Minaal Carry-On vs. Osprey Farpoint 40L

 
 
 
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8pts

 

8.6pts


 

Total

 

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

Build

The internal LightWire frame and solid construction have proven to hold up over time

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

Packability

How heavy is it? Osprey has done a great job of adding many needed features yet keeping the weight down.

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

Functionality

Other than the placement of the laptop sleeve it performs incredibly well from packing to carrying

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

Originality

This is a no nonsense backpack that gets the job done. Not as stylistic as some of the others.

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

Value

This was the best priced backpack in the Travel Backpack category


reasons to travel with this

  • 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
 
  • Has a great LightWire frame that adds next to no weight, yet helps maintain the structure of the bag when fully packed
  • Lockable zippers keeping your items safe
  • Great construction of bag and quality materials
  • Straps stow away which help it keep from getting tangled in overheads or when checked
  • One of the few bags that came with an included shoulder strap (for when backpack straps are stowed away)
  • Padded hip-belt helps keep some weight off shoulders
  • Best priced travel backpack out those compared

things to consider

  • 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
 
  • When it is cinched down it is difficult to open zippers
  • The laptop sleeve is not up against the travelers back which makes for awkward weight distribution
  • Front pockets could use a little more organizational pockets
  • Impossible to reach water bottle when wearing backpack

notable features and specs

  • 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
 
  • Volume: 38-40L
  • Weight: 2.9 lbs (1.32kg)
  • Dimensions: 13 x 9 x 21in / 53 x 33 x 23
  • Comes in two sizes: S/M and M/L
  • Handles on the top and side for easy carrying
  • Adjustable sternum strap with rescue whistle
  • Holds up to 15 in. laptops

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Brief Thoughts

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.

 

This is a fantastic bag for a fantastic price. With many features and the ability to purchase in two sizes (S/M and M/L) this is a bag that can appeal to many different sizes of travelers. Additionally it has a padded hip belt that offers more support than other bags in this category. It is hard to find complaints from reviewers in regards to this bag except for the placement of the laptop sleeve since it is placed toward the outside and not up against the back.


in summary

The Osprey Farpoint 40L wins against the Minaal Carry-On due to its much lower price tag. Minaal offers sexiness and a better laptop sleeve, but you pay a lot for those few extra features. Osprey Farpoint 40L also boasts of a better hip-belt than the Minaal Carry-On. Though you may not feel as cool traveling with it, the Osprey Farpoint 40L wins if you want to save some cash.



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 "Minaal Carry-On" & "Osprey Farpoint 40L."


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