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Just buy it already
Seriously, stop questioning and buy it! This is the second MLC Mini bag I have owned, I upgraded from the original version (which was awesome too). I use this bag for absolutely everything and have not been disappointed. The upgrades from the old bag (moved organization space, added cupholder and hip belt, material isn't glossy anymore, and mo... Read Morere) are incredible and this bag is absolutely worth the cost. This bag goes with me to work, it's my suitcase when traveling, I use it for day hikes, and even for groceries sometimes. I cannot recommend this bag enough.
Great bag to use as personal item on flights
I have a large (40L) travel backpack and wanted to find a smaller one to use as my "personal item" bag that had to meet several criteria. First, I wanted a backpack that wasn't overstuffed with padded compartments, because at 30L I need to maximize the useable interior space. Similarly, I didn't want the pack to be too "ri... Read Moregid" in case I'd need to stuff it into a space that was technically smaller than its stated dimensions (like under a plane seat). I also wanted a few big exterior pockets for quick access to the "small" stuff (passport, earbuds, phone, etc). Finally, I didn't need an excessive harness system, as 30L will only get so heavy. This backpack covered all those needs, and does so in a simple, attractive, and lightweight design. It maximizes its useable dimensions, with only the back & laptop sleeve being lightly padded. Its structure is soft/flexible enough that it could be squashed into a smaller area if not packed to bursting. The top exterior pocket is great for emptying my pockets when going through security. And the harness system is simple and comfortable without being overengineered. The material feels really solid both inside and out, and I really appreciate the single large bucket for ease of packing. If I were to nitpick, I'd only change a few things with the Mini MLC. First, the vertical clamshell opening is a bit annoying, and doesn't seem to serve any benefit versus horizontal. Second, the full-length zip on the laptop/media compartment is unnecessary; security is just going to make you take the laptop out anyway. Finally, I'd love if they used more weatherproof zippers throughout the exterior. All that said, I just really love this pack overall, and would easily recommend it to anyone looking for a smaller travel backpack that prefers something more streamlined than overdesigned.
Perfect Carry On!
I wanted a backpack compact enough to take traveling and something where I could overpack (as one does) and not worry about sitting on my bag to close it. It fits so much!! And bonus - you can fit it under the seat in front of you as a personal item (its a little long, but you can definitely make it work).
Bulletproof for traveling
I purchased the 30 liter Black Hole Mini MLC specifically for overseas travel. I just returned from 30 days traveling in Laos and Thailand. This included a 10 day shallow draft boat trip down the upper Laotian Mekong where I got on and off the boat several times a day and where being gentle on luggage was an impossibility. This bag was water resist... Read Moreant enough to keep out light rain and is built like steel. I slung it over a shoulder and used the backpack straps. In all cases, though it was loaded with 20 lbs of gear and clothing, road comfortably. Mud and slime wash off the fabric with ease and there is no sign of wear. If this bag ever wears out, I would replace it with the same.
Perfect travel personal item
So excited to get this for plane travel. Unlike some, it has all the needed pocket sizes. If I were to change anything, I would put the shoulder strap on the other side so the zippers are in front of you since a majority of people are right hand dominant and will carry on the right shoulder. It'll be less pickpocket secure that way.
Beautiful and versatile
I love this bag for its size and efficiency. The front pockets hold clothing and other necessities; the back pocket is perfect for my laptop and other valuables. I especially love that I can use it as a pack or sling it over my shoulder. Of course, I can count on everything being high quality, zippers, fabric, etc.
Very good pack... some changes would be good
There is a lot of love about this pack - it fits a 5'3" woman which is surprising. It has a waist belt which many of these travel packs do not. The material is durable and the pack is reasonably light. What I would change: The pack flips open vertically, rather than open like a book. I can not see any reason for this and I really don... Read More7;t like it - it's counterintuitive and strange. The same goes for the laptop part of the pack. you have to peel it back all the way to get to all the functionality. And, for someone who likes things ultra-light, it feels over-constructed with two highly padded pockets. Overall though, well designed.
Business and Leisure / Urban and Rural
This bag has served me extremely well over a variety of situations: business travel, leisure travel, urban environments and rural environments. Having said that, here are a few very, very picky thing that I want to point out. First, one needs to keep in mind that a pair of men's shoes (size 10-11) is going to take up a substantial amount of sp... Read Moreace. If an extra pair of (men's) shoes is needed for your travel needs, then please consider a larger bag. Second, there is compression panel in the main compartment. To me, this panel is not helpful and the main access flap is adequate for compressing. Zipping & unzipping the compression panel seems unnecessary and is an inconvenience. Finally, I had two situations where I had to walk 1.5 and 2.5 miles with the bag on my back. It worked out extremely well. It was almost like a technical pack with no back, shoulder, or neck problems. Having said that, I'm wondering if there is a way to have the waist belt (which very smartly converts into a shoulder strap) have a more robust attachment to the bag. Over time, I found that the bag started to sag on the waist belt, like a pair of loose pants. Also, I found that the sternum strap attachment points were too high for me. I'm not that tall and the lowest attachment points were almost near my neck. Once again, this is an excellent bag and I highly recommend it for a variety of travel situations. Thanks.
Close to perfect
This is an amazingly versatile bag that works really well for my travel laptop bag. As a backpack, it's perfect. As a shoulder bag, the one issue is that the water bottle pocket is on the bottom, which is inconvenient and the bottle can get dirty when putting the bag down. I realize you can't put it on top where the handle is, but perhaps... Read More add a second water bottle pocket on the side when it's used as a shoulder bag? There's space there and no handle.
