AmazonBasics Carry-On Travel Backpack Review | Budget 40L One Bag Travel Pack From Amazon

– While we can’t guarantee the AmazonBasics Carry-On Travel Backpack will be your lifelong travel companion, its price is hard to ignore
for anyone on a budget. Hi, I’m Nathan from Pack Hacker, where we use our expertise
and real world experience to provide practical
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consider subscribing. We’ve been testing the AmazonBasics
Carry-On Travel Backpack for just over three months now, so let’s dive into the review. [upbeat music playing] Let’s be honest, the AmazonBasics
Carry-On Travel Backpack is not one of the most
aesthetically pleasing things we’ve reviewed. There’s really nothing fancy going on but there’s also
nothing offensive either. It’s just your average black backpack. However, beauty’s in
the eye of the beholder so we gave it to our Instagram audience to share their opinion. And 46 percent of people said
they like the look of the pack which is not an awful result. Moving on to the branding, it’s surprisingly minimal on this pack. The most evident is an
AmazonBasics logo on the bottom and there’s also some branding
on the zipper pulls as well. Now an AmazonBasics logo isn’t the most fashionable thing to rock but it is pretty small. However we would like to have
seen it be black on black just like it is on the zipper pulls. And Amazon doesn’t need any
more advertising, right? Moving on to the colors, this pack is available
in black, navy and red. Now we actually think the
black looks pretty good as opposed to the navy and the red, which we feel look a little bit cheaper – lessens the kind of aesthetic
of the pack in our opinion. But if you like navy or red,
then by all means go for it. However we will note that the
black will show less marks and dirt when you’re on the road. As far as overall size
goes, this is a bulky pack. It’s not particularly streamlined. And as you pack it up with more things, it kind of gets a little bit lumpier. That being said, it is carry-on compliant for most airlines and that is awesome. Moving on to the materials, this thing is made from
100 percent polyester. It’s nothing exceptional, although it is a common
material used in backpacks because it’s lightweight,
flexible, and durable. But just note, there are lighter weight and more durable materials out there. But this is pretty good for the price. When it comes to the buckles – to put it bluntly – they’re pretty bad. We’d even say they’re somewhat dangerous. These things are difficult to use and we’ve easily caught our fingers inside on multiple occasions. That being said though, they
do still work as buckles. And after three months of
use, they’re doing okay. Now we wish we had better
things to say about this bag, but we’re going to have to
let the gripes continue. Let’s talk about these zippers. We’ve already had a zipper
pull break on this bag after just two months of use. As we were zipping it up,
it just flew straight off. And while the main
compartment zipper is SBS – a fairly trusted and reliable brand – the rest are unbranded. While all of the zippers open
and close pretty smoothly, it’s durability that’s the issue here. The bottom line is that a cheap backpack is made with cheap materials. And we really didn’t expect anything more for a bag at this price point. Now the zipper pull
breaking off is a pain, but it doesn’t affect
the overall integrity. And what more can you ask
for for a bag this cheap? Moving into the external components, let’s dive right in to
this harness system. The adjustable shoulder
straps are a tad flimsy, but they are well padded
with polyethylene foam, making for an okay carry. The back panel is padded too, but our problem lies at the bottom here. We’ve found that when you
have a few heavy items in the bottom of the pack, the lower part of this back panel can actually dig into your lower back, which obviously isn’t ideal and doesn’t provide a very
comfortable carry whatsoever. Now when the bag was completely full we didn’t find this to be an issue. The weight was distributed
a little bit more evenly. It kind of stuck a little bit further out. Or when you have just a
laptop and some tech gear, didn’t find it digging in at all there. But definitely be aware
of this as it’s not ideal. Moving on. There is an
adjustable sternum strap that unfortunately cannot
be removed or hidden away, which is a bit of a nuisance, as it’s always just dangling
there when it’s not locked in. But it’s otherwise an okay
sternum strap and does the job. The pack also comes with a hip
belt but it’s pretty shoddy and it really doesn’t distribute the weight of your pack at all. However, it is detachable so you can take it off if
you don’t want to use it. Now something we are digging with the AmazonBasics Travel Backpack is that there is a
hideaway harness system. So you can hide away the straps when you don’t want them to be out. Now all you have to do
is unclip these straps at the bottom and slide
the shoulder straps down the little sleeve and
then zip it up at the top. And that will completely
hide all of the straps away. Now we’ve seen other bags do this better, but it’s on this pack and it does okay. Now if you prefer to carry your
pack in the messenger style instead of on your back, this bag comes with a messenger
style strap attachment for you to do this. It works but it’s not really our thing. Nevertheless it gives you the opportunity to do what works for you. Moving on. There is a roller
luggage pass through sleeve at the back of the pack here. Now while we don’t have any issues with anyone throwing a backpack
on their roller luggage – that’s perfectly fine – this seems a little bit pointless to us as this bag is just way too big and bulky for it to kind of make sense. But it’s there, they’ve added it. So if you want to do it,
then by all means go for it. Next up there are two quick grab handles on the top and right side of the bag. These aren’t the best and
