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Trunkster Suitcase vs Tortuga Outbreaker

Trunkster makes a suitcase with cool features, but in their excitement over tech like charging your smartphone, they miss out on vital luggage features that travelers sorely need for smooth travels.

Skip The Wheels, Skippy

Wheels or no wheels?

Let’s start with the most obvious difference between Trunkster and Tortuga travel backpacks.

Wheeled suitcases are great for smooth surfaces found in airports or office buildings. They’re not okay on 99% of the other surfaces found in the real world.

Rattling over cracked sidewalks or bumpy cobblestone, attracting wide-eyed looks from everyone in a three-block radius, is not what your social media app had in mind when they suggested, “Announce your presence in a new neighborhood to meet people.”

This scenario is more like, “Announce your presence as an outsider to thieves and no-gooders.”

If your travels bring you from South America’s dirt roads to Europe’s charming towns or Southeast Asia’s sundrenched beaches, you need a travel backpack. Not a rolling suitcase.

Backpacks, like the Tortuga Outbreaker, allow you to navigate any surface, including mountain climbing should inspiration hit you to retrace the steps of the von Trapp family fleeing over Austria’s mountains to safety. Or you can safely sprint for the last train into downtown Rome and a good night’s rest at your hotel.

Zero Organization

Trunkster’s “crown jewel is a sliding rolltop door” that unrolls to a vast, cavernous space hungry to gobble up your clothes, gear, and charging cords.

Once you get over the thrill of avoiding any zippers in opening your suitcase, you’ll see with great dismay the chaotic party that your gear has had behind locked doors. Suddenly, you’ll feel like your parents coming home early from a weekend away.

Cue the gasp in horror at socks hanging from your laptop. Or pants strangling your jersey dress.

Trunkster has zero internal organization. It is one huge, empty space hopelessly begging for a compression strap or interior pockets to save it from itself.

Want a better option? Pick Tortuga Outbreaker as your travel companion. We understand the difficulties of staying organized on the road, so we designed a bag that makes it easy for you.

Unzip Outbreaker and find… sigh, an organizer’s dream come true. The inside flap has two zippered mesh pockets eager to wrangle order into your t-shirts, workout clothes, or collared shirts. Four zippered pockets line the larger compartment, perfect for underwear, socks, swimsuits, and tank tops.

Or if you prefer a little mess in your bag, there’s the flexibility to embrace that lifestyle, while still laying hands on exactly what you need, when you need it.

What About Electronics?

Say buh-bye to the idea of one-bag travel when traveling with the Trunkster. It’s impossible thanks to a huge design flaw: no place to put your laptop.

Trunkster offers flashy USB charging on the go, but fails give you a safe place for your laptop to travel.

Instead, you’ll have to buy a well-padded (i.e. not cheap) protection sleeve for your laptop, find a secure place in the giant cavern of Trunkster’s interior, and cross your fingers that your most-expensive gadget won’t emerge in several pieces at your destination.

Sounds like a perfect scenario. Yeah, right.

Oh, and when you get to the airport, you’ll be showing off Trunkster’s sliding rolltop door right and left as you fish out your laptop so it can go through security checkpoint. And you’ll waste valuable time in finding a secure spot for your laptop after the security checkpoint, wrestling gear out of the way, and wadding up clothing as a shock-resistant buffer.

“Sounds amah-zing. Where do I sign up,” said no one. Ever.

Compare this miserable experience to the Tortuga Outbreaker’s luxurious electronics suite at the back of this backpack. Think of it like your office away from office.

Three mesh zippered pockets eagerly await your charging cords, power strips, and portable USB drives. The other flap has a fleece-lined sleeve for your laptop and tablet. At security checkpoints, unzip this electronics section, lay flat on the conveyer belt, walk through, zip back up and away you go.

It’s really that easy.

Best of Both Worlds

An ideal travel bag would combine the best of a suitcase and the best of a backpack.

Suitcases are more accessible and organized than most backpacks, meaning you can grab anything out of your bag without moving its entire contents. However, backpacks perform well in any environment -- not just an easy-to-navigate one with smooth surfaces, like an airport.

We took the best features of backpacks AND suitcases like Trunkster when we designed the Outbreaker backpack. This backpack is organized, comfortable, durable, and carry on sized. Sounds like a winning combo.

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