KotaUL Ultralight Travel & Adventure Backpack

Introducing the KotaUL Ultralight Travel & Adventure Backpack, engineered for seamless exploration and optimized for maximum comfort and convenience. Inspired by Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia, it embodies the spirit of urban adventure and rugged outdoor escapades. Take it with you whether on the trail or through the terminal:

  • Ultralight & Durable: Crafted from innovative Spectra ripstop fabric, this backpack offers impressive durability while keeping weight to a minimum, perfect for extended journeys.
  • Modular Design: Adapt to any adventure with ease. The removable frame, hip belt, & shoulder straps allow for personalized comfort and load management, catering to the demands of your trip.
  • Effortless Organization: Stay organized on the go with multiple zipper pulls and volumized pockets throughout. Access your gear with ease, no matter where your journey takes you.
  • Tech Protection: Keep your devices safe and secure with the raised and padded laptop sleeve, ensuring they stay elevated off the ground during your travels. We've also provided more subtle "deep pockets" that are more hidden so you can stash away items you need to keep extra safe.
  • Versatile Storage Options: An impressive internal compression system allows you to customize the size & volume of your bag for an optimized packing experience. Volumized side pockets accommodate large water bottles or taller items, while detachable accessory straps offer additional versatility for your gear. 

Experience the freedom of lightweight exploration with the KotaUL Ultralight Travel & Adventure Backpack. Upgrade your journey today and unlock a new level of comfort and convenience. No more compromises, just pure adventure.

Weight: 2 lbs 13 oz

(2 lbs 15 oz with accessory straps)

Base Weight: 2 lbs 13 oz

Weight With Accessory Straps: 2 lbs 15 oz

Size: 45L (37L main compartment)

Fabric: 210D Nylon with 400D Spectra Ripstop Grid

Water Resistance: 1500 mm HH (not seam taped)

Internal Frame (removable): 22 inches (vertical) - Aluminum

Zippers: YKK

Shoulder Straps: perforated EVA foam

Back Panel: perforated EVA foam

Hip Belt (removable): perforated EVA foam

Hardware: Duraflex plastic buckles & gatekeepers

Warranty: Outdoor Vitals Performance Promise



Main Compartment

-YKK zipper pulls (x4) for ease of access

-2/3 length outer panel interior stretch mesh pocket with YKK zipper

-3/4 length interior side panel stretch mesh pockets (x2)

-Internal compression system

-Padded EVA foam laptop sleeved (raised 4")

-Padded EVA foam bottom

-Accessory attachment loops (x12)

-Long term storage pocket (where removable aluminum frame is housed)

-High contrast color for better visibility


Top Compartment

-top internal stretch mesh pocket

-bottom internal oxford nylon pocket with key clip and zipper security loops


Front Panel

-Padded front panel for increased protection and shape

-2 YKK zipper pulls & security loops

-full length stretch mesh open top pocket (great for tablets or notebooks)

-Deep storage stretch mesh pocket (pleated for extra volume)

-Top internal stretch mesh pocket (pleated for extra volume) with 2 organization sleeves



- 2 volumized side pockets with YKK zipper, Stretch mesh keeper to stabilize taller items that don't allow the zippers to close

-Exterior accessory attachment loops


Removable & adjustable hip belt

EVA foam back panel

EVA foam contoured shoulder straps

Main Compartment

Front Panel

Top Compartment

Other Features

KotaUL Owner Feature Overview

Customization & Modularity

KotaUL Q&A

Tailored Accessories (not included)

Each one of these accessories was built specifically for the KotaUL backpack. That means they will fit perfectly on any of your adventures! Whether you need some compression, to protect your gear from moisture, or just extra organization, these accessories have got you covered!

Comfortable wide hip belt

Stay comfortable always. Remove & tuck away when not needed.

no extra straps

Internal Compression System

Eliminates need for external compression straps

Trims down overall profile of the pack

3 different compression points on each side (used as needed)

Multiple YKK Zipper Sliders

allow you to access gear from any angle

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Customer Reviews

Based on 87 reviews
Benjamin Mina
Just what I needed!

I travel a fair amout on planes and need to replace my suit case due to rats in my garage. This does everything I need and is very well constructed. I'm 5'9 and fits me well and carries weight well. There is plenty of storage and I may end up using it for day hikes as well. Stellar product!

Peter Hebert
Not Received the item yet.

I would love to review the Item but I haven’t received it. Would it be possible to check on why this item has not been delivered?

Mel K
Good over all. Just needs a little something for international travel.

The overall construction of the bag is fantastic! For domestic travel I would definitely recommend the bag. It fits nicely in the overhead of the US domestic airlines. I really do like the long pockets on the side both inside and out. Perfect for anything. I can see my treking poles fitting nicely into the inside pockets. All the mesh netting pockets keep things neatly organized. The large front pocket works nicely for things that need to be accessed quickly. The depth of the backpack (from front to the back) is a little smaller than I would like, but definitely usable. The straps that are included to keep me inside together work well. The shoulders straps are very comfortable and the lift loaders can be a back saver.
I recently took it on an international trip and it worked fine. However, I had to remove the metal frame in order to make it fit to the 21 inches for some of the international airlines that I took. If I hadn't been able to squish it down that 1 inch would have had to check it. The whole reason I bought it was not to have to check my bag. I'm team carry-on. The only other real concern that I have with a bag is securing my stuff in the bag when I leave the bag in my hotel room. With the four zippers on the main compartment, securing the bag with luggage locks is nearly impossible unless you have 4 or more locks. The poor bag would look like Houdini's straight jacket with all the locks. Even then, the strings used on the zippers would be able to be cut easily. This is a concern for me. This lack of ways to secure the bag also concerns me if I had to check it. The zippers are really well made. It unzipping is not a concern.
I really do love the Outdoor vitals gear. All their gear is made with really high quality. This backpack is no exception. I just think this needs just a bit of tweaking for international travel.

My new EDC bag

I've been looking for a couple years for the ideal EDC bag and I've landed on the Kota after testing probably 10 bags. I wanted something that I'd carry every day into the office, as well as on trail. This bag has the best feature set for all of that, IMO. There are a couple things I wish it had, such as an exterior mesh "stuff" pocket and at least one hip-belt pocket. Despite being an ultralight bag, it seems to carry heavier loads just fine with no discomfort. Really great bag.


Just what I ordered. Thanks!