AER Go Pack vs Matador Freerain24 2.0 Packable Backpack

  • Great for travel
  • Lightweight and compact
  • Easy to pack away when not in use
  • Durable fabric
  • Comfortable straps
  • Great for the unexpected times you need one
  • Easy bag for an
  • Comfortable
  • Packs to fist size
  • Fits in your pocket

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Our analysis shows how reviewers feel about different topics. Please note these are not full reviews.

Material

AER Go Pack
Review: Aer’s Travel Pack 3 Is a Globetrotter's Backpack Done Right
Overall, after the time we spent putting this bag through its paces, we went from liking Aer’s latest Travel Pack to loving it.
PositivePositive
4 months ago
hiconsumption.com
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Matador Freerain24 2.0 Packable Backpack
Review: the Matador Freerain24 waterproof packable backpack is a minor league champ in a major league world
However, if you’re used to having a pack that can take a hit, and that is better at supporting heavier loads, the Matador Freerain24 likely won’t work for you. It’s well-made for its intended purpose, but doesn’t have the ability to be pushed beyond daytrips or environments that might stress the pack beyond normal wear and tear.
NeutralNeutral
4 months ago
taskandpurpose.com
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Materials

AER Go Pack
Aer Travel Pack Review: Ultimate Carry-on Backpack?
A dedicated shoe pocket and expandable water bottle holder set this bag above the average backpack.Organization: 4 of 5 — an almost overwhelming amount of pockets and options, some perhaps redundantConstruction: 5 of 5 — Aer did not cheap out here at all.Aesthetic design: 4 of 5 — sleek and minimalistic
Matador Freerain24 2.0 Packable Backpack
Nice packable bag, with a little room for improvement
I really like having a packable bag that can handle all weather conditions and this doesn’t disappoint there. The construction feels solid and the materials are quality. I just wish they could use a little more comfortable feeling material in the straps. I’m confident they used what they did because...
4/5
Max on Oct 09
53 years ago
matadorup.com
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Capacity

AER Go Pack
Aer Travel Pack Review: Ultimate Carry-on Backpack?
A dedicated shoe pocket and expandable water bottle holder set this bag above the average backpack.Organization: 4 of 5 — an almost overwhelming amount of pockets and options, some perhaps redundantConstruction: 5 of 5 — Aer did not cheap out here at all.Aesthetic design: 4 of 5 — sleek and minimalistic
Matador Freerain24 2.0 Packable Backpack
Matador Freerain24 2.0 Packable Backpack - Alex Kwa
Conclusion This is a great packable backpack and one that truly packs down to a small size without sacrificing much in terms of quality. For packable backpack, you often have to choose between style or quality and this bag is leaning towards the quality side. This is perhaps more suitable for travelers who are exposed to less urban situations
NeutralNeutral
4 months ago
alexkwa.com
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Size

AER Go Pack
Travel Bag Recommendations
All the bags you’ve mentioned (Minaal 3.0, Osprey Fairpoint and the Aer Travel Pack) are all going to be too big for day-to-day carrying imo. These are going to be more suitable for ‘true’ one bagging (ie when you travel without a checked bag). If you decide to opt against a checked bag, perhaps look at a packable day bag and one of your options above, or take a look at the Peak Design Travel Bag, as this is designed with photographers in mind, is effectively a big bucket of a bag, and can expand from 35-45l (although I think when expanded to the full 45l it is slightly too big for most airlines). For a daily carry, you ideally want to be looking at something 25l or less, even under 20l.
Matador Freerain24 2.0 Packable Backpack
Matador Freerain24 2.0 Packable Backpack - Alex Kwa
Conclusion This is a great packable backpack and one that truly packs down to a small size without sacrificing much in terms of quality. For packable backpack, you often have to choose between style or quality and this bag is leaning towards the quality side. This is perhaps more suitable for travelers who are exposed to less urban situations
NeutralNeutral
4 months ago
alexkwa.com
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Weight

AER Go Pack
Travel Bag Recommendations
All the bags you’ve mentioned (Minaal 3.0, Osprey Fairpoint and the Aer Travel Pack) are all going to be too big for day-to-day carrying imo. These are going to be more suitable for ‘true’ one bagging (ie when you travel without a checked bag). If you decide to opt against a checked bag, perhaps look at a packable day bag and one of your options above, or take a look at the Peak Design Travel Bag, as this is designed with photographers in mind, is effectively a big bucket of a bag, and can expand from 35-45l (although I think when expanded to the full 45l it is slightly too big for most airlines). For a daily carry, you ideally want to be looking at something 25l or less, even under 20l.
Matador Freerain24 2.0 Packable Backpack
Matador Freerain24 2.0 Packable Backpack - Alex Kwa
Conclusion This is a great packable backpack and one that truly packs down to a small size without sacrificing much in terms of quality. For packable backpack, you often have to choose between style or quality and this bag is leaning towards the quality side. This is perhaps more suitable for travelers who are exposed to less urban situations
NeutralNeutral
4 months ago
alexkwa.com
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Durability

AER Go Pack
2nd Go Pack Pro
I absolutely love the Go Pack Pro! I’ve been using my first one for almost a year. I had a scare last week when I thought that the pack had been discontinued. To avoid such a scare again, I’ve decided to buy 4 more packs, with the intent of them lasting me for the next 30-40 years, just in case they...
5/5
Roel I.
1 year ago
aersf.com
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Matador Freerain24 2.0 Packable Backpack
Review: the Matador Freerain24 waterproof packable backpack is a minor league champ in a major league world
However, if you’re used to having a pack that can take a hit, and that is better at supporting heavier loads, the Matador Freerain24 likely won’t work for you. It’s well-made for its intended purpose, but doesn’t have the ability to be pushed beyond daytrips or environments that might stress the pack beyond normal wear and tear.
NeutralNeutral
4 months ago
taskandpurpose.com
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Design

AER Go Pack
Review: Aer’s Travel Pack 3 Is a Globetrotter's Backpack Done Right
Overall, after the time we spent putting this bag through its paces, we went from liking Aer’s latest Travel Pack to loving it.
PositivePositive
4 months ago
hiconsumption.com
Read more
Matador Freerain24 2.0 Packable Backpack
Nice packable bag, with a little room for improvement
I really like having a packable bag that can handle all weather conditions and this doesn’t disappoint there. The construction feels solid and the materials are quality. I just wish they could use a little more comfortable feeling material in the straps. I’m confident they used what they did because...
4/5
Max on Oct 09
53 years ago
matadorup.com
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