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5.0 out of 5 stars CabinMax : light, sturdy, not glamourous, 6 Sept. 2010
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This review is from: Cabin Max Backpack Flight Approved Carry On Bag Massive 44 litre Travel Hand Luggage 55x40x20 cm (Luggage)
Firstly, it's very light. Approx 750 grams, which is far lighter than any other comparable-sized bag that I own. So the bag itself will not weight you down, and will leave over 90% of your 10 kilogram weight allowance free for its contents.

Although it may take several trips to be certain of this, the material and the construction look very sturdy, despite the light weight. It seems to be made of some type of tough cloth with some added nylon. The zips have good-sized metal teeth and open and close smoothly.

Apart from the surprisingly-large main compartment, there is a well-planned full-length pocket, with many compartments, and a smaller outer pocket for quick access.

Perhaps to achieve its light weight, the bag itself does not have an especially firm structure or shape by itself, but will partly rely on its contents to give it its shape. The four compression straps on the sides will help to achieve this and prevent a less-than-full bag from being floppy.

The shoulder straps are padded and have a nice curved shape which keep them securely positioned on one's shoulders. Note that, unlike some other bags, the straps do not have a hide-away pocket, but this is not a big issue. The bag itself also has three large padded areas on the back, for added carrying comfort.

Although not in any way ugly, the bag is not especially stylish nor glamourous. So if you're looking to cut a fine figure or make a fashion statement as you stroll into your first-class cabin, then this might not be the bag for you. But if you want a sturdy, functional, light-weight, practical bag, then ... why are you still even reading this review, just go click on "Add to Basket"!
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Initial post: 5 Aug 2011 16:29:46 BDT
since your review of the Cabin Max was done when the bag was relatively new; could you let us know how the bag has stood the test of time ?
Thanks

Posted on 2 Nov 2011 12:24:32 GMT
Having read this review, I cannot escape the thought that you, and a number of other reviewers, are connected to the company, particularly with the customer photos showing the bag is poor quality and prone to ripping. "Add to basket" indeed.

In reply to an earlier post on 2 Nov 2011 12:35:26 GMT
Last edited by the author on 2 Nov 2011 12:36:06 GMT
jm says:
To: The Mordecai Trilogy:

(sorry about the very tardy response to your comment)

So far, so good! I have used the bag a number of times by now, and it's very much living up to expectations. The padding on the back and the contoured shape of the shoulder straps makes the load feel quite light and comfortable. I'm using a large "packing cube" for holding clothes, which keeps them nicely organised and also helps to give a good shape to the bag. The only very minor wish is that the top handle would be a bit more padded, to make it more comfortable when carrying by hand.

In reply to an earlier post on 2 Nov 2011 12:42:11 GMT
jm says:
To: Mr. T. Vaughan:

Well, all I can say is that I'm a green-blooded Irishman who has no links whatsoever to the CabinMax company. I bought their bag, and so far I'm very pleased with it. Admittedly, I have not given tha bag much abuse to date, but after a number of trips, there's no sign at all of ripping, and in fact the build quality seems quite sturdy. Only time will tell how long it holds up, but from my experience so far, I expect it to last me for several years.

In reply to an earlier post on 2 Nov 2011 13:17:06 GMT
Thank you for your reply. I decided not to buy this but bought a Jansport rucksack instead as they are generally known to be extremely tough and have a lifetime guarantee.
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