Rollaboard luggage has recently met its successor as carry-on king in the form of the travel backpack. We’re don’t mean hiking backpacks or duffels with backpack straps; we’re talking about a new breed of bags that are a hybrid of the lot. Typically, they open on a hinge like a hardshell suitcase, are as spacious as duffels and, like backpacks, use a supportive shoulder strap system (that usually tucks away when unneeded) and have lots of internal organization. One of our favorites among this new class of bags is CTB40 from Evergoods, which is $74 off today.
Evergoods, a company founded in Bozeman, Montana by one of the co-founders of Goruck and a former product engineer at Patagonia, gave the bag just the right amount of pockets, leaving its interior free to hold weeks of clothing or bulky outdoor equipment. Its exterior is sleek and logo-free, and its clamshell opening is aided by internal compression straps that prevent cartoon-style packing struggles. Lastly, the back panel and shoulder straps are some of the most comfortable we’ve ever worn on a bag this size, period.
Gear Patrol editors stand by this travel backpack as one of the most durable and good-looking available, perfect for both weekend and longer trips alike. If you’re interested in trying out an alternative to other types of luggage, this is the bag to test, and with the current discount, now is the time to buy.
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