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Travelpack Samples

The following are some of the manufacturers that currently make travelpacks, with some sample product names to get you started. Some (especially Jansport and Eagle Creek) also make horrendously humongous travelpacks models (take that tape measure with you). Just as with the large rolling uprights, be careful not to get any that'll have the airline crew forcing you to check in your precious bag at the last minute!

Note: Manufacturers are always designing and releasing new/updated designs. The models you see here should serve as a general guideline to you, and not necessarily an actual shopping list.


Atlantic travelpack

An image of Atlantic travelpack by Pangaea.
  • Brand: Pangaea
  • Campmor currently has these on sale for $149.99.
  • Details: Carry-on travelpack has a zip-off daypack . Unlike most other travelpacks, the backpack strap area unzips entirely (the covering is then rolled up and tucked away with Velcro). Two notes: 1) The extra large version is too big as a carry-on. 2) Their tag advertises a url (www.pangaea-travel.com) that is nonfunctional as of mid-July 1998.
  • Size: Two sizes (large, extra large) 2400/2900; 23 x 13 x 7/25 x 14 x 8; 15.5 x 11 x 3.5 inches
  • Color(s): Dark Sage
  • Approx. Retail Price: $ 179.00
  • Where to buy: REI

    Graphic courtesy of: REI web site.

Back Door Bag

No photo available.
  • Brand: Rick Steves' Europe Through Back Door
  • Details: Similar to Magellan's Borneo Bag, the Back Door Bag is a stripped down rectangular convertible travelpack. $75.
  • Size:
  • Color(s):
  • Approx. Retail Price:
  • Where to buy: Available through mail order and at ETBD's store in Washington.

Bean's Adventure travelpack

An image of Bean's Adventure travelpack by L.L. Bean.
  • Brand: L.L. Bean
  • Details: Expandable and streamlined, available with monogram.
  • Size: 1,584 cu in. to 2,597 cu. in
  • Color(s): Teal, Navy, Green, Black
  • Approx. Retail Price: $68.00
  • Where to buy: Available through mail order.

    Graphic courtesy of: L.L. Bean web site.

Borneo Bag

An image of Borneo Bag by Magellan's.
  • Brand: Magellan's
  • Details: A stripped-down maximum-allowable carry-on travelpack.
  • Size: 9x13x21 (2000cu in)
  • Color(s): Black, brown, teal (blue NA).
  • Approx. Retail Price: $89.00
  • Where to buy: In-house brand available via mail order or at their store in Santa Barbara.

    Graphic courtesy of: Magellan's web site.

Caravan

An image of Caravan by Tough Traveler.
  • Brand: Tough Traveler
  • Details: Looks like traditional soft-sided luggage.
  • Size: 8x13x22 (2200 cu in)
  • Color(s): Teal, black, navy, taupe
  • Approx. Retail Price: $143.00
  • Where to buy: Available through mail order.

    Graphic courtesy of: Tough Traveler web site.

Carry-On Pack

An image of Carry-On Pack by JanSport.
  • Brand: JanSport
  • Details: Looks like a backpack. The only disadvantage is lack of D-rings for a shoulder strap.
  • Size: 9x13.5x20 (2500cu in)
  • Color(s): Black, green.
  • Approx. Retail Price: $68.00
  • Where to buy: JanSport bags are available in many locations, including Sports Outlet, Rand McNally and various stores. Campmor sells them for a very reasonable $44.99.

    Graphic courtesy of: JanSport web site.

City Slicker

An image of City Slicker by Outdoor Products.
  • Brand: Outdoor Products
  • Details: The smallest travelpack on the list, the City Slicker is more of a daypack or briefcase.
  • Size: 3x11.5x15.5
  • Color(s): Navy, graphite, black, purple, teal
  • Approx. Retail Price: $55.00
  • Where to buy: Retail outlets

    Graphic courtesy of: Outdoor Products web site.

Classic Convertabrief

An image of Classic Convertabrief by Eagle Creek.
  • Brand: Eagle Creek
  • Details: Smallest of travelpacks and marketed as a briefcase.
  • Size: 8x11x16
  • Color(s): Blue, green, black.
  • Approx. Retail Price:
  • Where to buy: Retail and mail order. In particular, the Rand McNally and REI chains seem to carry a regular inventory. For mail-order, try REI or Magellan's (see their URL in this FAQ).

