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Patagonia Headway MLC 45L Carry-On Bag

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Headway in the overhead department.

Say sayonara to your oversized rolling bag 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
45L (2746cu in)
Backpack Carry
1 main zippered, 2 shoe zippered, 2 essentials, 1 key, 1 magazine
22 x 16 x 9in
Claimed Weight
Recommended Use
Manufacturer Warranty

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A Multi-Tasking Workhorse

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

This. Bag. Rocks.
Among my travels, I've taken it on 2 week ramblings in Central Asia and a combined work/vacation trip to Central America (12 days - the check-in lady was like "What? THIS is all you're taking??"), and it hasn't failed me yet. The way it is organized means that you have enough compartments to divide nice and rough travel clothes, equipment, and toiletries and find what you need. The outside pockets I keep raincoats/coats in for easy access when it is snowing where I am leave from and there is tropical rain when I arrive. I'd say with the size if you are taking big hiking boots, plan on wearing them or you'll eat up a lot of space though.
It has held up to a lot of abuse, and being able to easily take out and put away the shoulder straps in line or when I'm busting towards a gate is awesome. Impressively, the plastic clips on the straps haven't failed or broken. I usually just travel with this and a messenger bag.
It also does a pretty good job of repelling water as it has been left in the rain, had all kinds of stuff spilled on it, an the water resistance of the cordura combined with the thickness of the material means I still had dry clothes when I opened it. I've also brought back bottles of wine etc. and checked it, and it is a thick enough bag that if you wrap the bottles in clothes that I am not worried about them breaking in a soft-sided bag, even when it goes through the airports of 4 countries.
Get the bag. Leave your worries behind.

Best Travel Backpack Ever!

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

This is truly the best bag I have ever owned. Very well made, with high quality zippers, clips, and straps. I took this bag on a month long backpacking trip around Europe and even after stuffing it with ~2 weeks worth of winter clothes, it still fit inside Ryanair's bag size checker with no problem. The bag doesn't look like it'll hold much, but it does. I highly recommend this bag. You won't regret it.

You need it.

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

This bag has been a great purchase for me. I love the different ways that I can carry the bag, and the pockets are perfect. It's a great size for a carry on. I highly recommend this bag.

Hidden Gem

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Everyone needs a minimum of 2 bags in their life. A backpack, and a carry-on legal duffel. The backpack is up to you, but this should be your duffel. I've had mine for about 2 years, and can honestly say it's the best overall carry-on design you can buy. Most people who travel have realized you can fit more stuff in a duffel vs a similarly sized roller because you don't have to account for the wheels or handle. However, what separates this from the rest of the duffel world are the pockets, carry options, and clam-shell opening.

The large variety of pockets has handled everything I've needed with ease; shoes, clothes, laptop, cords, camera, etc, and the clam-shell opening and square shape making packing easy. Multiple grab handles make it easy to get out of overhead bins or car trunks, while the backpack straps make walking through an airport or up the street to the cab stand easy. I'd look elsewhere if you think you'll be walking a ton (no hip belt, thin straps, no load-lifters).

The Black Hole series gets all the recognition, but this is the better travel bag, especially if you're bringing a laptop. Like everyone has mentioned, the 3-5 day suggestion is crap, and will easily get you through twice that. I've been on a mix of US domestic (Delta, Jetblue, United) plus international flights to Costa Rica (Jetblue) and Italy (Lufthansa + tiny Air Dolo) and haven't had a problem with carrying on.


    After reading and watching so many reviews I decided to buy this one for my incoming trip to EU. The bag can hold so many stuff inside and being able to carry my laptop without the need of another bag is a great plus.

    recommend this one if you want to carry only one bag

    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.