It’s been awhile since I’ve done a gear review so I thought I’d start out with the much anticipated review of the new Patagonia MLC Transport.
The Transport is the latest version of the MLC line.
While Patagonia doesn’t give out dimensions, they state it holds 2746 cu. in/45 liters and weighs 3 lbs 2 oz. /1431g. I estimate the dimensions are about 21.5 in x 14 in x 8 in.
It’s made of recycled 900 denier polyester with a 200 denier lining.
The second front compartment has organizer panels on both sides with most having either velcro or a zipper to close.
There is also a magazine pocket on the rear with a zippered bottom to turn it into a sleeve allowing the bag to slide on the handles of a wheelie.
Almost everything I didn’t like about the previous version of the MLC was fixed in this version. It’s almost as if they read my mind. When I saw it in the store, I acted on impulse and bought it knowing I was going to love this bag. It is designed exactly the way I would design a bag.
However, once I got it home, I found a couple of issues that cooled my excitement.
The biggst problem I have is with the zippers. Even though they are YKK, they are designed terribly. There is no way to lock any of them, some of the metal pulls are so small it’s almost impossible to put a lock through them, the laptop compartment only has one zipper pull so you can’t secure it to anything, the zippers have stuck and gotten caught numeorous times, and if you look closely at the photo to the left, you’ll notice there is a good size opening when the main compartment zippers are bought together. Water, bugs, or who knows what could get into the bag including roving hands while the bag is on my back.
As mentioned earlier, the bag does come with hideaway clips for the packable backpack straps. A nice touch if you can get them to go in and out. They are so stiff, I find it necessary to unzip the rear compartment to help nudge the clips in and out of their hole. Not good.
If you don’t mind the issues with the zippers and don’t mind leaving the backpack strap clips out, then this might be a bag to consider. Patagonia makes good products and stands behind their work.
I have mixed feelings about this bag. On one hand, it is designed the exact way I’d want a bag designed and the right size. On the other hand….I hate the zippers.
The Patagonia MLC Transport retails for $179. Made in Vietnam.