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Versatile Travel Companion
I got this bag as a weekend travel bag to carry an extra pair of shoes and a couple of days worth of clothes. It does that well! I just recently used this bag as a personal carry-on for an international trip. I loved the pass through panel for attaching it to my rolling luggage and the shoulder and backpack straps allowed for various carry options ... Read Moredepending on the need that day. It easily fits under the seat on an airplane, but it doesn't allow for much room for the feet. Small price to pay for the ability to carry a lightweight jacket, neck pillow, toiletry bag, phone & computer charger, passport, wallet, phone, electrical adapter, ear buds, notebook, pencil, 17" laptop, 32oz water bottle, book and sunglasses. Cheers!!
Great for travel
This is a fantastic bag for traveling. I used it on a recent trip back east, & was able to fit everything I needed. Definitely over packed & it was STUFFED. In hindsight should have bought the larger size. My complaint is there is not a shoe compartment, & once it becomes overfilled it can be difficult to open the front pockets. On othe... Read Morer bags a shoe space is a staple, & I wish it had one in the bottom. Extending the zipper on the front pockets could be helpful. But I love the mesh compartments. I have used the Osprey travel bags when traveling overseas, & this Patagonia one is superior by fair. Definitely will pick up a larger size before the next time I fly.
Great All Around Backpack
Very well designed! I got this bag for work, as the ability to switch between backpack and messenger bag/briefcase was appealing given my career. I love almost everything about it, with a couple caveats. First, the lack of side pockets for water bottles is disappointing, though understandable given the changing orientation. Second, I wish the backp... Read Moreack straps had crossbody buckles at the bottom as well as the top, to help distribute weight. Other than those, though, no real complaints!
Perfect bag for airline travel
This was a perfect travel bag for a recent trip to the African continent. With multiple air flights and land transportation it kept all the essentials well organized and close at hand. It was very manageable to carry even when fully packed and it does hold a considerable amount of items in an easy to locate manner. Perfect for personal carry-on fo... Read Morer airlines. Very highly recommended.
Lots of compartment
It was what I was looking for. I accept this bag for what it is. A medium size bag and backpack that has compartments. Been looking for a bag or something similar like this, for fishing tackle and gear. It suits my tackle well and keep me organized. Because it has lots of compartments and has the storage I need. Now I need to memorize were everythi... Read Moreng is. Each layer has quite a few divisions to designate items. And a compartment in the front side for my pliers, scissors etc. for easy access. On the backside has 2 pockets that has added padding. Made for a laptop, but good for your back and protection. Great for me, so it pads my lures and plastic tackle box. I cant say how it does in rain, not yet that is. You open the bag from the center and get 4 compartment that get segregated compartment. Excellent idea especially, for my application. The attachments available on the front are great for carabiners or anything need to secure to the bag with or too. This is great because I attached a stealth work station on it. Few more compartments and storage. Added bonus A light bag because of the material it is made of. Time will tell how durable. I am very rough I believe this bag will do just fine. Its diverse because it has two handle for carrying and has straps to wear as a back pack. Its a great feature. Not sure how long the shoulder straps will last, or get damaged. They get clipped in at the base, stitched at the top. I can see the plastic get broken or straps get ripped. But it works and if anything happens. Patagonia will repair it. Love this about P.
Not well suited for international travel as a second bag
The size and material are great - but this bag has too many small dedicated spaces vs more large flexible spaces. For international travel when you want the most flexibility to carry on items, grab purchases at airports, and make sure you have everything in case a larger bag goes astray, this does not work. Too many small pockets and areas - that m... Read Moreay be wonderful for a phone or passport, in reality most people keep those items on their person vs a carry on pocket (at least I do...). If both sides of the interior would be open and large spaces this would be much better. Also - you can't easily lock the zippers - which seems crazy - most travelers want to lock suitcases even the carry on ones. Also found the zippers themselves were not smooth running and could use an upgrade. I wanted to love this bag - but i sent it back. Good feature is the ability to slide over a luggage handle, that is hard to find in this style of bag.
Love this bag
This bag is amazing! I was torn between this and another similar bag and ultimately chose this one. I have the black hole duffle already and it has held up well in my travels. This bag has tons of built in organization. I love this bag! Makes packing a breeze and my things are easy to find. I also love the options for carrying.
Perfect work travel bag
This is the laptop bag if you travel. Its got everything you want/need in the spot youd put it if you were designing. Its a laptop bag that will fit 1-2 extra sets of clothes for an overnight biz trip. You may save yourself an extra bag with this. As with all Patagonia, built to last a lifetime. Only negative for me was lack of a water bottle sle... Read Moreeve on the outside. For a travel bag? Thats a huge miss.
Bring back the classic navy color! I bought this bag in the store and love it. I gave it to my wife. I really really want this bag in classic navy! Bring it back!!!! I've been waiting!!!
Happy to hear how much you enjoyed this bag, Nic. Sadly, we do not have plans to bring this item back in Classic Navy at this time. We did pass your thoughts along to our Design Team. Navy is a popular color and might be back at some point but not for the up coming season. Thank you so much for your feedback.