My hardest working bag ever!
This is the best (large) backpack. It does grocery hauling duties through the week, is my weekender (and bike race) travel pack, and works as the perfect personal item companion to a carry-on roller (as long as it isn't stuffed full it fits great under the seat sideways as its height matches the width of the planes seats). It's also light... Read More enough that its my coffee shop with a laptop bag or campus visit bag too, leaving me ample room to go shopping or stuff a layer. The straps all distribute weight so well that its hauled heavy bike parts home where the mechanic was amazed it all fit inside.
Fantastic everyday and travel companion
I've been looking at this bag for years and finally bit the bullet, ordering the black colorway. This bag is the perfect layout for a commuter day bag, flight bag, or weekender road trip bag. It's extremely versatile, you can carry it as a briefcase or wear it as a backpack with or without chest and waist straps. It's built very robu... Read Morestly, and looks adventurous and grown up at the same time. However you use this bag, whether flying across the country in sweats or driving through Yellowstone in hiking gear, this bag will adapt and rise to the occasion perfectly.
One Bag Travel Wonder
This bag is a successful replacement (addition) to my 30 year old Patagonia Little Brother Carry-on. The old bag has has up well, I just wanted something a little more updated as far as organization. The Mini MLC worked out perfectly for three weeks of one bag travel in Europe. It holds several days of clothes as well as some outer layers. There is... Read More room to spare for toiletries, compact camera, chargers, outlet adapters, etc. It was a joy to carry through airports and train stations and fit easily into whatever bin I had use of. My only regret is that I am unlikely to be around another 30 years for my next bag update.
Black Hole Mini
This pack is great for any/everything travel related or for everyday use! There are plenty of storage options and compartmentalization within this pack. It easily carries a laptop up to 16”, and tablet as well. On top of that, there’s plenty of compartments within the laptop pocket for pens, pencils, cords, toiletries, etc. In the main, front zippe... Read Morered compartment, there is plenty of storage for clothes, shoes, gear, or anything extra you would want to put in the pack. This main compartment has a zippered, mesh flap for keeping clothes tidy, which easily stows away if not using. Adding to these features, this pack allows you to carry is as a backpack, duffle or briefcase, offering great versatility. Overall, this is a great pack for travel, commuting, or everyday use. And being made out of recycled TPU, it’s durability will never fail either.
Clumsy & not practical
I bought the smaller version of this travel pack-the 35L. It was too small for 3-4 weeks of galavanting. Thought this might work. Its way too big for me. Its also focused too much on electronics with not as many pockets for clothes, etc. it doesnt hug the body, like a woman-sized pack does. Have to say though, the fabric & zippers seems super d... Read Moreuper durable. Im returning.
Hi Jane, thank you for providing this review. The MLC comes in two sizes: the larger 45L and this smaller 30L. We're sorry the 30L was too big and too tech-focused for you. If you're looking for a travel pack to hold clothes, with less emphasis on laptops, etc., you might prefer the Fieldsmith Packs, or even the Ultralight Black Hole Tote Pack. Please let us know if we can be of any help in picking out a replacement, and in the meantime, please feel free to [return](https://www.patagonia.com/returns.html) this one (or reach out to our Customer Service Team for help in doing that as well).
Rumors are true
This is bag is truly as good as they say and I understand why it's constantly sold out. After researching tons of carry on style backpacks, I purchased it for my husband who travels multiple times per month for work. He can fit a weeks worth of clothes and all of his work gear (IT so lots of cables and tools!) easily and neatly. He loves that ... Read Morehe only has to bring one bag now. He takes his clothes and toiletries out at the hotel and just bring the bag to the worksite without any extra organizing. Fits great in the overhead bin and is plenty durable. Absolutely going to get one for myself!
Best versatile pack
I chose the Patagonia Black Hole Mini MLC 30L after an intense benchmark study of all the sustainable backpacks on the market that could be used for travel and short hikes alike. I am very glad of my pick, as this backpack just checks all the boxes and is very versatile. The zip goes all around the body of the pack, allowing you to open it fully wh... Read Moreich is so handy to store your clothes nicely folded and keep things organized. All the smaller compartments also help with the organization, and the water bottle external net is a must have! I even use it to go to work since it has a laptop sleeve. My only improvement suggestion is to make it waterproof or provide a rain cover. Trusting the Patagonia quality, I feel like I will never need any other backpack in my life. Best investment ever!
Hi, This has been one of my favorite bags and perfect when coupled with the rolling duffel for travel. My only knock is the top zipper pocket opens up not down when attached to the rolling duffel allowing your valuables, gear, accessories etc to fall out. Reversing the zipper to zip down to open/access would solve this issue.
Easy hand free carry on flexible bag.
Fit my queen size pillow, light blanket, 2 days,2 nites clothing, toiletry, towel, hat, tablet and USB charger cord, snacks. Water bottle.Has space to spare. Due to short torso,has to pull straps to adjust pack to hang on shoulders, ending up with long straps hanging over shoulders at front, wish for a gadget to roll excess and tidy up the long han... Read Moreging straps. I either hv to use rubber bands to hold the rolled up straps or tie straps across my front. Other than that, this is a good size flexible carrying bag.
Love the MLC minus the hip belt
Love this bag for the traveling that I have done so far. A couple of trips within the US and one 2 week trip to Kenya. It fits under most seats of the airplanes Ive flown on and holds way more than I thought it would when I first purchased it. The only reason why Im not giving 5 stars is because of the hip/ shoulder strap belt. Its very small. It d... Read Moreoes not come close to connecting for me. I ended up removing it for my trip. Any way we can get a longer strap or an extension to make the hip belt functional?
