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

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  1. Hi Tom, finally I have someone going to US this month end. Need to buy two Day Packs918-20L) for me and my wife. I am 5'6" and wife 5'2". I am confused and puzzled which one to buy. Kindly help me.

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

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

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

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

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

  7. Hey fellows I was wondering if you could help me out with the bag hanging on the upper left on the wall above the GR3 by GORUCK. What modell and brand is it and is there a review?
    Thanks for your help already.

  8. Hi Tom, new to the channel so this may be covered elsewhere. But do you mind if I ask how tall you are? Just sussing out pack size relative to height! I'm 170cm so thinking it may wear a tad on the large size. Cheers!

  9. Another great detailed review! I purchased the Aer pack as per your review and love it. I have travelled to Paris and Tel Aviv several times in the last few months and the bag is a perfect fit for my needs. Keep up the good work and thank you mr. Packhacker!

  10. You just posted Nathan & Rebecca's awesome review of the Osprey Farpoint 40. How would the Pack Hacker staff compare the two bags? They both play in the same space (carry on friendly, single bag travel) but at a much different cost. The Minaal always gets great reviews, but with the shortcomings you mentioned… does it rate as a higher "buy" option over the Farpoint 40 for checkin only travelers? What are your thoughts?

  11. I've travelled with very good bags in the past, including the MEI Voyageur, and my Tortuga V2.   They're supposed to be max carry on size, but I always had to check them at the airport.  
          My Minaal 2.0 is smaller, only 35 litre, and I've never had to check it.   Always allowed to carry it on.  It's my favourite bag now for minimalist one bag carry on.  On  recent more than two months trip to southeast Asia, it was great.  I'm very happy with it. The water bottle pocket could have been designed better, but it still does the job.

  12. tom i looked back at your 40l goruck review and it seems you packed a lot more gear (tripod, more packing cubes) when you traveled with that bag.  did you cut down on what your using and carrying or did you use a 2nd bag for some of your equipment when you used the minaal 2.0?

  13. Stoked to hear you're digging the gear! Awesome review! You guys really went deep on the details. Hit us up with questions below (make sure to tag minaal so we can find you) or shoot a note to feedback[at]minaal[dot]com anytime. We've added this to our YouTube Packing and Reviews playlist over here: http://mina.al/2hHiKlg 💪

  14. Great review, Tom as always. I love that you actually test the products for a bit before reviewing unlike a lot of folks that get an item loaned to them for a review and never take it out of their home. I purchased the grey Minaal 2.0 bag earlier last year with the shirt pouch and their cubes. It's nice to see they include the hip straps now because they were a $30 add on when I purchased mine. I ended up returning mine because it held less than my GORUCK GR1 and when it was packed, the outside pockets were hard to get into. I loved how sleek it was, but I travel carry-on only and like to have a liquids bag easily accessible from the outside. The Minaal was a deal breaker because of this. Well, that and the absurd over-rated price they charge for it. I didn't feel the quality was there for the price. Like you said, they use a generic nylon and after seeing how evasive they were answering your questions, I wonder why they can't just be honest about the materials? Quality control issues with Cordura? It's used on millions of product so I'm sure there's some issues. You make a higher higher profit using cheaper nylon and only selling direct. Oh and I hated that stupid water bottle pocket. They claim mesh pockets will not be durable, but I'd rather have a usable mesh pocket than one I can rarely use if the bag is packed.

  15. Another great review. The minaal looks very slick for everyday use. I use the osprey farpoint 40 daily and find the hiking design and the hip belt a bit of a bummer to look discrete and pro. How does the bag look when it is empty? Does it stay flat and keep its shape?

  16. Well, that's a very thought-out bag. Would love to check it out myself one day.
    Awesome video, Tom! I like your attention to detail. Keep up the great work. Looking forward to the collab 😉

  17. if they removed the water bottle holder this bag could go in the Guggenheim museum. unfortunately when i tried this bag out i felt i needed about 35L bag that could hold my clothes and light weight workout shoes (pro tip: black sperry dock siders, dress up, dress down, feel great all day and pack small.) the three packing cubes they sell for the bag hold a little less than the two cubes i use for my clothes on all my trips ( 12x12x4 & 12x6x4) and in the winter i really could use one more small cube. Great review, i enjoy your videos.  This is an excellent choice in bags but it probably will not be your only bag for all your trips.

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