Great "personal item" or 2-3 day work travel bag
Did an absolute ton of research before buying this bag and am very happy with it so far. My initial use case was to use it as the "personal item" to put under the seat in front of me on a flight. This of course means I would have another carry-on rolling suitcase for clothing. My requirements were clear: - Backpack format - Small enough t... Read Moreo fit under airline seat - Dedicated 14"+ laptop pocket (must be separate from main compartment) - Sleeve to fit on rolling luggage handle (preferably placing the bag on it's side) - Organized medium sized external pocket for holding tech/quick grab travel items This backpack meets every requirement of this use case, but I also realized is perfect for a 2-3 business trip. I'm in sales and at times need to make short work trips, and the dedicated clothing compartment keeps work/clothes separate. I'm actually writing this review from a 2 day business trip to rave about it. IMO a MUCH better bag than the Black Hole 25L backpack.
The last backpack youll ever buy
I bought this bag in preparation for a 6 day International trip. I was able to fit all my clothes/accessories needed for my stay with ease of organization as a carry-on. The ability to switch between shoulder bag & backpack is a game-changer and one of my favorite features. The front pocket is perfect for ease-of-access to your passport during ... Read Moretravel, never fumbling. In between hotels the backpack mode is very comfortable. Since that inaugural trip this bag has been my go-to for domestic & international flights as well as my everyday work bag (shoulder strap). It holds my laptop and the bulk of my daily needs with ease while looking professional and clean. I cant wait to add the 70L to use in tandem for those bulkier trips!
Great travel bag
We bought these for a trip to use as a carry on. The pockets and size are great! The built in versatility to carry by hand, shoulder strap or as a backpack is a nice feature. We would recommend adding a key ring on the inside of the bag you can attach your Keyes to. We have had this in other bags and found it very useful.
Perfect Travel Bag
I have spent many years looking for a travel bag that can be used for everyday office work, trans-pacific travel, and occasional outdoor activity. The Black Hole Mini MLC is PERFECT! I just got back from a weeklong trip and this bag was perfect. So many helpful compartments and zippered areas for all your needs and travel items. I highly recommend.... Read More
Just used for trip
Just returned from 15 day trip to Egypt using this pack as my primary bag. My secondary bag was a small shoulder bag for day trips. My goal was to not check luggage so all clothing & gear had to fit in this bag. I managed, but the bag is a tad small so I had no room to spare. I have two suggestions to improve this pack (besides making the bag 2... Read More8 or 30 L). Most importantly, the large compartment needs compression straps like my larger MLC bag. The webbed closure just isnt enough to make zipping the entire pack closed easy. Second, I am only 5 feet tall so the long shoulder straps do no tighten sufficiently causing the pack to ride a bit low on my back. However the pack was still comfortable to carry through airports & streets. The pack fit perfectly in the overhead bins. I am not sure that it could slide under the seat. The zippers are made so that a small lock will slide in to them if the bag would need to be checked. Would your repair department add compression straps to my current bag?
Tear in the arm
Hello I bought this product a year ago. I am having issues with the arms ripping at the bottom seem. I have not put much weight in the bag maybe two textbooks by laptop and a notebook or two. I find it surprising its ripping as they advertise it as so durable. I would not recommend the quality is sub par and for the price its not worth it. It laste... Read Mored about a year and its on its last legs. I dont know what Patagonia can do about this. The quality of the bag is very nice but if I am not able to put it in my back then the purpose of the bag is purposeless.
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Excellent design and execution
Great desing, the designer of this bag hit it out of the pak! Great layout, very functional, and easy to carry. I have the 45L TLC and use it quite often. I got this smaller iteration to use as a carry on under seat option when flying. The dsigner of this bag The 45L then goes up in a storage bin. Has a great storage capacity for a smaller bag, gra... Read Moret pocket layout and accessibility. Only thing I wish it had is an exterior water bottle sleeve. Overall, great product, well designed and executed.
Great carry on bag
Im a global traveler and I have been for over 25yrs. My occupation as a professional Private Yacht Captain keeps me on the move jumping between most modes of transport especially boats of all shapes and sizes. Over the years I have gone through a lot of travel bags. I started using Patagonias duffel bags a few years back and was sold on the durabi... Read Morelity, styling, toughness and ability to adapt with the backpack straps if needed. I recently purchased a new Black Hole Mini MLC bag for my carry on and day to day and this is were my letter comes in. The design and thought that has gone into this bag is perfect It is set out exactly in the way I would of designed it my self. Room for a computer and iPad in the back, great storage for Sparkie e over night cloths in cases things go a miss like my current travel itinerary or luggage () then the documents section in a separate compartment and on top of that one more easy to get to pocket for, well these days it seams face masks, hand sanitizers and sanity pills The backpack straps or side carry is great and of course strong handles and a place to clip water bottles and another bag to if needed is perfect. So thats it, great bags, I love this new Black Hole Mini MLC and Patagonia is my go to for travel bags. Thank you for making a great product Captn Paul
Briefcase/backpack is true to size and the color is as represented on the website. Very functional case with multitudes of pockets of many sizes and configurations. Laptop sleeve on the back is easily accessible and provides excellent protection. Interior pockets of all kinds, small, large, open, zippered. Only thing missing is one deep enough for ... Read Moremy lunch bag to fit easily. Handle and shoulder strap are both comfortable and ergonomic. Looking forward to using in upcoming air travel as the personal bag with lots of room.
I love this bag and all the pockets and zippers. The shoulder straps are not bulky when stole the way and the bag really holds a lot more gear than you initially think. The only thing thats missing is a couple mesh bags on the outside to carry a coffee mug and stuff you just wanna put away quickly when going through airport security. Maybe the next... Read More version will have it.