    Graphic courtesy of: Eagle Creek web site.

Continental Journey

An image of Continental Journey by Eagle Creek.
  • Brand: Eagle Creek
  • Details: Larger version of Solo Journey, this bag has a zip-off daypack. The two can be carried on as separate pieces.
  • Size: Main unit: 9x15x21; daypack: 5x12x16
  • Color(s): Blue, green, black.
  • Approx. Retail Price: $170.00
  • Where to buy: Retail and mail order. In particular, the Rand McNally and REI chains seem to carry a regular inventory. For mail-order, try REI or Magellan's (see their URL in this FAQ).

    Graphic courtesy of: Eagle Creek web site.

Flying Scotsman I

An image of Flying Scotsman I by MEI (Mountain Equipment Inc.).
  • Brand: MEI (Mountain Equipment Inc.)
  • Details: travelpack with zip-off daypack.
  • Size: 9x14x22 with daypack removed.
  • Color(s): Black, charcoal, hunter, cobalt
  • Approx. Retail Price: $175.00
  • Where to buy: Kindred Spirits (http://www.Commercial.Com/kindred/) and other retailers.

    Graphic courtesy of: Kindred Spirits web site.

Jet Bag

An image of Jet Bag by Mountain Equipment Co-Op (MEC).
  • Brand: Mountain Equipment Co-Op (MEC)
  • Details: Smaller sibling of the Jumbo Jet Bag, the Jet Bag, this is a very compact sized travelpack for the experienced traveler, kids or shorter people A great price as this is in Canadian dollars.
  • Size: 7x12x17
  • Color(s): Black, forest, navy
  • Approx. Retail Price: CAN$43.00
  • Where to buy: MEC stores in Canada or through mail order only.

    Graphic courtesy of: .

Jumbo Jet Bag

An image of Jumbo Jet Bag by Mountain Equipment Co-Op (MEC).
  • Brand: Mountain Equipment Co-Op (MEC)
  • Details: Slightly larger than the Jet Bag, the Jumbo Jet Bag is still a tidy package with a great price tag.
  • Size: 7x13x20.5
  • Color(s): Black, forest, navy
  • Approx. Retail Price: CAN$46.00
  • Where to buy: MEC stores in Canada or through mail order only.

    Graphic courtesy of: MEC's mail-order catalog.

LBC

An image of LBC by Patagonia.
  • Brand: Patagonia
  • Details: Short for Little Brother Carry-on, a smaller sibling of the MLC.
  • Size: 8.5x14x19 (2261cu in)
  • Color(s): Black, cobalt
  • Approx. Retail Price: $150.00
  • Where to buy: Patagonia stores, mail order, and retail stores that carry Patagonia products.

    Graphic courtesy of: Patagonia web site.

The Lewis Carry-On Pack

Kelty Lewis Carry-On pack
  • Brand: Kelty Pangaea
  • Details: A traditional travel pack with a 20-inch height that means it will fit as a carry-on for most airlines. It's rotund, though.
  • Size: 13x14x20 (3640 in)
  • Color(s): Sage (green)
  • Approx. Retail Price: $135.00
  • Where to buy: Campmor sells these at a blowout price of $45.00 (30% of retail)

    Graphic courtesy of: Campmor web site.

Minivan

An image of Minivan by Tough Traveler.
  • Brand: Tough Traveler
  • Details: A smaller version of Tough Traveler's Caravan, this travelpack is marketed for children and has many of the same features.
  • Size: 5.75x12.75x19 (1380cu in)
  • Color(s): Teal, black, navy, natural
  • Approx. Retail Price: $85.00
  • Where to buy: Available through mail order.

    Graphic courtesy of: Tough Traveler web site.

MLC

An image of MLC by Patagonia.
  • Brand: Patagonia
  • Details: Short for Maximum Legal Carry-on. Great Patagonia quality and simplicity.
  • Size: 9x15x21 (2835cu in)
  • Color(s): Black, hunter
  • Approx. Retail Price: $165.00
  • Where to buy: Patagonia stores, mail order, and retail stores that carry Patagonia products.

