Almost two years in the past San Francisco-based Aer launched their extremely common Aer Journey Pack — a trendy and minimalist 33L carry-on journey backpack that was much-loved by city and one-bag vacationers. Properly, Aer has lately made a number of updates to their journey pack — which they now name the Aer Journey Pack 2. So how does this new bag carry out? And is it value upgrading for those who already personal the unique model? We needed to seek out out so maintain studying our Aer Journey Pack 2 evaluation to listen to our ideas.
AER TRAVEL PACK 2: QUICK OVERVIEW
Sleep and streamlined
The Aer Journey Pack 2 was designed to suit the wants of the fashionable one-bag city traveler. Whereas this bag can maintain a very good quantity of stuff, the Journey Pack 2 isn’t an enormous bag. For reference, the Journey Pack 2 is a 33L backpack and the “most authorized carry-on” measurement is round 45L. The Journey Pack 2 will allow you to zip via safety strains, skip the luggage declare, and navigate busy streets.
Given its 33L measurement, we’d say this backpack is greatest for brief journeys or for individuals who need to carry a well-designed backpack along with their suitcase. That stated, sensible packers might use the Aer Journey Pack 2 as their solely piece of bags however it’s going to drive you to pack mild.
However general the Aer Journey Pack 2 has a whole lot of sensible organizational options and classy design decisions. It’s modern, streamlined, and blends in properly to an city setting — which actually matches our aesthetics. It’s additionally constructed from heavy-duty 1680D Cordura ballistic nylon so it should take a beating.
- Size: 21.5″ (55 cm)
- Width: 13.5″ (34 cm)
- Depth: eight.5″ (22 cm)
The Aer Journey Pack 2 prices $230 by way of the Aer Web site so it’s not an excellent low cost backpack nevertheless it’s clearly designed to final a very long time.
Aer Journey Pack 2 In-Depth Evaluation
Alright, let’s take a deep-dive into the Aer Journey Pack 2 to see the place this bag excels and the place it falls brief.
The dimensions of the Journey Pack 2 are Size: 21.5″ (55 cm), Width: 13.5″ (34 cm), Depth: eight.5″ (22 cm). I used to be capable of match it underneath my seat on a home US flight with none drawback. It’s technically 2cm over the restrict for a few of the ultra-low-budget European air carriers however it’s too shut for anybody to care. Plus, the backpack doesn’t have a inflexible construction so it will possibly simply squish to suit no matter measurement required.
So we will safely say the Journey Pack 2 is carry-on suitable.
As talked about earlier than, this can be a 33L backpack so don’t anticipate it to carry a ton of stuff. You’ll should be selective about how a lot you convey and your life can be simpler for those who can restrict your self to a single pair of footwear when you’re a one-bag traveler.
Picture by way of Aer
As you’ll be able to see, the Journey Pack 2 opens like a suitcase so it’s straightforward to pack. That stated, we advocate utilizing packing cubes with this backpack as a result of they’ll help you optimize the quantity of area within the bag’s fundamental compartment. Take a look at our favourite packing cubes to study extra.
On the flap of the bag, you’ll discover a mesh compartment and a smaller compartment. There isn’t a ton of area inside these pockets however it’s sufficient to carry a number of odds-and-ends. I often throw charger cords or some soiled shut in them.
Tech pocket and prime stash pocket
The tech pocket has been barely tweaked on the Journey Pack 2. There are many compartments and pockets to maintain all of your devices, pens, papers, and different gizmos organized. We like how they didn’t go overboard with pockets — some luggage have so many compartments which you could’t hold monitor of all of your stuff.
On the prime of the bag, there’s a useful stash pocket that’s good for issues like sun shades and your telephone. Whereas it’s a small grievance, it will have good if this pocket was lined with a gentle materials to guard telephone screens or sun shades. Once more, that’s a small nitpick however its one thing we’ve seen from different manufacturers.
Entrance pocket with waterproof zipper
The entrance of the backpack has a pocket with waterproof zippers. We’re not completely positive what you’d put on this entrance exterior pocket — perhaps a small pocket book, practice tickets, or boarding passes.
A Huge ‘Ol Laptop computer Compartment
The Journey Pack 2 has an enormous laptop computer compartment. We truly assume it’s too huge as our 13″ Macbook Professional and Air does slide round fairly a bit (however perhaps individuals with 15″+ laptops would respect the additional room). And though the laptop computer compartment does have a pleasant quantity of built-in padding, there isn’t a lot padding on the underside of the laptop computer compartment. This will pose an issue as a result of there isn’t a lot safety between your laptop computer and the bottom in case you by chance drop your bag or set it down with a lot drive.
Subsequently, we advocate placing your laptop computer in a protecting sleeve should you’re a careless traveler.
On a constructive observe, the laptop computer compartment is definitely accessible from the surface of the bag (which helps you breeze via airport safety) and it has waterproof zippers for additional safety (a pleasant contact).
There’s by no means any good method to retailer footwear in a backpackThe within of the bag with footwear.
