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    Adventure 30L Pack

    Sometimes your biggest hurdles aren't in the backcountry—daily adventures can happen any time, whether you're headed to work or visiting new destinations. For times like these, the Backcountry Adventure 30L Pack comes in handy. This burly day pack boasts plenty of space for long days in the city, with a hard-wearing construction that's ready for the road. The back panel is padded and specially designed for supportive comfort during your commute, and a grab handle at both the top and the side of the pack come in handy when you need to get up and go. Compression straps help you consolidate heavier loads, while a sternum and waist strap boost carrying efficiency.

    The Adventure 30L Pack features a place for everything you might need throughout the day. The two-way laptop pocket is padded for protection, and includes a zippered mesh stash where you can store charging cords. The zippered front pocket contains additional pockets and spots for pens, and the zippered top pocket is fleece lined for storing sunglasses or delicate electronics. The pack is also hydration compatible, but comes with a side stretch pocket when all you want to bring is your  favorite water bottle.

    • Backcountry Exclusive
    • A burly pack for commuting and travel adventures
    • 30L capacity provides generous storage for long days
    • Hard-wearing tarpaulin construction handles the rough and tough
    • Compression-molded back panel offers comfort and support
    • Laptop pocket also unzips from the back for quick access
    • Two grab handles add convenience when you're on the go
    • Additional daisy chain loops provide gear attachment points
    • Item #BCC00E4

    Tech Specs

    300D tarpaulin, 600D oxford polyester
    30L (1830cu in)
    Shoulder Straps
    padded, adjustable
    Waist Belt
    top, back panel
    [external] 1 zippered top, 1 zippered organizational, 1 side water bottle, [internal] 1 padded laptop, 1 zippered security, 3 zippered mesh
    Laptop Sleeve
    22 x 12.5 x 6.5in
    Claimed Weight
    3lb 7oz
    Recommended Use
    casual, commuting, travel
    Manufacturer Warranty

    Tech Specs

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    Not as good as reviews made it seem...

    • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

    The bag overall is solid. It's heavy-duty and feels like it will last a long time. My major problem is that when it is loaded up the shoulder straps slide off your shoulders. The only remedy is to buckle the chest strap. Not the end of the world but I shouldn't have to do X to get Y with a bag at this caliber. Because of that, I was going to return it but I am outside the 30-day window, now I am stuck with another bag that I won't use.
    Also, the back pocket where your laptop goes is ok, it will hold small (thin) items, but once the main compartment is loaded your space is greatly taken up. One large pocket that you can fill with smaller packing cubes would be more beneficial to fully load the bag in my opinion.

    I flew with this bag from SoCal to Detroit for 4 days. I was able to pack gym clothes, small suspension trainer (mini TRX), surface pro, toiletry bag, and normal clothes. It was tight mainly due to the fact that there are 2 pockets that eat into each other's space.

    A+ solid pack

    • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

    I am starting grad school in a few weeks and needed something larger for the long days at school. I looked at REI at their packs and everywhere else but nothing seemed to fit my laptop and had the size I need. Since I couldn’t see this pack in person, I was on the border about getting it but after seeing it, I am super happy with the buy.

    Things I was looking for which this pack has:
    - pack that fits a 17.3 inch laptop
    - tons of storage for books, lunch, etc.
    - well made and feels solid

    The pack does no€™t look super big but feels like you can store a TON of stuff in it. The laptop sleeve is snug but fits my oversized computer, the felt lined pocket on top is spacious and fits my over-ear headphones, wallet, charger, etc.. the front pocket fits novel sized books and snacks. The back compartment stores the laptop and has plenty of room for textbooks and the middle compartment is just as big. Water bottle side holder holds my 36 ounce yeti with ease.

    It’™s tough justifying $140 for a backpack for school but this really feels like it will make a difference in how I commute and stay organized. Plus it wi™ll be great for weekend trips camping or traveling. If you a€™re thinking about getting it, just go for it. Best 30L pack out there.

    A+ solid pack

    Outstanding Versatile Pack

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

    The Backcountry Adventure 30L pack has become my top choice for daily commuting and short, overnight travel. I basically use it as a dual gym bag and computer bag.

    What I love about it:
    * Separate laptop pocket that is easy to access even when the bag is full
    * TSA compatible without taking laptop out of bag (the laptop compartment folds out)
    * Large main pocket that's large enough for shoes + a couple changes of clothes
    * Compressible secondary compartment that I use to keep dirty clothes separate from main compartment (same zipper as the laptop access, but laptop has it's own section)
    * Essentials pocket that I use for notebook, chargers, toiletries, etc.
    * Water-resistant (biked through heavy rain without issues)
    * Comfortable for both walking and biking
    * Not too many other pockets -- it has exactly what I need
    * Durable -- I've (ab)used it daily for 3-months of bike commuting and it's only shown light wear so far

    * Slightly heavy

    All-in-all it's a great day / overnight pack that I would recommend for any time you need to carry a laptop + other things.

