The response to the Tortuga Travel Backpack has been tremendous. The first run of re-designed bags sold out in less than two months over the holidays. We re-stocked bags at the end of June and sold the same amount in two hours. The next batch will be in our east coast warehouse in early July.
Yet, the Tortuga isn’t right for everyone. We’ve heard from many people who need something different for their travel style.
The first is short trips. The Tortuga was designed for trips from one week to one year. When we surveyed you, our customers and readers, you told us that you take 2-3x more domestic trips than international trips every year. Those domestic trips are mostly for less than a week.
Unless you’re a heavy packer, the Tortuga is too much bag for those short trips. I’ve become so used to packing a Tortuga that I almost never fill it, even on longer trips. The bag that once felt adequate now feels cavernous. Minimalist packers will agree.
The other reason that people take short trips is for business travel. The Tortuga works perfectly well for these trips but doesn’t transition seamlessly to the office. It’s just too big.
The last case where the Tortuga fell short was with shorter people. Because the Tortuga has a hip belt, it’s not one size fits all. Your torso should be at least 18″ for an ideal fit. You can check your fit by following these instructions. Many petite women found the Tortuga to be too tall for them.
For all of these reasons, we created the smaller, lighter Tortuga Air. Today is the first extended look at our next backpack.
Read more about the Tortuga Air and join the wait list to be the first to know when it’s available.
Keep in mind that these are pictures from a prototype and that the final product is subject to change.