KAT-TUN Worldwide Travel Aer Travel Pack 2 Review | Updated Version Of The Popular 33L Carry-On Backpack

Aer Travel Pack 2 Review | Updated Version Of The Popular 33L Carry-On Backpack

– In this video, I'm super excited to walk you through the Aer Travel Pack 2 review Aer took the first iteration of their travel pack, made a bunch of really great improvements, really thought through the details, so we're excited to share all those little nuanced changes with you today

I'm Tom, the founder of Pack Hacker, and we do bag reviews like this all the time as well as other travel gear reviews, so if you're new to the channel, consider subscribing Let's jump right into the Aer Travel Pack 2 review And remember, you can follow along on our website with the written review anytime Let's jump in (funky music) Starting with the exterior of this pack, we have a 1680D Cordura ballistic nylon weave

That's some super durable stuff And how do we know that it's durable? Well, we've been testing the Aer Travel Pack 1 for about an accumulation of six months Just two weeks ago one of our testers had this thing at the World Cup in Russia, and he had no problems with it on his trip whatsoever So yeah, it's durable stuff that just simply holds up over time Tying together that black-on-black aesthetic, we've got some Duraflex buckles going on here and different flavors of durable YKK zippers going on around the outside of this pack and on the interior as well

Of course aesthetics are in the eyes of the beholder, so we polled our Instagram audience about the Aer Travel Pack 1 last week and what they thought about the look of it Obviously we couldn't share the Aer Travel Pack 2 because the release date is today at the time of posting this video So if you want to get involved in future polls, be sure to head over to Pack Hacker's Instagram It's just @packhacker Follow us there for future stories and polls

And to wrap it all up, there's a bunch of foams used on this pack We have EVA foam, EPE foam, and sponge foam in areas like the mesh back panel, the straps, and a couple of the handles on the sides, which we're gonna get into in a minute And lastly I'll just note that there's not a lot of dangling straps coming off of this thing, which add to an overall professional and minimalistic look Alright, starting with the exterior of the pack, we've got a super beefy handle on the top here, and then a less beefy grab handle on the side So this is gonna be good for any quick grabs, just carrying this thing around, getting it out of an overhead bin, or in and out of a cab

Wherever you need to just grab it for short distances It's a really good example of how Aer has continued to refine and update their design In the Aer Travel Pack 1, the first version, there was kind of a Velcro loop here that you could attach to the top of a roller bag handle And that's decent, but it felt a little clunky on the bag and they solved that in a better way with this version, which we'll get into in a second And also I just wanted to point out on that side handle as well the density of the foam is about the same, but the casing that it's in is a little bit finer of a weave, so it's a little bit softer to the touch

Feels a little bit better to grab than before So those details, a lot of little details come together and make for a great pack We're happy to see a lot of the refinements that Aer has made to this thing I think we could spend a really long time really getting into every detail of how the Aer Travel Pack 1 differs from the Aer Travel Pack 2, so if you'd be interested in that video, make sure to thumbs up the first comment, and if we get enough interest, we'll sink some time into that and create a video for it Moving on to the next exterior component, we're greeted with Aer's classic stealth water bottle pocket

This basically just looks like the side of the pack, maybe there's a little seam here and then you're like, ooh, what's that, it's a zipper Boom, unzips and then we've got that mesh going on here that's gonna secure longer items including water bottles, umbrellas, anything longer that you wanna fit in here I really like that that just stays flush against the pack when it's not in use, and it looks really integrated There's not just a bunch of mesh hanging out When it comes time to use it, you just unzip it and the feature is available to you

And there's a D-ring right above that water bottle pocket, so not entirely sure what this is for We'll ask Aer and see what they say On each side of the bag we also have some compression straps going on, so I think Aer has done a great job with this again for multiple reasons You can fit items in there, say like a yoga mat or a jacket that you just wanna carry on the exterior of the pack, and then this thing really compresses down when you tighten these If you have this bag with you on a longer trip, you wanna take most of your items out of it, put it in your hostel, Airbnb, your hotel, whatever, compress this thing down, gives it a lot lower of a profile and makes you look a little less ridiculous if you want to use this as a day pack when you're hitting the city and exploring

Alright, so moving on to the harness system, we've got some straps here that are pretty thick And it's important to note that one of the cons in our Aer Travel Pack 1 review that we posted about a year ago was that the foam wasn't quite dense enough and the straps weren't quite as thick as we'd like to see, so there was a little bit to improve upon in comfort there Happy to say that they've made it thicker, they've listened to reviewers like us, as well as comments from other people that have been using their bags, and definitely taken that into consideration So props to them, they're always trying to improve There's also an adjustable and a removable sternum strap here, so Aer kept this pretty basic, just kinda went for it, which I really appreciate

