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Cotopaxi Travel Backpack vs Tortuga Setout

Cotopaxi’s travel backpack looks like it’s meant for frequent travelers, but when you unzip the pack and look inside, you’ll find that it’s lacking in some major areas where the Setout excels.

Sacrificed Packing Space

The Cotopaxi Allpa Travel Pack is 35L. That’s hard to visualize, so let’s break it down into real world terms.

The actual bag dimensions of 35L are 20" x 12" x 8".

Compare those to the carry on maximum size requirements of 22” x 14” x 9”. Meaning you’re sacrificing a good five inches of possible space to carry your stuff on the road. In terms of packing for a trip, Cotopaxi’s Allpa Travel Pack’s measurements might be great for a 5-day getaway.

But when you’re packing for a 1+ weeks in Europe or jetting across differing weather zones, packing is a nightmare.

You’re forced to make hard decisions on what to bring and what to leave at home. You’re sure to  waste valuable time deciding whether to bring a heavier jacket and avoid the risk of growing cold on your trip… or not. All because your Cotopaxi is too small.

Instead, bring a backpack that measures at the maximum carry on size requirements, such as the Setout Backpack.

So you can use your brain power on more important things, like what to explore on your trip rather than what you can’t bring. Plus, you’ll save valuable time in packing because -- ta-da! -- everything that you need fits in your backpack.

Flimsy Straps

Quick question: where does most of your backpack’s weight hang from?

If you answered “my shoulders,” cue the golf clap. Well done.

So, wouldn’t it make sense to make comfortable, thickly padded shoulder straps with a wide surface area to dispense that weight?

You’d hope so. But Cotopaxi’s design team didn’t agree. Sure, they contoured the straps, but where-oh-where is your straps’ padding?

Opt instead for two Belgian-waffle-thick shoulder straps crafted from injection-molded foam -- the same foam in your favorite running sneakers. Over time, they only get more comfortable as they conform to your body.

That’s what you’ll find in the Setout Backpack. Making your backpack feel light as a summer rain on your tender shoulders.

No Reachable Pockets

The Setout’s hip belt features two large passport-sized pockets within easy reach. Yep, you don’t even have to take off your backpack to get into these pockets.

They’re perfect for storing your cash, coins, tickets, passport, and boarding passes.

Best of all: your most important items will always be within finger’s reach. No more digging in your pants' pockets, or rooting around in your bag for them.

And when you go through airport security? They’re a lifesaver. Quickly empty the contents of your pants' pockets into the Tortuga's hip belt pockets before going through the metal detector. On the other side, everything you need -- like your boarding pass and lip balm -- is still within finger’s reach when you put your bag back on.

Keeping your money in zippered pockets is much safer than tossing it in a bowl and leaving it visible to everyone else in the security line.

Which is your scenario if you pick the Cotopaxi Allpa Travel Pack. This bag doesn't have any pockets that you can reach while wearing it. In fact, no outside pockets are visible anywhere on the bag.

Every time you need something, you would have to take your bag off to find it. What a hassle.

Missing: Water Bottle Pockets

Cotopaxi’s Allpa Travel Pack is “built for adventure travel,” so says their website. So you’ll see reinforced grab handles, rain cover, and harness system.

But where’s your water bottle pockets to rehydrate on dry plane rides or dusty bus routes?

Nope, not on the sides. It’s like Cotopaxi’s bag designers simply forgot about a human’s main source of life: water.

We at Tortuga stay thirsty for adventure… and water on the road. That’s why we included a lie-flat water bottle pocket on the Setout Backpack. So you stay lubricated and ready for whatever the road throws your way. ‘Cause it’s so much easier to problem-solve when your brain’s neurons are hydrated for action.

Don’t Attract Unwanted Attention

When you’re on the road, many times its best to blend into the city rather than stand out.  If you look like a tourist, your chances of being targeted by a thief, pickpocket, or worse skyrocket. Because you’re an easy mark.

City dwellers favor nondescript, dark colored bags and clothing. It helps them blend into the scenery and crowds rather than catch the eye of a potential criminal.

Cotopaxi picked neon 1980’s dance-party fabrics for their backpacks. But we deliberately created the Setout with a locals-only-vibe by crafting it in a beautiful, albeit concrete-colored, fabric.

So you blend into the buildings, drifting below the radar and making it that much easier to evade evil-hearted villains.

Winning Combo

When you need a travel backpack that has your safety, hydration, and comfort in mind, check out the Setout Backpack. It’s a win-win.

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