There’s a separate shoe compartment on the backside of the bag. We’ve combined emotions about this pocket as a result of, when full of footwear, the pocket takes up lots of invaluable area inside the primary compartment. Perhaps it will be wonderful for flat footwear like sandals.
Compression straps and water bottle pocket
There are 4 compression straps on the surface of the backpack — which helps compress the backpack when not absolutely packed and maintain your stuff from shifting round inside your bag. You can even use the strap safe a sleeping pad or jacket to the surface of the backpack.
Sadly, the straps forestall you from unzipping the backpack so you have to unbuckle every one to entry the primary compartment. It’s not an enormous deal however it’s a little bit of an annoyance.
The water bottle pocket (see within the photograph above) has a reasonably cool design because it zips away when not in use — this helps maintain a modern profile. The pocket does have a little bit of elastic and mesh so it retains your water bottle (or small umbrella) safe.
Snug and vast shoulder strapsNew and improved shoulder straps
Aer made some huge enhancements to the shoulder straps on their Journey Pack 2. First, they added denser/thicker foam on straps they usually made the straps a bit wider to raised distribute the load. And second, they provide the straps a extra ergonomic design so it matches a lot better. This improve has made the Journey Pack 2 far more snug than the earlier model.
Aer eliminated the load lifter straps (which helps maintain the bag near your again) that have been discovered on the primary model. The straps contoured to our shoulders fairly nicely so we didn’t miss the load lifters throughout our testing nevertheless it may need been good with heavy masses.
General, even with out the load lifters, the shoulder straps are a lot better and extra snug than the primary model.
That stated, it is very important understand that the suspension system on the Journey Pack 2 isn’t tremendous superior so that you’ll really feel the load in the event you actually pack this bag with numerous stuff — particularly should you’re sporting it for prolonged quantities of time. This bag is designed as an city journey backpack (i.e. going from the airport/practice station to your hostel/lodge) so you shouldn’t be sporting it for hours at a time.
NOTE: We didn’t check the bag out with the detachable hipbelt (bought individually). Most individuals in all probability gained’t want a hipbelt on a 33L backpack however it may add to the general consolation should you’ve actually packed your bag heavy.
Two padded strips on the again.
The backpack additionally has a little bit of mesh padding alongside the again so as to add a little bit of consolation and to assist promote airflow. It’s not a ton of padding however we discovered it is sufficient to get the job completed.
There’s additionally a baggage passthrough strap so you possibly can connect the backpack to your baggage — it’s a pleasant function that not many different backpacks have.
Good YKK Zippers
The zippers on the Aer Journey Pack 2 are nice — they’re all high-quality YKK model and the laptop computer and entrance pocket have AquaGuard zippers. It will have been good if all of the zippers had AquaGuard however that’s a minor grievance.
We just like the zipper pulls and the truth that the primary compartment and tech pocket has lockable zippers. That stated, the laptop computer compartment doesn’t have lockable zippers however it’s going to be just about unattainable to get into your laptop computer compartment once you’re sporting the bag.
Tremendous good prime and aspect handles
The aspect and prime hand grabs have additionally been up to date on the Journey Pack 2. Each have a superb quantity of froth so it’s snug to hold. This can be a small element that’s straightforward to miss till you understand how a lot you’ll use these handles.
Look / Aesthetic
Three totally different colorways
People who find themselves drawn to the Aer are clearly drawn to its city/minimalist/utilitarian appears — it’s definitely one of many essential issues that caught our eyes. It’s a 33L bag so it’s not tremendous cumbersome or unwieldy to hold round.
We will additionally see this bag being widespread with enterprise vacationers because it has a little bit of knowledgeable look.
We additionally love how there’s primarily no branding on this backpack — there’s only a small “Aer” tag on the location. The Aer Journey Pack 2 additionally is available in three colour choices — gray, black, and camo. Personally, we’re actually digging the black and camo however we’re not an enormous fan of the gray.
The Aer Journey Pack 2 is a pleasant improve from the already strong Aer Journey Pack. The development is top-notch. The supplies are high-quality and sturdy. This can be a bag you realize will maintain as much as lots of journey. We expect Aer did a pleasant job with the pack’s group however there are nonetheless a number of areas for enchancment (i.e. the laptop computer compartment and the pretty impractical shoe compartment).
We love the general look of the Journey Pack 2 — it’s city aesthetic doesn’t scream “vacationer” once you’re touring the world.
That stated, the 33L measurement could be slightly too small for some vacationers. You’ll need to be strategic about what you pack if that is your solely piece of bags. For instance, Susan would discover it difficult to suit all her stuff into simply this backpack. It might be a bit simpler for me however I’d nonetheless need to be strategic. However for minimalist vacationers, this can be a nice choice. That is additionally an excellent choice in case you journey with a small suitcase and need a companion backpack.
The Aer Journey Pack 2 retails for $230 so it definitely isn’t low cost. Fortunately, the bag is well-made so it’ll final for a very long time however not everybody will need to shell out this a lot money. Study extra concerning the Aer Journey Pack 2 (and their different backpacks) at Aersf.com.
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