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Svelte, But Packs A Punch

I backed this bag on Kickstarter and, after receiving my bag, I must say it was worth the wait. The bag is well-constructed and the materials actually look and feel more rugged than what you might expect from the pictures.
Originally, I thought the straps lacked some padding, but later I realized more padding is unnecessary, as this bag's capacity prevents it from ever getting too heavy. It feels light on your shoulders even with quite a bit in it, like a laptop, a notebook, a 750 ml of your favorite beverage; it carries it all very well, and I appreciate the svelte sillhouette.
The outside zippered pockets are surprisingly spacious, and I like that there's a zippered mesh compartment inside each one. Two nested layers of zippers help keeps things a little more secure.
The magnetic rolltop design is genius! So easy to do and undo, and it negates the need for having to roll multiple times, as with some other rolltop bags. This is perhaps my favorite feature.
The inside pockets, like the outside ones, are nice and spacious, and offer surprising organization. My only wish is that they were perhaps a bit lower on the bag to make them more accessible through the center zipper when you don't want to undo the roll.
The hidden stash pocket on the back is another great feature, and I actually appreciate that I can fit my whole hand in there. Too many other manufacturers make their hidden pockets so small that they're almost useless. That said, take care not to put things that are too bulky in there, as you'll feel them on your back when wearing the pack.
Overall, I'm very happy with Minaal's rolltop. It's obvious the guys put a lot of thought into designing the pack. If you need a pack that packs a punch but want to cut down on the bulk, this one is for you.

A short product feedback

If you have any bag, I believe you would love this small pack. It weight light, pack things then give a little push to remove air, make your small bag a bigger one. These packing cube to bag like the dessert to coffee, they just match so well.

Actually 6 star Work bag

The bag size is very suitable for any purpose on road, small travel or even business. Just load the things you need then you are in good position to start, plus the bag are very strong. I only need clean it, the robust bag would like new one, I simply love this bag so much.

Great daily or short-term travel bag

Perfect for short-term travel, since it'll fit under just about any airplane seat (including the so-called CRJ "Satan's Chariots") and can easily hold a week's worth of clothes as long as shoes are excluded. Well thought out for business trips, with the separate compartments to split out work stuff (laptop and notebook) from living stuff (clothes and toiletries). You can even repurpose one of the velcro laptop straps to hold your electronics pouch if it's minimalist enough.

Main drawback is the straps are a compromise between packability and comfort, and can get uncomfortable with heavier loads.

great item

great item. not sure if its the built but mine seem need to turn the case upside down to put the passport into the the holder. overall its good!

Great travel bag

Gotten this bag few months back.
To-date it had been travelling with me for more than 10 countries.
Very functional and plenty of space for everything!

Traveling the world

I bought this bag so that I could travel the world primarily using just a backpack. After much research I went with the minaal. Glad I did because I can fit a lot into it and it's still fairly comfortable to wear. It's sturdy and so far has been with me for 1.5 years of regular use. I like the minimalist style and color. I also like the area where I pack my laptop, ipad, notebook, and charging brick. Easy to get to and I know everything is snug and safe.

No need for other bags

This bag has been my only travelling bag since I got it over a year ago. Perfect for both business trips and holidays. It’s very easy to pack and get things e.g. laptop and papers out without need to spread the contents all over the place. I’ve found this handy especially at airports and business meetings. After several different kind of trips to many kind of places my bag still looks sharp. No signs of wearing it. I can highly recommend this bag for anyone who wants to travel with carry-on bag only.

wow!

This bag has been my travel companion for the last couple of years. I have taken it as my only luggage several times for extended trips to SE Asia ... and it really holds up wonderfully. It still looks good as new, even after all the use. And the way it holds so much, so well ... it's fabulous. I can't recommend it enough ... it has changed the way I think about and experience packing and travel.

a great daily driver

I use this bag a lot for casual workdays in the city. It's the perfect companion for a day at the coworking space. The laptop storage is really nice, great pockets everywhere. I even sometimes use this as my carry-on, if I am checking a piece of luggage.

I have been using it a lot the past couple years and can really recommend it.

Only thing: the shoulder straps could be more substantial-feeling ... they get stressed a bit when there is a heavy load in the bag. Looking forward to version 2.0!

My Daily

This review may be a bit bias, as I am a huge fan of MinaaI, The Daily was the first backpack I purchased many years ago and it the only travel backpack I use now. I do my fair share of traveling and the Daily goes with me on all my trips. It's a great backpack that fits everything. The material and design is by far top if its class, from the rain cover the the whistle on the buckle, Jimmy and his teams thought of everything. If you are looking for a Daily backpack or travel backpack, buy the Daily!

