Fjallraven Travel Pack Review | 35L Carry-On Clamshell Backpack For Traveling

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hey it's Rebecca from pack hacker here and in this video we'll be taking a look at the travel pack by Phil Robyn at pack hacker we're a team of frequent travelers who share our thoughts and ideas on bags and travel gear all the time so if you're new here consider subscribing fjällräven are a well known and trusted Swedish outdoors brand and the trottle pack is their first foray into a bag designed specifically for travel so a 35 litre bag that simply called the travel pack there was no surprise that we were excited to try this thing out but fjällräven alludes to its Swedish heritage with a minimalist and streamlined design and the Brandon is simple and discreet too with just a small logo on the bottom corner the color of the fox also coordinates with the lever handle on top simple stylish and very aesthetically pleasing we were happy to see that this bag is available in a range of unisex colors black green navy and red which should be enough to suit any taste in any environment now we usually opt for black but in this case we went for Navy and it looks super cool stroll around the streets of Paris and other urban areas with dimensions of 18 inches in height 12.5 inches in width and 10.5 inches in depth this pack is perfect for one bag trouble it will fit comfortably within most airline carry-on specifications and at 35 liters there's plenty of room to hold everything you need for indefinite travel because of the semi soft material it doesn't matter what is inside this pack it will always hold its shape other bags use compression straps so that when you don't have as much inside you can make it smaller but that isn't the case for this pack now depending on your use case this can be a pro or a con so we'll leave that up to you now let's get on to the materials of this bag because if you're Alvin have some pretty cool stuff going on the travel pack is made from pure Robin's cornerstone g1000 material which they have been using in one form or another for around 40 years g1000 is a densely woven fabric made from 65% polyester and 35 percent cotton but there is a lot more to it than pure rather impregnates this material with their magic ingredient ghrelin wax now this makes it will resistant durable and water resistant which is very important because they use cotton over the years pure Robin has developed multiple variations of its g1000 material original air silent heavy-duty and light the travel pack is made of the heavy duty variety which is tougher longer-lasting and much more water resistant than its counterparts in other words perfect for traveling the heavy-duty g1000 features Greenland wax on the exterior and interior of this bag which makes it extremely durable however it does mean that it restricts the air flow and ventilation but that's not too much of an issue one of your Robins core principles as a brand is sustainability and the g1000 fabric on this model is the Eco version meaning it's made from recycled polyester and organic cotton and gets a big thumbs up from us because of the streamlined and minimalist design they're not going to find some of the added accessories that other travel bags may offer there's no side pocket no compression straps and certainly no Molly but that doesn't mean that you go about if your oven has some pretty cool stuff up its sleeve padded shoulder straps on this pack provide a pleasant and comfortable carry and the style fits nicely with the rest of the bag there are a few things to take note here though there are no load lifter straps no sternum straps and no hip belt that being said though at 35 liters these things are not a necessity regardless if you're looking for a bag that you can fill to the brim and that has loads of extensive the load carrying features this bag is probably not the one for you and that's fine you're not going to find one bag for everyone if your revenues position in their trouble pack is perfect for business trips and short holidays so you can understand why they haven't included these features we've tested this pack on a four-day city breaks Paris and in this use case we didn't feel the need for load lifter straps or sternum straps or a hip belt Sophia Robin seems to have gotten this one right the Fuhrer urban travel pack features a hideaway strap system which completely packs away every strap on this bag to the point when you can't even see that it adds a harness system anyway but it's not the simplest transition to hide away the harness system first you have to feed the strap through and out of the buckle which can be a bit tricky once you have the straps attached however you just slide them into their hiding places nice and simple this system is a great feature and the end product is fantastic but don't expect it to be something that you can do in a rush on the top and left-hand side of a fear of and travel pack you'll find lovely lever handles which not only feel strong but are incredibly comfortable to hold all of the zips on this bag are strong durable and reliable to the main clamshell and laptop compartment zips have wife kek 8 10 RC zippers which are pretty big everything else has a smaller but still reliable YKK 5rc for those of you who appreciate the added security the main clamshell zips and the laptop compartment zips can be locked together with us look and on every zip you'll find a very helpful and convenient zipper pool this may seem like a small thing but they really do speed things up when you're on the go the saying never judge a book by it's cover springs to mind when you open this bag from the