they’re considerably lacking in the comfort department,
but they’ll work in a pinch. There are also compression straps on either side of the pack too that can be used to hold
a jacket or a tripod, as well as to compress the bag of course. These do cover the zippers somewhat, but this is a common situation we’ve seen on plenty of other packs. You could even argue
that they make this bag a little bit harder for
a thief to get into. And finally, we must note that there is no water bottle
compartment on this pack or anywhere to put one for quick access. Now this isn’t the biggest issue
depending on your use case, but we know a lot of
people like to have one and we’ve been missing it. Moving inside the pack – let’s start with this quick grab pocket on the front. This is handy but it’s pretty deep. So be prepared for smaller
items to get lost inside. It’s not quite as quick
grab as we’d like it to be, but it’s still a great
place to hold your passport and other travel essentials. Moving on. We found the front compartment on this pack to be really useful. It’s a great place to
put all of our tech gear. And there’s even enough room for a sweater if you need to pop one in. Starting at the top, there are two sleeves that are ideal for notepads
or other similar sized objects with a couple of pen
holders in the middle. Underneath this there are
two large mesh pockets that are perfectly sized for a keyboard. But they’re also extremely versatile and you can put whatever
you’d like inside. Finally, there’s a sleeve on
the flap of this compartment which we struggled to utilize, but it’s there if you need it. Now moving on to the main compartment. This pack opens up all the way
with its clamshell design, making it super easy to pack. On the left there is a
large mesh compartment we used to hold the hip belt and messenger strap when not in use. And then there’s a huge bucket of space for you to fill on the right. Now there are two internal
compression straps here that can help keep everything together, but we’d still recommend
using packing cubes to further organize and
compartmentalize this space. Plus they’ll prevent your bag from becoming a mess of
wrinkled clothes too. This compartment can also be expanded by using the external compression zipper around the side of the pack. This will add around two inches of depth meaning you can fit more stuff in. Now this is great if you’re
really trying to max out what you can fit inside of this pack and take with you on your trip. But we found it a tad
too cumbersome and bulky on our back in this uncompressed state. So if you can, we’d recommend
keeping it compressed. Finally, there’s a large
compartment in the back of the bag that can hold a 17 inch laptop. There’s a load of padding and
there’s tons of room here. But it can be a tad deceiving as anything you put in
here will start to eat away at the space in the main compartment. This is problematic if you
have your bag full to the brim – as we found trying to get the
laptop in or out of this pack when it’s really full
can be really tricky. But if you do find yourself
with a bit of extra room, it’s a great place to, of
course, put your laptop and also any flatter items
at the back of the pack. At the time of this
review, we’ve been testing the AmazonBasics Carry-On Travel Backpack for just over three months. And it’s seen use around the U.K. and on our trip to Porto, Portugal. While we can announce that
this pack can fit a ton of gear and it should get you
from point A to point B, there are a fair few durability
issues that concern us. Firstly, as we’ve already mentioned, one of the zipper pulls flew
off the main compartment as we were packing up the bag which is never a good sign. And while the zippers
are still functioning, they’re becoming
increasingly hard to trust as we continue to use this thing. Plus, there are a lot of
loose threads around the pack and the seams are starting to
tear in the front compartment. These are only going to get worse with time and it’s not a good
sign of what’s to come. We know, and so should you by now, that the AmazonBasics
Carry-On Travel Backpack is not going to last a lifetime. But it should at least
survive a trip abroad. And for a pack around 50 bucks, what more can you ask for? This being said it still
feels like a gamble every time we pack this bag up. There’s the certain feeling you get when you have a durable
backpack in your hands. It gives you a sense of comfort knowing that nothing is going
to go wrong on your trip. But considering this pack comes in at about a quarter of the price of your mid- to high-level
tier travel backpacks, this could still be a great
option for any budget traveler. Moving on to the pros and cons. This is by far one of the cheapest carry-on sized backpacks available on the market. The clamshell design is easy to pack. And the front compartment is
practical and well organized. Now onto the cons. We hold some significant concerns over the long-term durability. It’s not the most fashionable and the materials feel
cheap because they are. And it’s pretty bulky and
not particularly comfortable on your back either. Considering its remarkably
low price point, the AmazonBasics Carry-On
Travel Backpack is an okay bag. And for around 50 dollars,
what more can you ask for? The materials are cheap and
we’ve lost a zipper pull already, but the clamshell design is easy to pack and the dimensions are
perfect for carry-on travel. While we can’t guarantee this pack will be a lifelong companion
as you travel the world – or even survive more than one trip – this bag is an option
that’s hard to ignore for anyone traveling on a budget. So there we have it, our review of the AmazonBasics
Carry-On Travel Backpack. And as ever, we’d love
to hear your thoughts in the comments below. Thanks for keeping it here at Pack Hacker, your guide to smarter travel. We’ll see you on the next one.

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