no matter where I go, it would immediately become my go-to. I wish I could contract this bag when I am just using it for my day-to-day carry for work and potentially use all that great organization.

That is the absolute bare minimum, and even then, you’ll likely be uncomfortable. Tortuga Outbreaker Laptop Backpack Laptop SleeveBehind that is the laptop sleeve, which is thickly padded and has that faux-fur on both sides. Tortuga advertises that it’ll fit up to a 15’’ laptop, but we’ve found it’ll accommodate larger laptops without a case (like a 16’’ MacBook Pro). You don’t need a case because of all that padding, but we always suggest using one since we like to proceed on the side of caution. Tortuga Outbreaker Laptop Backpack Main Compartment PocketsOn the opposite side, there are two zippered, mesh pockets stacked on top of each other.

The front panel includes two quick-access pockets, one is narrow but deep, while the other is wider but more shallow. The Tortuga Setout daypack is a great travel daypack for those who tend to travel with their laptop and a bunch of other electronics. It’s great for people who need a bag that helps them organize their stuff but still want a big main compartment to pack some extra clothes, or – in my case – snacks. We prefer to keep it expanded a majority of the time because, when it’s compressed, water bottles will stick into the main compartment a little bit, eating into that space.

I’m also getting used to travelling with a 9 month old, I like carrying diapers, food, and other baby stuff in my bag instead of lugging around a separate diaper bag. Along with a Sony a7iii and a jacket, the extra space comes in handy. It’s $125 price tag is well worth it for the comfort, quality, and diversity of this travel laptop backpack. There is no hip belt on this bag, which given the size of it and purpose is reasonable.

The Outbreaker Laptop Backpack has more internal organization than you can shake a stick at. If you’re more fashion minded, there’s lots of other options out there. If you need a carry-on backpack that you can also use in an urban environment, this is a great option. What it’s not for, however, is hiking and outdoor exploration. Some people think Nomatic aretoosleek, or that their bags havetoo manyfeatures.

There is a great laptop pocket that will hold a 15” laptop and a tablet as well as your cables. The main compartment opens fully, with additional mesh pockets inside for added organization, and the shoulder straps are stowable for easy side carry. It’s easy to see how we chose it as the Best EDC Backpack for a Carry-on.