Almost … too big?

I bought the XL when I thought I couldn't get by with the regular Toolcase. I was wrong. I've gone back because the XL is a little too big. It's really a perfect thing, but it takes up more space in the Daily than I wanted when packing for an entire week. If you are using a larger bag, or "never leave a dongle behind," then this might be the case for you.

It's not just a case, it's a philosophy.

I used to carry a lot of tech crap. I pared it down but still struggled. Eventually, I bought the Toolcase XL and had enough space, but still … something wasn't right. After I saw that a teammate was doing his entire week of travel out of a Minaal Daily Bag I decided I would too. That meant going back to the original toolcase.

I had to embrace the philosophy of minimalism that this tool case, and the entire system encompasses. I asked myself, "What do I really need for the week?" Then I arrived at my system, and have been happier ever since. Here's what I carry in my Toolcase:

+ BatPower MacBook Pro Charger (makes it easier to plug into a crowded power strip and includes a couple of USB-C ports)
+ Amazon Fire TV Stick (works well on hotel Wi-Fi, provides privacy against logins, and prevents logging in every week to someone else's system)
+ USB-C to USB-A adaptors (they’re tiny)
+ Multi-type charging cable (for Lightning, USB-C, and micro USB)
+ Another lightning cable
+ Apple Watch charger
+ Remote PowerPoint pointer/clicker
+ Spare AAA batteries

I Don't Know Why I Love These So Much! (Yes I Do)

I have used a number of packing cubes from other companies and these are my favorites. They're much lighter and thinner material, so they pack down to almost nothing when not in use. They're ample when full, so you can fit more than you thought possible. They fit perfectly into the Carry-on 2.0 and Daily Bags, so you know if you can zip them you can fit them. And finally, they're durable; the zipper holds up.

Perfect for Minaal Bags

I've had similar shirt folders in the past with other bags and systems. They're all good, but this one is great when you have a Minaal bag. First, it integrates with the Daily Bag and the Carry-on 2.0; no other products do that. Second, it keeps things just a little more compact than other folders without compromising function.

It does its job

I didn't think I would ever need the shoulder strap, since I really try to keep weight evenly distributed with a backpack. However, on longer trips I like to wear the Carry-on 2.0 and carry the Daily Bag. After one trip carrying the Daily as a briefcase I realized the strap was the way to go. After doing the exact same trip with the should strap, I was much happier and more comfortable.

If you like to carry shoulder bags, this is especially a no-brainer of a purchase.

I Love This Bag for the Bigger Jobs

I have the Carry-on 2.0 and used it extensively this last winter as I traveled to San Francisco every week. On one particularly brutal week of hotel prices, I opted for an AirBnB next to Alamo Square Park. After a full day of travel and working downtown, I opted to walk to my home for the week … all 2.9 miles of the uphill trek. My pack was heavy, because it holds a lot and I hadn't yet learned how to be chill when I pack for the week. I was a little tired at the end of my hike, but I wasn't weary. The hip pads are a must. The pads plus the strap adjustment on the bag let me put the weight where it belonged. I was able to keep this bag beneath the seat in front of me on my domestic flights. It sticks out a little, but I didn't mind, and it was great not to fight for overhead bin space.

So … why only 4 stars? I save 5 stars for perfect; there are a couple nitpicks that have me pause when I decide which bag to pack. The first, and this is minor, is the bottle holder. It does its job of holding a bottle, but it's just a little weird with the elastic strap and the pocket that holds less bottle than you would think it should. The second is that once I've emptied the bag of clothes and other travel stuff and headed back to the office, it doesn't sit well. When I set the bag next to my desk it buckles under its own weight. This is annoying enough that it I have packed the Daily Bag inside so I have it for the day. However, it's a trade-off to do this. My answer was to pack less and only use the Daily Bag for weekly travel. I save the Carry-on 2.0 for bigger trips, and even then, I'm taking the daily bag with the should strap attached.

If the Carry-on 2.0 could be my daily bag, too, I would give it 5 stars. Besides that, it's perfect in every other way. Believe the other reviews!

I hiked from 3 miles in San Francisco

These are must-have. I have the Carry-on 2.0 and used it extensively this last winter as I traveled to San Francisco every week. On one particularly brutal week of hotel prices, I opted for an AirBnB next to Alamo Square Park. After a full day of travel and working downtown, I opted to walk to my home for the week … all 2.9 miles of the uphill trek. My pack was heavy, because it holds a lot and I hadn't yet learned how to be chill when I pack for the week. I was a little tired at the end of my hike, but I wasn't weary. These hip pads, plus the strap adjustment on the bag, let me put the weight where it belonged.

