YETI Tocayo Backpack 26 Review | Durable Pack That Stands Up On Its Own

– The Yeti Tocayo is a 26-liter backpack that uses some really solidmaterials in its construction, and it actually stands up on its own.

Which is actually kindof a rare thing for bags, especially of this size.

I'm Tom, the founder of Pack Hacker, where we use our expertiseand real world experience to provide practicalresources and honest opinions, guiding you towards smarter travel.

Let's jump right into the Yeti Tocayo, a 26-liter bag that we've been testing for the last two weeks.

Let's check it out.

[upbeat music playing] From an aesthetic perspective, the Yeti Tocayo looks alot like a GORUCK GR1.

And if you aren't familiar with GORUCK – they make really durable, almost military specification based gear and they have an epic warranty to boot.

So, although, there are somesimilarities in the aesthetic, these things feel andcarry a lot differently.

So, if any of you think thisis pretty much just a copy of a GR1, it's basically only the look.

The Yeti Tocayo has an overall boxy shape at the base that allowsit to stand up on its own, even when nothing is inside of it.

And there's some rigidity as well.

So, we have this EVA foamon the back panel here, keeps things nice and straightas you do set it down.

So, even with it fully empty, it stands up on its own which is really great.

And to go along with that boxy base, there is a little bit ofcurvature here on the top sides and these rounded corners.

That, overall, makes it looka little bit more like a bag, less like a cube on your back.

So, we enjoy the look of it.

The main exterior fabric is a 1000D Nylon, and that is backed witha polyurethane coating.

Then on the inside there is210D Nylon RipStop as well.

Overall, the exterior feels soft – so that 1000D Nylon's going tofeel a little bit softer.

Inside feels a littlebit more swishy or tarpy, due to that lower Denier number.

When it comes to weather resistance, Yeti knows a thing or two since they primarily make coolers.

The one area where it'sgoing to be the weakest are the zippers.

So, those are reallyhigh quality YKK Zippers.

However, they don't provide any additional weather resistance; they're not AquaGuard Zippers, either.

So, that's going to be the weakest point to for moisture gettingon inside of this bag.

The PALS webbing on the outside of the bag gives it some nice functionality, without going too overboardand having rows of PALS.

And actually, Yeti callsthis their Roundhouse Grid.

So, it is on the entireexterior of the bag.

I've also seen a verysimilar design concept on some of their coolers andother soft carry goods as well.

At the time of this review, the Tocayo is available in two colors.

The black that we havehere, and tan as well.

And we opted for black .



we usually do .



we just generally like the look of it.

From a branding perspective, we have a big Yeti logo on the front of the bag here.

Then we have a smallerYeti logo on the straps.

And then this kind of massive (let me just fold this over so you can see) Yeti imprinted logo on the back panel.

So there's really no question that you're actually carrying a Yeti bag.

They must stamp this inthere for air flow, right? That's gotta be the function, right? Not just because it looks cool.

In our opinion we thinkthis pack looks slick but beauty is always inthe eyes of the beholder.

That's why we polledour Instagram audience over @packhacker.

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Wrapping it up from amaterials perspective, we have some durable YKK Zippers that are super smooth to zip.

We have dense EVA foamused on the back panel and straps for a comfortablecarry and laptop protection.

We have durable andchunky Duraflex hardware used for these strap adjustersand the sternum strap.

Kicking it off with theexternal components – let's start with the harness system, specifically the straps.

So, overall, this is a very thin strap but it is dense EVA foamgoing on in the inside of here and overall provides a comfortable carry.

You won't find any mesh foradditional breathability here.

It's just that 1000D Nylon, pretty much sticking to yourself.

So if you're wearing a tanktop or something like that, might generate a littlebit more perspiration than we'd like to see.

However for a smaller bagof this size at 26 liters, we think that's totally alright.

The bottom half of the strapfeatures three loops of PALS webbing that can be used for attaching additional accessoriesand the sternum strap.

The sternum strap doesn'treally have a permanent attachment, which we'regenerally not big fans of.

However, with the way that Yeti has designed this one, it stayson pretty tightly overall.

Like I said earlier, these strap adjusters are super chunky Duraflexand are satisfying to use.

I like that they're a little bit larger to promote additional durability as well.

They're just solid.

Right where the straps end, there is an additional Nylon Lash Loop and that can be used presumablyto attach a hip belt.

But it is a little bit confusing because over on Yeti.

com onthe product listing page, we are not seeing an add-onoption for a hip belt.

