- Product Dimensions: 40 x 54.6 x 21 cm ; 1.65 Kg
- Boxed-product Weight: 1.7 Kg
- Item Model Number: ZH1603233R1A
- ASIN: B01J24H6MO
- Date first available at Amazon.com.au: 9 September 2016
- Average Customer Review: 1 customer review
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AmazonBasics Carry-On Travel Backpack, Red
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- Carry-on travel backpack with internal, zippered laptop sleeve; ultra-flexible and lightweight; made of durable polyester
- Main compartment with zippered mesh space, optional midway shelf, and internal/external compression straps
- Front pocket and front-top pocket for easy access to documents and travel liquids; main upper packing compartment with organizer, expandable storage space tuck-away ID pocket
- Padded shoulder straps disconnect easily and store away in zippered back pocket; removable sternum strap, waist belt, and shoulder strap; well-placed exterior handles
- Main compartment measures 5.5 by 13 to 14 by 21.5 inches (LxWxH); main upper packing compartment measures 3 to 5 by 13 to 14 by 21.5 inches (LxWxH); full-expansion zipper creates 10% more packing space
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AmazonBasics Carry-On Travel Backpack
Ultra-flexible, lightweight, and durable, the AmazonBasics Carry-On Travel Backpack makes a great choice for savvy travellers. Made of durable polyester, the travel pack functions as an unstructured suitcase that can be quickly converted into a backpack. The travel backpack meets carry-on requirements, and it features three well-placed exterior handles—great for lifting, placing in an overhead compartment or trunk, or for more traditional side-handle carrying. The premium carry-on travel backpack comes loaded with organizational components and user-friendly features.
Multiple Organizational Compartments
A zippered front pocket offers easy-to-access space for boarding passes, travel itineraries, and other important documents, while a zippered front-top pocket keeps travel liquids and other personal items conveniently accessible. On the front, the backpack provides a double-zippered opening for its main upper packing compartment. The inside flap of the unzipped panel features a briefcase-style organizer with sleeves and zippered pockets for storing pens, a phone, and other small items. The main upper packing compartment’s interior offers ample storage space, including a place to securely clip your keys. If the backpack’s front-top pocket isn’t being used, the upper packing compartment can simply extend into that space. The AmazonBasics carry-on travel backpack offers a roomy and well-organized main compartment that’s secured shut with double zippers and four external compression straps. Unzipped, the inside flap offers a full-width zippered mesh compartment—great for larger items or keeping contents separate from the main compartment. Inside the main compartment, the backpack provides two adjustable compression straps to help keep contents in place.
Designed with today’s traveller in mind, the backpack comes with an internal laptop sleeve that can accommodate any size laptop thanks to its adjustable sling system. The laptop sleeve provides a zipper closure, and if not traveling with a laptop, the main compartment expands into the laptop area, so there’s no wasted space.
The travel backpack comes with padded shoulder straps for comfortable carrying. For secure placement, the travel bag offers an adjustable sternum strap and a waist belt, both of which can be removed if preferred. The backpack shoulder straps disconnect easily and store out of the way in a zippered back pocket, allowing the bag to be checked or carried like a suitcase. The travel pack also comes with a removable shoulder strap for more carrying options.
The AmazonBasics carry-on travel backpack’s main compartment measures 14 by 33 to 35.5 by 54.6 cm (LxWxH), and its front compartment measures 7.6 to 12.7 by 33 to 35.5 by 54.6 cm (LxWxH). A full-expansion zipper creates an additional 10 percent of packing space—no need to hold back when it comes to returning home with gifts and souvenirs. Experience exceptional quality, convenience, and flexibility with the AmazonBasics Carry-On Travel Backpack.
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- Excellent design with large storage capacity and ample pockets/dividers for organization
- Comfortable shoulder straps and back cushioning
- Comes with shoulder strap, waist strap, sternum strap, backpack straps (can be tucked away), and two handles to allow multiple methods of easy-carrying
- Includes internal padded laptop storage compartment placed nearest the back (ideal design for weight distribution)
- Includes zippered expandable storage (unzip to expand the bag slightly, or keep zipped to keep the bag more compact)
- Carry-on size!
