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Exceeded my expectations - this is a keeper

Hey everyone, I've been following Minaal for a few years now. I've always been impressed with their mission, and finally pulled the trigger on my first product for myself: the Carry-on 3.0.

The quality is top-notch. Upon my first use, it was apparent they did their homework and sourced the best material and craftsmanship for this bag. It has ample space for my clothes and gear, as well as intelligent placement of pockets. I really like how I can completely zip the bag out. It makes packing/unpacking much easier. Also, the zippers are fantastic. This is huge.

I'm really looking forward to using this more in the future. Thanks!

Favorite bag I've ever had

I went through several laptop bags before I found the Minaal. It's absolutely the best bag I've ever owned. It looks great, it feels great, and it lasts through anything. I love the suspended laptop holder - no longer need to travel with a case for my laptop.

Design!!!

A premium bag at a premium price. It feels great, looks great, and is a joy to use. It checked all of my personal boxes when it came to a backpack for travel whether it be for a day or for a few weeks.

The zippers are light and... Zippy. The seams and construction feel solid. The straps are comfy. The material feels strong yet light. The handle on the side was a feature I didn't expect to use but it's actually very convenient. The features of this bag are understated and intuitive, it's like they're not there until you need them, which I think is just awesome.

At 21 liters this bag is large enough to fit a 16" laptop, but small enough to not look like I'm carrying very much. In the future I plan to travel internationally with this bag as my only bag. After packing it out and testing how much I could fit, I was surprised at how much space this bag seems to have. Experienced onebaggers will like this one.

Some cons: the interior water bottle pocket is an interesting idea but I find it not to be super useful personally. I feel similarly about the way the rain cover is built into the bottom of the pack. It would be cool to see a version of this backpack that is built more water resistant so it wouldn't need the rain fly.

Really love this pack and I hope to go out and use it a lot more when it is safe to do so.

Great quality and superb customer service

I got the Minaal bag as a gift for my wife after doing a lot of research. It arrived quickly and was well-constructed and as high quality as I was hoping. Great stitching (a problem we have had with other packs), solidly fabric, tons of pockets, and fits everything she needs for a few days out of town. What set Minaal apart in my view was the great customer service. I had some questions and they responded and resolved everything quickly. Highly recommend.

Best Bag, Best Customer Service

Even though I still haven't had an opportunity to use my 3.0, I already have it packed out ready to go when I can travel again.
When it was first delivered, the wrong colored arrived. I initially didn't want to have it exchanged because I felt it was petty considering what all was going on in the world at that time. I went ahead and requested an exchange anyway, and I believe within 1-2 weeks my new bag had arrived. I thank you guys for your amazing products, and your amazing customer service!
Cheers,
Eric

can't say enough good things about BOTH bags

with my carry-on 2.0 still in almost perfect condition even after years on the road, and with pretty much the entire world on pause, the last thing i needed was a new travel bag. but when i starting seeing bits of info coming out about the 3.0, well, they had me hooked. i don't need it now (for the reasons already stated), but things will eventually get back to (semi)normal, so why not support a small company that supports an even smaller community. at least that was my thinking. and yet i drew the line (aka, my budget) at the carry-on 3.0. with as many daily bags as i have, had zero interest in the daily 3.0. BUT at the great preorder bundle price i figured i could always gift it to family. with both the carry-on 3.0 and the daily 3.0 now in hand, yeah, i'm very glad with my decision. great, great bags. oh and that arguably dumb idea of "gifting away" the daily 3.0? sorry, but family can by their own. there's no chance i'm letting that out of my sight. the bag is a thing of beauty. - much thanks to all of the minaal team!

Best bag I ever used

This is my second Minaal. That's how much I like it. Durable, beautiful and with every possible detail to make your trip easy and organized.

2020 hit us with a global pandemic and all my international trips got cancelled. Still, I got a 3.0 because, being a previous customer, I knew I wasn't going to be disappointed. Actually, the 3.0 is even better than the specs convinced them to be, so I was glad about that as well.

Despite not travelling internationally, I did travel domestically whenever was safe and possible, and the carry on 3.0 changed my game completely. Highly recommend recommend. Can't wait to use it more in 2021!