    New Go To

      I am a pack kinda guy and this pack is far superior compared to others out there. This has been my new go to bag for mainly camera equipment and gear being used harness, helmet, bike shoes and the like and it holds up great. Tons of organization and holds up great in the rain. Recently took it fishing for a day up in the Unitas and with a down pour for about an hour the pack was exposed and nothing managed to get wet. Great idea having the rear access to the laptop sleeve and more organization. This pack is going places. Looking forward to using the carry on handle when traveling via air!

      Also great for those who are taller and have a longer torso.

      Perfect carry-on.

      • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

      Used this pack for a week long trip, and it worked perfectly as a carry-on. Had about 10 shirts as well as other necessary outfit pieces, and it held everything just fine. Lots of compartments for miscellaneous goods as well (toiletries, electronics, etc). Only addition I would make to the pack would be a waist strap, because when it's filled to the brim, it feels a bit top heavy. Still a great travel pack though!

      Hi Eric,
      Glad you're liking it. Want to let you know that the pack *does* have a waist strap. They may be tucked away near the bottom of the backpanel.

      Great travel piece

      • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

      I used this bag while traveling for Outdoor Retailer for two days and two nights. I used this as my carry on item and was able to fit enough clothes for the two days, with additional lounge wear, and an extra pair of shoes! It also comfortably fit my toiletries and work necessities. While attending the show, I took out all my clothes and used this pack to walk around with during the day to carry all my essentials for a long day walking around the show! The organization in the pack was very helpful when organize work essentials with general clothes, toiletries, etc. I would definitely recommend this for a quick 1-2 day trip.

      Fantastic Travel Bag

      • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

      Travel bags are tricky for me--I like a bag that I can take for a weekend trip, that will fit shoes, clothes and electronics, and be featured enough to keep things organized. This bag hit every one of those buttons for me, all in a package that looks fantastic and carries well on long hauls through the airport.

      Major pluses for me:

      -stowable straps for gate checks, a must on small regional flights with tiny overheads
      -TSA compliant laptop sleeve, just zip open and lay flat for zero hassle with bins
      -HIGHLY organized pockets, ideal for flat-folded changes of clothing, lots of dedicated flat mesh panels of varying sizes for small essentials, the big mesh pocket fits a pair of flip flops perfectly
      -Fleece lined top pocket is awesome for quickly stowing sunglasses, electronics or anything you don't want scratched
      -SUPER durable materials on the outside, ideal for those situations where you MIGHT need to check and need the outside to take a beating

      The only slight con (for me) is that the bag is separated into 2 large compartments vertically. While some users will like this feature (it does mean more organization after all) I find that I personally prefer 1 large, main compartment for versatility but that's just me!

      Great all around pack!

      • Familiarity: I've used it several times

      I'm picky when it comes to bags, and have purchased more than my fair share. I've bought camera bags, work bags, commuter bags, hiking day packs etc. Rather than something use specific I was looking for a travel pack that could do it all. Something very versatile, that I could use for international trips as well as my daily commute. I wanted something tough, sleek and that could carry a fair amount comfortably (and not knock people over when it was full). I also didn't want a garish color with a million straps. So far this pack is checking all the boxes. I've been using this for several weeks now for commuting to work, I love the laptop sleeve that is accessible from the top or side. I also took this bag on a trip tp Spain and it was awesome! I was able to fit 8 days worth of light packing plus my DSLR camera, and ipad pro with no problem (i'm a big guy, so a pair of shoes and a few pants/shorts takes up a lot of room). I used it as a carryon and had no problem fitting it into overhead bins, even on smaller planes it fit fine. After arrival I unpacked everything and used it as a day pack with just my camera and a few necessities, and it didn't feel cumbersome.

      Overall the biggest selling point was the style. The black bag with a subtle black logo is sexy, and is what finalized my decision. Here's a pic of it in action, my wife using it in Spain.

      Great all around pack!

      Not sure who this pack is for

      • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

      I am pretty sure most of the reviews here are written by Backcountry employees. I am not a Backcountry employee, so on to my review.

      Style: I was drawn to this pack because of its styling, the black colorway is super sleek and understated (I didn’t want to look like your typical hiker bro college grad backpacking throughout Europe).