A little smaller than you think
Overall a decent bag, but a bit smaller than you might think it is. For sure good to be a carry on and you could get away with a few days worth of clothes. I'm a little thick but not fat and the waste strap is an actual joke. It barely wraps around my waist. Might be kids sizing honestly. Would be nice if they provided some type of cord or mes... Read Moreh attachment for the front with those hooks, so I am just using old paracord.
Perfect week or less bag
As a person who travels quite a bit, I was a bit worried about buying the Mini vs regular-sized (45L) MLC. Turns out that for trips of less than a week, this is the perfect companion for me. Be it trail running or climbing stuff, combined with casual clothes and technology-related stuff, I have yet to yearn for more space than the Mini provides. Ai... Read Morerplane travel is a cinch: A fully stuffed Mini still will fit under a seat (for those of us who routinely are in the back of the boarding line). I have no negatives to speak of as yet. Nor can I say anything about the durability of the materials. But, all-in-all, I am very happy with the Mini so far!
Perfect carry-on or weekend bag
The description sums it up - the perfect carry-on bag for traveling. If fits under the seat in front of you, meaning it pairs well with the 45L version (which fits in the overhead), or a roller bag. If you take a lot with you on work days, it also looks great to use for commuting.
Computer Sleeve in Wrong Place
I like this bag, but the computer "sleeve" should be towards the back of the pack, not the front. If I have it loaded towards the front of the pack and it falls, its likely to be damaged. It also makes it unbalanced when slid over the handle of the Black Hole Luggage.
Hi Scot, thank you for taking the time to write us a review. We're sorry to hear about the disapointment with the laptop sleeve placement. That said, we greatly appreciate this feedback and we'll share this with our design team. Please note, if you're not satisfied with the bag you're welcome to [return](https://www.patagonia.com/returns.html).
This bag is great, tons of storage space and is comfortable even when it's full. I couldn't find the shoulder strap when it arrived and contacted customer service. Turns our the shoulder strap doubles as the waist strap! Can't wait to take this on the plane for my next few vacations.
Fits everything you need
I adore this backpack. The upgrade in size from the last model helps me fit everything I need for the gym and a work day. The compartments are sensible and easy to navigate, and the lack of front pockets gives a far more streamlined look. Straps are comfy and the adjustable connector makes it easy to find what works for you. Great product.
Back panel fabric very wrinkly
I was super excited to receive this pack, and when it arrived I could not help but notice that the back panel fabric was extremely wrinkly, much more than in pictures and review videos. It had been folded up in the packaging, so perhaps it would improve if I filled the pack and left it for a bit. Didn't seem to improve things. I think I may ha... Read Moreve gotten a bad example.
Thank you so much for taking the time to write this review and we are incredibly sorry to hear about the back panel fabric being wrinkly. Please know that your satisfaction is always guaranteed and you are welcome to [return](https://www.patagonia.com/returns.html) your item at any time as we want you to be completely satisfied with all of your Patagonia purchases. In the meantime, please rest assured that we will be passing this along to our Product Design Team as well as our Quality Control Team.
Where is the smaller one of these? 26L!!
I have been looking all over the internet for the 26L model you offered, and cannot find it anywhere? Please let me know where I might find it!
Thank you so much for taking the time to write this review! Sadly, our MLC 26L is no longer labeled 26L as we wanted it to align more with its true volume of 30L. With that said, if you are looking for our previous style labeled as 26L we would recommend keeping an eye open on our [Worn Wear](https://wornwear.patagonia.com/?_gl=1*1ftsldt*_ga*MTQ5ODEyNDA3OS4xNjUyMjExNDc2*_ga_1SYPSJZYJ5*MTY4OTAyMjI1NS43MDguMC4xNjg5MDIyMjU4LjU3LjAuMA..) site as they offer lightly used previous styles at discounted rates!
Solid backpack with a few possible improvements
This backpack is very customizable and has a high quality build. 2 things that annoy me- the straps that you use to tighten the backpack straps are WAY too big. Theyre so big that they are always hanging down below the backpack and the little holders that keep them tight are useless. I expanded them to maximum size and no human could ever need it t... Read Morehis large. So seems like theyre missing the mark here and the result is there are two straps hanging below the bottom of the bag when worn on the back at all times. Secondly I wish there was a direct way to access the main backpack compartment. To reach it you need to unzip the front pocket then unzip the mesh cover. Could be good to have a direct access point.
Hi John, thank you for taking the time to share your feedback. Reviews like this help us to understand what is and isn't working for our customers. We truly appreciate you sharing your thoughts on possible improvements.
I almost wanted to return it because I could not figure out where the shoulder strap was: when you unpack the backpack it is tugged away and held in place through velcro as the back side of the waist support. Genius. If you want to wear it as a backpack and need waist support, you have it. If not, just pull out the waist support and you have the sh... Read Moreoulder strap. So great. And you can attach it to your carry-on luggage. Totally versatile!
Blackhole MLC 30L
Purchased 2 for trip throughout France. Passed as international carry-on for United Airlines and Air France as well Euro trains. Perfectly fit the Eaglecreek Large Pack-it Reveal Garment with sets of clothes, & other essentials on one side. Other side compartment fits iPad Pro, electronic plugs & gadgets, documents, snacks. Last minute ... Read Moreitems fit in the top center zipper portion. Used carabiner for coat hooks & blankets, & lifestraw collapsible water bottle, as well as whatever we needed so we did not need to open and go through the backpack once it was under the plane seat. We used zojirushi water bottle for hot liquid which fit perfectly on the side mesh. The MLC 30L back slot worked perfectly with our carry-on roller, as well as times when we needed to use it as backpack boarding the plane & Euro trains, & going up and down the train station stairs as well as going up the train stairs to get to the upper seating sections. 5 stars for flexible compartment options with generous capacity, outer hook carabiner options, outer side mesh, easy access middle zippered compartment for last minute items storage (for us) or urgent docs; perfect personal size for travel.