outside this pack is the epitome of minimalism and simplicity but when you open the pack you are confronted by so many different sized pockets for every need if your album features three quick read pockets the first one a thin fleece lined pocket on the top of the bag we think this pocket is awesome it's barely visible at first glance and it's the perfect place to put your phone and passport and provides really quick and easy access when going through the airport the second quick read pocket is located on the front of the pack it's a deceivingly large pocket that is accessible from the exterior and interior of the pack we've use this compartment for charges and toiletries which is super handy within this pocket you'll also find a smaller zip to mesh pocket which is useful for organizing a few smaller things in an otherwise large pocket you'll find the third and final quick read pocket just below the second one this slim but relatively large front pocket is accessed fire a zip that stretches across the front of the pack this third pocket is ideal for your slimmer items you need quick access to think folded documents a small notepad maybe we didn't find ourselves using this pocket too much the first and second quick access pocket pretty much had us covered but this is so discreet and really useful to have upon opening the main clamshell pocket you'll be confronted by three different sized compartments a large compartment on the right medium size on the bottom left and finally a smaller compartment on the top left the same one that's accessible from the front the internal organization echoes that of the suitcase and makes accessing everything inside the pack easy and straightforward because there are so many different compartments packing cubes aren't necessarily needed but they are useful so it's up to you the mesh pockets also help you to identify what is wet as well as providing some extra breathability the last compartment at the back of the pack is where you'll find the storage solutions for your laptop notebooks tablets and pens this compartment opens up all the way giving you easy access to everything inside it's also heavily padded giving you that much needed protection the laptop sleeve will easily hold anything up to 15 inches in size and in front of this is an additional sleeve for your tablet plus a pen pocket as well on the other side of the compartment you'll find another large sleep habits the documents and a zippered mesh pocket just above the Fox over fjällräven have really nailed this compartment it's so efficient and discreet you almost forget it's even there in a little over two months we've tested the pure Robin trouble pack in the UK France and Germany and so far it's held up great we've found this pack to be a great companion on city breaks and business trips precisely what they say it does best and we particularly like how it doesn't instantly label you as a tourist the Fuhrer rather than travel pack delivers a nice comfortable carry but it is important to note the lack of sternum strap and hip belt now if you're filling this bag to the brim then your shoulders will eventually feel the strain but it's a trade-off we're willing to make for the use case of this pack other than the slick Scandinavian style we found that the pocket and compartment organization was one of the best features on this bag we all know how stressful traveling can be and there's nothing worse than a pack that adds that problem however the pure Robin trouble packed lend you a helping hand the top fleece line quick grab pocket is one of the most useful pockets we've tested today and the way both the laptop and main compartments are organized make this pack super efficient functional and easy to use the g1000 fabric on the travel pack certainly makes it feel different from others but is it any better personally we're fans of it and the ability to top-up its water-resistant and toughness by applying extra layers of wax is a really great feature we have found this g1000 fabric does pick up fluff very easily which isn't a major problem just a tad annoying if you do find the pack particularly fluffy or dirty its effortless to clean grab yourself a damp cloth and just give it a brush everything will come right off the only major downside we've found the fabric so far which is a pain is that it marks relatively easily because of the layer of wax if you catch your finger now on the material or press the bag up against something hard it's going to leave a mark that being said blemishes are by no means permanent and a new coat of wax should freshen it up when necessary now on to some pros this pack has a really smart and streamlined look it's made of eco-friendly materials and it has some fantastic pocket and compartment organization now under some cons it's easy to mark and picks up fluff there's no side water bottle pocket and it's not suitable for a particularly heavy load with its Scandinavian style an impressive organization if you're Robin trouble pack is a fantastic companion for any weekend city break or business trip you may find yourself on for your Robin's first bag outside of their traditional outdoor and hiking realm we think they've produced a great pack and we're excited to see what's to come as they move further into the travel market thanks for taking a look at our review of the pure Robin Travel Pack make sure you head over to pecker comm forward slash newsletter sign up to our newsletter and never miss an update thanks for checking this one out we'll see you in the next video one of your Robins cool principled cool if your oven has put some pretty nifty stuff cafe nifty the semi soft material [Applause]