      Storage: Ton of pockets in this thing. The best storage compartment is the hood, which in turn has its own zippered storage area. The pack has two main zipper compartments for you to separate your gear. Neither compartment is particularly large (I will get into the cons of this below).

      Weight: weight was an issue for me. This is a 30L pack that weighs nearly 4 pounds empty. Backcountry went with heavyweight materials that definitely seem more durable, but probably overkill for a bag with this intended purpose (what is the intended purpose of this bag?). I took this pack on a week-long trip of the Mighty 5 in Utah. I loaded this pack with a week’s worth of clothing and camera gear (small mirrorless camera with 2 lenses), and the bag felt like it weighed 35 pounds. I’ve packed 35 pounds before without issue, but the design of the bag made it feel clunky and tough to manage that load. For one, this bag seriously needs load lifters. The pack was so top heavy it felt like someone was grabbing me from behind whenever I had it on. Why did I load so much weight on top you ask? Well it’s because the interior of the compartments taper and become narrower towards the bottom of the bag, and the material has no give (remember heavyweight non-stretch materials) so I could only fit lighter items, such as clothing, towards the bottom. All the heavier stuff unfortunately sat in the upper middle/top of the pack due to size constraints.

      The hip belts, while included, are totally useless. Maybe I don’t know how to use hip belts but they seemed to sit very high on my torso (like above my belly button). Mind you, I am not tall. I am 5’7” and 160 pounds.

      The two main storage compartments are nice for separating items, but neither compartment is particularly able to handle larger items. If you load one compartment to the brim, the other compartment is more or less rendered useless. Not sure what the benefits of this design are, other than maybe you want to keep your clean clothes separated from your dirty clothes? Seems like a lot of extra weight for no reason.

      The zippers on the bag are terrible. They don't pull smoothly and get stuck a lot. The actual pulls aren’t the kinds with loops on them (Osprey and other brands carry zipper pulls like this). If you have gloves on or any sort of apparel on your hands, good luck unzipping.

      The front compartment on the face of the pack is a nice touch, has two smaller internal zipper pockets. Problem is, the front material doesn’t stretch, so if the two main compartments are packed tightly, it’s nearly impossible to fit anything in the front pocket that isn’t already flat/flush.

      I saw someone comment that this fits perfectly under your seat in a flight. That is absolutely untrue on a US domestic flight (think an airplane with 3 seats on either side of the aisle, like a Boeing 737/Airbus 320). The pack is too long to fit under the chair in front of you and it would stick out, so you'd have no where to put your feet. Flight attendants are not okay with this, trust me they told me it was not okay. Plus if you did get away it, how could you possibly sit in your seat with your feet resting on the pack?

      You could read all of this as someone who has no idea how to pack, but this was just my experience with it.

      Ideal "Personal Item" on a flight

      • Familiarity: I've used it several times

      This pack is the perfect size to fit under your seat on a flight. I was quite impressed with the durable exterior material which can definitely handle being thrown around while traveling. The bag is perfect for accommodating a laptop and whatever travel essentials you need. I would even recommend using the pack for a day hike or traveling around town as the pack has a well breathable back panel and very comfortable shoulder straps.

      The perfect carry on

      • Familiarity: I've used it several times

      I wish that I had used this on my last trip to South America. With a laptop sleeve, multiple pockets, and a back zipper that opens to the main compartment this is the perfect travel bag! I will be using this next time I fly!

      Does It All

      • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

      I took this backpack traveling on a plane to Mexico. It fit perfectly under the seat in front of me. And with 30L I got away with two carry-ons! It stands up on its own and doesn't attract dirt. I was thankful for all the pockets. One for my laptop, sunglasses, personal items, inside zipper pockets for clothing, and and outside pocket for easy access. Comfortable back pads for ensured comfort all day. And a sleek look good for any adventure. Also it stands up on its own, I was shocked and presently surprised.

      Last weekend I took it on a camping trip in Moab and its still not dirty! Looking for a bag that does it all? Look no further!

      Perfect Travel & Adventure Pack

      • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

      At first, I was a little nervous this was too big and a bit too heavy for my upcoming trip to Europe. But, then I noticed all the little extra pockets on the interior, the protective sleeve for my laptop and padded upper pocket for my camera and sunglasses and I decided to give it a shot. Let me say, this will be with me on all my future trips. It's so easy to organize your stuff for breezing through security lines at the airport and storing valuables deep within. It's weight no longer an issue when you are wearing it, it's remarkably comfortable. I definitely recommend this for its versatility, whether you are headed into town to do some work and then need extra space for groceries or want to pack it full of climbing gear, it certainly has space and durability to handle all the jobs you'd ask of it. I love this pack!

