Patagonia Transport MLC 45L vs. Tom Bihn Aeronaut

 
 
 
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7.4pts

 

8.4pts


 

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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 materials. Built to last a lifetime

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

Packability

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

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

Functionality

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

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

Originality

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

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


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
 
  • 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

  • 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
 
  • 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: 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: 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

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.

 

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, despite its high price tag, it is built to last (and proven to do so). If you are the kind of traveler that prefers high quality (regardless off price) then I would recommend the Aeronaut. For those looking to safe a few bucks and still have a functioning bag then the Patagonia Transport MLC 45L is the bag for you.



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" & "Tom Bihn Aeronaut."


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