Kathmandu named their purpose built travel bag the ‘Shuttle 40L Convertible Backpack Cargo v4’. I guess the marketing guys at Kathmandu brainstormed a few words, and then went out to drink lunch forgetting the catalogue deadline. Jimmy the mail boy transcribed the whiteboard for the graphic design team, and voila, we have the ‘Shuttle 40L Convertible Backpack Cargo v4’. I find the name a little wordy, so for this review I’ll call it ‘the bag’.
The bag is aimed squarely at the lightweight traveller – lightweight in mass, not in mission. If your travel mission includes saving time and hassle at transit hubs, then this is the bag for you. If you can travel with only one bag, and have no need for checked baggage, this is the bag for you. If your idea of travel is to be agile and adaptable, you have found your next best friend.