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Setout Backpack

The maximum-sized carry on for city travelers

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If you’ve tried dragging a suitcase with cheap plastic wheels over the cobblestone streets of Paris, you know why rolling luggage doesn’t work in a city.

Cylinder-shaped packs for "backpackers" aren't much better. Since you pack them from the top, like a garbage bag, they leave your stuff a jumbled mess. They're also too big to be carried onto a plane, so you’re stuck with checked bag fees, the hassle of baggage claim, and the stress of lost luggage.

The Setout travel backpack packs like a suitcase and carries like a backpack.


  • Specs
  • 22” x 14” x 9”
  • 45L
  • 3.3 lbs
  • Laptop: 15”
  • Tablet: 9.7”
  • Fit: 17-19” torsos
  • Features
  • Carry on sized
  • Front loading
  • Padded, removable hip belt
  • Laptop and tablet sleeves
  • Hideaway shoulder straps
  • Weather resistant
  • Organization pockets
  • Lockable zippers
  • Lie-flat water bottle pocket


In Depth Product Features

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Carry On Sized

Zip past everyone at baggage claim. The Setout Backpack qualifies as a carry on so you can travel like a pro.

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Maximum Internal Space

Bring everything you need without checking a bag. There’s plenty of room for all your stuff, whether you’re traveling for a week or a month.

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Internal organization

Everything has a home.

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Easy to Pack

The Setout Backpack opens from the side, like a book, to make packing on a bed or luggage stand easier. Compare that to packing a typical backpack, where you’re reaching down into a jumbled mess.

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The hip belt transfers 80% of the bag’s weight to your hips, taking the strain off your shoulders. Stash your phone and boarding pass in the hip belt pockets while en route.

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Adapts to You

The injection-molded straps will conform to your body and get more comfortable over time, just like sneakers.

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Blend Into the City

Understated heathered grey fabric and a rounded shape won’t scream “tourist.” The sleek look helps you blend in.

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Protect Your Straps

Tuck the shoulder straps for protection when carrying your bag down the aisle of the plane or when stowing it in an overhead bin.

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Stay Agile

Take the stairs instead of the crowded escalator. Walk up Lisbon’s hilly, tiled streets. Hop from city to city without dragging a suitcase around. No wheels means you’re ready for anything.

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Designed for 21st Century Travel

You don’t need to carry an extra bag for your electronics. The Setout safely holds a 15” laptop, a 9.7” tablet, and an ereader.

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Secure Your Stuff

Use the lockable zippers to keep your stuff safe from pickpockets.

Behind the Design

In 2009, we traveled through Eastern Europe for two weeks. The trip was awesome, but our backpacks were a disaster. Jeremy's broke on the first day, and Fred's was huge and disorganized.

We couldn't find the perfect travel backpack, so we made it.

— Fred and Jeremy, Co-Founders

Read more about the Setout’s inspiration on The Lab.

What Fits Inside

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Clothes for 1 week of travel or more

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15” laptop
9.7” tablet
and chargers

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A few accessories
and your documents

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