- DOES NOT include hide-away water bottle compartment or key ring clip, as described on the listing
- Some loose threading here and there, and minor quality issues
My wife and I travel frequently (we have Southwest Companion Fly Free) on weekend trips across the state (often 3-4 night trips). I have been somewhat addicted to finding the best carry-on size travel bag/backpack. A few months ago, I purchased the eBags eTech 2.0 Weekender Travel backpack for my wife and myself, and I recently purchased the AmazonBasics backpack as well for my most recent two trips to see how they compared. Here are some of my notable comparisons:
**DESIGN & ORGANIZATION**
If I am not mistaken, eBags 2.0 started selling on Amazon towards the end of 2012 and has only had minor revisions since then. The design focuses on maximizing the amount you can carry within a bag that still fits most standard "carry-on" size specifications (which is usually 9x22x14). It utilizes hide-away backpack straps (they tuck away into a zippered compartment), a handle on the horizontal and vertical side of the bag, and a suit-case style main compartment and zipper opening for easy access. This has been a winning combination, and I have found this to be one of the most efficient designs for easy travel and maximum storage (better than clam-style zippered opening backpacks, in my opinion). With the use of packing cubes, my wife and I easily pack for 4 to even 5 night trips with both backpacks. In the attached picture showing the backpack filled, I easily packed two medium-sized packing cubes carrying 2 pants, 3 shorts, 1 belt, 6 t shirts, 2 button shirts, and 2 long sleeve shirts; one small packing cube carrying 6 socks, 6 underwear; one pair of shoes; toiletry bag; lightweight jacket in the mesh compartment on the lid; laptop w/ charger and documents; chargers; sunglasses; Kindle; battery pack; and earbuds. With that said, AmazonBasics released this backpack in September 2016, and clearly copied/mimicked almost the exact design of the eBags 2.0 in nearly every respect (AmazonBasics has all the features described directly above as well).
The notable differences is that the AmazonBasics backpack has a dedicated zippered laptop storage compartment placed right on the back (best design for weight distribution because it keeps the weight closest to your body), zippered expandable storage option (unzip to expand the dimension of the main compartment by 10%, or leaved zipped to keep the backpack more compact; refer to attached picture), and has clips that allow for shoulder strap carry. If you want to carry a laptop in the eBags, you either have to place it in the front zippered organization compartment or in the main storage compartment (both are not the most ideal since weight is either distributed on the furthest point away from your body, making it feel heavier; or if in the main compartment, it's a pain to open it up and remove it for Airport Security). However, the eBags has a slightly better designed front storage area that utilizes: elastic cinches on its pockets (when travelling, it keeps the contents placed in these pockets in place; while with the AmazonBasics bag, I noticed that my items would easily slide out of the pockets during travel), a larger variety of pockets, and a key clip (the listing claims AmazonBasics backpack has a key clip, but it definitely does not). Both backpacks utilized a zippered mesh compartment located on the lid-side of the main compartment, but if you look at the included pictures, eBags has it extend the full length to maximize the size, whereas AmazonBasics for some odd reason has it cut off nearly 5 inches short of the full length. I see no point in why AmazonBasics decided to do that because it's just lost space.
Draw. AmazonBasics has the well-designed padded laptop compartment, zippered expandable storage option, and shoulder strap capabilities, but eBags has the better designed front zippered organization compartment. Subjectively, I prefer the AmazonBasics backpack because it is important for me to carry my laptop with me and have the option to use a shoulder strap, while my wife prefers the eBags because she prefers the better-designed front zippered organization compartment and is fine always using the backpack straps.
**WEIGHT AND COMFORT**
AmazonBasics backpack weighs slightly over 3 lbs, while the eBags weighs slightly over 2 lbs. Honestly, the difference in weight is quite minimal when the backpack is actually worn, and I did not notice that the AmazonBasics bag was slightly heavier.
With respect to comfort, the AmazonBasics backpack has slightly more cushioning in the backpack straps, and it adds cushioning along the entire length of the bag that rests on your back. The eBags backpack does not provide any real cushioning for your back, and while the shoulder straps are still comfortable, it has slightly less cushioning. However, the eBags has much more cushioned and well-designed side handles (the handles on the vertical and horizontal sides of the bag). eBags uses elastic under each handles to always pull the side handles closer to the bag (refer to attached pictures), and pads it with a soft neoprene. AmazonBasics uses the same nylon covering the entire bag over its handles, and you can feel the plastic material of the handles beneath. Both backpacks have adjustable sternum straps, and simple nylon straps that can be attached to the bottom to be used as waist straps.
AmazonBasics slightly edges out eBags here. With the slightly more cushioned/padded backpack straps, and cushioning along the length of the portion of the bag the rests on your back, the AmazonBasics backpack is slightly more comfortable to wear. The eBags has better designed and more cushioned side handles, but ultimately these travel backpacks are made to be worn as backpacks, not primarily carried by the side handles.
