Every year, The Dyrt attends Outdoor Retailer to find the best new gear for outdoor enthusiasts. We see gear that we’ve seen before: a variation on an old shoe, a gadget to hold your tent stakes down, etc. But without fail, a few products rise above the rest. Introducing the best travel backpack we found this year:

The Last Travel Backpack You’ll Ever Need

Released just last week, Peak Design’s aptly named “Travel Line” caught our eye at this year’s Outdoor Retailer trade show. Peak Design is known for best-in-class photography gear, and it was only a matter of time before they brought their expertise to a wider audience. Each product is carefully architected to combine easy access and buy-it-for-life quality. In case that wasn’t enough, their unique design is so different that it actually can confuse and deter thieves.



Peak Design’s 45L Travel Backpack is a worthy addition to any modern explorer’s kit. With side access and one-step conversion to a 30L size, this pack is easily a traveler’s ten-year staple. But this release is about more than just the backpack. The Travel Line is a complete system with modular components, making organization easier than ever. The modular components include “Packing Cubes, Tech Pouch, Camera Cubes, Wash Pouch and Shoe Pouch (sold separately).”

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A minimal aesthetic hides the many features in Peak Design’s Travel Backpack. © Peak Design

With a subtle duffle carry strap, side and back zips, modular components, and compression down to a 30L daypack size, this travel backpack gracefully rides the fine line between intuitive and over-engineered.

demonstrating the straps on the best travel backpack

Putting function above all else, Peak Design succeeded in finding an elegant way to incorporate various necessary strap options. © Peak Design

Even though it has many features, every feature has a purpose. Perhaps more importantly, it does not look like it has many features. On the contrary, at first glance its minimal aesthetic makes it look like a pack designed for the fashion-minded traveler rather than the feature-minded traveler.

You can get this bag at a discount from Peak Design’s Kickstarter for the project, live now (and already 4X funded).

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BONUS: Watch Peak Design’s Travel Line Launch Video


Ryan Fliss

Ryan Fliss

Ryan leads Growth at The Dyrt. With over 10 years writing and digital community building experience, and even more experience in the outdoors, he is excited about The Dyrt's early growth and trajectory. Ryan, like most people, is an onion (figuratively speaking), and finds byline bios reductive, though useful. He is writing this himself in the third person, and--to him--it feels strange.