Best Carry On Backpacks (2020)

I often see people asking what is the “best carry on backpack” they should get for one bag travel. I’m a big fan of the /r/onebag subreddit and in particular they have great advice and suggestions for travelling light. I put together this list with the suggestions of the redditors in that post and also including some of the most popular and most suggested bags for carry on. This list is sorted from lightest weight to heaviest. Unfortunately I haven’t had a chance to try out all of the bags on this list but if you have experience with them please leave a comment down below.

Best Carry on Backpacks

PictureNamePrice (USD)SizeWeight
IKEA Varldens Backpack$39.9936L0.73 kg (1.6 lbs)
Uniqlo 3 Way Bag$4020 - 25L0.50 kg (1.10 lbs)
Tom Bihn Synapse 25$20025L0.82 kg (1.8 lbs)
Macpac UTSIFOY$10025L0.870 kg (1.9 lbs)
Minaal Daily Bag$24920L0.98 kg (2.16lb)
Tortuga Homebase Backpack$24532L1.04 kg (2.3 lbs)
Osprey Porter 30$11030L1.12 kg (2.49 lbs)
REI Vagabond Tour 40$11936.5L1.133 kg (2.49 lbs)
Arcteryx Covert Case$19950L1.15 kg (2.5 lbs)
BOgear Spare Camel$16430L1.3 kg (2.8 lbs)
GORUCK GR1$29521/26L1.3 kg (2.9 lbs)
Tom Bihn Aeronaut 30$28530L1.3 kg (2.87 lbs)
Topo Designs Travel Bag (30L)$18930L1.2 kg (2.6 lbs)
Topo Designs Travel Bag (40L)$22940L1.6 kg (3.6 lbs)
eBags TLS Mother Lode$9954L1.36 kg (3 lbs)
Tom Bihn Aeronaut 45$29545L1.39 kg (3.06 lbs)
Patagonia Headway MLC$18945L1.4 kg (3 lbs)
Minaal Carry-On 2.0$29935L1.41 kg (3.12 lbs)
Osprey Farpoint 40$16040 L1.43 kg (3.17 lbs)
MEI Voyageur$13940L1.6 kg (3.5 lbs)
Tortuga Outbreaker Daypack$9921L0.49 kg (1.1 lbs)
Standard Carry-on Backpack$17935 – 45L1.67 kg (3.7 lbs)
GORUCK GR2$39534/40L2.40 kg (5.30 lbs)
Tortuga Setout Backpack$199
45L1.49 kg (3.3 lbs)
Tortuga Outbreaker$299
45/35L2.3 kg (5.1 lbs)
Cotopaxi Allpa 35L$20035L1.56 kg (3.43 lbs)
Peak Design Travel Backpack 45L$299.9535/45L2.05 kg (4.5 lbs)

If you have any suggestions for best carry on backpacks that I should add to the list please don’t hesitate to let me know by the contact page or by leaving a comment down below.


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