I can't imagine going far without these in place. They're helpful at the airport when you have a long walk to the gate. But you can clip them behind you to get them out of the way when you just need to hoist the bag and go.

This Travel Consultant Is Happy

My entire team travels for work as consultants and this is our bag … literally: when you join my team you get a Minaal Daily Bag with our logo. At first, I thought it was just some swag they were giving out, but over the months I realized this was something special. After nearly two years of 50% travel, I can now tell you why I love this bag.

I travel Monday–Thursday, and I like to keep things minimal with carry-on only. The thing is, if you don't have status with an airline, this can be very stressful (you'll be fighting for overhead bin space with everyone else trying to do the same thing). Not so with this bag … it fits beneath any airline seat. During the warmer months I pack a whole week of travel in the Daily:
- Minaal Toolcase
+ BatPower MacBook Pro Charger (makes it easier to plug into a crowded power strip and includes a couple of USB-C ports)
+ Amazon Fire TV Stick (works well on hotel Wi-Fi, provides privacy against logins, and prevents logging in every week)
+ USB-C to USB-A adaptors (they’re tiny)
+ Multi-type charging cable (for Lightning, USB-C, and micro USB)
+ Another lightning cable
+ Apple Watch charger
+ Remote PowerPoint pointer/clicker
+ Spare AAA batteries
- Minaal packing cubes (I usually only need 2/3 of these for summer trips
- Spare pants
- Shirts
- Socks & underwear
- Toiletry bag
- Dry sack for dirty laundry (Osprey has a handle for easy emptying)
- MacBook Pro 15"
- Ipad Pro 12.9"
- Portable charger battery
- Water bottle
- Snacks
- Noise-canceling headphones (Bose QuietControl would be the largest I can fit, but AirPods Pro save even more space)

There's actually room to squeeze maybe one more thing if I need, or strap it on the side. When it gets colder and my clothes get bulkier I have liked either the Minaal Carry-On 2.0 or a wheelie bag with magnetic self-aligning wheels.

Pro Tips:
- Keep the straps tight and close the sternum strap for good fit
- It looks better on the full side
- Con...

Bigger - Sort of Better

Haven't used the XL as much as the original toolcase, mainly because the XL doesn't fit as neatly in the interior pockets and is quite bulky in the Daily. I have not yet tried consolidating two original toolcases into one XL for overseas trips, but it would likely work quite well as one bag for headphones, chargers, cables, and my external hard drive.

Simple but Awesome

Obviously convenient. Clearly useful. But I've found packing up the toolcase the same way every day is a great way to make sure I don't leave behind a charger or cable. The moveable dividers inside are really helpful - I removed one and just have two "compartments". I also have used a second toolcase for my over-ear headphones (Bose bluetooth) that fold down flat and fit nicely along with their charger and an old cable so I can use them on flights.

Best Accessory

Completely changed the way I traveled - and fit together perfectly in the 2,0. Have not tried them with the Daily. I would like the option to mix/match sizes rather than just getting one large and two small cubes. I find myself using the large one more for pants, shorts, and button-down shirts. Small ones aren't as practical for me, as I tend to use the built-in pockets for things like socks and t-shirts. Still a great product and easy to wash/clean after a trip (handy as a laundry bag).

Game changer during travel when quick bag access is needed frequently (camera/passport/papers). Note that it doesn't roll up for storage in the bag, but I've found it slides easily in the laptop compartment of the 2.0. I had one issue after a few years where a metal piece broke from over use, however the Minaal team quickly replaced it, no worries.

Easy and Everyday

Currently using as my everyday bag for work. Size is perfect for a laptop, packed lunch, water bottle, light jacket. Interior pocket does well for my over-ear headphones, computer charger and an external hard drive. During travel I insert the Daily into the 2.0 in the same compartment as my laptop - no real issues and helps keep me at 1 bag which is handy for train travel overseas. Better used with straps hidden and carried by the handle, in my opinion.

2 in 1

The bag just makes sense - I've used it for both business travel and holidays.

The best feature for me has been the ability to pack the Daily bag inside the 2.0. This lets me use 1 bag for my outbound travel and then separate the two for my return travel when I usually have gifts or souvenirs.

Only tip would be to avoid using the 2.0 for bulky shoes (hiking boots) - that space is far more useful for utilising the interior pockets and compartments. Just wear boots and pack jandals/soft shoes instead.