Patagonia Transport MLC 45L

7.4 points
the modern day carry-on briefcase

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


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


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


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


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

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.

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$179 from Patagonia

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

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

more features / 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

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