      Great all around day pack!

      • Familiarity: I've used it several times

      I've used this bag for climbing at momentum, day trips for hiking and for weekend trips in Moab. It's the perfect size, fits water bottles and all your gear, and it has little storage compartments so you don't lose your keys, tylenol, band aids or guide books. It has has the right amount of support for the days with a heavier pack...aka every time I pack my bag. Such a rad pack!

      Love it..

      • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

      Used this back for some day hiking around Moab. Im stoked on the design and durability. I hauled around a drone and other camera equipment inside and felt confident they would be safe through out my adventure.

      Rad do it all pack!

      • Familiarity: I've used it several times

      I received this pack for testing and review from Backcountry but all opinions are my own.
      As kinda a gear nerd with a back pack problem I'm overall stoked on Backcountry's Adventure pack. Usually "onesize fits all" doesn't fit me but this does. Every time I use it I find another pocket thats perfect for gear storage and organization. Much different from my usual "Black hole" style mountaineering packs. Its like the Transformer of day packs how it can be a sleek carry-on travel bag to a burly (that fabric could stop a cougar) backcountry ski pack.
      Pros: Super easy to pack with the main compartment's massive zippered opening! The fit is easy to adjust. Waist belt can be easily stowed away for travel. The internal pocket organization is perfect without being awkward or bulky. I love the padded sleeve which can hold sensitve electronics and avalanche probe\shovel (Not at the same time, silly). Shoulder straps are wide and well cushioned.
      I like the robust handles at the side and top.
      Cons: Personal preference I'd like to see the side buckle straps with the buckles swapped so they can be clipped across the back for more carry options. The stiff outer fabric can make pulling the zippers a bit tough when the bag is loaded or pulling from an odd angle.

      All in all this is an awesome backpack! Easy to use and durable for nearly all sort of adventures!

      Main gym bag

      • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

      This bag quickly turned into my main gym bag. One compartment for climbing shoes, harness, chalk bag, gear, and another compartment for workout clothes and running shoes. (yes, I am an organizing freak, it's fine). It also has a little pocket in the front for keys, wallet, phone, sunnies, etc. AND, it has a laptop sleeve, perfect for the days I spend going back and forth between the climbing wall at the gym and answering emails. 10 out of 10.

      All Around Great!

      • Familiarity: I've used it several times

      I bought this before a week+ trip to SoCal, including hiking and scrambling in Joshua Tree NP, beach days, theme parks, etc. It's a great all around 30L bag. I like the organization pockets. The front slash pocket is small but handy. The top fleece lined goggle pocket was large enough for my noise canceling head phones and neck pillow, plus bars, and other small items during air travel. The little stash zipper pocket inside that was good for cables, tickets, etc. Laptop sleeve doubled as a hydration sleeve. I used a 40oz Nalgene in the side water bottle pocket at it held snug full and empty. Great materials, the rubberized main exterior held up with minimal wear against lots of rocks in JTNP.

      I'm 6'1" and 220lbs, pretty broad shoulders, I felt the fit was comfortable and adjustable enough. I really liked the dense foam back panel but it got a bit warm while hiking/scrambling hard. The compression straps are nice but the buckles aren't super one hand friendly. And I like it when they're on the other side of the zipper, i.e. don't have to unbuckle to unzip. I'd have preferred the the shoulder strap padding was the same density as the back panel, it feels little lighter, but wasn't uncomfortable. Also there's no shoulder strap adjustment on top. Lastly the main compartment is basically split in two 50/50. The half against your back has the laptop sleeve and two more organizer pockets, the half away from the back is open. I think a 80/20 split (smaller against the back) would be a better use of the space but it's a fairly minor complaint. I wound up folding my puffer jacket and putting it in the closer to the back compartment to help even things out.
      The full clam shell opening system is awesome, I like panel loader bags for travel. It makes packing cubes and clothes much easier in my opinion.

      Overall I think it's an awesome do all bag and a great value. I had and returned a Cotopaxi Allpa 28 prior to buying this.

      Great backpack

      • Familiarity: I've used it several times

      I really like this backpack. Its comfortable and the compartments are well designed. This could be used as a great outdoor day pack or as an everyday pack to use with your computer and work related.

      Is anyone else having issues with rear clamshell zipper hanging up by the hydration port?

      Hey Lemuel! I'm I so sorry to hear you are having issues with the bag! My apologies with any inconvenience, but we would love to help you out and warranty the bag for you if you are still having issues. Feel free to email us at or please feel free to contact us on Chat or call us at 1-800-409-4502 and we can resolve this ASAP for you. Thanks!