You can remove this thing if you'd like to However, it's not gonna randomly fall off, as we've seen in some other bags that try to get a little bit fancier with this type of system Aer just kept it really simple and classic here And of course on the other side we've just got that singular D-ring here as well Now on to a couple big changes with the harness system here

We do have the option to add this hip belt here, which is really great I think that's sold separately, so just note that However, we've also lost the load lifters on the top of here, and I reached out to Aer and here's what they said In terms of the load lifters, one of our goals was to clean up the design and reduce dangling straps and weight We found the load lifters weren't as effective as they can be on a bag of this size, so we decided to remove them

I love that they made this a little more minimalistic and promoted it closer to that dangle-free experience that we're always looking for However, we do miss the functionality of some of those load lifters here The trade-off that we get, though, is an awesome hip belt here, and I think this is just pretty much a perfect hip belt for this size It's removable, which is great, so if you don't wanna have it on, fine Easily remove it, don't use it

Not a problem And it's got about the right amount of padding, and it's about the right size So it has enough padding to be very comfortable, but it's not super bulky So Aer has really nailed it here The one minor complaint here is this thing can poke you in the sides if it's flying around and not folded right

That's very minor, and as it breaks in for longer, that'll be less of an issue And although that hip belt does a really great job at helping distribute the weight, without those load lifters this thing may sag a little bit off of your back if you have a lot of heavy items in here Pretty minor, it's only a 33-liter bag Do you need load lifters for a bag of that size? Probably not, and Aer keeps a small enough profile to where it's not gonna hang too much, but just a small note And with this harness system there is no option to hide it

Some people really love the option to hide those straps Personally I just view it as a backpack, so I don't really see the need for hiding those straps But your mileage may vary And lastly on this back panel we've got some padded mesh back paneling going on here, and then a grab panel here that you can pick the bag up from This is also a luggage pass-through, so if you're using a roller bag you can just slip this on top

Keeps it nice and secure If you are a Pack Hacker regular and believer, there is a chance that you may not even need to take roller luggage with you when you're on a trip, though Maybe you can just fit it all in a backpack and that's really great, but if you do want some tips on how to continue to cut down your travel loadout, be sure to go check out our merino wool guide and we just talk about clothing that you can bring less of that stays fresh Alright, there are a bunch of great pockets and organizational features going on in this thing, so let's get started with the quick grab pocket on the top One of the updates that Aer made to this that I really like is that it's a little bit wider now

Before it was a bit of a challenge to fit a larger phone in here, say like an iPhone, but now it just easily slides in So with that older design, it was a bit of a micro-struggle if you wanted to put your larger phone in there They've definitely updated it with this design Moving on to the back we have this laptop compartment that opens up Pretty straightforward, no-frills compartment here

A couple things to mention here On the positive end of things, we have a YKK AquaGuard zipper That was another one of our cons in the first video about a year ago, was that these zippers on the Aer Travel Pack 1 were not AquaGuard or weather-resistant So we tested this thing in a downpour Definitely had some water seep in between there, so we're really excited and glad that Aer decided to include AquaGuard zips on this version, which definitely helps with additional weather resistance so much better than the previous version

However, there's one nitpick with this design of the laptop compartment Although it's padded here on the bottom, one trick that a lot of companies will do is they'll actually have a false bottom design So actually the laptop compartment would cut off right here or something like that, and Aer did not do that with this thing You're basically going way to the bottom of that laptop compartment So although there's some pretty good padding on the bottom, it could've additionally mitigated potential laptop damage if they would have designed a false bottom a little bit higher

And the compartment is so big that there's definitely room for varying degrees of laptop sizes in here It wouldn't have really cut into the size of that either Small nitpick, not a huge deal, but just something to bring up Moving on to the front of the pack, we've got a big, beefy YKK number 10 zipper system here You know, I don't think they needed a number 10 here

It's like a little bit overkill, but I think they do that for the aesthetic I am just convinced, because it looks super slick, really ties that look together with this black strip across That's just very much Aer When I see this, I'm like, boom, that's totally Aer And some things that they've added to this too is there is a separate zipper garage here, which is, again, gonna help with that weather resistance in this pocket

And then also you have these two tabs on the side that you can use to hold when you're zipping that zipper open and closed It actually helps quite a bit That thing opens right up to a larger pocket on the bottom here that spans towards the bottom of the pack And that gives you a lot of room in here to put stuff into, but I like that they don't cut into this top area here because it leaves you a lot of room for the organizer system that they got going on in here and I think it's a really good one So let's just take a quick walk through that