This is another Patagonia classic 'almost great' product. It seems well made, yet the water bottle carrier material is so fragile it started ripping almost immediately with a 24oz bottle in it. The quality is great everywhere except there is such a sharp bend in the material at the top that it takes two hands and good effort to close the ... Read Morezipper around the 90 degree angle at the top. The organization inside is top notch and exactly what 99% of people would want. The appearance is understated and works in all situations, it is comfortable to wear as the straps are great. It's been less than a year and it needs replacing already, which is sadly keeping it from a five-star rating which it could earn with those refinements in workmanship.
Hey Matt, thanks for the review. We're so sorry to hear how quickly this bag started to show signs of wear and deterioration. We also expect this bag to last much longer. We've emailed you to set you up with a warranty evaluation. If anything like this comes up in the future, please reach out to [customer service](https://help.patagonia.com/s/?_gl=1*dx3vs8*_ga*NjQ4MDAzMDY0LjE2ODI5NTAxOTA.*_ga_1SYPSJZYJ5*MTY4NjU4NDM2MC4xMDUuMS4xNjg2NTg1ODA1LjYwLjAuMA..) and we'd be happy to provide assistance.
Great Travel Pack - Liked Pink Evening Mauve
I really liked this travel pack and took a chance on the pink. Although I like the simplicity of black when traveling, I hate when you pull a black bag out from under the seat or a dusty compartment and all the dirt shows. This color was a good pink for traveling because it wasn't too light. I normally wear blacks and other neutrals when I tra... Read Morevel, and the pink looks good with all of them. I have red undertones that don't look good with bright colors and the pink was ok. I really liked the layout of the bag. I like that all your tech is in one place, securely in the back. By putting it in one place, I think you are better able to utilize space more efficiently. I never reach down and get things out of my pack anyways, I'll use one of the ultralight bags for things I would want in transit. If your water bottle is small enough, it doesn't fall out in messenger carry. The only thing I'm not in love with is the top center pocket I like it but it cuts into the middle of the bag and it seems like it might be kind of annoying to pack around or shove things in. If it was placed a little further back by the tech, I think it would be more efficient, but not a huge deal. I can fit a small TSA bag and my passport in it. My husband was jealous. :)
Awesome, but mine had an issue.
This backpack is absolutely perfect for travel. I love the clamshell opening and the pass through to slide it over the handle of my rolling suitcase. My issue was with the mesh used on the water bottle pocket. Mine developed 2 large holes almost immediately. I never even used the water bottle holder, so not sure how it happened. I could understand ... Read Moreif I had been using it for years, but I used it twice as a personal item on flights.
Hi Brian, we're so bummed to hear that after only a few uses, the mesh on your pack has failed. We'd be more than happy to help you out with a [warranty return under our Ironclad Guarantee](https://www.patagonia.com/returns.html). We'll reach out to you privately as well with further assistance.
Black hole MLC
I really like this pack. I have a difficult time deciding if I like the old design or the new. I have both. They are both GREAT and they both could be improved. If I had a magic wand, I would take the features of both and make an exceptional pack. As I said, this is a great pack. When they come back in stock, buy one. You wont be disappointed.
The best carry-on for minimalist travel I have found
Really the main problem with this pack is finding it in stock! I was able to buy on in Mauve for my wife from Patogonia and after a long search found one in Smolder Blue at a sporting good store for myself. I consider this bag to be a major improvement on more popular competing bags from Cotopaxi, ULA, Cabin Zeron and others. It is over a pound l... Read Moreighter than the Cotopaxi Allpa 35 yet holds just as much and is better organized. There's only one water bottle holder but it's a good one as long as you don't exceed about a 24 oz. Nalgene or Kleen Kanteen. It will work as a personal item on most airlines and a carry-on on even the most stringent ones. I can easily fit 2 pairs of pants, 2 shorts, 5-6 shirts, 5 pairs of underwear and socks, sandals, a dopp kitt and plenty of electronics (Macbook Air, cell phone, cords and chargers) and a jacket or two - enough, in short, to travel for months anywhere in the world (just make sure all your t shirts and underwear are fast-drying Patagonia capilene). The shoulder straps are comfortable, the hip belt works well as long as your bear in mind this is supposed to be a lightweight pack so it just holds the pack on you and is not intended to transfer weight from your shoulders. But it also converts in a very easy and slick way to a shoulder strap. I packed everything I mentioned above and more in it and ended up under 15 pounds total. Totally liberating to travel with this pack!
Love the bag. I can do weekend trips with this and if its The only thing that I dontLove the bag. I can do weekend trips with this and it fits under a standard airplane seat. The only things to improve- the key retaining clip is in a bad position and digs into your back if you put a key on it. The other thing is that the sternum strap max low posit... Read Moreion is still way too high. It is almost by my neck. I am 5-8 and yes I know how to use a sternum strap correctly.
New size too big for "personal item"
The previous version was able to fit the "personal item" requirements for international air travel. Adding 4 inches to the length of this, means it's too big. VERY disappointed. Otherwise would be perfect for travel. Why not shave off those 4inches on the design. Then it would be the perfect travel back.