So close, but not as great as I'd like
I have been using a Patagonia "Captain's Bag" as my small carry on for many years and it's still in great shape. Unfortunately it did not come with a sleeve to allow it to fit over the handle of rolling luggage. I bought this product because it had a sleeve. It's a good bag. However, the use of zippered storage compartments... Read More in the main compartment makes it harder for me to use than if it was just one compartment. Other than that, great bag.
Great travel bag
I was looking for a comfortable and well-sized carry-on bag for travel and this Black Hole Mini MLC has not disappointed. Size-wise, it easily fits under a seat on an airplane and isn't overly large to carry around in the airport. The options of shoulder strap and backpack are appreciated, and I most especially like the number of compartments!... Read More The look is stylish without being obnoxious and suitable for travel or work. Others mentioned the lack of a water bottle pocket and I agree it would be convenient--I clipped mine with a carabiner in the end, which wasn't a bad alternative. All in all, very pleased with my purchase!
I Feel Like Mary Poppins
This is my first Black Hole bag, so I don't have a point of reference, but if this is the "mini" bag...I can't imagine how much space the standard one has! There are SO many hidden pockets and compartments in this bag & it is so versatile with the adjustable shoulder strap / optional backpack straps. I am using this bag as ... Read Morea work / gym bag combo so I can go straight to work out after work without having to stop at home. The blue color is so nice & unique, but also seems to go with pretty much everything.
Just not for me
This bag is extremely well constructed. No complaints about that! I bought to take as a carry-on for a recent trip. It held all my 'stuff' (sans computer) but once packed, it was bulkier than I expected and it would not fit under the airline seat in front of me. There were so many zippered pockets that I lost track of what went where. G... Read Moreood product but did not meet my particular need.
Thanks for your feedback, Victoria! And we're sorry to hear this wasn't the right choice for you. We'd be happy to help find the a backpack that suits your needs when you give us a call at 800-638-6464 or chat with us live on http://Patagonia.com. In the meantime, feel free to [return](https://www.patagonia.com/returns.html) this at your earliest convenience.
Just call me Mary Poppins
I used this bag for the first time recently for a three-day weekend wedding and was shocked at the amount that I could fit in here. I packed my suit and dress shoes, casual clothes, and plenty of other electronics and accessories without issue. My friends balked at what they thought was light packing, but changed their tune when I had everything t... Read Morehat they needed as well. "Oh, you want some tunes for the BnB? BOOM! here's a bluetooth speaker." "Oh, your phones are dead? BAM! Here's a portable battery with two usb ports" "What's that, you'd like to borrow my laptop? SKADOOSH! Don't worry, I've also got my tablet" Don't sleep on this bag. It's got your back. Literally.
Perfect Regional Jet Carry-On
Doing more weekend getaways and flights on regionals I wanted a bag that'd be easy to fit in smaller spaces - my standard luggage fits in overheads on a 737 or A320 but not an RJ. This has been great. Room to spare for a weekend getaway, and fits under-seat or in an overhead. If you're good with packing and traveling light, you can manag... Read Moree a week at the beach with this much volume. Highly recommend.
New fav from black hole line
I absolutely positively LOVE this bag. The size is perfect for work travel, but it also makes a great weekender bag, and perhaps most importantly, THE BEST PERSONAL ITEM TO EVER BRING ON AIRPLANES. I purchased my first mini on a layover in Dallas after my personal item's strap broke in the airport. When my gaze caught this bag, I knew it was t... Read Morehe perfect replacement. Starting with the exterior, I am a huge fan of the material featured in the black hole line. It's durable and practical. On this product in particular, I love the multiple straps and handles. This makes breezing through the airport and accessing essentials easy, especially when toting several black hole bags at once (or when slid onto a rolling suitcase using that brilliantly designed convertible pocket!). The interior has plenty of storage space with ample pockets of various sizes and closing styles (zip, velcro, etc). This really is just my favorite new bag. It's the perfect size, style, and color for me, and I hope you love yours as much as I do mine!
Mini Black hole
I love this backpack. All of the compartments open up almost entirely so you are not digging for things and each compartment offer organization pouches that help you stay organized and efficient. Is does not have a water bottle side pouch and there is not padding for the bottom of your laptop. I just pushed the shoulder strap down in there. I am ve... Read Morery pleased and very proud because we went to Patagonia in 2018 and it was spectacular! I will buy this product again.
Even better than expected!
Love the design. Bought it for a daily laptop work bag tote, great for that. Took it for an overnight work trip. One overnight, airplane trip. Was able to fit all my work stuff and laptop, as well as clothes and other items needed for one night hotel stay. Fit in the overhead easily on a very small plane. Great bag for a daily laptop tote to the of... Read Morefice, or for an overnight or two and laptop stow. Abalone, love the color!
Great for lightweight travel needs!!
I bought this bag for a 10 day trip to Croatia. Perfect size. Fit easily underneath the airplane seat, worked well with my packing cubes. Love all the pockets and zippers. Looking forward to many years of use! Two changes I would make: add a little mesh pocket to the outside to shove trash in or a phone or something small fast. Other change would... Read More be adding some extra material to the top so that when there are items in the main compartment and in the second compartment it's not incredibly hard to zip up, because presently that can be a challenge!
Just what I needed!
