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- The MLC® '09 is a soft-sided suitcase made with recycled fabric that converts to a backpack, holds 3-5 days' worth of clothing and meets airline carry-on requirements.
- MLC® stands for Maximum Legal Carry-on.
- Three carrying options:
-Backpack: ergonomic shoulder straps tuck neatly into zippered compartment.
-Shoulder bag: comfortable split-shoulder strap for over-the-shoulder carry slides over carry handle when not in use.
-Briefcase: two carry handles.
- Main compartment opens like a book for easy packing, access and organization with a compression pocket to secure contents.
- A secondary zippered sleeve pocket separates dirty clothes or shoes.
- Padded back panel holds shoulder straps, protects your back and a separate padded pocket stores a laptop or works well as a clothing organizer.
- Comes with a ticket/passport pocket, as well as a quick-access pocket for office/personals.
- Both shell and lining are coated with polyurethane and DWR (durable water repellent) finish.
- Shell: 100% recycled 1200-denier polyester.
- Lining: 200-denier polyester.
- Volume: 45L/ 2,746in³.
- Bottom Width: 22 1⁄2 in
- Middle Width: 22 1⁄2 in
- Top Width: 22 1⁄2 in
- Depth: 6 1⁄2 in
- Height: 14 in
- Strap Length: 37 in
- Strap Drop: 18 in
- Handle Length: 9 in
- Handle Drop: 2 in
- Accessory Strap Length: 60 in
- Accessory Strap Drop: 27 in
- Weight: 2 lbs 14 oz
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I bought two of these bags after doing some extensive research on bags for one bag travel. My husband and I just returned from two weeks in Italy and this was all we carried. We were able to use the backpack feature when walking from transport to housing. It was very comfortable. It held enough clothing for two weeks.
- Mary P - customer
- from Boston, MA
- October 11, 2010
Bought two (one for myself and one for my husband) and we love them! My husband commented on why we didn't buy these sooner? Lots of room. The bag is much bigger than you think and is fairly light to carry compared to the usual rolling bag. Love that there are separate compartments that can be used for things like dirty clothes. The backpack straps are a great feature, makes it so nice to carry when traveling since your hands are free. Fits in the overhead perfectly. I am a petite person (5'2 97lbs) and felt that the back pack was comfortable to wear for short time periods.My only complaint is totally minor! The straps on the inside of the main compartment that you can tighten to hold the clothes down are a bit tough to loosen. I really have to work to loosen or tighten them. But totally minor!A really great carry on bag!
- Anonymous - customer
- from SLC
- July 28, 2010
This is soft-sided making it perfect for over 10 days of travel. It has a super high quality build. I did a ton of research between this bag, the Red Oxx and the Tom Bihn. All were great bags, but I went with the Patagonia because I like the company, and honestly the color was the best out of the bunch. The price was the best as well. There are five compartments. One huge middle one for clothing. Two on the top flap; one for whatever you like, one for phone, pens, etc. It works great to grab boarding passes and to put essentials in. One comprtment on the back which I use as a clothes hamper for dirty clothes or shoes. And one which holds the backpack straps. You can also fit shoes or a coat in there. I love that there are four options and believe me you will use them all at some point. One side handle, one top handle (great for getting it into and out of the overhead bin), an over the shoulder strap (with great padding) and the back pack option. The backpack straps are very comfortable and really come in handy. You just clip them to secure and throw it quickly on your back. There is also a handy toiletry clip in bag that goes in the main compartment. It works perfectly to fill and then hang when you get to your destination. If you pack this full, it will be heavy but everything will fit and then some. I could easily live out of this for over three weeks if needed. Overall, it is a super bag, that is reinforced in all the right places and stylish to boot. Remember, it is soft sided though, so it has no structure except for what you put in it. I never had a problem carrying it on any flight yet. It is highly recommended.
I'd also recommend: Red Oxx, Tom Bihn
- Anonymous - customer
- June 19, 2012
We love this bag. It's great to use as a backpack because the clothes stay in place, especially if you need your hands free when traveling with young children. It's perfect size for overhead bins on the plane. We also looked into the one with the wheels but that's quite a bit heavier.
I'd also recommend: REI or Tumi
- Christine C - customer
- April 18, 2012
This is a great bag. I bought this one for my girlfriend but have had one of my own for many years. It is rugged and attractive. The backpack straps that convert the bag into a backpack are also nice - I have used that feature on more than one occasion. It is the perfect size for a weekend trip and, most importantly, can fit in the overhead compartment of REGIONAL jets. Wheeled roller bags do not fit and therefore they airlines make you gate check your bag. That can add twenty minutes when you land as you wait for them to unload your baggage as you stand on the runway. If your flight is delayed and you have a connection, that can mean the difference between making it and not making it. Also, I have to hand it to Zappos. I ordered this on Saturday afternoon and they had it on my doorstep Monday morning. Didn't even know that was possible.
- Mike C - customer
- from Charlottesville, VA
- January 28, 2013