Patagonia MLC

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This isn't really a pack, but it is so good that I…

Rating: rated 5 of 5 stars
Design: Carry-On, W/ Pack straps
Size: 2,835
Number of Pockets: 3 (1 main, 1 secondary, 1 small internal)
Max. Load Carried: 45 lbs
Height of Owner: 6'3"
Price Paid: $250 CDN

This isn't really a pack, but it is so good that I had to let people know. Like its name indicates, it is mainly a carry-on bag, and has a very good shoulder strap. It does have hidden pack shoulder straps and a hip belt. This can all be hidden so they are not a problem.

I went away this summer for two months and it carried ALL my regular clothes. (I happily discovered this when I did laundry.) It has internal ladder-lock straps that are impossible to break. I literally yanked on them as hard as i could. This bag holds an incredible amount of stuff, and doesn't have big 'steal-me' Patagonia logos on it. Very nice piece, good for when you have to come down the mountain and get domestic. Useable for crossover also, or when in a jam. Get it.

Retailers' Descriptions

Here's what other sites are saying:

As practical as a good map, as adaptable as a well-seasoned traveler and as useful as a concierge in an unknown city, our much-loved M.L.C.(R) (Maximum Legal Carry-On) may well be the most versatile travel bag you'll ever stuff into an overhead bin. This soft-sided carry-on bag holds up to five days' worth of clothes, opens like a book for easy packing, yet meets airline carry-on size requirements so you can get in and out as fast as possible. An internal, padded laptop sleeve holds most 17-inch laptops and doubles as a clothing organizer. Hidden, ergonomic shoulder straps quickly convert the M.L.C to a backpack for walking through crowds or riding a motorcycle taxi. The padded shoulder strap disperses weight, and top and side handles allow you to carry it like a briefcase. External zippered pockets provide easy access to travel documents, a wallet and cell phone. An internal floating divider inside the main compartment separates clean clothes from dirty. Made of 11-oz 1,200-denier 100% recycled polyester with a slick 3.3-oz 200-denier 100% polyester lining. Both have a polyurethane coating and a Deluge(R) DWR (durable water repellent) finish.


Board your plane without the usual questions asked - with the MLC Bag from Patagonia which totes the maximum legal carry-on (MLC), you're never at the gate with a bag to check. The main compartment has 2746 cu in of space with 3 organizational pockets and a floating internal divider. 3 carrying options for comfort.

- Mountain Gear

The MLC (standing for Maximum Legal Carry-on Size), is the perfect soft briefcase for getting out of dodge on a quick trip. While being able to carry 3-5 days worth of clothes, as well as all the little stuff you might need, this bag can be carried in three ergonomic ways. Use it as a messenger bag while milling around, a backpack when running to catch that layover flight, or as a briefcase while trying to look extra professional. This bag is made from 100% recycled material, which appeals to both your professional AND casual sides!

- Rocky Mountain Trail

The Patagonia MLC (Max Load Carry-On) is a soft-sided suitcase that converts to a backpack, and manages to meet ultra-strict airline carry-on requirements. Made of rugged 1,680-denier ballistics nylon cloth. Lining: 210-denier prismatic reflective nylon for visibility. Deflects rain and sleet with a polyurethane/DWR (durable water repellent) finish. Holds three to five days worth of gear. Shoulder straps tucks away in zippered compartmetn to convert from suitcase to backpack. Two large compartments separate town garb from climbing gear. Corners are curved to decrease sharp edges which tend to be vulnerable to abrasion. Floating, internal mesh pocket (with adjustable straps) doubles as a compression panel.


Free Shipping. Patagonia MLC (Spring 2007) The MLC by Patagonia meets airline carry-on size requirements and holds several days' worth of gear. With ergonomic shoulder straps that tuck away, it easily converts from suitcase to backpack. Two large compartments separate town garb from climbing gear. Coated fabrics (1,680-denier Ballistics Cloth nylon and 210-denier prismatic reflective nylon for visibility) deflect rain and sleet; an adjustable, floating mesh pocket doubles as a compression panel; and the external pockets have water-resistant zips. Size Volume 2400 cu. in. / 39.3 liters Dimensions L 22in. x W 9.5in. x H 13in. Weight 3 lbs. 2 oz. / 1,418 grams Features Ideal Uses Business trips, Expeditions, Train travel, Extended weekend escapes Fabric 1680-denier Ballistics cloth. Lining 210-denier prismatic reflective nylon. Both are coated with polyurethane; DWR finish Corners are curved to decrease sharp edges which tend to be vulnerable to abrasion Holds three to seven days worth of clothes Ergonomic shoulder straps tuck neatly out of sight in a zippered compartment A floating, internal mesh pocket (with adjustable straps) doubles as a compression panel External, compartmentalized, pockets have water-resistant zippers Internal hanging mesh pocket with key retainer; YKK coil zippers have lockable sliders; ID tag Human Curve shoulder strap; Leather handle

- Moosejaw

Patagonia MLC

previously retailed for:
$118.97 - $249.00

The Patagonia MLC is not available from the stores we monitor. It was last seen July 1, 2014 at

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