The size of the bag was perfect for my travel needs. I was hoping for a not-too-big, not-too-small bag for traveling and this was great. The product, at first sight, was apparently very compact, but as I filled it up, it turned out to have more space than I expected. I LOVED the amount of storage it had inside (little compartments everywhere) and t... Read Morehe only difficulty I had was carrying items I needed on hand when traveling, which is not the case when I use it for work or other purposes. Aesthetically, the bag is awesome and I like the ethical and environmental factors considered by the company. Overall, totally recommend it!
Great All Purpose/Weekend Bag
Really awesome bag, we've been waiting for something this size from Patagonia for a long time. Great design, love that there are so many carry options, and the webbing and organization inside is perfect. We do weekend getaways and a roller bag is usually too much space for us. This bag fits enough for both of us for 2-3 days with plenty of s... Read Moretorage space. I usually use the backpack mode to carry, so can't comment on the shoulder strap style. So far the handles have been good, and hope that they don't tear like other reviews mentioned but time will tell. Will probably be taking this and standard backpack on a lot of trips from now on.
Everything was perfect except straps
I own the full size MLC, two Patagonia laptop bags, a 32l backpack and 3 duffels including the 120l. Needless to say, I'm a fan. Since interisland carryon space is getting smaller here in Hawai'i, I treated myself to the mini MLC. It was perfect, pockets and features exactly where I wanted them. Great size for an EDC work bag and travel b... Read Moreag. I had maybe 7 lbs of work gear in it and the strap split in half by the bottom attachment point on the second wearing. I have used all of my other Patagonia Black Hole bags well beyond what I probably should have carry-wise and that has never happened. Sadly returned it and will reorder when this issue is resolved.
The diaper bag you never knew you needed
Living in Hawaii and expecting our first in May. The hunt was real for a bag that checked all the boxes for a diaper bag that could handle the elements of our island lifestyle: sand, mud, humidity, rain, sunshine, etc. Also living out here can make returns challenging. But with Patagonia stores here on Oahu, there is peace of mind knowing that if s... Read Moreomething were to malfunction, we can talk to an actual human and get it repaired/replaced. The backpack straps to side carrier are perfect for the versatile needs of parent life. The mesh pockets help keep things organized without needing extra packing cubes or bags. The only thing it's missing is an insulated pocket for the snacks/breastmilk and we'd be a match made in heaven. I know this review is very specific, but that is just what our needs were: specific; and hard to match with all the other branded diaper bags that just didn't make the cut. Excited to use this as our baby's travel bag as he gets older. It's the diaper bag that he'll be able to use for life. Thank you!
Ive been looking for a new diaper bag. I had a traditional bag and was always digging through it looking for something. This is perfect! Just enough compartmentalization for pacifiers, spoons, meds, burp cloths, face masks, diapers cloths, bottles, etc. Also, since I often toss my wallet and keys in the bag, its easy to find everything. Definitely ... Read Moreloving this bag. Got it in Black and looks SUPER nice!!!!
This is well made and a great buy. For comparison, I've been using Red Oxx and Topo Design; in the past, I had Brenthaven and Mission Workshop. All those cost more. I'm writing just to make one observation. For some time, I belonged to the cult of "one bag." Then I realized for almost all my real travel, two bags are better. He... Read Morere is my reasoning. This bag, I use for everyday carry. One of those 40L monster bags is just absurd for around town, and there's unused space. When I go overseas, however, I always want a day bag anyway. I rarely stay someplace where I feel compelled to take everything with me everywhere; I'm not that type of traveler (but admire those who are, i.e., outdoors all the time or in adventuresome settings). So I decided one bag plus is better. I can use this bag and a duffle bag (I have a nice, small Tumi). This bag is all the everyday carry stuff, even when I'm on the road; then I throw a couple of days of clothes and a toiletry kit into the supplement. The only two things about this bag you might not like. First, it is soft and unstructured, and if you pack it full you might not be thrilled. It was not designed with the carry comfort as the top priority. It's in the middle of the range, not the worst, in this regard. Second, depending on your professional settings, it's a bit shinier and with a logo, than some more discreet business-like options.
I love Patagonia.. their products are always excellent. I needed a new backpack, I got one from them in 2017 and it was time for a new one. I love this one because it has so many pockets. Its perfect for traveling and for work! The fun thing is you can use it many different ways. Its worth every penny. I love it.
Is Comfortable and Organized
I purchased this bag for going on short 1-2 day work trips. I am able to fit a change of clothes, a smaller pair of shoes, toiletry kit, pajamas, extra socks and underwear, my laptop (my 11" and 15" laptops both fit fine, though the 15" is probably max size for the pocket), Nintendo Switch, Kindle, Phone and laptop charger, watch, pe... Read Morens, and a bunch of other little miscellaneous things. It's a perfect bag for the airport as well--especially the zip down laptop sleeve so you don't have to put your laptop in the bin. Pros: -- All the zippers slide really well -- There is a purpose built pocket for everything (laptop, phone, tablet) and little zipper pockets to organize as much as you would like. If you know what pocket something is in, you can find it in the dark. No digging around in one huge pocket. -- It's honestly one of the most comfortable packs I've ever worn, even packed out to 15 lbs. -- The shoulder straps fold into the back sleeve, which is nice for having to cram the bag into spaces where the straps might get hung up. -- The outer coating is water resistant. A light rain or short exposure to heavy rain isn't going to soak the bag. Cons: -- It takes a while to navigate the bag. I've opened the wrong zippered compartment on multiple occasions trying to get into another one. -- The zippered compartments on the inside of the largest compartment are very small and can hardly hold 2 pairs of underwear without bulging out. They don't seem as functional as they could be. -- If the bag isn't packed relatively full it doesn't hold its form very well and might slump over. Final thoughts: I was on the fence about buying the bigger MCL versus this one, and I'm glad I got this one. It's the perfect size for short excursions or trips to the airport where it's smart to have some backup clothes and entertainment for the flight. It's small shape fits well under airline seats and if you zip the straps into the back you wont be tripping over them while seated. If you are looking for a bag that can sustain a weeklong trip, this bag probably wont be able to fit all that you require. The comfort of wearing this bag and knowing where everything in my bag is and being able to get there within 2 zips is what earns this bag 5 stars.
