At first glance, the Shuttle is a standard cargo hauler—a wraparound zipper opens wide and the lid folds all the way back, providing entry into the big main compartment. Our tester easily packed away an ice axe, helmet, trekking poles, boots, and other bulky gear for a volcano climb. But the Shuttle also has a surprising number of organizing pockets that are so streamlined our tester almost missed them. In addition to a boot compartment, a long vertical pocket runs along the side (good for maps), and small quick-grab pockets lie on front and top, while the interior has zippered mesh stashes for small items like a headlamp and water purifier.
Large polyurethane wheels managed a gravel path, cow pasture, and wooden steps better than average (though not as well as the Gregory Alpaca). And exterior compression straps with D-ring attachments make it easy to haul piggyback loads. Bonus: Stiff foam walls boost protection for fragile contents, like the bottle of pisco our tester brought back from Chile. And it’s relatively light for the capacity. $299; 110 liters; 8 lbs. 12 oz.; ospreypacks.com