When you need a versatile bag for different activities, invest in our latest Shuttle Cargo. With 40 litres capacity and a super adaptable three-way harness, you’ll have the option to carry it as a backpack, duffle or shoulder bag. The Shuttle will transition from a carry-on bag to an adventure-ready pack with ease.
Dimensions H 60cm x W 32cm x D 24cm
Fabric Main: Nylon 840D JR Ballistic 2xPU Trim: Nylon 840D JR Ballistic 2xPU Lining: Polyester 135D 2xPU
Adjustable three-way harness – carry your Shuttle as a duffle bag, backpack or shoulder bag
Luggage style opening – central u-shaped zip so you can easily find what you need
Lockable zips so you can keep your gear secure
Dual compartments and an inner mesh pocket
Grab handle and an outer side pocket
Rated 5 out of
David N from
Minimalist design at its best!Great travel bag
If you want a versatile travel bag, one you can take to the gym, to basketball, for a few days trip with several change of clothes, toiletries, equipment, an extra pair of shoes, etc, then this is the bag for the job. It is a hybrid between a backpack and a sports bag aka cargo bag or duffle bag. It can be carried close to the body as a backpack with sturdy, breathable, comfortable straps. Releasing the two top buckles and straps move to the middle and you can just grab them (or use the integrated handle) and it becomes a sports bag or shoulder bag. It also comes with two thin but sturdy handles on top and bottom, very useful indeed. While I prefer meatier handles, they are true to minimalist design. I am amazed how often I use them. There is also a little velcro to neatly fold away excessive strap on each shoulder strap. LOVE!! Someone has put a lot of thought in the design of this bag!
Unlike rucksack or backpack, you don't have to pull out everything to get to the bottom. The opening to the main compartment is on the back. Opening it up, you can see everything inside which is great for organisation and access. Get a few organiser bags, like the Kathmandu Packing Cell Classic bags, and you can section the bag. So versatile, so convenient!
Just the right size
With capacity, I prefer 40L over larger (say 75L) rucksacks because the latter encourages you to over pack. Whilst the larger hardcore trekking bags may have superior padding, breathability, frame, compression strap to reduce bulk, pocket for water bladder, etc, they end up being heavy. Got to ask yourself, "Do I really need everything?" Even the empty bag ends up 2x or more heavier than the Kathmandu Shuttle Cargo V4 which is 800g empty. It is not a fold up shopping bag but it certainly feels that way given how much useable space it has!
Not for mountaineering
It is not for trekking or mountaineering, you don't want to have to carry this on your back for hours at a time with lots of heavy load inside. There are no channels for air flow nor does it have breathable mesh despite the back flap is padded. There is no frame so if you have hard irregular shaped items inside, it can dig into your back. It doesn't have sternum strap or hip-belt either. Of course a sternum strap can be easily added such as with Op/tech mini QD straps.
Just the right number of compartments and pockets
There is no opening from the front to the main compartment hence it is ultra safe. Fantastic! A large top compartment which is misleadingly large because it can go into the body of the bag. It can easy fit a pair of shoes inside plus thongs, slides and/or slippers. Both zippers are lockable. There is also a decent side pocket for documents and pens on one side.
Inside, there are two internal pockets, a 9cm x 20cm keys pocket which lies flat and not expandable hence it is small, complete with a keyring hook. There is also a 20cm x 20cm mesh pocket in the main compartment right under the top pocket which again lies flat but fairly large because of how flexible this section is. Altogether 2 compartments, 1 exterior pocket and 2 internal pockets. That's it! You might want more bags but this is precisely the strength of this bag, what makes it so versatile. If you need more space up the top, it will eat into the space of the body and vice versa. Likewise with the mesh pocket, it eats into the top compartment if you want to fit more into the mesh pocket. It is alchemy!
“Humankind cannot gain anything without first giving something in return. To obtain, something of equal value must be lost. That is alchemy's first law of Equivalent Exchange..."
The bag comes in grey (so called granite marble) or black. Some time ago, it came in red too. I bought the black version with blue inside and buckles. The granite marble version is much more marble than granite. To me granite is almost black! But this granite marble is more light grey! It's colour is more neutral because buckles, straps and zips are black but it is a big lump of grey. The fairly large Kathmandu print on each side is white so they don't scream nearly as loud as the black version I have, good for you if you mind being a walking advertisement for Kathmandu. I don't! Frankly I am happy to parade a good brand and product. With the black version, I don't mind the blue interior, blue buckles however look at bit off despite they do complement the interior. I think I can live with that. Kathmandu, why not have grey interior and black or grey buckles?
The fabric is strong 840D ballistic nylon, heavier and with highest tensile strength than CORDURA or ripstop nylon Kathmandu employs. But it has the least abrasion resistance of the three. Frankly, abrasion resistance is definitely a good thing but it depends on Denier rating and weave as well.