Pack Hacker · July 30, 2019 at 3:53 pm

What do you think of the Fjallraven Travel Pack? Would it work for you? If not, tell us why—and what other packs you're considering!

JelloG · July 30, 2019 at 3:53 pm

Am glad Rebecca said "regardless" and not "irregardless".
She is one impeccable English connoisseur indeed 😌.

john smith · July 30, 2019 at 3:53 pm

U guys r great. The bag is too big and why didnt they include a compression strap. Thats just dumb. I prefer thule but ill keep watching to see if fjallraven do a 2.0 on this bag.

VaNessa Cook-Williams · July 30, 2019 at 3:53 pm

Thank you for this awesome review! Your videos are so helpful and informative. I have been debating between 2 Fjallraven backpacks and I am torn. Between this backpack and the splitpack, which do you think makes a better gym bag that can also hold work items (folders, maybe a tablet)? I also occasionally carry boxing gloves to the gym along with sneakers so I need something that will hold everything. Thanks in advance!

P-O · July 30, 2019 at 3:53 pm

Great video! Well presented!
Greetings from Sweden

glassneedleinthehay · July 30, 2019 at 3:53 pm

Hi, may i know where is that blue long cardigan from? It looks so comfy

France Menk · July 30, 2019 at 3:53 pm

Fjallraven is too heavy, and too thick for small airline requirements.

N Lam · July 30, 2019 at 3:53 pm

I really like your videos. They provide a lot of information that some retail sites don’t show. That being said, I would like this bag except for the price. That is too much for a personal bag. What I do like about this bag is that it is basically a box shape and doesn’t waste space by trying to be pretty. I don’t need a pretty bag, just a bag that utilizes space well. Though, seeing the side view when seeing you carry it does make it look uncomfortable and heavy with weight not very well distributed. This would make a great personal item for travel on budget airlines but may not be for someone who plans to really carry it for long periods of time when full.

Gilberto Gomez · July 30, 2019 at 3:53 pm

if this had a sternum strap itd be perfect

guthrie_govan · July 30, 2019 at 3:53 pm

hipbelt and sternum straps arent necessity lol. Nope. You seems biases towards fjallraven and dont want to criticize it. Just put one camera and one laptop you will definitely need sternum strap and hip belt. No offense but this review seems more like an ad, no critics at all. Every negatives always followed by " no major problem, only minor" lol. Thats why I hate fjallraven, its like Apple when they can do anything and their fans will praise it. Hipster brand

Nagkampa · July 30, 2019 at 3:53 pm

Leather (skin) 👎☹👎☹👎☹👎☹👎

Beth Thompson · July 30, 2019 at 3:53 pm

Hi, I am curious if you were successful taking the bag as hand luggage on easyjet? The budget airlines are usually pretty strict about size restrictions and it is over by two centimeters for their stated limit. Even the shot of it in the luggage sizer, it is sticking out. I’m really interested in this bag, but I specifically need something that fits easyjet hand luggage.

Thanks in advance!

Andy Chua · July 30, 2019 at 3:53 pm

Great review. Pls do a review of the Fjallraven Raven 28L

FeedTheDetective · July 30, 2019 at 3:53 pm

Would never be a bag for me.
THE CONS: Highly subjective stuff like brand and Hipster slash schoolchild bag look aside (that´s of course totally subjective, so don´t hate on that) it is only 35L and still – ON PAPER – unsuitable for most hand luggage restrictions on european airlines. Measuring at 46 x 32 x 27 it doesn´t use the full possible height (55cm) nor the width (40-46cm) but exceeds the depth restrictions (20-25cm) right from the start with 27cm. That (maybe) won´t be a problem most of the time when you´re not asked to really check measurements – but it sticks out so darn much that I´d anticipate the ground crew asking to check measurements a lot. That worry is something I anticipate in a 40 or 45L bag crammed to the fullest, but never wanna have with such a small capacity bag. Also: That I don´t like the look, that it sticks out way too much, that it has rudimentary back and shoulder suppport (straps do not look comfy at all, even at normal hand luggage capacity of 6-8kg that gets tiresome fast). Way overpriced too, even for the cute fox patch. (and it is really cute)

THE PROS (yes I found some ;)): it copies most of the internal organisation of the Cotopaxi Allpa 35L – which is a good thing. That big outer front pocket on the top? Always loved that! The inner compartments – same layout: one side with a big main compartment and mesh divider, the other side 2 half compartments. Killer. Good separate laptop compartment.