But this is generallythe design that matches other packs we've seen.

That's typically wherethe hip belt attaches.

Lastly, the back panel here is pretty much a giant EVA padded foam.

Again with that Yeti logo punched out, so there are no creases, no mesh for additional breathability.

Pretty much just that Nylonstraight up on your back.

Overall, the carry of thisbag feels a little bit stiff, which may primarily be dueto the stiffer back panel.

There are no dividers goingon in the back panel here.

And the way the harness system is anchored could add to some of that as well.

So, a little bit stiffer of a carry than we've seen in other bags.

It's sort of just like kind of a brick, which is basically theway this pack is built.

You definitely feel that onyour back as you're using it.

It's not a deal breakerespecially at this size, but it does take a little bitof getting used to the feel.

Overall the exterior ispretty minimal with this bag.

The last thing to coverwhich is pretty functional and pretty great, is the Roundhouse Grid and that goes around theentire length of the pack.

This is pretty much a combination of the tactical PALS systemthat you use to attach MOLLE accessories to.

Although you could maybe fitone small MOLLE accessory, you don't have those rows androws of PALS webbing here, to kind of permanentlyaffix a larger pouch or something of that nature.

However it's still goodfor attaching things like carabiners or maybe asmall MOLLE accessory.

There are three grab handleson the outside of this pack integrated directly withthis PALS webbing system which we really, really like.

There's two on the side, one on the top.

And it just looks clean and organized 'cause you just have thisone long strip of PALS – versus PALS, and then a handle, and then maybe some otherthings on the exterior of the pack.

It keeps a really cleanand streamlined look.

Three handles are nice whenyou are grabbing the bag in the overhead compartmenton the airplane, whether you're at a coffeeshop getting up, ready to leave or whether it's under theairplane seat in front of you.

So, having that versatilityof three handles is helpful.

Kicking it off with the quick-stash pocket on the top of the bag – itis solid and it is secure.

So, overall, pretty simple to understand.

The zipper opens right up and there's a giant compartment in here with that 210D Nylon liner.

And really great sizehere, you can almost fit a plus-size iPhoneinside of it vertically.

I know Yeti explains thatyou can hold jerky in here – so boom! we got somePerky Jerky in there – as well as a couple otheritems inside of here.

And really love thespace that this provides.

It's easy to access and itis a little bit more secure since it is closer to your back.

You kind of have this handle in the way, little bit harder to access.

So, that's a nice securityperk there as well.

One additional note here, isthat there is a zipper garage for this YKK Zipper onthe quick-grab pocket.

So, when you put that in the garage, it is a little bit harderto get moisture inside.

And although, again, these arenot YKK AquaGuard Zippers, every little bit helpsfor weather resistance.

Speaking of the zipper pulls, they are all very nice and pullable.

So, you kind of have thisparacord material going on here and they don't jingle likeother metal zippers do.

So, a lot of the times youkind of have a jingle fest going on at the top here.

Not the case with these – they are silent.

The front compartmentopens up horseshoe style and offers some prettygood width and depth.

So, I just have a jacketstuffed in here right now.

It goes down to about fiveinches remaining in the pack.

So, you do have a littlebit of extra space at the bottom where that pocketdoes not go fully down to.

And it's kind of nice fora pocket of this size, since it is a little bit thinner.

If it goes way to the bottom, it's a little bit easier to lose things at the bottom of the pack.

So, they've kept it a little bit smaller.

Inside there is another verysimple zippered pocket here.

In this case, you see thatthey've used a gray zipper pull to kind of match the interior.

I really like the minimalist look of this.

All the colors are very subdued.

We open that right up.

The height of this oneis a little bit taller than the size of a plus-size iPhone.

Definitely a good amount of space in here to hold smaller items andjust have quick access to.

You always know where they're at.

Now, before getting onto themain compartment of this bag – let's chat about ourleast favorite feature, which is the laptop compartment, for a couple of reasons.

The sleeve itself is niceand padded on all sides with that EVA foam.

However the laptop pocket goes all the way to the bottom of the pack, which means there's no false bottom.

Which means that if your packhits the ground abruptly, your laptop is going tosmack the ground as well.

So we generally prefer packs that have a bit ofsuspension system inside for your laptop that just hold things a little bit higher up.

Next up – sliding the laptop in and out can be a bit of a pain as well, specifically because thisstrap is sort of in the way.

So when you go to unzip the compartment, that's just right inthe way of the zipper, which is just not ideal.