Straps Continuously Fail
I wanted to like this bag so much. The very first time I packed the bag and picked it up, the backpack clip strap ripped off. Patagonia customer service is truly excellent and they sent me another immediately in exchange. However, upon my first use of the new bag, the backpack clip strap ripped off again, this time in the middle of the airport. I&#... Read Morex27;m sad to say I had to just get a refund and research other brands for a bag on par with this one. It's been challenging to find a bag I like as much; but I just can't trust it to not fail again structurally.
I have previously used the larger Black Hole Pack 32L for my everyday work needs as well as weekend trips both hiking and traveling via air. My biggest hang up with that pack was the lack of separate compartments to better organize my items, especially pens, pencils, and items for every day work use. This pack solves just that by providing an abund... Read Moreant amount of compartments as well as being more acceptable as a daily work bag with secureable spots for pens and little items. The ability to easily switch between a backpack and shoulder bag also make this super convenient. My only wish for this pack would be to incorporate a mesh exterior pocket that could be used for a water bottle during backpack mode...and to make it compatible with shoulder mode, Patagonia could outfit the elastic band with a zipper that you could use to secure something in it during shoulder mode or leave open during back pack mode for water bottles.
I had tried (in vain) to find the perfect bag for my needs traveling to and from the office. I live primarily in a car based city, so did not need to worry about a cycling commuter bag, but needed an appropriately sized item to carry a laptop and its accessories, but also gym clothes, shoes, toiletries and a water bottle. The clamshell design separ... Read Moreates the workout clothes from the work stuff (also using black hole cubes) PERFECTLY and the whole thing doesnt end up being gigantic. Finally found a commuter bag that is perfect for my needs.
PERFECT Weekend Travel Bag
I'm a huge nerd when it comes to packing for traveling. I travel a lot for short trips while working for NOLS or attending conferences. There are times when I can pack very minimally but don't have the luggage to actually keep my bags compact. I bought this bag and immediately fell in love. There are so many organizational to use with ver... Read Morey few unnecessarily large accessory pockets which would have you searching for small items that you coudn't easily separate. For a Fri-Mon weekend trip, I'll pack a toiletry bag, three pairs of underwear, three pairs of socks, three T-shirts, one or two button-ups, a pair of shorts and/or pants, a USB charger, two lightning cables, a usb mini cable, a couple of pens, at least my ipad and at most my macbook/charger, and maybe a couple of other small items. I usually have room for another pair of shoes if I needeed in the main clothing compartment. There are so many pockets that allows me to separate small items yet keep them very accessible. Fully zipped up, this bag is smaller than my roller carry-on with which I have yet to fly on an aircraft where I couldn't stow it. This bag stows very well on aircraft. The shoulder straps are very ergonomic and store very cleanly and easily. It is a very handsome bag and has a fairly low profile on your back. Being a Black Hole bag, the exterior is very sleek looking and will most likely hold up for years to come. I've only had this bag for a short period of time but I've had other Black Hole bags for several years now. I can't praise this bag enough!
Creative Packing Options
I have been waiting a while for production to resume on this fantastic little gem of a bag! It's so versatile and great for many uses. Lately I have been using it for strategic local surf trips and all of the compartments/sections give me the ability to put everything I would take on an international trip into this little bag! Highly recommend... Read More!
Backpack Strap Failure.
I spent over 15 years using various versions of the critical mass and half mass designs. I've always appreciated all of the thoughtfulness the designers have put into design changes and tweaks that make daily use even more practical. That being said switching from those messenger shoulder bags to the MCL was a slight adjustment but took to it ... Read Morepretty quickly. Overall great bag design. I feel it suffers from multitasking identity crisis. My backpack strap failed the other morning. The failure happened past the lower buckle at the anchor point which is nested inside the pack. The bag is only several months old. In comparison the over the shoulder strap is still 100% fine as it is made up of a much thicker strap with much better reinforcement at each anchor point. Is this a clamshelf shoulder bag that can sort of be a backpack or vice versa. The over the shoulder/landscape orientation seems to be the primary use scenario as some pockets only are optimal to open if it were laid flat (clamshell) and not on the fly as a backpack. Then in a confusing turn of the logic the laptop compartment seems to be primarily considered in the backpack vertical orientation. Most importantly for context in a post covid world I find myself usingmy bag in backpack mode and less inclined to lay open my bag on public or shared surfaces. I've since ordered a replacement because overall i think it's still a great bag. I hope the next design iteration addresses some of these issues.
On the road again!
Ive used the original mlc for many years and it has served me well on trips all over the world. It taught me to travel light. When I saw the mini mlc I new I had to test it out. Im in the middle of my first trip since this virus thing hit. Im kind of an organizer Type person. This bag does it all as a personal item. It specs out just slightly bigge... Read Morer than most airlines allow for your personal item but its soft and will fit in the sizer used by most airlines. Durable material and construction - it will last as long as you do. My only SUGGESTION is that a water bottle net be added at the end of the bag that would be the bottom when worn as a back pack.