Hi Danielle, we apologize for the inconvenience regarding size. Please feel free to begin a [return or exchange](https://www.patagonia.com/returns.html) at any time.
Just about perfect
This bag is excellent. I have another 30L bag from another company that has a very poor layout, so I was wary of getting a similarly sized bag. This bag, however is extremely well thought out and capable of carrying everything I need and then some. The flat open option is also extremely helpful.
Great carry on bag
Bought this for my carry on bag. If using this in combination with a roller carry on, its a little overkill, a smaller backpack may suit better. This could hold everything you need for a 3 day trip but not much more in my opinion, and I use packing cubes so Im pretty efficient.
Excellent Travel Backpack
This is the best carry-on travel bag I have ever owned. I bought it last Fall to replace and upgrade my 13-year old Patagonia MLC of similar size and design. I have since used the new model on multiple trips, both for business and pleasure. It is well-made and elegantly simple in its design. It fits easily in airplane overhead bins and even under t... Read Morehe seat, when I'm the last stand-by passenger and those bins are all full. It has served me well on trips up to four days, with ample room for clothes in the large compartment, and for work stuff, laptop, chargers and small electronics in the smaller brief case compartment. The top zipper pouch works well for sunglasses, snacks or small items that need quick access. For me, this the perfect size and configuration for shorter trips. The zippers work smothly and feel sturdy. Patagonia products are built to last. My old MLC has a lot of miles on it but still works just fine, by the way. Although, it won't see much action because this new one is a big improvement. Very happy with this purchase!
Size and dimension question
Is this a 30L bag or 26L bag? The title calls it 30. The video of features call it 26. The dimensions calculate out to 1680 cubic inches which is 26L approx. But right under the dimensions if says 1830 cubic inches which is 30L. Would like to buy but not sure what size bag I would be getting. BTW, the regular MLC bag has same issues of inconsistenc... Read Morey between dimensions and volume claims.
Hey, David, thank you for this question! You're certainly not going to be the only customer puzzled by this name change. We recently changed the marketing name of the Black Hole Mini MLC from 26L to 30L to better align with its true volume. Future inventory should have up-to-date hang tags, but for a while you may see some of the older "26L" tags and references online to this other designation. Please feel free to reach out if we can help with any other questions!
Great Travel Bag
Great travel bag that fits the strict personal item size all airlines have. As long as your bag isn't completely overpacked it will fit in the size requirements no problem. Can easily fit 4 days worth of clothes in it and is great for extended weekend trips. Quality of construction is great and should last for years to come. All the zipper loc... Read Moreations and pockets make it easy to stay organized while on the go. Only critique so far, is the water bottle holder is quite high on the bag making it hard to grab your water with the bag on your back.
Lives up to it's name, and then some
Wow, this bag swallows up a lot. Just returned from a 4 day trip with it, and every time I thought I had it crammed full, there always seemed to be just a little bit more room for something else. 16" Laptop, 11" iPad, headphones, chargers, toiletries, 2 pairs of shorts, a pair of Jeans, 4 button down shirts, socks, sandals, undies - and s... Read Moretill had room to stuff a few more items acquired en route. ac couple of small outer access pockets would be nice - but that's one tiny complaint about an overall excellent travel bag.
Perfect bag with one flaw
I am a backpack fanatic and I have all kinds, It's an amazing bag. Perfect amount of organization. I have used and owned all types of Premium bags like AER, Tortuga, Nomatic and it beats them all. It is a perfect bag but, I have one major issue with this as my daily carry to work and that is Gigantic brand logo in front. It looks very tacky ... Read Morein professional environment. Patagonia please listen, do something subtle like your Stealth back pack, a small stitched logo on top or bottom. And you have winner that will beat everything in the market in this segment. :) I will wait for the one with small logo! and order all the colors as soon as you make this small tweak.
Been waiting for this bag all my life
Have gone thru many work bags in the 25-35L range. This is the one I've been looking for. The zippers are fast and easy. All the different mesh see-thru compartments for my work gear. And the not see-thru for my unmentionables when traveling. The external water bottle sleeve was a must have. The sunglasses/quick pocket is large enough for phon... Read Moree and sunglasses and gum container with room to spare. Fits my 17" laptop. Lots of padding on the electronics side, no need to pack cords in a separate padded bag. Bag itself has no hard structure, makes it easier to stuff under the small seats of regional jets. Love the external loops for all my carabiners and lashing down my big coat. Thanks for making this bag in the 30L size.
Great work travel bag, very
Great work travel bag, very functional. Some debate about moving the access pocket from the front to the top. all about how you use the bag; if its a backpack, new pocket spot is an improvement. I might consider improving the zippers to the panel closest to the back. But these are ridiculously small things - I love it, very happy!
Functional Work/Travel Backpack
Compartments are excellent to get organized around anything work related. Laptop pouch protects the device from damage. Really thought out with pouches for passports and compartments for cables. Main compartment can be zipped. For the ones that pack efficiently and travel lightly, you can easily use this for a 4-5 day trip. Only thing that I woul... Read Mored change are the available colors. Its too bad the classic blue/red isn't available.
Great travel pack
Excellent travel pack that fit my needs after I was consistently disappointed by Patagonia's recent backpacks. This item has great organization, a flap to load that opens flat. Convenient top pocket for keys/phone. The only thing that might be lacking is padding in the straps, but that is pretty marginal. I'd definitely buy this again.
