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The Raja 30 Liter Backpack

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Type: 30 Liter Backpack

A 30 liter backpack that's loaded with features

The Raja 30 liter backpack is premium-built for the daily commute, a smooth airport travel experience, and the occasional cross-continental journey of self-discovery. This cool travel backpack is built from 840-denier water-resistant ballistic nylon and has side zip pockets lined with hand woven fabric from our partnering artisans in the Cham village of Vietnam. Raja is laptop compatible and fits 15” + 17” MacBook Pro & most 15” PC Laptops. The giant roll top main compartment gives maximum access and is lined with water resistant rip-stop nylon for an extra layer of protection from the elements.

Name: Raja means ‘king’ in Hindi

Unique carry-on backpack for travel

What makes the Raja premium carry on 30 liter backpack so unique is it’s removable front panel called a Thread™. Each Thread™ is created from handmade textiles that are sourced in person and purchased directly from the artisan or craft village in which they were created. We are continually scouring the globe to find textiles that embody the vibrancy and beauty of the people who create them and the traditions they represent. We release new Threads™ regularly, allowing you to update the look of your bag without having to buy a new one entirely. This puts a whole new meaning to changing your threads!

Carry on backpack features & dimensions:

  • Water resistant 840-denier ballistic nylon main bag fabric.
  • Comes with interchangeable Thread™ front panel.
  • Right-side exterior slip pocket for maps and travel manuals.
  • Easy access pockets for passports, plane tickets, and cafe punch cards.
  • Right-side pocket is quilted and fuzzy tricot lined to keep gadgets safe from scratches.
  • Left-side stretch-mesh water bottle pocket zips open for easy access into main compartment. 
  • Compression snap buckles attach the interchangeable Thread™ panel and tall items such as yoga mat, tent poles, tripod or a skateboard to the side of the bag vertically.
  • Laptop compartment zips open to fit 13-15" MacBook Pro and most 13-15” PC laptops.
  • Interior main compartment contains a document pocket for A4/ Letter sized magazines, papers and folders.
  • Interior Stretch-mesh zip-pocket scaled for laptop power-adapter and other accessories.
  • Padded shoulder straps and back panel keeps you comfortable while air-mesh keeps the wind at your back.
  • Slide adjusting sternum strap keeps pack stable under heavy loads.
  • Giant waterproof roll-top with super-secure 38mm snap-buckle access to main compartment.
  • YKK® zippers
  • TSA compatible carry on


Main pack: 12.2" x 19.7" x 6.3" (31cm x 50cm x 16cm)
Laptop compartment:
10.6" x 15.3" x 0.8" (27cm x 39cm x 2cm)
Laptop Fitting:
13-15"MacBook Pro & Most 15" PC laptops
Volume: 30 liters

Key Features

  • * Laptop compatible
  • * Padded back panel
  • * Waterproof
  • * Compartable shoulder straps
  • * YKK zippers
  • * TSA compatible carry on



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Alex R.
India India


I bought this about 6 months ago and holy cow I love it. Let me start off by saying the customer service is the best. My backpack got lost in the mail and they immediately sent me a new one, no questions asked. The quality is A+, I already went on a few trips with it and it holds up so nice. I love the aesthetic of it. It's so comfortable on the shoulders. The buckle closure and side access zipper is great. I have no negatives about this thing. If you need a quality travel/school/work backpack, this is it.

France France

Ilove this bag !!!

I offered this bag to my boyfriend for his birthday maybe 2 years ago. He loves it and I love it too ! It's our go to bag when we do a day out. It's very practicle, we love the side access : you don't have to take all your stuff out to reach the bottom. All the pockets are so practicle and the straps on the side are so usefull when you want to hang your umbrella or coat. I recommend 100% !


Simply the best

I’ve had my Raja backpack for a couple of years now, it has been with me on easter Island, on the mountains around Boulder, Colorado, al over Israel, where I live and on the Southern Alps in northern Italy. It is simply the best backpack I ever had. It is very comfortable to carry high loads with this pack, it “sits” on your back and does not move around, it is easy to access the bottom interior via the side zipper, it is simple to resize it as needed, it is just awesome.