I really wanted to give this a 5 star rating. Sizing is perfect for a few days tops. Tons of pockets. I appreciate the clam shell opening and the light grey interior makes looking for my stuff real easy. Im petite but it sits comfortably on my back. I got the black and it just looks burley and tough, however and this is why it gets a star taken awa... Read Morey, my FIRST day of using this bag, literally just packing it for the first time, I see a deep scratch mark on the top of the bag. Huge eye sore. Dont know where it came from. I have a few black hole bags that have been abused for years and the material still looks new. Im worried what this bag might look like in a month. Maybe its just the black color? Another con, while zipping the middle compartment, the zipper does not smoothly go around the edges, Ive got to tug on the zippers harder to pass the corners. Im keeping it cause I like every other aspect about it.
Hi Jimmi, if your Black Hole continues to get scratched and you're unhappy with the look of it, please feel free to initiate a return under our Ironclad Guarantee. You can begin your return here, https://www.patagonia.com/returns.html. Also, a great trick for sticky zippers is bar soap. Lightly rub the bar soap against the closed zipper, this should help to ease the glide.
Excellent UnderSeat bag for Airline travel
It can be a challenge when the airlines in South America and Europe decide to enforce their weight and size limitations for carry-on luggage. My solution for travel in these markets has been the discontinued Patagonia Headway 45-liter MLC for the overhead bin (similar to todays Tres MLC 45L), and an old Patagonia 27-liter backpack for under the sea... Read Moret. I recently purchased a 26L Black Hole Mini MLC to replace the backpack, mainly became of the versatility I have experienced with the 45L MLC. It is proving to be much better than the backpack, especially when used as a standalone bag on short trips. The TSA-approved computer sleeve unzips and folds flat, which actually makes it perfect for packing up to six folded shirts as well as my 13" laptop. The main zippered compartment is much easier to pack and access when compared to my backpack. On the front there is a compartment big enough to hold all of your electronics and a good number of folders. This is where I like to carry my laptop which I carry in a separate padded sleeve. Finally the outer zippered pocket holds airline tickets, passports or anything that you need to reach quickly. My only complaint is with the shoulder strap - it has no grip and slides right off unless you carry it like a messenger bag. Rather than deal with the slick shoulder strap, I just pull out the backpack straps and easily hang the bag from one shoulder. There is an advantage to this since you gain some space by not stowing the two backpack straps. Overall this a handy underseat bag - more functional than a briefcase or small backpack.
Generally good design but put off by some quirks
Up front, I want to say that I decided not to purchase this bag after examining it at the Patagonia store, and here's why. I'm looking for luggage that would qualify for a "personal item" on a flight and the Mini MLC seems to fit the bill. I like the overall design and capaciousness. I like the backpack, shoulder bag, briefcas... Read Moree versatility. I don't need anything bigger because I have a carry-on bag on wheels. As a travel bag, I want to access stuff from the top end of the bag when it's in the overhead compartment on a plane or on the floor between my legs. Oddly, all the compartments inside this bag have zippers on the bottom of the pouches when the bag is in an upright (backpack position). They would be hard to reach and open, and everything would fall out when they're open. Beyond that, I have a couple of suggestions: 1) Does the bag need a separate laptop compartment? Unless on business, don't most people carry tablets and not laptops? A separate compartment adds weight and useless (to some of us) space. 2) Consider making the bag no more than 18 inches on its longest length. That would sit better on most people's backs.
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A well-designed hybrid bag
Point blank, this is a great bag, and if you’re looking for a small, quality travel/weekend/everyday bag, you should probably buy one. I really like the ability to choose how you carry the thing. The straps and clips easily hide away, and the bag looks super clean regardless of what “mode” it’s in. The material of the bag looks/feels great, and th... Read Moree zippers are really satisfying to use. I've been caught in a rain with this bag many times, and my stuff always stays dry. The main compartment has plenty of space for at least a weekend’s worth of clothing and toiletries. The zipped laptop compartment works well, but I've also used it to hold larger items of clothing (folded jeans/hoodie/light jacket) when I didn’t need my computer . There are two minor issues that I have with the bag. While I think an external water bottle pocket wouldn’t really work on a bag like this, I would appreciate a way to get into the main compartment without unzipping the whole bag and the mesh divider. Having the option to quickly stow something like a water bottle inside would be helpful. Finally, I do agree with some other reviewers that the branding all over the bag is slightly excessive. Overall, this is a well-designed bag that should last for a very long time.
I have both sizes, and my wife always steals them!
This is the prefect work travel bag for a laptop, some files, charging cords, water bottle, snacks, book, headphones. fits under the seat back, is easy to organize, easy to carry. I'd take it on every work trip except my wife usually steals it first.
Superb Travel Pack
This bag is a great travel bag. Both the storage options and size are perfect for anything from a day trip to a light multi-day excursion. The bag is well thought out and seems to have a compartment or pocket for everything! I look forward to using it in the many different ways it allows for.
It’s a work bag, a carry-on, a backpack, it’s a hiking bag, it’s a commuter bag, it’s a lightweight camping bag, it’s waterproof, it’s ethically made, it’s made with so much thought and care in the design... it’s so many things at the same time - and I can’t wait to pass it on to the next generation one day since Patagonia makes things that last. T... Read Morehanks Patagonia. Loved it so much I bought another for my dad.
