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Patagonia Headway MLC Bag


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    5 Reviews


    Headway in the overhead department.

    Say sayonara to your oversized rolling bag from 1999 that has a propensity for smacking your heels with a overused vengeance and say hello to the Patagonia Headway MLC Bag. Built with the extra-rugged Cordura Ballistic nylon and water-resistant treatment, the MLC (Maximum Legal Carry-On) is fashioned for superlative versatility and durability—so whether you're headed to Cabo or Montana, the Headway MLC caters to your every adventure.

    Specifically speaking, the Headway MLC opens like a book and can hold anywhere between three-to-five days worth of clothing and shoes. A large main compartment unfolds into two separate pockets for compartmentalized packing while a secondary zippered pocket keeps shoes independent of your clothes.  Additionally, the Headway MLC is equipped with two essentials pockets that are furnished with a key clip and comfortably hold travel documents, phone, wallet, and other necessities like a champ. While the pockets alone might be enough to sway your interest from Rolling Mcgee to MLC, this bag is also rigged with multiple carrying options—varying from a padded shoulder strap to a convertible backpack straps or briefcase handles. Not to mention, the Headway MLC comes complete with an integrated docking sleeve, so you can carry multiple bags with ease rather than worrying about your carry-on going careening off into the middle of the airport floor every 20 seconds. 

    • Cordura Ballistic nylon
    • DWR treatment
    • Main zippered compartment
    • Shoe pockets
    • Essential organization
    • Three carrying options (backpack, briefcase, shoulder strap)
    • Rear docking sleeve
    • Item #PAT01AE

    Tech Specs

    [body] Cordura Ballistic (100% nylon), polyurethane coating, [lining] 100% polyester, [body and lining] DWR treatment
    45 L
    Backpack Carry
    1 main zippered, 2 shoe zippered, 2 essentials, 1 key, 1 magazine
    Claimed Weight
    53 oz
    Recommended Use
    Manufacturer Warranty

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    Phenomenal Bag

    • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

    After a lot of research, I chose this carry on bag as my only luggage for a 9 day trip to France. It is very well made with a lot of pockets and features and provided all of the room I needed for a sport coat, several pairs of jeans/pants, multiple v necks, a couple of dress shirts, 2 lightweight sweaters, accessories, bathroom kit, iPad Pro, power cords, belts, etc.

    Would absolutely recommend this bag to anyone that wants an easy to transport, roomy, well made and designed carry on. Carry strap, backpack carry and handle carry all worked well. Add some cubes and you'll enjoy using this bag even more. My favorite luggage ever.


    Best bag ever

      I have been looking for the perfect bag for years and I have finally found it. This bag has tons of room to take off for a couple days or a couple weeks. Lots of storage , separate zippered compartments. Easy to separate clean and dirty or wet and dry. Extra outside pockets to tuck stuff away you might need to access quickly and easily. Two thumbs up!

      Exceeded my expectations

      • Familiarity: I've used it several times

      I've used a (very nice) rolling carry-on bag for many years, but for as convenient as the wheels are on long flat surfaces the semi-rigid bag is always a pain to get in and out of the plane, if I'm honest about it. I wanted something that was a similar size, good for about 5 days worth of business travel, and easy to transport. I'm a big fan of duffel bags but I knew that wasn't the answer.

      So what was the answer? This bag! Man, the MLC nails it. Perfect size, TONS of organization and the backpack straps rock. I looked at Tom Bihn, Red Oxx, and others and am really glad I went with the Patagonia MLC.

      The list of features is as long as your arm, but my personal favorite is the zipper sleeve on the back that lets you piggy-back it on a roller. When closed it's perfect for travel docs/reading material, but unzip it and you have the ability to carry a lot of weight quickly. Awesome when traveling with small kids. I'm in love with this bag if you can't tell.


      • Familiarity: I gave it as a gift but have feedback to share

      I gave two of these to friends for their trip to Italy and here are their remarks. Picture is both bags in action. This bag is absolutely amazing. It is absolutely a beast. It easily held enough clothes for 10 days to Italy and had plenty of room for Vino to ship back! It keeps me organized and it lives true to its name. Maximum legal carry on.