Minaal Carry On vs Tortuga Travel Backpack
The Tortuga Promise
At Tortuga, our mission is to make travel easier. Our advice and recommendations are based on years of travel experience. We only recommend products that we use on our own travels.
Giving Space Back to Airlines
Airlines are very stingy with their
However, The Minaal
Why? Because of the “curse of curves.” OneBag.com describes how two similarly-sized bags can have very different carrying capacities.
Of course, bigger isn’t always better. But using the full
With the Tortuga
All Weight is On Your Shoulders
Regardless of how large your backpack is, it will feel heavy with only traditional shoulder straps. Fifteen to twenty pounds of gear can weigh heavily on your shoulders before walking very far.
The solution is to use a hip belt like the ones on hiking backpacks. Hip belts prevent shoulder, neck, and back pain, all of which must be avoided when traveling.
A good hip belt will transfer 80% of your pack’s weight from your shoulders to your hips. From there, your powerful leg muscles can do the work, while sparing your weaker shoulder muscles. You’ll instantly notice the difference in how heavy your pack feels when you tighten the hip belt. Just like magic.
With a properly fitted hip belt, your bag will go from dead weight on your shoulders to feeling like an extension of your body.
Minaal gives you the option of purchasing an additional “removable webbing hip stabiliser strap.” This strap will hold your bag close to your body but won’t take any weight off of your shoulders. As Carryology says, “The waist strap is … for stability only, as there is not enough back panel structure or enough waist-strap padding to support much load on your hips.”
The weight-bearing hip belt did practically nothing aside from hold the bag closer to your body. They say that the weight distribution is great but I’m telling you after an hour of having my bag on, I just wanted to take it off because it hurt either my hips or my shoulders.
The Tortuga’s hip belt has the best padding I’ve seen in this class of backpacks.
Unlinke Tortuga’s hip belt, Minaal charges extra for their hip strap. Minaal’s costs $39 in addition to the bag, bringing your total cost to $338.
Excessive baggage fees were a big motivator for us to create the
The TSA allows travelers to leave their laptops inside their bags through security if the bag is designed with a separate, lie-flat laptop compartment. If you’re carrying a
Most backpacks use a high-denier nylon, which means a fabric with lots of threads woven tightly together. Minaal is no exception.
Sailcloth is the most expensive fabric we considered for the
Read more about why sailcloth is a better fabric.
Minaal claims their internal pockets “hold, like, waaay more of your stuff.” That’s a little vague, especially considering the Tortuga
With the Tortuga
Which Bag is Right For You?
This is a decision for you to make. Minaal has made a nice-looking product. Seeing other companies making quality backpacks is a huge motivator for us.
We designed the Tortuga
When Fred and Jeremy, Tortuga’s founders, took the trip to Eastern Europe that inspired us to start Tortuga, we were both broke 24-year-olds. Jeremy was a graduate student and Fred was an underpaid ad man. In the early stages of the recession, we found round trip tickets between California and Frankfurt for $520. From Frankfurt, to Prague, to Budapest, to Hvar, we traveled by train, stayed in hostels, and ate way too many doner kebabs.
The trip was far from lavish, but we had an amazing experience. That is what travel is all about. You should demand a
If you like our approach, you can learn more about the Tortuga Travel Backpack here.