Great multi purpose briefcase / backpack
I use this bag for both work and pleasure. It is plenty roomy and has lots of compartments. I love that the backpack straps fold away. It has tons of protection for both my laptop and my iPad. The only thing that I’m not crazy about is the enormous logo on it. I feel like a walking billboard.
Air Travel Convenience
I visualized this a bit smaller and was shocked when it arrived. I thought if I filled it, it would be uncomfortable to carry. I was completely wrong, the size is PERFECT and the bag is surprisingly comfortable to carry. I’ve only been on 2 flights where it didn’t fit under the seat. I usually take it as carry-on, but was pleasantly surprised I cou... Read Moreld fit it and my mini messenger bag under the seat in from of me for most flights. I’m grateful for all of the pockets and the mesh divider that keeps everything secure. I’ve been able to use this as a travel bag and switch over to take it to meetings, such a game changer. Another great tool is that the back pack straps are attached and store within the lining, I have a duffel that I quickly misplaced a strap to, so I was thrilled that these are secure. This is honestly the best bag purchase I’ve ever made from Patagonia or any other brand. Now the debate if I need the larger version as well.
does the job
I fly a lot professionally so was looking for a decent looking but rugged small carry-on, and this fit the bill. Just took it to SE Asia, and seems robust enough thus far. I otherwise favor metal carry-ons as bulletproof, but they simply weigh too much if the airlines decide on a given day to enforce the 7 kg max for cabin baggage. My only suggesti... Read Moreon would have been to build in some expansion bellow or whatever, but this is basically just a rectangular box with a little padding.
Mini is better than the regular
The original Black Hole MLC, was in my opinion too big. When you wear the mini on your back the size is better suited when fully packed. Plus when you use it with the sling it looks more like a briefcase too. Its the perfect overnight bag with the mesh pockets inside for clothes and toiletries, with a laptop pocket, and other easy accessible pocke... Read Morets for books, wallet, passport, snacks or whatever else.
Love it! Only one tiny request...
Love the bag but really wish (Like others have noted) that it had a water/ side pocket. As someone who has used old versions of Pata messenger bags, I defaulted to using this for work after trading in an old backpack...hence the desire for that easy pocket to toss my office keys, granola bar, etc. without unzipping something.
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Great bag for work/travel
I bought the Mini MLC just ahead of a trip for work recently and have been very happy wit my the purchase. In addition to fitting my computer, a suit, and other assorted items, the MLC fit beneath the seat or in the tiny overhead compartment on the small plane I was on.
Perfect work/travel bag
This bag is exactly what I’m looking for in a work bag. It’s sleek and professional while still being rugged enough to handle whatever is thrown at it. I love that I can wear it as a crossbody or a backpack to free up my hands. The additional space is helpful to pack a change of clothes or things that won’t fit in my carry-on. I like the strap that... Read More slides over the handle on my roller bag, too! Very happy with this design and the quality.
Absolutely love the MLC Black Hole bags and was stoked to check out the new mini. Travel all the time, only gripe about the mini bag is the luggage sleeve. It’s a great feature but it does not perform well. The MLC bag does not stay secured to your luggage, the issue is the sleeve strap is too loose. I added another strap to eliminate this issue. A... Read Mores always..... I’m confident you guys will test, confirm and make the necessary improvements. Mahalo
best travel bag
I use this bag with my blackhole roller bag and I couldn't be any happier. I can carry everything I need, even if I'm on the road for over a week and I don't need to check a bag. I also use the Mini MLC everyday and I have plenty of room but when the bag isn't full it's very small, perfect for an every day bag. The pockets ... Read Moreare well designed, lot's of internal storage pockets and a great labtop compartment.
The Everyday Bag
I purchased this bag to use as an everyday bag. When I leave my house for the day I want to bring everything with me because it is inconvenient to make multiple trips back to the house. The fact that the bag turns into a backpack was the selling point for me because I got sick of carrying a duffel bag. With that being said I was debating between th... Read Moree 45L and the 26L. I opted for the 26L. So, when I wake up in the morning (not feeling like P.Diddy because I’m just a regular guy) I pack my military uniform, boots, my weightlifting shoes, a thick leather lifting belt, knee sleeves, wrist wraps, and a shaker. The main compartment fits my military boots and weightlifting shoes along with my uniform (granted, there was a bit of tetris-omg involved). I place the wrist wraps into a convenient compartment and the knee sleeves go into the front compartment. I got a bit creative with the weightlifting belt. The back of the bag has a sleeve to hook the bag onto luggage. Instead, I unzip that back flap and slide my weightlifting belt through it. By now the bag is so bloated the belt won’t go all the way around so I just grab some string and tie the belt together so it stays attached. But wait, I realized I forgot the shaker. Luckily, Patagonia included a hinge (I guess you could call it that?) on the left backpack strap to attach a carabiner which holds my shaker. At this point I have nearly exhausted all the compartments in the bag and it is quite bloated with all my gear. If you need to carry more things than what I listed here, I recommend getting the 45L. But if you’re looking for an everyday bag that has an impressive amount of space, look no further and buy the thing.
Quality "weekender" bag, a little heavy
I've used the bag for about a week now. The duffle and backpack versatility seems like a really useful feature so far. I'm currently using it for a short trip, but plan to use it as a gym bag in my day-to-day. There are lots of cool little organizer pockets built-in (though I'm not sure how much I'll actually utilize them). The ... Read Moreone drawback is that the bag is fairly heavy for its size.