Smart looks with high quality minimalism

I bought this on the strength of the original Daily, which I have had - and used (yes, daily!) ever since (six years? More?), with the only wear and tear being the logo peeling slightly.

While I've not had a chance to use it properly yet, it has all the design features I love in the daily, the sleek design, excellent organisation and general robustness. My favourite bit is the rain cover which comes in its own tiny pocket - and the backpack comes wrapped in it out of the factory too which is a nice addiitonal protection!

Best damn bags ever!

After spending years and (literally) thousands of dollars on finding the perfect travel bag combo, this IS it! If you like to pack most of your closet when you travel, these bags are definitely not for you. If you need to travel with a lot of gear, e.g. photography, mountain climbing, camping, etc., these bags are probably not for you. If you like to pack things “just in case” when you travel, either these bags are also not for you or you’ll learn quickly to take what you need and leave the rest behind. If you’ve embraced traveling light, hate waiting for luggage at airports, been looking for a classy, durable, high quality travel gear, and everything else seems to have fallen short in one way or another, give this combo a try - I doubt you’ll ever look back.

Another great bag bundle

I purchased both the bundle 2.0 in the past and 3.0 now. These are both my favorite bags so much so that I have given away all my other bags. They are perfect for my needs for travel and daily carry. The new features are minor but are useful if you plan to use these a lot especially the complete open back on the carry-on 3.0. Rain covers work wonderfully too in FL summers. Wouldn’t change a thing about these bags at this point other than the storage in the laptop compartment on the carry on. It’s a bit barren not that you could fit much there anyway. You can’t go wrong with these bags. They are a bit on the pricier side but worth every penny in quality.

Great bag.

I was a Kickstarter fellow from the 1.0, and got a good updgrade ! My long term experience with Minaal is pretty nice: even small question or a small issue (a puller broke in my first bag after a couple years, replacement was sent to me oversea nicely!) where a good time.

Carry On 3.0 AMAZING!!

Hey team, I’ve think I’ve had every Minaal bag since its inception and still think it’s by far and away the best bag out there for one bag travel.

I love the 3.0; it’s light, very functional, and really like its new features, especially the much overdue passport pocket at the back (though it could have been a bit larger) because on the 2.0 I had a tailor rig one up with Velcro in the folder pocket just below the pens in the laptop section.

As discussed with jimmy a while back (hey Jimmy hope you’re safe whenever you are), I feel that the bag can feel a little top heavy once the ez access pockets are full as front layer is a bit “flappy”, and perhaps one could be moved lower down? Also, it’d be great for the water bottle pocket to have some flex material added to it do fit whatever size bottle in it, or even have a flap and a zipper so it could be moonlight as another outside pocket. I prefer the old logo compared to the black and white one, and if it were stitched on it would give it another plus of quality.

But this bag is really a standout in the market, and I would recommend it to anyone. It also makes a great pillow on a plane! Congrats!!!

Perfect for day trips

I've owned the carry on Minaal backpack for years now (and I absolutely love it), but lately I've only been able to do day trips because of the pandemic. The Daily 3.0 back is perfect for a 1-2 day trip, or as a basic bag to carry your laptop around. I haven't owned any other backpack that I am as satisfied with. Totally worth the price.

Great Bag and Amazing Customer Support

My first ordered bag got lost during shipment, and they send me a new one, just like that, thanks! Daily 3.0 Bag completes my Minaal setup, I’ve got them all, they are that good. Lightweight, well built, well organized, and beautiful.

Great backpack

I had been using the daily for my commute to work for until we started working from home only, great quality and i'm looking forwards to traveling with it :)

Has all the features I need

Rain cover, opens fully, laptop compartment against the back, secret passport pocket against the back - hard to find all these features on one product, however there are 3 things I personally miss -
1. Separate, flat compartment for A4 or Letter size documents. Right now the best place is next to the laptop but that makes the access cumbersome.
2. The passport pocket which is a must, could be bigger. Should it at least accommodate plane tickets unfolded?
3. Externally accessible, bigger compartment for dirty/used clothes or similar stuff.
Otherwise I'm very happy with the product! I suspect this will be my lasting friend for many years.

Best bag for carry-on only travel

I have been using the Minaal Carry-On in its original crowdfunded version 1.0 for approx. 6-7 years now and it turned out to be a reliable companion for both business and leisure travel (frequently combined with my trusted Brompton bike). As additional carry-on gear was needed for my family, I just received the 3.0 version and really enjoy the variety of improvements - still a top recommendation!

