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Topo Designs Travel Bag vs GoRuck GR2

Video Comparison of the Topo Designs Travel Bag (30L size) and the GoRuck GR2:

A few weeks ago I reviewed the Topo Designs Travel bag (30L) version by itself. But I’m back with a comparison now. Let’s compare the ┬áTopo Designs Travel Bag (30L size) and the GoRuck GR2 . The short version? I think the GR2 is more comfortable for long carry days, but at the end of the day it’s only a backpack. The Topo Designs Travel bag is much more versatile. If you want versatility (or colors), get the Topo Designs. If you don’t want to shop for or buy another bag for ten years, buy the GoRuck GR2. Be ready though, you could replace the Topo Designs (which is well-built) 2.5 times for the price of the GoRuck.

2018 Topo Designs Travel Bag

Topo Designs Travel bag Pros:

  • Costs less than the GoRuck
  • Colors can be fun
  • Versatile straps
  • Backpack straps can hide
  • Bright interior
  • Pretty comfortable as a pack


  • Laptop compartment opening is small
  • Too big (for me) to be a great EDC bag or daypack
  • Made overseas
Goruck GR1 – the GR2 is about 50% larger

GoRuck GR2 Backpack Pros:

  • Overbuilt
  • Simple, but ample storage
  • Comfortable all day
  • Great laptop storage area
  • Non-descript and not too tactical (YMMV)
  • Fits a larger laptop no problem
  • Made in the USA


  • Expensive
  • Very limited colors
  • Use as a backpack only
  • Heavy even when empty – can something be too rugged?
  • Did I mention the price yet?

The Topo Designs Travel Bag in 30L size – ready for a road trip.