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  • Backpack-style shoulder harness and padded hipbelt let you comfortably carry heavy loads
  • A zippered panel covers the harness and hipbelt, so the pack can easily slide into cargo bins
  • Zip-front panel provides wide-open access to contents; outer pack zippers can be secured via travel locks (not included)
  • Top organizer pocket has a key clip and a pocket with a soft lining ideal for phones, music players and sunglasses
  • Side pocket can hold a water bottle; pocket zips cleanly closed when not needed
  • Inner compression straps help maximize cargo capacity; outer lash patches let you attach extra items
  • The REI Vagabond Tour 40 Tavel Pack has grab handles on the top and side to make it easy to heft


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Best Use Travel
Bag Style Backpack
Gear Capacity (L) 40 liters
Number of Exterior Pockets 3 + main compartment
Carry-On Size Yes
Number of Stays 0
Fits Torso 17 - 19 inches
Fits Waist/Hips 28 - 50 inches
Material(s) Nylon
Dimensions 23.5 x 12 x 8 inches
Weight 2 lbs. 8 oz.
Gender Unisex
Hipbelt Yes
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great for Intense Travel I bought this pack in the red and loved the color and function. This backpack saw me through 3.5 weeks of travel abroad and held up perfectly. I was concerned about it being too large to qualify for free carry-on with certain discounted airlines but had no problems and avoided expensive carry on fees. The large compartment inside the bag offered just enough space to fit in enough travel supplies so I didn't have to worry about buying things abroad that couldn't fit, also the convertible duffel feature is a nice touch. Overall, I highly recommended this pack if you're looking to travel light and want to avoid excess airline fees. I love it!
Date published: 2016-08-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Deceptively Large Just used this pack on a two week trip through Europe. Only needed one laundry stop half way - The capacity is perfect. The overall size is manageable, so when we had to carry it when touring vs dropping it at a hotel, it wasn't too bad. (Our other pack, a RedWing 50, is close in that regard). It has just enough side pockets to keep handy items - handy (However, the RedWing 50 has more and, in reflection, we used those more). The styling is very clean and uncluttered which meant moving through crowds was easier. No issue using it as a carry-on. Being able to hide the straps behind a zip up panel meant less of a cluttered feel in small hotel rooms - we used that feature more than we thought we would.
Date published: 2014-03-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Perfect Travel Pack I bought this pack for a 3 week trip in northern Europe. The pack fit everything I needed to adhere to by 20lb weight goal. Shoulder straps and hip belt made it easy to cover walking distances to hostels. I was able to carry the bag on all of my flights, but I did not fly any European budget airlines which have stricter carry-on rules. Low profile outside made it easy to store the pack in lockers, overhead racks, and etc. The only drawback is not having a sling shoulder strap included for use when you zip up the hip belt and backpack shoulder straps. Nylon handles can be a pain when carry the pack through a large airport, so I would recommend ordering a sling shoulder strap. Overall, the pack performed well and is a good price compared to other similar packs.
Date published: 2014-07-19
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Great pack, poor pocket design I am very pleased with the size and comfort of this pack - I generally use it for short (2-3) day business trips where I don't want to mess with a rolling suitcase. However, the pocket design seems a bit backward. When the pack is laying down with the main compartment open (i.e. when packing my bag), all of the zippered compartments are upside down. This makes is really difficult to pack both the main compartment and the pockets at the same time, and makes the whole packing process much less efficient. Given the overall design, I don't see why they didn't reverse the placement of the pocket zippers.
Date published: 2017-01-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Travel Light with this Carry-On We bought two of these backpacks for a 12 day trip abroad to Peru, and are now convinced that "carry on" is the way to go! This bag is large enough to carry essential clothing, running shoes and more, and has enough room for a pair of heels and a dress! The top compartment is ideal for your make-up bag or liquids,the inside mesh compartment is great for delicates, and the side compartments are great for anything you want easy access to.
Date published: 2014-08-22
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Well made and comfortable, but - I bought this pack for a 2 week trip to Peru, which included hiking the Inka trail. I opted for the Zion Red. It is a nice looking, well constructed, comfortable pack. I (it) received compliments from other hikers and even the guide. Why only 2 stars then? Because of gravity. When you set this pack down for packing or accessing something during the day, the side and top pockets are facing down and the main compartment is facing up. I need a pack where all the compartments can be potentially open at the same time. Literally I had things falling out of the side and top pockets whilst trying to pack this thing in the mornings.
Date published: 2014-10-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Traveled for a Year (with the previous model) I traveled with the previous version of this 40L backpack non-stop for a year in Southeast Asia and Africa. I carried summer clothes, pants, rain jacket, lightweight down jacket, underwear, a 15" laptop, first aid kit, toiletries, two camping towels, couple books and souvenirs in this. I'm a 5' 4" F, so it was a perfect amount of space for a light packer for a year. It held up very well and is still in great shape. The previous version didn't have a zippered compartment for the straps, so I used a rain cover whenever I needed it be tidy for checking in on small planes or for long bus rides (a lot). Worked great! I loved that it opened completely like a suitcase, made packing/unpacking very easy and I rarely unpacked everything, just kept it super organized (much harder to do with a top open backpack) and it stayed that way most of the trip. I'd definitely recommend a few garment organizers, I got mine at Muji, but Eagle Creek makes them too. Fit the interior perfectly. I had a Medium-sized one for my clothes and two Small ones, for underwear and misc (meds, band-aids, headlamp etc). Don't think it would accommodate bulky winter items as easily, but for my use it was perfect and I found it easy to walk with. When fully packed, total weight (without laptop) was 11-12kg = appx 25lbs. Everything shown in the photo fit inside. A previous version in gray/black color is pictured at top.
Date published: 2014-12-02
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great Travel Pack This is my go to travel pack. Coupled with packing cubes, everything stays neatly organized and easily accessible with the large opening on the front of the pack. My toiletries generally go in the top pocket and odds & ends like phone chargers go in the sides. The waist belt provides good support and the small zippered pocket works well for a phone, airline tickets, or any other small items that I need quick access to while running through an airport. All-in-all, this is a comfortable, well-made backpack that I do not see myself replacing any time soon. A couple suggested improvements: 1. The top pocket zips open from the back of the pack, meaning you have to zip the main compartment closed and then flip the bag over to avoid everything dumping out. While it goes against convention, the top pocket should unzip from the front so it is it accessible when the pack is laying flat on its back. 2. It would be nice to have a way to securely hold a jacket on the outside of the pack (compression rope, side compression straps, etc.).
Date published: 2015-01-05
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How come this is called a Vagabond 40 when it is only 36.5L? Where did the other liters go?

