Patagonia Transport MLC vs. Minaal Carry-On

 
 
 
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7.4pts

 

8pts


 

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Thought it has high quality materials throughout, the execution of the construction is not as thorough as it might be (mainly the zippers)

Build

Solid construction and high quality material. The founders did their due diligence finding a manufacturer

How heavy is it? Just a little bit heavier than the average weight of those in the carry-on travel backpack category

Packability

How heavy is it? About average in the carry-on travel backpack category

Functions great in briefcase mode and comes with an included shoulder strap.

Functionality

Being their first bag, there are still some issues to work through, but an incredible first pass!

I am not really wowed by it, mainly because the zippers seem dangly and take away from the general aesthetics of the bag

Originality

This is my favorite bag when it comes to design. It is incredibly elegant.

Price wise it is very reasonable and right in the middle range compared to the others in the carry-on travel backpack category

Value

The price tag is a little high, especially when compared with other bags in the carry-on travel backpack category


reasons to travel with this

  • Magazine pocket with zipper that turns into sleeve to slide onto the top of roller bags
  • One of the few bags that has a padded shoulder strap included
  • Great organizational pockets
  • Inside is intentionally a brighter color to help find items faster
  • Laptop pocket is well positioned for ideal weight balance and quick access
  • Straps stow away which help it keep from getting tangled in overheads or when checked
 
  • Laptop sleeve is positioned so that no matter which way you may drop your bag, it won’t hit the ground
  • The volume is great: big enough to take enough, but not too big that it becomes awkward to carry
  • Lots of functional pockets
  • Includes a rain cover that that packs into itself and allows you to ignore the rain (removable if you travel to a desert)
  • Lockable YKK zippers keeping your items safe
  • Straps stow away which help it keep from getting tangled in overheads or when checked
  • It just looks so darn good

things to consider

  • Because of lack of weight bearing hip-belt all the weight is on shoulders
  • Zippers though YKK are designed poorly and are difficult to lock (laptop pocket only has one zipper making impossible to lock)
  • Hideaway clips for backpack straps are very stiff and difficult to use
  • Not as many reviews of product to fully appreciate its full functionality and quality
 
  • The main compartment has no structure or stabilization straps so clothes can get jumbled up and the bag tends to collapse when trying to pack.
  • Because of having no internal structure it collapses flat when packing making it rather awkward to load it up
  • The compression straps tend to get in the way of the zippers and interfere with the side handle
  • Because of lack of weight bearing hip-belt all the weight is on shoulders
  • Some of the organizational pockets seem to be confused as to which way is up with pockets facing in multiple directions

notable features and specs

  • Volume: 45L
  • Weight: 3.2lbs (1.43kg)
  • Dimensions: 21.5 x 14x x 8in
  • Materials: 900 Denier Polyester 12
  • Holds laptops up to 17" in padded sleeve
 
  • Volume: 35L
  • Weight: 3.08lb (1.4kg)
  • Dimensions: 55 x 35 x 20(cm (21.65 x 13.77 x 7.87 in)
  • Materials: Fabric: 500D Cordura; 1000D Cordura; 210D Nylon Interior Lining; 2mm Neoprene; Soft Lining (phone pocket)
  • Duraflex and Woojin buckles
  • Weather: Main bag rated to 1000mm; seam-sealed rain cover to 1500mm
  • Device compartment: Main sleeve fits up to 15-inch Macbook Pro, with strap to hold smaller units safely. Second sleeve holds up to MacBook Air 11-inch

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Brief Thoughts

With the included shoulder strap, solid organizational pockets, and general look and feel, this reminds me of a large briefcase style bag. The many organizational pockets give this backpack an advantage over some of the others and similar to the other bags in this carry-on travel backpack category, it has stow away backpack straps that can be used in a pinch. The main frustration with the bag seems to be with the zippers that although they are high quality don’t lock and all around don’t function effectively.

 

I didn’t know carry-on travel backpacks could be sexy until I saw Minaal’s bag. Similar to the Tortuga, this bag was created by two travelers who weren’t satisfied with the travel bags available to them. They had huge success with their epic Kickstarter video and have since delivered on a truly amazing bag. This bag helps you “keep some of your dignity” while traveling… which is a hard feet to accomplish while still maximizing space. Though it comes at a hefty price, you end up with a bag that can accompany you on the road for pleasure and into the office on business trips.


in summary

Though the price tag is higher, Minaal just looks so much better! And it’s not all about the looks. It is also boasts of a great lockable zippers to keep all your items safe. With the included rain cover and drink holder it is all around more functional than the Patagonia Transport MLC



PS. We did the research so you don't have to. The sources for our research used to make this resource available to you are posted at the bottom of the original product reviews for "Patagonia Transport MLC 45L" & "Minaal Carry-On."


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