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Shuttle 40L Convertible Backpack Cargo

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Shuttle 40L Convertible Backpack Cargo is rated 4.8 out of 5 by 111.
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Use it three ways

When you need a versatile bag that will transition from a carry-on bag to an adventure-ready pack with ease, 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.

H 60cm x W 32cm x D 24cm

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

Questions & Answers

Is this bag waterproof?

Asked by: EJ101
No this bag is not waterproof
Answered by: Kathmandu Team 6
Date published: 2021-01-05

Hi, how do I clean my cargo backpack? Can it go through the washing machine? Thank you

Asked by: RoseRedwood
I wouldn't recommend using a washing machine as the buckles, straps & zips (and your washing machine) can get damaged. You are best to hand wash using Grangers Footwear & Gear cleaner.
Answered by: Kathmandu Team 5
Date published: 2020-04-08
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Customer Reviews

Rated 5 out of 5 by from Best bag I bought this bag for a 2 week trip and have used it for every trip I’ve taken since! It’s so convenient, can be held from any angle and cabin sized. 100% recommend
Date published: 2021-01-02
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Just right I brought this last month for a couple of flights to queenstown great for carry on and it has plenty of room and looks good and was great to be able to use it like a backpack or bag or duffel bag
Date published: 2020-11-15
Rated 4 out of 5 by from very versatile bag good quality and converts into a backpack but still look like a carry bag, very clever
Date published: 2020-09-08
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Versatile Bag This duffle/backpack is perfect for short trips and can hold enough clothing for a week, or more, away. It's just the right size to be carry on - as long as you don't overstuff it. Good to be able to use as backpack when walking too. Not high on features, with main chamber, zipped chamber on end (for shoes?), a single flat mesh zipped pocket inside the bag, and 1 flat zipped pocket on side of bag. Simple but effective. Looped handles on each end for easy handling. 1 downside the chamber on the end of the bag looks like it was designed for shoes - unfortunately if they are over about size 7-8 it is too small to easily fit a pair of shoes.
Date published: 2020-04-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Functionality! Bought this multipurpose bag which can easily be converted from backpack to a shoulder bag! The size allows the bag to be as full or empty as necessary.
Date published: 2020-04-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Flexible & Veritile The bag has met the requirement to be both a backpack & carry bag. When using, the additional storage pockets have been a gem
Date published: 2020-03-26
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Very useful. I got my backpack a few weeks ago. I purchased it for work. I carry a lot of gear, like, wet weather clothing, high vision jackets etc. Secondly, I use it for weekends away. It can carry everything I need. It's an excellent backpack.
Date published: 2020-03-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by 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! Easy access 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..." Colour choices 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? Materials 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. Verdict 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
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