Awesome with on small complaint
This is a really great bag. I just used it on the its first trip and it performed very well. I love the flexibility of how many ways it can be used. My one complaint is the sternum strap. It is too high, even at its lowest setting. It is uncomfortably near my neck. Maybe its because Im a big guy but there seems to be no reason for this. Its not ... Read Morea deal breaker for me, but it is annoying.
We really appreciate your feedback on all aspects of this bag, Caleb! If you ever find that the sternum strap is a dealbreaker, please reach out to our Customer Service team and we'll be happy to discuss your options. Thanks for taking a moment to review it!
Dislike this product & might send it back if I cant get used to it after a few adjustments! It is too big, cumbersome & uncomfortable. Had to swing on & take off. It could Abe that I am too old for this type of product. I will call asap for advice!mkh
Thank you so much for taking the time to write this review, Martha. We also want to extend our sincere apologies for the disappointment in this item. Please feel free to reach out to our [Customer Service Team](https://help.patagonia.com/s/?_gl=1*1dz5br8*_ga*MTQ5ODEyNDA3OS4xNjUyMjExNDc2*_ga_1SYPSJZYJ5*MTY3MTY1ODU5NC4yODIuMS4xNjcxNjU5MzIzLjAuMC4w) and we will be more than happy to help with advise or a return.
Perfect weekend travel bag
This is the perfect weekend travel bag for a simple trip away. It can easily accommodate two outfits and an extra pair of shoes. It has a place to store toiletries and associated items, plus a separate place to hold electronics. This easily fits in an overhead compartment or under the seat. If you need more than that, then buy the bigger sized back... Read Morepack.
I love the black hole bags and have a bunch of them for various different gear. This ones for travel though, and pretty easily fits three or four days of clothes and stuff. I can even get in my aero press and a bag of coffee so I don't suffer bad coffee when I travel. Another great bag. Love it.
Perfect Travel Pack
The 26L Black Hole Mini MLC fits me just like a Patagonia hiking pack (like a glove!), but is set up to hold 3+ days of clothes, my laptop and extras (overnight kit, books, chargers, etc.) perfectly. I can not explain how convenient this pack has already been for me - thanks!
I got this bag because
I got this bag because I was going on a two week trip to Uk and I did not want a wheel bag for trains planes and automobiles. I got two weeks of clothes into this very small bag. All I can say is it is fantastic! It opens like a suitcase and Carries like a back pack. Its beautifully made. Sturdy, and tough. Its exactly what I hoped it was and more.... Read More I highly recommend
Black Hole Mini 26L - Oh No!
I ordered this pack after checking out the original pack owned by a family member and reading online reviews (including recommendations made to Patagonia for improvements). When I received the pack, I was very disappointed to find that Patagonia had incorporated most recommendations made by owners BUT, in exchange, they had eliminated the front zip... Read Morepered section that was so useful when using in sling mode. Yes, the added top pocket will be useful in backpack mode - but my primary use is as a sling style airline carryon for digital nomad tech equipment. Elimination of the front zippered pouch was a blow to my hopes to carry the unit in sling mode with quick and easy access to my passport, phone, and travel documents. Kudos for upgrading version 2 based on buyer feedback - but it is disappointing those upgrades came at the expense of other critical features. I'm trying now to figure out a last minute workaround that will allow me to stay within the airline limits for carryon travel.
My every-day bag
Positives: I like the utility of this bag as my every-day work bag. The "work section" of the bag has enough pockets for my laptop, a few folders, my notebook, mouse, earbuds, charger, and a few miscellaneous items. It may seem small, but the double zippers allow for easy top-side access when the bag is on the floor or hanging on the back... Read More of a chair. The brain is large and holds my keys, wallet, and anything else I don't feel like carrying. The main pocket is perfectly sized for extra items I always find myself carrying - bike helmet, gym clothes, jacket, etc. and I suppose it'd be great as a weekend travel-bag, too. The straps are comfortable, and the backpack mode doesn't feel like an afterthought. I like that the bag keeps it shape when NOT full. I also appreciate the very deep water-bottle sleeve on the outside. Admittedly, I don't use this for a bottle, but to quickly drop items in. The depth makes me feel very comfortable that they won't fall out. Negatives: 99% of the time I don't use the mesh cover over the main compartment. I keep it unzipped and scrunched into the bottom of the bag. I was told the pouch underneath was to store it out of the way, but the pouch isn't centered, and I cannot figure out how that might work. My guess is that this isn't what the pouch is for, and if it is, the execution is poor. Overall: I'd recommend this bag to anyone looking for a solid weekend travel bag, or daily carry backpack that wants suitcase-like access.
This meets the standards to fit under the seat in front of you, that airlines reference. Also finally a water bottle pocket! Use your packing cubes and you can easily get a weekends worth of clothes in this. I love the technology sleeve, waist buckle and fabric. Tough, lots of pockets and very practical. This will be my primary travel backpack alon... Read Moreg with carry on roller, because who checks bags anymore?
End of the holy grail messenger bag
So, I prefer the previous generational design. The sharp contrast of shiny added an extra stand out appearance. This is a good bag to be certain, but it's no longer functional as a messenger bag. The front quick stash pocket and extra layer of organizational pockets is severely missed. I'm confused about why patagonia chose to make this i... Read Morento a backpack.
Great Travel Backpack
I bought this first in grey w/Blue/green trim and my wife fell in love with it. I ordered the olive green color, which I wasn't sure I would like but is really nice. Just took it on a week long trip. Fits great under seat-not much extra room though. The pockets and inside are fantastic and used it hiking and it was super comfortable. Great tha... Read Moret you can store away the straps if you just want a travel bag and goes nice on the suit case. It's just a super well though out bag that really does everything I wanted. A little big, but in use it seemed fine and my wife loves it too!