Asked by: bWild
The correct capacity is 40 liters. Thank you for bringing this discrepancy to our attention. We will be updating our site shortly.
Answered by: REIservice
Date published: 2017-04-10

I have one of the female buckles that ripped off from the front of the pack. Is there a way to repair it?  Thank you!

Asked by: Hijact
You can find replacement buckles online here:
Answered by: REIservice
Date published: 2017-02-02

I am 56 years old, female, and only 5 feet tall. I am strong and can carry a lot. I am planning a trip to Europe (2 weeks) next spring and I want a good travel pack that is a carry on like the Vagabond. But is it going to be too long in the torso for me? 

Asked by: BarbJ
REI Vagabond Tour 40 Pack fits torso sizes from 17-19 inches. Torso measurements vary even among people of the same height, so you will want to get your torso measured to get a proper fit. It is recommended that you get measured by our expert pack-fitters at your local REI store. If you are ordering online, you'll need a friend and a flexible tape measure. Have your friend locate the bony bump at the base of your neck, where the slope of your shoulder meets your neck. This is your 7th cervical (or C7) vertebra. Tilt your head forward to locate it more easily. This is the top of your torso length. Place your hands on top of your hip bones (also known as your iliac crest), with fingers pointing forward, thumbs in back. This is the "shelf" on which your pack will rest. The middle of an imaginary line drawn between your thumbs is the bottom of your torso length. Using the tape measure, your friend should measure the distance between the C7 and the imaginary line between your thumbs. Be sure you stand up straight when being measured. You now should have your torso length. For more information please visit our expert advice article on torso and hip size:
Answered by: REIservice
Date published: 2015-09-20

The video posted is of a black and red backpack. However, the page only allows to select the the black and grey model. Is it possible to purchase the black and red model (or any other color than black and grey)?

Asked by: Hec
The black and red (Zion red) is sold out and we will not get anymore. As of December 2016, we do not have any other colors for the Tour 40.
Answered by: REIservice
Date published: 2017-02-01

Can one purchase a shoulder strap for this pack to use in suitcase mode?

Asked by: Hans
The REI Co-op Universal Shoulder Strap can be purchased and attached to this pack.
Answered by: REIservice
Date published: 2017-06-13

Does this pack have either an internal frame or a framesheet? Thanks.

Asked by: omega68
The Vagabond 40 has a lightweight, flexible plastic framesheet.
Answered by: REIservice
Date published: 2015-09-20

Can the Vagabond be used for hiking like the Camino? It's works as a carry on but does it also function as an acceptable backpack? Thanks!

Asked by: Smkymtnhiker
The Vagabond can be used as a backpack. It has shoulder straps and a hipbelt.
Answered by: REIservice
Date published: 2017-02-14

Is there a pass-through panel of some sort? Can it be attached to rolling luggage when it can't be worn?

Asked by: Jenn
This pack does not have a pass through panel and is not designed to attach to luggage.
Answered by: REIservice
Date published: 2017-05-30
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