Favorite backpack I've owned!

Had previously bought the 2.0 Carry-on which has been my go-to bag for quick trips for the last year or so. That's been a really solid bag, but if I had one gripe with it, it'd be the material. It's always seemed to collect lint rather easily and, partly for that reason, is aesthetically not the most sleek IMO.

I'd been looking for a work-friendly bag for a while and figured I'd give this one a shot. Have been absolutely blown away by the quality. No issues with lint whatsoever and the new material looks noticeably better than the old. Looks professional, has all the features you could want in a work bag, and is incredibly comfortable - don't think I've owned a better daily bag!

The everyday backpack that nothing else can replace

I've owned a couple of different backpacks in this price category from other highly regarded brands but the Daily is the backpack that I instinctively grab for when leaving the house for any sort of purpose, as such it's now my only everyday all purpose backpack. It's lightweight, durable, adaptable and minimalist and can fold down flat for easy storage. I love it!

Awesome bag!

I had the gray Minaal 2.0 bundle which my husband claimed for himself so when the Minaal 3.0 became available I immediately ordered a black bundle. These are fabulous bsgs. They look streamlined and yet hold a ton! Love them!

Fantastic bags

These bags were pricey, but well worth the cost. True to their claims, the daily bag and the larger travel bag 3.0 are both thoughtfully designed with a compartment for almost everything you need to bring with you.

One cute feature is the little rain bag sack at the bottom of the bag. I didn’t notice it in the product description, so it was a fun surprise as I was unboxing the product.

The bags are well designed and durable with zippers that look like they will function for years of use.

Most importantly, I have stuffed my bags to the brim and they still maintain their slim profile.

Excellent minimalist design and excellent quality bags.

10/10. No complaints.

It has been my absolute pleasure to be a customer of Minaal. I have purchased nearly every one of their 3rd generation products and can honestly say that they fulfill my use case extremely well. Great for travel and as a daily driver. Their backpacks exceed any of the competition. It is the perfect bag.

Fantastic piece of kit

The carry on 3.0 more than lives up to the promises made by Minaal. The requirements for travellers have clearly been thoroughly thought through to ensure the bag works and works well when travelling. The design includes many small features that really make it effective, e.g. backpack straps that work but which also really do pack out of the way when not required, aren’t bulky and aren’t visible. The two compartments, one for clothes and one for technology also work really well. I bought the XL tool bag and the shirt protector as well. Both of them are excellent and integrate really well with the Carry-on 3.0. If you are someone that travels a lot (Covid notwithstanding) then you would do well to invest in something as robust and functional as this luggage

Beyond Perfect: It is a real Anti-Pickpocket bag

This is my second Minaal Daily. I gave the 2.0 to my 16 y.o. daughter after two years (and still looks perfect) and bought the 3.0 for me. It is minimalistic, light, beautiful and it works as intended.
I live in Bogotá, Colombia, a very chaotic city. I use public transportation and my skateboard. Besides being light and having the perfect size, I love wearing it with its rain cover on. In that way 'pickpocketers' can't have any type of access to it. The rain cover also makes it look like a very low profile bag which I appreciate while riding on any type of public transportation or just walking around.
It became part of my daily outfit and I wouldn't change it for any other bag.
Love it.

Perfect bag for modern city professionals

This bag supports my day-in, day-out life, and I love it for that! I live and work in the city and either walk, bike, or take public transit to work. Therefore, it is critical that I be able to easily carry everything I need for the work day - and for after work too, as I'll often socialize near work without being able to go home. This bag helps me with everything I need. The slot for my laptop is key #1. The ability to use it as a backpack or a briefcase is a HUGE #2. I've bought nice backpacks in the past but have had to use a separate bag for work functions, leading to problems if I don't transfer everything, etc. There's enough room for a change of clothes for the gym. The capacity of this bag is awesome. PLUS, not only is the fabric great, but also the rain fly is AMAZING and CRUCIAL. I don't have to worry about taking the train to work and then walking home if it is misty. I feel comfortable biking with my laptop inside, which is such a relief. If you need a bag to do all these things, then get this bag TODAY.