I was looking for a bag that I could use for everyday commuting and overnight trips. This works perfectly. I love the dual configuration (backpack or duffel/briefcase) and found it easy to convert from one to the other. I also like having both a sternum strap and waist strap - something many commuter bags lack. The separate laptop area is nice beca... Read Moreuse I can pack and unpack my computer/work stuff with people around without having to dig though personal items in the other compartment. The construction is high quality and I'm sure will last for many many years!
I cannot believe how much I can fit into this pack! I love the organization features - everything has its place and I'm not having to pull everything out to grab something at the bottom of the pack. The laptop section is perfect for my work business trips. I'd definitely recommend this bag.
I've been on the prowl for a well-designed laptop travel bag for some time. Complicating the search, I travel with a 17-inch laptop, which most designs do not accommodate. After owning this bag for ~1 month, I'm confident my search is over; the design of this bag is nothing short of ingenious and I only wish I had found it sooner. I feel ... Read Morelike a salesman every time someone asks me about it, however, I can't refrain from demonstrating all its useful features. Backed by the guarantee Patagonia offers on all its products, and the business model the company has pioneered, I unreservedly endorse this product and highly recommend it to anyone looking for something a bit more spacious than a standard laptop briefcase.
I adore this bag!
I adore this bag! It is comfortable as a backpack or messenger-style bag, with easy access to the main compartment. Holds an amazing amount, in true Black Hole style. I took it recently on a four-day roadtrip when I challenged myself to pack in this single pack, practicing for future air travel in Europe with strict carryon requirements. The bag he... Read Moreld multiple packing cubes (the new MLC cubes are great in it) plus an extra pair of shoes, a 15 laptop and its paraphernalia (the laptop sitting against my bag when worn as a backpack, keeping that weight close to my body), and a toiletries bag. Such an easy carry as a backpack! I should note, at first I had thought the shoulder strap was missing, not realizing how the waist strap converts to the shoulder strap for a messenger-style carry. So handy, and saves weight! The product description has since been updated to clarify this process. At this size the lack of compression straps is not such a big deal. My only criticisms would be a) the waist/shoulder strap could be maybe 3-4 longer to allow for a more comfortable cross-body carry, and b) when the bag is carried as a messenger bag or by the side handle the water bottle sleeve is on the bottom, so you have to remember to remove any contents. All in all, really a hit!
20inch dimension is TOO BIG AS PERSONAL ITEM
No airline allows a 20inch personal item. Huge design flaw when the mini is designed for personal item size Other big flaw compared to the competitors are there arent any straps to compact the backpack which doubles down on my main callout on personal item size
The Mini MLC is designed to be a carry-on bag, rather than a personal (under-seat) item. At 20" x 12" x 7" it meets even strict carry-on requirements (though we always recommend you check with your specific airline, as requirements change). We're sorry if this bag was not what you were looking for. If you haven't done so already, we'll be happy to help you [return](https://www.patagonia.com/returns.html) it. If you're looking for a personal item, you might take a look at our sling packs, most of which fit those requirements for most airlines. Please feel free to reach out to our Customer Service if you'd like some assistance making a selection. Thank you for taking the time to submit this review, Tess!
Compartments, accessibility, versatility and a water bottle holder, Yes!
Compartments, accessibility, versatility and a water bottle holder, Yes! This is a great pack, and could easily hold 3 days worth of clothing, I travel for work sometimes overnight, or maybe up to 4 days. I can pack that into the MLC 26L. The new MLC 45L strangely and sadly doesn't have a water bottle pocket / holder, why Patagonia?
Great one bag option
Great bag, I have really used my MLC 45 alot but needed something smaller to fit 1-3 day trips. This is perfect, though mine came without the shoulder strap shown so beware of that. It is just easier to have one bag for your laptop/notepad/etc and all your clothes. Less hassle, no worries if there is no overhead space. Everything is very accessible... Read More. Stylish enough to carry into a meeting if need be.
Hello Clark, thank you so much for writing this review! We noticed that you mentioned there was no shoulder strap when you received this bag. All of our Mini MLC should come with a shoulder strap within one of it's pockets. If there was not, please feel free to call [Customer Service](https://help.patagonia.com/s/?_gl=1*1fr3m2j*_ga*MTQ5ODEyNDA3OS4xNjUyMjExNDc2*_ga_1SYPSJZYJ5*MTY2MzAwMjA0Ni4yNC4xLjE2NjMwMDIyNDEuMC4wLjA.) and we will get that figured out for you as soon as possible!
Excellent carryon bag for travel
I really like this bag for traveling light or paired with my 45l black hole roller. Just got back from 2 weeks in Europe and everything fit well and stayed organized. The suspension as a backpack was comfortable to carry and I like the small mesh pocket on the side to keep a water bottle handy. Not much I would change, but a small document pocket w... Read Moreould be nice.
A Lot to Love
The new mini MLC 26L packs in a lot of goodness for its size and is ideal for rapid travel and quick getaways where all you need is a bag and a seat to toss it under. From the slick carry conversions to the sturdy strap structure to the wonderfully utilized packing space to its premium feel, this is a bag that offers a lot of versatility and qual... Read Moreity in a small package - which for me is perfect despite being a bigger guy. Being able to leave extra bags at home when traveling is key these days for taking on minimal packing - and this bag delivers. The slick zippers, well thought out space, and the neat small touches like tuck-away straps and water bottle holder make this bag stand above many others I have tried and returned. This is the ideal bag for me where Patagonia proves they are not standing still in the competitive bag game.
