Minaal Carry-On vs. Tom Bihn Aeronaut

 
 
 
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8pts

 

8.4pts


 

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

Build

Solid construction and materials. Built to last a lifetime

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

Packability

Because of being a no nonsense bag they manage to keep the bag very light

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

Functionality

Covers all the basics and well thought through except for lack of a laptop sleeve

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

Originality

Simple and yet stylish in its own way. Has a sort of elegance to it.

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

Value

This is the most expensive bag in the Travel Backpack category. But get a bag to last a lifetime.


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
 
  • All around solid construction that holds up under rough travel conditions
  • Great YKK lockable zippers that function well and don’t get stuck or hard to open
  • The sturdy handles on three sides make it easy to quickly grab from any angle
  • Straps stow away which help it keep from getting tangled in overheads or when checked
  • Much lighter than many of the other bags reviewed
  • The large opening allows for easy access to all contents

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
 
  • Because of lack of weight bearing hip-belt all the weight is on shoulders
  • There is no laptop sleeve which can complicate when packing time comes
  • Both the hip-strap and the shoulder strap are extra costs
  • Not much organization, Tom Bihn recommends buying packing cubes (though it seems that all those who did buy packing cubes say they would never go back to packing without them!)

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: 45L
  • Weight: 2lb7oz-3lb1oz (1095-1395grams)
  • Dimensions: 22 x 14 x 9in (555 x 355 x 230mm)
  • Materials:1050 Denier Ballistic Nylon
  • YKK zippers

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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.

 

The interesting thing about the Tom Bihn Aeronaut is that it is hard to find negative reviews for it. With few exceptions, the people who own it, love it! Tom Bihn has a proven track record of making high quality bags. Though the price tag is a little higher than the other bags, you know you are getting quality in your purchase. This bag is incredibly versatile and could be taken on a whole range of trips from business to pleasure. For the traveler wishing to invest in a bag to last for many years then the Tom Bihn Aeronaut is my recommendation.


in summary

When comparing these two bags the reason I chose the Tom Bihn Aeronaut is that it is priced better than the Minaal Carry-On and is a more established and proven quality bag than Minaal due to having been in the industry longer. It is a sure thing, whereas Minaal may or may not prove to last.

 



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" & "Tom Bihn Aeronaut."


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