Tom Bihn Aeronaut vs Tortuga Travel Backpack
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While both the Tortuga Travel Backpack and Aeronaut are the maximum allowable size for a
The biggest differences between the two bags are how ergonomic they are, how they store electronics, and how much they cost.
The Aeronaut tries to be everything. It’s a duffel bag first and a backpack second. Tom Bihn’s website says:
Hard to categorize, the Aeronaut is at once soft luggage, a duffel bag, and a backpack.
By trying to be a duffel bag and a backpack, the Aeronaut is forced to make sacrifices.
As Packhacker says in their review, “Most of our specific qualms with the Aeronaut stem from the different modes of carry. For instance, the backpack straps are anchored close together which means you can feel them digging into your neck—especially when the bag is fully loaded-out with heavy gear.”
Because it’s also a duffel bag, the Aeronaut doesn’t include a hip belt. You have to pay extra for one. Even if you buy one, the belt that you get does not have any padding. From the Aeronaut’s product description:
The waist strap is meant not so much as a weight-bearing “hip belt” but rather a simple way to further secure the Aeronaut on your body.
Without a padded, weight-bearing hip belt, you’re forced to carry your entire load on your shoulders. The purpose of a hip belt is to distribute weight off of your shoulders and onto your hips. The Tortuga
Without a quality hip belt, the Aeronaut is less comfortable, especially on longer walks.
The Aeronaut does not include a dedicated place to store your laptop or tablet. If you’re carrying a computer, the Aeronaut cannot protect it.
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Tom Bihn’s unpadded waist belt will also cost you another $10. Although a hip belt is an essential part of a large
Excessive baggage fees were a big motivator for us to create the carry-on-sized Tortuga
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