Dreamed up by Patagonia and GoRuck alumni Jack Barley and Kevin Dee, the Evergoods CTB40 Backpack has quickly risen to the top of our one-bag travel leaderboard, with a sleek, minimalist silhouette that hides a staggering amount of packing volume (40L fully packed to meet the maximum carry-on size allowed by most airlines) thanks in part to its innovative flex-fold compression flaps that cinch your gear down, even if you’re bringing an extra few day’s worths of kit or clothing. And best of all? It just went on sale right here..
Having already designed and built some of the toughest and most interesting bags out there, Evergoods designed the CTB40's (Civilian Transit Bag) unique low-profile shape from the ground up, using a rugged 500d nylon that's finished with a DWR coating to maximize durability and weather resistance. Large-volume travel bags aren't often comfortable though, which is where it really gets it right: its dedicated carry straps are contoured for the shoulder and built with a supple and supportive EVA foam, and then finished with an adjustable sternum strap that can be quickly removed if you're not carrying enough to warrant it.
We also love how the bag exhibits a ton of smart, individualized organization for gear like a laptop, passport, media devices, and other small travel essentials. It's also equipped with two burly handles for carry in the most comfortable orientation, and is rounded out with a slew of clever details like water-resistant YKK zippers, mesh pockets for smart internal organization, and even water bladder ports if you plan on hiking to base camp.
If there's a more rugged and capable backpack for backcountry escapes or travel when things finally normalize, our leaderboard is waiting to see it.