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Incase EO vs Tortuga Setout Backpack

The Incase EO is aimed at carry on travelers, but their backpack doesn’t measure up in a few key categories.

Not Enough Packing Space

The Incase EO is a mere 24L. That’s hard to visualize, so let’s break it down into real world terms. The EO's bag dimensions are 21.5" x 15" x 5".

Compare those to the carry on maximum size requirements of 22” x 14” x 9”. Meaning you’re sacrificing a good four inches of possible space to carry your stuff on the road.

In terms of packing for a trip, the Incase EO’s measurements might be great for a short weekend getaway. But when you’re packing for a week (or more) in Europe, the lack of space becomes 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. Because where would you stuff this extra jacket into your Incase EO that’s already bursting at its zippers?

All because your Incase EO is too small.

This scenario has happened to us on trips spanning 5+ days. Packing is a fine art, and sometimes, it’s a mental exercise that you simply don’t have the time or brain power to complete successfully.

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

Quick question: where does most of your backpack’s weight hang from? If you answered “my shoulders,” ding-ding, we’ve got a winner, folks.

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.

Unfortunately, the design team at Incase didn’t agree. Instead, they equipped the Incase EO with flimsy, nearly-pencil-thin “padded shoulder straps.” Hmm, your shoulders will feel your Incase EO’s weight.

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

No Weight Distribution

Did you know that a high-quality, padded hip belt transfers 80% of your bag’s weight to your hips, saving your shoulders from headache-inducing knots? Until you’re carrying a full backpack, you don’t realize a hip belt’s true magic.

Incase EO’s designers didn’t add in that magical hip belt. So if you travel with this bag, you’ll never know the blissful feeling of knot-free shoulders. Or the weightlessness of hefting a fully packed backpack onto your back, then clipping the hip belt to find the weight lifting off your body.

We want you to be comfortable on your trip. That’s why the Tortuga Setout has a full-weight bearing hip belt. So your hips carry that full 80% of your bag’s weight. Meaning your shoulders feel light and fancy-free.

Your Comfort in Mind

If you’re looking for a backpack that maximizes the carry on size requirements, but doesn’t skimp on comfortable ergonomics, check out the Tortuga Setout.

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