AmazonBasics describes the material used as "durable polyester", while eBags states that the material used as "420D & 1680D Nylon". Nylon is generally a stronger & more durable material than polyester, and the 420D & 1680D Nylon rated materials used by eBags is highly rated/reviewed for its quality and durability. Based on feel and appearance, the Nylon material on the eBags backpack is of higher quality than AmazonBasics.
Additionally, eBags uses higher quality components and materials on many of the finer details of the backpack, such as: Clips that attach the bottom shoulder straps to the backpack (has a cleverly designed release mechanism outside of the clipped area to allow for quick release); seams on the shoulder straps are sealed & hidden (AmazonBasics uses the simpler method of placing a separate piece of material that is stitched over; refer to picture of the shoulder straps); YKK zippers with a lifetime warranty (YKK are like the gold-standard for zippers; AmazonBasics uses strong & quality zippers, but not quite as nice as YKK); and quality side handles with neoprene padding and elastic pull-back mechanism (AmazonBasics wraps its side handles in the same polyester used for the rest of the bag, and the hard plastic of the handle can be felt). Lastly, I noticed that the AmazonBasics backpack had a few loose threads here and there, and somewhat sloppier stitching/finishing (refer to attached picture).
eBags wins here when it comes to quality materials and craftsmanship.
eBags is very reasonably priced at $99.99 (occasionally goes on sale too) for the quality & craftsmanship that you get with the bag. eBags also has an excellent reputation for customer service and warranty. The AmazonBasics backpack currently retails for $49.99, which is a steal.
AmazonBasics takes the cake when it comes to value. eBags backpack is well-priced and uses some higher quality materials & craftsmanship, but the AmazonBasics backpack is literally 1/2 of the retail price. eBags is a great price at $99.99, but AmazonBasics is a steal at $49.99.
Both backpacks are incredibly impressive with respect to design, organization, comfort, quality, and value. You honestly cannot go wrong with either backpack, and both are excellent choices for your carry-on travel bag needs. Each backpack has slight pros/cons as compared to the other, and I wish I could combine some aspects of both to create the perfect combination. If you want slightly higher quality materials, durability, craftsmanship, and a better designed front storage compartment–and you do not mind not having a shoulder strap-carry option or a dedicated laptop storage compartment near your back–then eBags is a great overall choice for you. But if you want slightly more comfortable shoulder straps & back-cushioning, shoulder strap-carry option, dedicated laptop storage compartment near your back, zippered expandable storage option, and an unbeatable price; then AmazonBasics will be the travel backpack for you. To prove my point: my wife opted to keep the eBags because she liked the overall quality more, thought it was plenty comfortable, and did not mind that it lacked a dedicated laptop storage compartment near the back. I opted to go with the AmazonBasics backpack because I like having the option to carry the backpack on a shoulder strap, and I love having a dedicated laptop storage option near the back.
**For the attached pictures, the olive backpack is the eBags and the black backpack is the AmazonBasics. I will update this review after my wife and I travel some more!
I am 5'8" and 180lb, athletically built. Depending on how you are built, the hooks at the bottom strap may rub against your butt uncomfortably, or it may touch the bottom of the back of your neck (see my pic). When the bag is full, it does get heavy.
The straps are wide and well padded, and the bag seems well made. I like the expandable zipper on the main compartment. It has several useful pockets, including a laptop pocket that puts the laptop flat against your back. That may or may not be comfortable for you; I didn't use this feature. There is an additional pocket where the backpack straps can be hidden when not in use; that can be used for additional storage.
There is a small hook that you can use to attach keys or anything that has a really tiny hook/clip. The main interior compartment will hold 1 medium sized and 1 small packing cube with a little extra room; I was able to use 2 cubes and still have room for a pair of flats, a jacket, and a couple of additional small items.
The zippers on the main compartment opens 3/4 of the way around, like a regular suitcase. For added security, there are adjustable closures that help ensure your bag doesn't accidentally unzip and flop open, spilling the contents.
Overall it's a great bag! But just know that it's not a typical "backpack". It's great for road trips but you may want a different bag if you have to tote your luggage on your back for an extended period of time (say if you land at 11 but can't check in until 2 and you have to wander around the city and pass the time -- which frequently happens to me).
In the two pictures you can see (I hope) that one of the plastic latches pulled right off the bag, and in the process the stitching that remained completely unraveled. The bag now has the leftover of a loop which has completely frayed, leaving no possibility of reattaching the shoulder strap. Not the kind of surprise you'd expect from a bag that is so highly rated.
Incidentally, the bag only had about 20 pounds of clothing in it... It was loaded evenly, and had no unusually-shaped objects which could have damaged the material. It was just poor construction, plain and simple... Now, my only hope is that the backpack straps will hold out for the remainder of my trip, as the shoulder strap is a complete waste :(