Everything I needed for the weekend was packed in my Tortuga, but I still had room left over.
Of course I ended up filling up that room with more stuff. Not because I needed it but because I could.
Have you ever left for a trip with lots of unused space in your backpack? Neither have I.
Constraints are helpful when packing. Otherwise, you’ll pack based on how much space you have, not how much stuff you need.
For longer trips, using a carry-on-sized bag is a good way limit how much you bring. Packing carry-on-only is a big adjustment for most people.
But not every trip is a multi-week, international adventure. In fact, most trips are short.
When we surveyed our customers, you told us that you take 2-3 times more domestic trips than international trips per year. Most of those domestic trips are for less than a week.
Short, domestic trips require a different bag than the maximum-sized-carry-on Tortuga Backpack with all its bells and whistles.
For example, two weeks ago, I spent 5 days in Los Angeles with Jeremy shooting new pictures and videos for the website. Last weekend, I spent 4 days in Washington state working alongside other travel entrepreneurs.
I didn’t need a Tortuga’s worth of stuff on either trip.
Introducing the Tortuga Air
Instead, I carried the Tortuga Air. We created the Air based on your feedback about shorter trips. The Air is ideally suited to trips of less than a week: overnight, a long weekend, or a short business trip.
I’ve acclimated to packing in the smaller Air and now prefer it for most trips. Next month, I’ll be documenting a two-week trip to China carrying just the Air.
The Tortuga Air is the perfect bag for most trips. When you hop on a plane for a few days in New York. When you jump in the car for a road trip up the coast. When you need a bag that works equally well on a plane and in the office.
We started with how the Air would be used and built it around these use cases.
The Air is both smaller and lighter than the Tortuga. It’s laid out like a suitcase with a clamshell opening, a divided main compartment, and an expansion zipper. Like the Tortuga, the Air has locking zippers, a pocket for your computer, and specialized pockets for all your small stuff.
For more pictures and info, keep reading.
Tortuga Air Pre-Sale
The Tortuga Air is now available for pre-sale here.
Before placing an order, please read the rest of this post for details about the pre-sale.
If you’re unsure which bag is best for you, compare the Air to the Tortuga on the comparison page.
You have dibs on the first shipment of Tortuga Air backpacks.
Place your pre-order by Monday, October 6th, 2014 to guarantee yourself a bag from the first shipment.
When you place a pre-order, you will be charged immediately, not when your bag ships. The pre-order will work much like Kickstarter. You pay up front, we order the bags, then you get your bag.
Manufacturing and Delivery
We will place an order with our supplier on October 6th. Manufacturing will be completed by December then the bags will be shipped to our warehouse in the US. From there, we will ship your bag to you.
We plan to deliver Tortuga Air pre-orders in January 2015.
Manufacturing, quality control, shipping, and warehousing are complicated. Delays may occur. For that reason, we don’t recommend placing a pre-order if you need your Air by a very specific date.
The January batch should include enough bags to fulfill orders beyond the pre-sale. Placing a pre-order by October 6th is the only way to guarantee that you will get a bag in the first shipment.
You can order an Air from the US, Canada, Europe, Australia, or New Zealand. Standard shipping rates and rules will apply.
If you have any questions, please email us.
The Tortuga Air is now available for pre-order. Place your order by October 6th to guarantee a bag from the first batch. We expect to deliver pre-orders in January 2015.
Please note that you will be charged when you order, not when your bag ships. If you don’t mind paying up front and not getting your bag until January, pre-order now. Otherwise, keep an eye out for the January in-stock announcement.