MY CONCLUSION: Only for a fan, who also doesn´t have problems with the Cons. Otherwhise plenty better out there. That said: Fjallraven DOES have some pretty likeable stuff/bags in general on their site! (Just not this one). Cheers!

Kylee Dean · July 30, 2019 at 3:53 pm

this is completely unrelated but that yellow flow-y shirt is so cute where is it from?:) also thinking about trying this bag but I see they have it in a 20 L size and I like my bags REALLY small haha

Cédric Poitras · July 30, 2019 at 3:53 pm

Nice video ! 😄

Mélanie Roussel · July 30, 2019 at 3:53 pm

Inside of the pack: 👍🏻👍🏻👍🏻. Outside of the pack: 👎🏻👎🏻👎🏻. No hipbelt, no sternum strap, no suspension system, no load lifter straps….. That's NO comfort at all if you have to carry it for a long time… The Osprey Farpoint/Faiview 40 packs are the BEST carry-on backpacks you'll find on market. They are not perfect (laptop pocket is on front, for exemple), but is pretty close of perfection to me! Osprey packs have an awesome lifetime guaranty, and they are a lot "cheaper" in quality/price ratio.

All in all, that pack is a NO NO (in my opinion)… so sad, because the inside organisation pockets are pretty awesome!

james Truscello · July 30, 2019 at 3:53 pm

i think this bag is more about the nice little fox patch than the bag. seeing that thing hanging so far off your back with the only the little straps to keep it there just looks so painful unless most of your clothing were down filled??. i like the pockets especially the duel access pocket but if i were testing this as a tavel bag i would have to put it up against something like the Setout from Tortuga for $199. Except for the school kids that prefer a furry fox over a hard shell turtle, i don't think given the choice between the two many one bag travelers would pick this one. I think i would have reviewed this bag a bit harsher than you did.

Leo Flores · July 30, 2019 at 3:53 pm

Fell asleep at start…feels like she’s reading from a brochure, but no airflow thingy on the backpanel so goodluck using this on South East Asia, I have their 28L backpack I used in Japan this spring and my back was sweating because of the lack of airflow. I love Fjallraven but I’m happy with my Incase EO Travel Backpack

Alex Mort · July 30, 2019 at 3:53 pm

I never understood the appeal of the Fjällraven packs. There's a lot of them in scandinavia and in Asia, but they are just small boxes with flimsy straps. I just don't get it.

Brenda Correa · July 30, 2019 at 3:53 pm

The inside looks better than the outside. I usually like there products, but this one just looks odd to me and pretty bulky from the side view. The organization features are cool, but overall I don't see myself wearing something like this. It was nice to see Rebecca wearing it though. Sometimes its hard to gauge how the bag would look on me when a man is showing it off, so I appreciate it when you guys also demonstrate the bag on a woman frame. Also any thoughts on the Recycled Firefighter Battalion backpack? (12L, 22L or larger bags)

benalene · July 30, 2019 at 3:53 pm

I tried this pack out for a bit. This bag was a swing and a miss for me, which is sad, because I loved the internal organization. The laptop compartment was a head scratcher. You would think that since it opens flat, it would be great for TSA scanning, but the padded sleeve for the laptop is on the wrong side! Also, just the bag by itself was pretty heavy. That wouldn't have been a problem, but like you said in the video, without any other support system (load lifters, hip or sternum strap), I found this bag fully packed to be way too heavy for my small 5'1" 115lb frame.

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Theo N · July 30, 2019 at 3:53 pm

It looks ugly, the split pack looks cooler.

c014 · July 30, 2019 at 3:53 pm

Probably an unpopular opinion, but Fjällräven have turned a lot in to a brand for hipsters… As a swede I'm not overly impressed by Fjällräven and their gear (and I've had a lot and grown up with the brand), they do have stuff that's good quality but one should really check each item before purchase because it can differ a lot!

Also, they often are ridiculously overpriced and the G1000 is pretty much overrated altough Fjällräven try to make it sound like it's the perfect material for everything.

Igor Fleury · July 30, 2019 at 3:53 pm

Ugly imo

Rose Oswin · July 30, 2019 at 3:53 pm

I absolutely LOVE this travel pack. But I'm from Brazil and 220$ in Brazilian money, it would be about 1000. Paying that much money in a bag. That's unreasonable, sadly for me. 😂

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