Starting with this organizer system, on the bottom you have two half-pockets that go down about six inches And then you've got a mesh pocket up here with a little bit of elasticity, and then a corresponding liner pocket behind that and then one on the other side Decent stretchiness here You're just gonna be able to organize stuff in here as well as two spots here for either a stylus, pen, or pencil, and then you've got this zipper compartment up here with a number five YKK racquet coil zipper Also they've included a keychain ring in here

This is plastic We'd usually prefer metal As we continue to try to nitpick this bag and find cons with it, we're gonna say that's a con, that this is plastic and not metal Like boohoo, not even that big of a deal But important to note that this zipper compartment goes down to about here as well

So hefty amount of space in there, and the thing that I really enjoy about these organizer pockets is if you want to use them, you can and it's great But if you don't wanna use them, it's fine too If you'd prefer to use packing cubes or pouches, this thing just lays flat Similar to the Tortuga Setout, which is designed in a very similar way, it doesn't cut in and force you to use it You can use it if you'd like and it's always there

And then there's a divider pocket kinda thing going on right behind this zipper portion For me personally, I kinda just like to stuff my MacBook charger down there It's a just cable salad pretty much anyway, so I just like to stuff it in there and kinda forget about it Kabelsalat is actually a German word that basically describes this Cable salad

And moving on to one of our favorite features, at the bottom of this pack there is a separate shoe compartment here Another difference to note between the Aer Travel Pack 1 and 2 is that they've chosen to remove the ventilation holes here That was kind of another opportunity for water to seep inside Although that ventilation helps with your shoes that may smell a little bit more, I'm personally glad they removed that, as no additional moisture will get in as you're setting this bag down Alright, and let's move on to the main event, the main clamshell opening here

First of all, it's important to note that you're gonna need to unbuckle these compression straps should you wanna access and fully open up that main compartment Could be like a slight pain, but just something to note, that you need to do that And if we open it up here, boom You have got basically a giant bucket going on here It's important to note that any items in this shoe compartment or in the quick access pocket at the top will cut into the overall liter capacity of this main compartment here

This is great for packing cubes I know Aer has a couple things Of course we always recommend a lot of packing cubes Eagle Creek Specter Cubes are some of our favorites, GORUCK Padded Field Pocket if you want something with a little bit more protection Definitely a fan of packing cubes over here, so we love the ability to be able to kind of organize and customize the interior of this based on our needs and what we're packing for that specific trip

And then we're gonna move on to the front side of the clamshell here You've basically got this mesh pocket at the top, nice YKK zipper here This is gonna be good for flatter items It's not a 3D pocket, so it doesn't really stick out too much, but you have a little bit of variance there Better for flatter items or just ones that are a little bit more flexible

And next this is arguably the most secure pocket in the bag, this zippered compartment down here You have the ability to put more valuable items down there and just kind of keep things away from the main compartments and the exterior of the pack if you have items that are more expensive, say some jewelry, a watch Maybe you wanna throw your passport down there while you're in transit Definitely have options and a lot of room there in that secured pocket on the interior At the time of publishing this video, the Aer Travel Pack 2 is released today, and we've been testing it for the past two and a half weeks in Detroit

We have put the Aer Travel Pack 1 through the wringer, though, with trips to Minneapolis, Detroit, Nashville, California, and even Russia as one of our contributors was just there a couple weeks ago at the World Cup It's held up super well and still looks slick The 1680D ballistic nylon on the outside hardly has any marks on it I think there's one tiny blemish on it after six months of use Hardly even noticeable

A lot of the durable materials have held up through extensive testing on our end So to wrap this thing up with some pros and cons, the Aer Travel Pack 2 features a really greatly designed system with some amazing attention to detail There is some great durability here and some very high-quality materials are used to pull this pack together And there are awesome features, from the compression straps on the side being able to put it kind of into a day pack mode, to the shoe compartment on the bottom, well thought out features that they've done a really great job at implementing Moving on to some of the cons, the removal of the load lifters cleans up the design a little bit, but you lose a little bit of that utility

There is no false bottom on the laptop compartment And lastly, a minor nitpick is that the compression straps can get in the way of opening that main compartment if you need to do it quickly Aer took their already incredible travel pack and honed in a ton of details to bring us an even better Travel Pack 2 It's awesome to see a company really take pride in their craft and get into those nitty gritty details to pull everything together to make an even better experience than they had before The negatives are few and far between, even with our detailed eyes

You really can't go wrong with picking one of these up for your next trip, whether it's for a week or a year Thanks for taking a look at our review on the Aer Travel Pack 2 Be sure to head over to packhackercom/newsletter, sign up for that newsletter, and never miss an update For everything else travel gear and bag-related, keep it here on Pack Hacker

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