Top positive review
Brilliant bag for three days away
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 30 October 2018
I originally bought the Cabin Max Tromso which is an excellent, well made and well padded bag but I felt was a bit long on my back (I'm 6ft4), and the clothes compartment was not as deep as I expected due to a laptop compartment behind it with super thick padding. This bag - amazing value at less than £20 - gives me exactly what I need: a lightweight bag, stealth design (in the black), well within airline carry-on requirements and yet with really decent capacity. No laptop compartment here, but your laptop will be fine if you have a protective sleeve. Deep main compartment fits clothes for three days easily with a spare pair of shoes alongside. Compression straps help hold everything in place and give the bag a slimmer profile when not 100% full. Suitcase style opening for packing purposes is genius. The organiser pocket is spot on too - fits iPad, pens, chargers, toiletries. And the quick access front pocket is perfect for keys, reading glasses, sunnies or a whole bunch of stuff you want quick access to. So far, I've only taken it on three trips so I can't speak for its durability yet. Those were all domestic weekends away. International debut for this bag will be in two weeks' time, heading for three nights in Copenhagen. Fingers crossed it will deliver again and continue to do so for quite some time - no reason to think otherwise. It's a practical, functional bag, not the most luxe you'll ever own sure, but it is a nice, low profile design and if it takes the beating I hope it will, it will earn its place in the pantheon of GBOATs (greatest bags of all time). Perfect to carry on one or two shoulders and comfortable with good weight distribution. If there was one thing I'd change - and this is being really picky - I'd make the padding run further down the shoulder straps so that however you carry it, you feel the padding not the strap. But...THIS IS A £20 BAG PEOPLE! Cabin Max are leading the way in smart, well made travel backpacks. Kudos. UPDATE: Copenhagen trip went off without a hitch. Absolute Tardis of a bag, clever dimensions - main compartment fitted Timberland boots (adult size 12), 2 pairs of jeans, two polo shirts, two jumpers, two shirts, one blazer, a wash bag and pack-a-mac. The usual sundries came along in the front two compartments - iPad, pens, a variety of leads, plugs and international adapters, sunglasses, reading glasses etc. Zips in particular are smooth and robust, so is the bag material, and it also proved rain-proof in the wet Danish weather. It is now my go to travel bag and I'm confident it would see you through five days away if you pack smart. Can't recommend this bag highly enough - fantastic value!