Best. Travel. Bag. Ever.
This has become my favorite travel bag. Ever. Awesome that it has the luggage handle sleeve, can be shoulder bag, or a backpack. How great is that. Plenty of pockets and compartments to make it useful. Could be bigger, but if it was probably would defeat the purpose of a great addition to my rolley carry-on. Get on Patagonia!
Great Everyday/Weekend Bag
I bought this bag for two specific uses. I use it daily for my laptop bag, carrying a 15.6" laptop (I think it could fit one slightly larger than that, potentially 17") to work everyday. I also has an excellent spot for a phone, some charging cables, a book or notepad, and my iPad. It almost has TOO MUCH storage space for everyday (which ... Read Moreis why I chose the 26L vs. the 45L) for a daybag but I don't mind the extra bulk as my walk isn't far. Where the bag SHINES is as a travel/weekend bag. Including toiletries, I can pack 3-4 days worth of clothes in this thing (along with my laptop/work stuff). It fits very easily in overhead storage for flights so you don't have to be separated from anything. It is enough storage for getting away for a weekend or having multi-day work travel. On the downside, after having this item only a week the "patagonia" sign on the side of it has already had one of the letters rub off. That was a bummer. Also, the description states that the laptop pouch unzips out so you don't have to remove the laptop from the bag to go through security screening. This is entirely true, however most airport security forces you to put bags into a bin and since this unfolds lengthwise versus widthwise, it will not fit into any of the bins they require you to put it in (so I still have to take the laptop out of the bag). If they redesign it, having the laptop fold out on the vertical versus horizontal axis could possibly allow it to fit into the bins. Otherwise, this is a great bag that fits 95% of my needs.
Great All Around Player!
I am excited to have a laptop travel bag with backpack capability AND luggage carrier sleeve. That combination is super useful. The tablet sleeve fits the standard iPad profile, laptop pocket works with the 15"MBP, and cell phone pocket works well with iPhone Xr. The pockets work well for my use case and there is enough room inside for all the... Read More computer accessories, headphones, water bottle, paper files, note book, extra computer, and a change of clothes. Unfortunately all of that is a standard load on my travels and this is the right bag. The rugged and easy to clean outer shell is great for getting kicked under a seat or placed in the overhead. I like the looks because it doesn't have the "I just came off a 10 pitch epic" backpack look, yet retains a unique style, all weather finish, and multi use capability. Travels can have their own 10 pitch epics at times and this piece definitely helps get one through. Really happy to have this bag.
Changed my idea of what a bag can be
Awesome awesome awesome. I've had some really great bags from big outdoor & commuter brands, but this one far away takes the cake. Tons of compartments, quality zippers that easily open/close with one hand, durable feel, and lightweight. It ended up being amazing enough that my wife bought the exact same bag.
Black Hole Mini MLC 26L works great
I had wanted the real mini messenger bag, 12L but it is no longer available so settled for the 26L. It is really roomy and you can definitely use it for an overnight. It fits great over the handle of my Patagonia roll on and is a great carry on extra piece, especially for longer trips. I would love a smaller version for shorter trips
Absolutely The PERFECT Bag!
I bought this bag for travel and it is unbelievably perfect. It has tons of pockets (including a padded laptop pouch), holds so much gear, fits perfectly on every plane, makes TSA a breeze, is totally spill-proof, and it even converts from a messenger to a backpack. I am so excited to use it for years of adventures to come!
Not the son of LBC
I did not love the mini-MLC. I dearly wanted to but it was an easy decision to send it back. “Maximum legal carry-on” is not an actual term of art. The requirements vary by airline, sometimes widely. In general, there’s a US standard and a smaller international standard, usually expressed in linear dimensions. The venerable Patagonia MLC, which ... Read Morepractically invented the convertible one bag category, is sized in its various incarnations for the US standard. I love the MLC and am travelling in the Azores right now with an ancient version that has seen a lot of miles. Years ago, Patagonia briefly sold a smaller version of the original MLC, called the LBC (“Little Brother Carryon”) sized, I think, for international carry-on specs. I was hoping that the new mini-MLC would be like the old LBC: a simple convertible travel bag. Unfortunately, the bag is seriously over featured and, as a result, too heavy unloaded. For the mini-MLC, Patagonia copied the structure of their latest MLC with all of its flaps and zippers and pockets with pockets and other organization features. On a bigger bag these are a matter of taste: I prefer a plainer bag because I like to use my own ditty bags for organization. But on a small bag these features don’t scale down: they overwhelm the mini-MLC with complexity and weight. And the mini-MLC is astonishingly, shockingly, small. The linear measurements that the airlines use are better expressed I think as volumetric measures. The international standard is around 40 liters, the US standard is something like 45-48 liters. I’d like to see Patagonia make a simple bag in the 40 liter size, even a bit smaller. The mini-MLC at 27 liters is just too small, especially with the overwhelming complexity that was copied from the regular version.
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Great Travel Bag
This is a wonderful bag for travel for short trips or as a carry on for longer ones. I understand that this bag is supposed to take the place of the black hole messenger bags. While this bag is well suited for travel, it's not as good as the messenger bag for everyday commutes. Please consider reintroducing a black hole messenger bag. I have... Read More the 12L mini messenger which is great and would love to add a larger one like the old 24L. thank you for designing wonderful products that i am proud to own.
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