    Graphic courtesy of: Patagonia web site.

REI Grand Tour II

An image of REI Grand Tour II by REI.
  • Brand: REI
  • Details: Zip-off daypack must be removed for main unit to fit as carry-on.
  • Size: 7.5x15x21 (3200cu in) main unit; 3x12x16 daypack
  • Color(s): Black
  • Approx. Retail Price: $160.00
  • Where to buy: REI stores and REI mail order.

    Graphic courtesy of: REI web site.

REI Tour II travelpack

An image of REI Tour II travelpack by REI.
  • Brand: REI
  • Details: Compact travelpack with zip-off daypack.
  • Size: 7.5x15x21 (3200 overall)
  • Color(s): Black
  • Approx. Retail Price: $95.00
  • Where to buy: REI stores and REI mail order.

    Graphic courtesy of: REI web site.

Sierra

An image of the Sierra
  • Brand: Uphill Down
  • Details: The Sierra is a rather small convertible travelpack that can serve as a large soft-sided briefcase.
  • Size: 8x13x18 (2000cu in)
  • Color(s):
  • Approx. Retail Price:
  • Where to buy: Retail outlets. Mail order from manufacturer.

    Graphic courtesy of: Uphill Down web site.

Silver Streak

An image of Silver Streak by MEI (Mountain Equipment Inc.).
  • Brand: MEI (Mountain Equipment Inc.)
  • Details: Expandable travelpack with zip-off daypack.
  • Size: 8x14x22 when compressed and with daypack removed.
  • Color(s): Black, hunter
  • Approx. Retail Price: $135.00
  • Where to buy: Kindred Spirits (http://www.Commercial.Com/kindred/) and other retailers.

    Graphic courtesy of: Kindred Spirits web site.

Solo Journey Expandable

An image of Solo Journey Expandable by Eagle Creek.
  • Brand: Eagle Creek
  • Details: The only bag in series that will qualify as a carry on (in nonexpanded format).
  • Size: 10x15x20 (3200cu in) expandable to 13x15x20 (4000 cu in)
  • Color(s): Blue, green, black.
  • Approx. Retail Price: $145.00
  • Where to buy: Retail and mail order. In particular, the Rand McNally and REI chains seem to carry a regular inventory. For mail-order, try REI or Magellan's (see their URL in this FAQ).

    Graphic courtesy of: Eagle Creek web site.

Voyageur

An image of Voyageur by MEI (Mountain Equipment Inc.).
  • Brand: MEI (Mountain Equipment Inc.)
  • Details: 500 denier Cordura single-compartment travelpack.
  • Size: 9x14x22
  • Color(s): Black, hunter green
  • Approx. Retail Price: $120.00
  • Where to buy: Kindred Spirits (http://www.Commercial.Com/kindred/) and other retailers.

    Graphic courtesy of: Kindred Spirits web site.

Voyageur 40 + 10

An image of Voyageur 40 + 10 by Lowe.
  • Brand: Lowe
  • Details: Medium size travelpack with a zip-off day pack. Unlike many other travelpacks, this model looks much more like a serious internal frame rucksack. Borderling carry-on size if daypack is removed. Recommendable for those intending to go off-road and do some serious camping or hiking.
  • Size: 22 x 13 x 9 inches, 3000 cubic inches. Zip-off daypack: 16 x 10.5 x 4 inches
  • Color(s): Black
  • Approx. Retail Price: $ 149.00
  • Where to buy: REI and other camping supply stores.

    Graphic courtesy of: REI web site.

Weekender

An image of Weekender by JanSport.
  • Brand: JanSport
  • Special Sale: Campmor sells these for around $65.00 regular price.
  • Details: Looks more like traditional luggage. Fully convertible.
  • Size: 9.6x14x21 (3100cu in)
  • Color(s): Black, green.
  • Approx. Retail Price: $80.00
  • Where to buy: JanSport bags are available in many locations, including Sports Outlet, Rand McNally and various stores. Mail-order sites are linked to specific models from JanSport's web site.

    Graphic courtesy of: JanSport web site.
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