No matter how you carry it, the airline-friendly MLC comfortably holds your weekend necessities.
- Water-repellent outer fabric helps keep your clothes dry while you wave down a cab in rain or snow
- The bag folds open like a paperback novel so you can easily pack clothes into the main compartment
- Main pocket divider separates dirty and clean clothes
- Zippered sleeve pocket holds your shiny shoes
- A separate padded pocket can protect your laptop while you hop from city to city
- Outer pockets hold magazines, boarding passes, and other in-flight essentials
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I absolutely loved this bag. I ordered it and didn't know how I would feel about it. I got it and it worked great. I packed the bag to capacity and the rugged zippers were able to contain all of my belongings. I loaded this bag with a laptop and about 6 days worth of clothes. Did I mention that I always pack extra stuff? This bag was able to fit in every airplane bin and under the bed at the hostel I stayed at. I loved being able to switch between the satchel strap and the backpack straps. The backpack straps were helpful when the bag got heavy and the satchel strap for when I was loading the plan and didn't want to deal with to many dangling straps. In all, this bag was totally worth it when I picked it up on S&C!!!
This bag has an amazing capacity - i can easily pack a week's worth of regular clothes, running clothes, multiple shoes, a laptop and all toiletries and have room to spare, and I can still carry the thing. I love that it can convert to a backpack. The divider is great for separating clean from dirty, and also holding toiletries or small items - you can also remove the divider and hang it.
I owned this bag for a brief period of time before returning it. While it IS a decent bag, there are better options available.
-It has multiple carry options, between shoulder strap, a couple grabhandles, and backpack straps
-It is actually sized to be a LEGAL carry-on, not one of those ridiculous bags that a-hole travelers try to pass off as a carry-on and then can't fit in an overhead compartment (or carry it for that matter)
-It does not waste space with wheels
-I'm certain the longevity of this bag would be great- Patagonia makes wonderful gear
-There are a couple compartments for dividing clothes if wanted
-The shoulder strap are uncomfortable above 25 lbs not because of the weight necessarily, but because the way the straps are sewn in, they don't fit well.
-I worried that the clips would break off of the shoulder strap. They're not overbuilt.
-I personally hated the split-level design of the bag. It reduced the flexibility of the bag tremendously. One open compartment would have served my needs FAR better.
-This is NOT the maximum legal carry-on for a bag. It is under that measurement by a bit. Max is 45 cumulative inches. H+W+L=45. This is less than that.
If you want a bag that's a better design for slightly less cash, get the Timbuk2 wingman- http://www.backcountry.com/timbuk2-wingman-pack
I have another review there...
I have only had the MLC for a little while and have taken it on one trip and it worked as I hoped / expected it to.
The only thing keeping this from getting a five star rating is the access to the small outside pocket is not as easy as I would like. A zipper compartment in side the small outside pocket would have been great.
Bottom line this a very good piece of kit and I will be putting it through its paces this summer as I am headed to Europe for two weeks and the MLC is going to be my only luggage.
Does anyone know if this would fit a pair of ski boots and a helmet?
The MLC will definitely fit a pair of ski boots, might be a little tight to add a helmet in there as well though. Patagonia's Black Hoel Duffel 60 is a killer choice to fit both...
I disagree. It barely fit a pair of my workboots in it because of the split-tier system they have going. I have big feet (15), but my boots are skiboots are 13.5, and they absolutely, undoubtedly, would NOT fit. and don't even think about throwing a helmet in there. Not a chance for my gear...
I disliked the bag enough that I returned it and got a Timbuk2 wingman. Go that route- there's one large pocket in it and it seems to work FAR better than this did. Good luck.
will fit the boots, but not boots and a helmet
I bought this bag to take on my very first flight. It was never a hassle! I loved carrying what I needed without checking any luggage. I was able to fit it under the seat most of the time which is very convenient for me.
I LOVE the backpack straps. I could zoom through the airports with my pack. I felt sad for people dragging bags behind them.
Finally, the organization is great. It has plenty of zippered spaces to keep things neat.
Got this for my husband and he loves it for all his travel. It's all he needs for a quick weekend and he doesn't have to worry that the airline will lose it.
-3 different modes of carrying: shoulder strap, back pack straps, and handles.
-3 pockets + 1 laptop pocket.
-Very useful internal organizer with 3 pockets in the largest pocket that holds clothes down.
-Large pocket zips open so that it can lay flat like a suit case and be packed easily.
-Very durable construction (zippers and fabric).
-Sternum strap on backpack straps very useful.
-Fits in any airlines boxes, even budget european airlines like Ryan Air, and Easy Jet.
-No stiffness, so you need to pack accordingly.
-Back pack straps uncomfortable with loads >25 lbs.
I used this pack for 1 month traveling in Europe and it worked very well. My travel included trains and planes and other forms of public transportation. This bag is superior to other more camping inspired backpacks because it can be carried on all airlines and because it has good pockets that are easily accessible for organization on the fly. I look forward to using this bag for my future travels. Wheelie suitcases are way too difficult to deal with if your travels take you off the beaten path or involve lots of public transportation or trains.
I purchased this bag initially for work travel-- I did your typical 4-5 day business trips with casual business clothes and workout clothes (and shoes), and wanted something I knew I could get on any plane (read: the wheelie bags can get gate checked). This bag did the trick and was my go to for three years of continuous work travel and it still looks new.
Fast forward: call me paranoid, but I don't like the idea of my ski boots being tossed around with the other luggage (thinking of my poor ski tips is enough to make me sick). This fits my size 12 ski boots, book, charger, change of clothing, ipad, and beacon with room to spare.
Summary: Get this bag, it's the most versatile piece of luggage you will own.
Purchase date: June 2010
Reason for Purchase: Because I was entering the Peace Corps in July '10, I wanted a carry-on that would compliment my 80L Osprey pack and LLBean duffel. I needed a large carry-on that could:
- Hold my laptop and a few days worth of clothes for business/holiday trips。
- Carry easily OFF my back when I was wearing my Osprey。
- Withstand daily abuse。
Primary Intended Use:
- 3-7 day vacations and business trips
- Complimenting my other, larger luggage for the long hauls to and from the US
Review after 18 months of use:
This is a versatile, well built, and useful piece of gear. On the 3 day trip over to China from the US, it held all my gear that I needed to use, including clean business clothes. My other two bags were never opened between my house and my final destination in Chengdu, Sichuan. I never worried about my laptop, because it was sandwhiched between inches of clothing. The outer pockets easily organized important documents. The shoulder strap provided ample support as I ran through the terminal of Beijing airport with nearly 80 pounds of gear in 3 bags.
Since then, I have used this bag on numerous multi-day hostel and hotel trips, the longest and most recent being 10 days, including 2 days of strenuous (and slightly unexpected) hiking through Yunnan's Tiger Leaping Gorge. While I had used the backpack straps on earlier trips, it wasn't until this past excursion that I realized how supportive this pack really is. I carried a fully frieghted MLC on its stowable backpack straps for 12 hours of hiking over 2 days with no back pain and minimal discomfort. The weather yoyoed between swelltering and feezing as the sun passed over the gorge's walls, but I had more than enough layers packed away. As my layers got dirty, I just moved them from on section of the bag to another.
My Bottom Line:
I highly recommend this pack for anyone who wants a carry-on with lots of room, no wheels, and multiple, very supportive carrying options. The construction is bulletproof, the design is well thought out, and the zippers are burly. The MLC receives 5 stars because it does what it is meant to do, and I cant think of any reasonable improvements.