Patagonia Transport MLC vs. Timbuk2 Wingman Duffle

 
 
 
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Runner-up
 
Winner
 

7.4pts

 

9pts


 

Total

 

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

Build

High quality, durable material made with Timbuk2’s signature craftsmanship

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? Super light! This is the lightest bag in the Carry-On Travel Backpack category

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

Functionality

This bag is very simple but gets the job done well.

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

Originality

Looks great and has a rugged yet sleek look about it.

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

Value

Comes at a great price. We consider it much better valued than the other travel backpacks reviewed


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
 
  • The lightest backup in our carry-on travel backpack category
  • Comes with 4 handles which allows for easy grabbing
  • One of the few backpacks that includes a well thought though shoulder strap for “briefcase” mode
  • High quality clips for the optional backpack straps.
  • Laptop sleeve close to back allowing for good weight distribution
  • 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
 
  • Similar to other backpacks, the straps can be uncomfortable with extended use
  • Because of lack of weight bearing hip-belt all the weight is on shoulders
  • No good organization for smaller items
  • Some complaints of lack of internal frame (but this keeps the weight down)
  • Not much padding for laptop sleeve (again this keeps the weight down)

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: 40L
  • Weight: 2.2 lbs (1kg)
  • Dimensions: 15.7 x 20.9 x 7.9 in. (40 x 53 x 20cm)
  • Materials: Durable ballistic nylon and fabric reinforced tarpaulin fabric construction
  • Fits up to 17” Laptop
  • Padded pocket under the main flap for your iPad

get it now



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.

 

My friend and fellow TWT reviewer suggested we include the Timbuk2 Wingman Duffle because he owns it and loves it. Though it didn’t end up in the top three it was by an incredibly close margin (a $20 price difference!). This is the lightest bag in the travel backpack category. Here at TWT we love Timbuk2 for their creativity, quality, and style. This travel backpack exemplifies all of these qualities in the design and creation of this bag. A great bag at a great price!


in summary

The Timbuk2 Wingman Duffle is better priced and has better execution of the zippers than the Patagonia Transport MLC. I tend to like the general look of the Wingman better and it is a whole pound lighter than the Transport which when trying to make a connecting flight can make a difference.



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" & "Timbuk2 Wingman Duffle."


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