Thank you for such a thoughtful and thorough review, David! We appreciate your appreciation of the work that went into this redesign, and we're so glad it's a hit for you!
Patagonia Black Hole MLC 26L bag
My son has purchased two of these bags and loves them so I bought one. The black hole material is different then the typical black hole material. I am assuming it will be same or better quality and have the endurance as the old fabric. It looks great and is very versatile and holds a lot of items. I highly recommend it!
The Last Bag You Need to buy
I was looking to replace a canvas messenger bag for work. This canvas bag was one of my favorite bags and finally wore out. I had one goal in mind when looking for a bag and that was versatility. I needed a bag I could wear as a messenger bag daily to the office but throw all my kid's stuff in with laptop protection for a quick trip. This was ... Read Morea difficult search that led me to the Patagonia Black Hole® Mini MLC® Convertible Backpack 26L. The bag is a little bigger than I expected which made me a little nervous but still works well as a messenger bag. This bag offers the versitility I need to go from the office to the plane to the trails and more. Would highly reccomend.
This is a great bag, and I really like the redesign with the added water bottle pocket. I had a hard time initially finding the strap that converts the backpack to a shoulder bag-it is the waist strap used to secure the bag around your waist when you use it like a backpack. Its held in place using Velcro, so just reach in and detach it, pull it out... Read More, and convert it to a shoulder bag.
They Finally Did IT!
The new redesign of the MLC 26/45 is amazing. It finally has all the right things in the right area. They are a few clever new features, including Strech mesh on the bottom side, a waist belt that doubles as a sling carry strap, A hidden pocket on the bottom of the interior of the main compartment for apple tags, etc. Each compartment opens a full ... Read More240º and lays flat, and a quick access pouch on the top for sunglasses, wallets, AirPods, etc. This is the bag that we all have waited for ever since the launch of the MLC series. Outstanding Patagonia!
Checks All My Boxes (and there are a lot of them)
I have been looking for 4 years for the perfect airline under seat travel bag (I have gone through too many brands to list). I have a pretty long list of requirements: - Needs to bump right up against the size limits for an airline under seat bag (typically a 22-26 liter bag) to get as much usable storage space as possible for 2-3 day trips. - Op... Read Moreens up like a suitcase... top loading just does not work well for an overnight/travel bag. - Handles for suitcase style carrying. Handles cannot get in the way of opening the main compartments of the bag. Handles for both Horizontal and Vertical carry. - Shoulder strap for carrying like a messenger bag. - Be able to carry like a backpack, and able to stow away the backpack straps when not in use. - Small outer pocket for easy access to things like a phone or passport. - Luggage passthrough so it can be used with my carry-on luggage. - Easy laptop access for going through TSA. - Minimalist design... not lots of external compression straps, daisy straps, etc. - Waist strap that can be removed. I will be using this for light travel, not backpacking, and I find a waist strap useless for my purposes. - Some padding for when the bag is used in backpack mode, but not so intrusive that it looks silly when the bag is used like a messenger bag. - Bag must weigh under 4 pounds. - Side pocket for a water bottle. - Bag must be small enough that even my wife at 5'6" can manage it. - Internal storage compartments for the times that I want to use the bag for business travel. - A good amount of water resistance. - I want a bag that has a more rectangular structure to it, so that it does not look silly when carried over the shoulder messenger bag style. MY IMPRESSION: I have to say this bag does the best job so far at checking all my requirements. Although I personally don't see much use for a waist belt, I do like how this bag lets you use the shoulder strap as a waist belt and vice versa... pretty ingenious. I like how you can fully unzip one side of the bag suitcase style, exposing laptop storage, document storage, and other storage pockets. You can unzip that side of the bag just far enough to allow you to remove your laptop/tablet without having to open the entire bag. Unzipping the other side of the bag suitcase style exposes the main compartment that would typically be used for clothes, shoes, etc. That side also includes some basic storage compartments. The handle on the backside of the backpack also doubles as a luggage passthrough. Everything is well constructed, minimalist, and looks really good. NEGATIVES: I only have 4 minor complaints. The carry handles are pretty basic and lack any extra padding (almost non-existent when compared to other bags in this class). At least I do not have to fiddle with connecting two handles together with a clasp like with some other bags. The laptop sleeve does have padding in the bottom, but I wish it were a little more padded to protect my laptop from damage in case the bag is dropped on its bottom. There are no internal compression straps in the main compartment. My Tortuga Setout Divide has them and it is nice. Not a deal breaker for me, especially because it does add to the weight of a bag, and is might be overkill for small bags like this anyway. The water bottle pocket is very small and when the bag is fully packed it will only accommodate small bottles. An expandable water bottle pocket here would have made all the difference. FINAL THOUGHTS: The only other bag that also comes close to fulfilling all my requirements is the Are Flight Pack 3. It has YKK zippers which I do love. I believe Patagonia uses propriety zippers of their own making (although I could be wrong about that) and time will tell how good they are. The Aer is a 3/4 vertical open, not a full suitcase style like the Patagonia, and the Aer handles can get in the way when opening the bag (although its handles do offer more padding). Overall the Are and this Patagonia are really a close match, but I chose the Patagonia because of name reputation, suitcase style opening, and because I think it is a better looking bag. But it was a REALLY close matchup. I really do wish Patagonia had added an expandable water bottle pocket and better handle padding.. that would have moved the bag into a class almost it's own. Internal compression straps would have been nice although for a bag this size that might be overkill anyway.
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