Best bang for you buck
Kathmandu Shuttle Cargo V4 cost half of the next equivalent sized backpack ($120 vs $240). You would think that ripstop may be more costly. Interestingly, the cargo bag Kathmandu Pocket 40L Cargo is 60% cheaper ($48 vs $120). Like most Kathmandu products, good quality colour matched YKK zips are used throughout.
Gregory Compass 40
There is one backpack that look really similar called Gregory Compass 40. It can't convert into duffle bag, the top compartment is at the bottom and it has laptop compartment and breathable back padding for comfort plus sternum strap. But it is about the same price as recommended retail price of the Kathmandu Shuttle Cargo V4. I bought the Kathmandu bag at 40% off. I might have bought the Gregory Compass 40 if it was at the same or similar price. After all, I don't really need a three-way harness. I am sure I am not going stick to backpack configuration permanently. Specific for my use case, I do prefer the top compartment to be on the top rather than bottom like the Gregory Compass 40.
I give the Kathmandu Shuttle Cargo V4 4 stars out of 5. Would prefer black buckles, thicker top and bottom handles (unreasonable ask), more abrasive resistant materials and larger mesh pocket inside the top compartment and integrated rain coat that can be stored away in a pocket in the bottom. Don't get fooled by some of the pics at the Kathmandu site, the bags inside are not included. They look like Kathmandu Packing Cell Classic bags. Whilst I haven't done it yet, I picture throwing this backpack into my luggage because of how flat it is so I have an extra carry on or checkin luggage if required.
Most popular Kathmandu bag
I love this backpack. Don't take my word for it. I haven't looked at all Kathmandu bags but of the 30 or so I looked at (pretty much all the hiking, travel and cargo bags), this has the 2nd largest number of reviews and the highest average rating. The only bag that has more reviews is the Litehaul 38L Carry-On Pack with 108 reviews at 4.6. Kathmandu Shuttle Cargo V4 has 103 reviews at 4.8. The next highest number of review is 33, then 30, etc. Amongst all the feedbacks for the Kathmandu Shuttle Cargo V4, the worst feedback is 3 from one person who didn't like to be a walking billboard for Kathmandu. The branding is only 2cm x 12.5cm. It could have been much bigger. Have you seen those Superdry backpacks?
Date published: 2020-01-22
Rated 5 out of
Perfect carry on packI bought this for my father as ee travels alot and we only ever do carry on luggage. Love it's a pack but it opens from the front so you don't have to empty the whole pack to find something at the hottim
Date published: 2019-12-09
Rated 5 out of
Eon DS from
Perfect for carry onI already have a red Shuttle 40l which has been used for Travel both domestic and international - just the right size. We bought this grey one for my wife and she loves it. Could do with more colours though instead of just the conservative black and grey.
Date published: 2019-09-20
Rated 4 out of
Light , compact and perfect fir long or short haulI bought this to use as my main luggage for a 6 week trip to the UK(Scotland and London ) and Italy ...Im limited by previous surgery as to how I can carry weights and for how long , so the carry bag/backpack option works well .Only wish it had wheels too to allow dragging !
Date published: 2019-09-19
Rated 5 out of
SpaciousI’ve only used my bag once since I bought it but was really surprised by how much I could fit in it, especially when using the packing cubes. I love that it’s so light, so perfect for domestic flights now that the airlines are more strict with the weight of carry-on. Looks good too!
Date published: 2019-09-02
Rated 4 out of
Great carry on bag.The guy at customs loved it, said it was it new favourite bag, it was so easy for him to open and search.
Lightweight and easy to carry/wear. A nice addition would be a waist strap to take some of the weight off your shoulders when it's fully loaded.
Being flexible it squashes into smaller spaces in the overhead locker on the plane and you can pack loads of stuff into it, you just have to watch the weight if you're using it for carryon. The top pocket is handy for things you want accessible while you're travelling/flying.
Date published: 2019-08-19
Rated 5 out of
Great traveling packI bought this pack a few months ago before my trip to France and found it hard to find a flaw in it. Having the main zips on the side that goes against the back gave me extra comfort that I would be less likely to be robbed. As a bag that was the maximum size allowed for a carry on for a airoplane I found it quite versitile as it was big enough to pack enough stuff for a overnight trip without having to pay for a extra bag. I am the sort of person that likes lots of compartments in backpacks but I found the 3 small compartments plus the main body of the bag adequite to fulfil my needs and find what I needed as long as I had put it in the right place.
Date published: 2019-08-08
Rated 5 out of
Dixon family from
Perfect carry on and around.We got 4 of these for the family and went with only these on a trip around the world. Never had a problem on the planes,trains, buses etc travelling. Ended up walking with them on our backs for plenty of days. Sometimes they can get a bit hot on your back was the only complaint from us or the kids. We each had a lock on the main compartment when travelling through busy cities and made sure our valuables (I.e passports) were tucked away. Highly recommend especially for planes and trains easy to get into overhead storage. Pity our youngest was a little too short to walk comfortably with one.