Travel Backpack Overhead Bin : Minaal Carry-on 2.0 Review | A Popular One Bag Travel Backpack for Digital Nomads & Remote Workers

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Minaal Carry-on 2.0 Review | A Popular One Bag Travel Backpack for Digital Nomads & Remote Workers

Minaal Carry-on 2.0 Review | A Popular One Bag Travel Backpack for Digital Nomads & Remote Workers

The Minaal Carry-on 2.0 is a roomy, minimalist-styled backpack that has some great features and only a few minor faults. A solid option for one-bag travel. View Details & Buy:

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1:23 – Material & Aesthetic
2:45 – External Components
8:32 – Inside the Pack
12:33 – Durability & Testing
13:21 – The Verdict
13:52 – Pros & Cons

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During our constant search for the perfect one-bag travel setup, it was only a matter of time until we tested out some gear from Minaal—the company whose motto is “tools for efficient travel.” Seriously, you can’t get more on-brand than that. We consider ourselves experts in efficient travel, after all, so we had to take a look and see if their stuff really lives up to the motto.

Two of our most experienced Pack Hacker team members have been testing out both the grey and black Minaal Carry-on 2.0. We’ve been testing the grey one for 8 months and the black one for 1.5 months—seeing as it came out… 1.5 months ago.

We’re going to let you in on a little secret right off the bat—this pack has held up well and can hold its own among some of the best one-bag travel packs out there. At least in the first 8 months, it has definitely proven itself as a solid tool for efficient travel.

It’s got a pretty clean look, as you can see. They’ve definitely got the minimalist look down. The branding is very subtle—just a few small, simple logos throughout the pack—and there’s not an overwhelming amount of straps or doo-dads on the outside of the pack. The straps it does have are actually fairly hard to see on the black version, which is nice—everything blends in pretty seamlessly. And even if this thing is fully packed, you’re not going to get that dreaded, mini-fridge-on-your-back look. It’s pretty slim and streamlined, overall.

The Carry-on 2.0 has a capacity of about 35 liters. Why “about?” Why is it not a set-in-stone number? Well, the folks over at Minaal have some beef with this whole liter-capacity system—they don’t like to claim a certain capacity because there are really no set standards in the backpack world when it comes to these measurements.

And honestly, they’re not wrong. It’s not terribly uncommon to find that a certain 30L backpack actually holds more than another 40L backpack made by a different brand. But we like numbers, so we’ll stick with the 35L measurement for congruency. To put it in simpler terms—like virtually all one-bag travel packs, this thing holds a lot of stuff and can still be used as a carry-on bag for pretty much all major airlines.

The Carry-on 2.0 from Minaal is a stellar bag for one-bag travelers. It offers a tremendous amount of room, a good number of user-friendly pockets, plus a handful of other nice features. In grey or black, this pack looks great and carries well to boot. The overall durability is solid—this is a pack that should, in theory, hold up to years of usage. Minor issues include the water bottle holder, hideaway strap system, and rapid accumulation of dust on the fabric. But to be fair, the pros largely outweigh the cons. For one bag travelers, the Minaal Carry-on 2.0 is hard to beat.

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In this video, Tom Wahlin of Pack Hacker reviews the Minaal Carry-on 2.0. A great one bag travel option for digital nomads and remote workers. This pack is big enough, and optimized enough to hold your clothing, tech gear for remote work, and then some.

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  1. Whenever a bag catches my eye, I come to Pack Hacker to see if you have done a review. You cut through the BS and point out things I never would have thought to notice. Thanks!

  2. You know the bag is pretty good when there’s such a focus on the bottle bungee cord! I have this bag and it’s great for a bit of a smaller bag. Goto bag for short trips.

  3. I have owned this bag for a few years, the gray version.No complaints and I travel the world. I am 62 years old and will only take this pack with me on my upcoming 3 week Europe trip. I pack tight, use packing cubes all the time, and all clothing has to be lightweight, and breathable so I can pack for a week easily. I work remotely so take my laptop and have no issues with storage (plus cord and phone cord too) or safety. The water bottle holder is no issue for it fits and the tie-on keeps it in place so think the video concentrated too much on this when it makes no difference.. I haven't had the opportunity to use the rain cover. I use the bag as a 'sling' over one of my shoulders. It makes it easier to carry and I do use the handles. I usually fly main cabin and this easily fits under the seat if I choose to board late. It has ample compartments but I would add a flat compartment to place air tickets etc on the outside. That would be my only suggestion. Quality and durability are excellent. Again, this has been to South America, Australia, Europe and all over the states. This is my only backpack. It is spendy but it will last. I easily pay for solid products.

  4. I can't get past the lint attraction material. If they had a smooth material on the bottom, I would have been sold. I love the look of this bag

  5. Anyone got some tips for packing this thing's main compartment? Just can't get to grips with the fact you have to pack in the front with the front down rather the back and it's really hard to keep a full fill balanced while zipping up. I love the bag but the lack of structure makes this really hard. What are your techniques to make it work?

  6. Narrowed down my choices to the Minaal 2.0 and the Tortuga Setout. I know comments are always asking for smackdowns, but do you have a quick take on significant advantages or disadvantages on these bags one way or another?

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