Love this backpack!

I'm in love with this backpack! It's perfect for bike commuting for grad school - it's super comfortable, protects my laptop well, and I'm able to fit books, lunch, and a change of clothes (anymore and it would get too heavy anyways). Plus it works really well for weekend trips. I've had it for six months now and it's held up really well and doesn't show any wear or tear. I constantly get compliments on it and have even had strangers stop and ask me where I got it. I've also used the rain cover lots and it protects the bag really well. I can't recommend it highly enough!


Awesome backpack!

I love this bag and company, and I think what they're doing is great. I do a lot of traveling and this bag is amazing for that. It is very easy to pack a lot of clothes in (because of the buckle and top closure). I think that this is where the bag really shines. The material is a tank, very strong, and I like the idea of being able to change the design every so often when you get bored, or to even have two of the designs pre-packed for different usages (I keep my toiletries in the pocket of one of the prints, and charging cords in another, and I easily can switch the prints depending on which stuff I need). I have been mainly using it for grad school lately, however, and am not as impressed for this usage. My 15" MacBook Pro barely fits in the laptop compartment, so I prefer to put it in the main compartment. In the main compartment there is an inner zipper compartment (again great for travel to guard against pickpockets) that my notebooks/books get hung up on whenever I put them in. It seems to be a matter of personal preference, but for school I prefer to have more storage compartment options and that the inside of the bag is smooth to be able to put books and notebooks in without damaging them.


I love this thing

I've had mine for several years now. I bought one for me wife as well and we no longer need any additional luggage when traveling (including 10 days in Amsterdam for our honeymoon). The only issue I have had is one of the snaps popped off at the opening of the bag. I also had a beverage spill in it and I'm not super confident in machine washing it. Otherwise, I've gotten my moneys worth out of this bag. It is by far the most durable bag I have owned.

Mina z.

Simply the best

I have had this backpack for 4 years now. It still looks like new. I have gone through many backpacks and I am a heavy user: I. carry tons of stuff back and forth to work, and school. It is suffisticated for formal use (I teach) and more than interesting for a casual use. It fits a lot of stuff and cushions your laptop perfectly. I use it for travel as well. I have had many compliments about it and people have been curious to know where I have purchased it from. I love the fact that the flap is removable. I sometimes use it to sit over while being outdoors. they have replaced my bag once at the beginning when one of the snap-ons broke and I asked for a replacement part. They didnt have to though, it just shows they care about their customers. I recently purhased a messenger bag since I have been biking to work. It is the most durable bag I know exists and I would defintely recommend it to anyone who is looking for a real quality bag.


light weight, good fit, huge capacity, side-access, looks good, clever laptop location, compression straps

Purchased my "Ballistic Black" version at "Depot 2 Schuhe & Streetwear" in Berlin - here: - and I absolutely love it. Used it for super-light all-day walking (ie: carrying just extra layers) in the dead of winter, and used it for fully-stuffed traveling. Mine is slightly different - all black "thread" on the front (so front-pockets are different) but the bag is otherwise the same, especially since said "thread" is meant ot be interchangeable. Photos here:


Excellent choice

I'll be the first to review this bag! I contemplated a new backpack for a while and finally bought this one. I've had it for over 1 year and I love it for these reasons: great size, durable, comfortable. I use it for commuting to and from work in Chicago by bike. I LOVE the pockets! This is what sold me from buying a stuff sack type bag from Chrome or REI. The only thing is that it's not waterproof, but even on days I've been caught biking home in the rain, nothing has ever been damaged. Also, thanks for partnering with artisans worldwide. The front zip pocket is my most used pocket - I store my bike locks in there and then they don't crush my lunch inside the main pouch. THANK YOU ETHNOTEK! Much love and gratitude from Chicago.



Please consider releasing a pack with a hydration sleeve!!!