You kind of have to flip thestrap around a little bit, get it out of the way, and then you can fully unzip that compartment andthen get access to your laptop.

This again is by no means a deal breaker, just something to note.

And if the positioningof that strap attachment was a little bit different -maybe if the template and the design of this bagwas a little bit different – you wouldn't run into that.

But I also understand thatthere are design implications to just willy-nilly placing things around in terms of durability and quality.

So, just something to note – that is obstructing the laptopcompartment a little bit.

Now onto the main event -the main access of this bag and those zippers comedown fully clamshell style.

However, there is a bit ofa box on the bottom here and that's what allowsthis bag to stand up.

So although the zippersgo all the way down, you can't fully openthe bag clamshell style and that's actually apositive for this pack.

Although there's not anofficial water bottle pocket on the outside of this bag, if you open up theclamshell just on the sides, you can get access to whatever is in that side partition there.

So, we've just got theYeti Rambler in here.

Of course that's going to godirectly inside .



no other bottle, other than a Yeti bottle .



for this review.

So that just pops rightin here on the side and then you can zip that down.

So if you keep these zippers positioned, it's easy to get access.

The one thing that youjust want to make sure of is to not put leaky plasticbottles inside of there.

Make sure that your waterbottle is solid before you trust putting it inside withthe rest of your gear.

This boxy system at thebottom is pretty unique and not one that we havereally even seen before.

The square and boxy design and style kind of fits other Yeti products like their coolers or other soft goods.

So I think it's a designnod to that a little bit, and it fits into the family quite well.

The side pockets are nice for additionalcompartmentalization.

But just note if you do want to fit somethingin larger towards the bottom – say, like a full packingcube or something like that – the width might get a little bit tricky because these little side divider pockets might get in the way for larger items that you want to put at thevery bottom of the pack.

So just note that.

Not a deal breaker, but just something to consider.

It would be interesting to seeif this material on the sides was designed in a littlebit of a different way, so it laid flat while not in use versus sort of just being in the way if you aren't using those side pockets.

In the same height of this box, there is a separatedivider pocket in the back that's good for flatter items.

Say some documents, a keyboardor maybe even a second laptop if you're that type of person.

Around the interior, Yetihas the same exact pattern for the Roundhouse Grid on the exterior.

Except on the insidehere it's just a little bit less robust of Nylon going on.

It is handy to have on theinside as well as the outside.

So, we've got just aday pack hanging here – this is the Ynot Deploy – that's just hanging up here at the top.

And then we've got theintegratable Yeti bottle opener on the inside as well – because who doesn't likeopening beers for people? Makes sense to have this here -there is additional utility and it reinforces it from the inside.

And then on the top insidehere there is a nice, soft, mesh pocket with a greatYKK zippered access.

There's a little bit of give here, it gives you a little bit of depth.

But generally this is goodfor flatter items, as well.

At the time of this review, Nathan and I have been testing the Yeti Tocayo for a little bit over twoweeks in Detroit, Michigan.

Overall it's been a pretty good carry around the coworkingspace and the coffee shop, just generally around town.

Having the pack stand up onits own just by setting it down has saved us a lot of time and effort.

However, with the timewe've saved from doing that, we've lost a little bit oftime fishing that laptop out.

So, that strap definitely gets in the way.

It was a bit of anannoyance in actual use.

The smooth zipper operationhas been nice, as well.

Everything runs very smoothlyright out of the gate.

So, to wrap this thing upwith some Pros and Cons, starting with the Pros.

The Yeti Tocayo uses somesolid and durable materials that are pulled togetherin an excellent way.

It stands up on its own.

Not a lot of bags can do this.

And the Roundhouse Grid is aminimal and functional feature that ends up being quite useful and the handles are a nice touch.

On to some of the Cons.

The zippers could offerbetter weather resistance.

The carry is a little bit stiff overall.

And lastly, the laptopcompartment access is not ideal, that strap just gets in the way.

The Yeti Tocayo is a well-built pack that'll last a long time.

The style is ideal for folksthat like a mix of giant bucket style storage with acouple smart- zippered pockets.

The bag stands on its own reallywell, even when it's empty, which is actually quite rare for a pack.

And this is a benefit thatshould not be glossed over.

If you can get over theminor laptop access nitpick and a slightly stiffer carry, the Yeti Tocayo comestogether to create a solid bag that's a joy to use as a daily driver or minimal travel pack.

So there you have it, ourreview of the Yeti Tocayo.

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