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The IRONCLOUD is a comfortable pack designed for travel and is carry-on friendly for most flights. It can be carried in three different orientations depending on the user's preference: by the side handle, by the shoulder strap or by the backpack straps. The main compartment is lockable and has an internal compression bib inside for securing contents during travel. The IRONCLOUD has a padded compartment dedicated for a 15" laptop or tablet on the exterior of the pack, making it easy for the user to access while on-the-go. The overall volume of the pack is 2930 cubic inches (48 liters).
Just got back from two weeks in Europe and all I brought was this bag and a small bag for my camera, and I went the whole time without doing laundry (and even had some clean, unused sock when I got back).
To be honest, I haven't really taken this on a trip yet. But I did just finish packing for 10 days in India and between this and a small shoulder pack, I'm going to have everything I need plus have room to spare. I packed using some inexpensive travel cubes to help organize.
There isn't much to dislike about this pack if you are looking for a maximum-sized carry-on duffel backpack. If you don't max it out, this one will make it into the 22x14x9 airline restrictions (that I usually have to meet anyway) but it can get bigger if you stuff it full and then you'd likely have to check it. It has a really cool compression bib inside that helps keep everything smaller and compressed down so that helps a great deal. It can also be compressed a little more with the outside straps. Here are a couple tips I've learned: I find those straps very useful for things like a jacket and a water bottle, too. Keep your little see-thru toiletry bag under one of those outer compression straps as well and you'll likely have an easier time getting through TSA. They seem to like that being prepared for them nicely in advance that way. If you are a somewhat minimalist packer/traveler like me, then you can easily work with this (48L?) pack for a week or two. It won't fit comfy under the seat in front of you for a longer trip (if you are 6' tall like me) but it just fits max in the little box by the gate and it fits the overheads easily so far for me. Of course, I haven't been near an airport for almost two months now due to the covid 19 but I plan to be using this puppy again soon. Its not the most attractive or sleek looking carry on duffel but I think they all stop looking that way after about the 35L size so that isn't really a fault of the Ironcloud. Mine is in the wolf gray color and it looks really sharp.
Took a European tour for two weeks and took only this bag. The best part was that I was able to carry it on the airplane and it fits into the overhead compartment. Even on a small plane there was no issue. The other three people had to continuously check their bags and pay checked bag fees. Every time we were waiting at the luggage carousel at the end of a flight at least one person in our group would comment about how awesome it was that I didn't need to check my bag. Couldn't be happier. In fact if i would have bought one for my wife it literally would have paid for itself in checked bag fees. Exactly the quality you'd expect from Maxpedition.
My son is former Special Forces and recommended this tactical bag for my travels. Not cheap, but not dissappointing either. I would have gone for the larger version, but I HATE checking my bag and taking the chance of loss and damage, not to mention standing at a baggage carousel when I could already be out of the airport and exploring. Plus, the smaller bag forces me to pack efficiently and not take those unnecessary items.
This Maxpedition bag is absolutely without a doubt top quality.
Really love this bag it's convertible from carrying over your shoulder to full backpack mode with quality materials and with plenty of space for your tech ect and the rest for you clothes ect fantastic.
Valigia formato "carry-on" convertibile zaino e tracolla, ottima cordura balistica come da standard Maxpedition e ottime cerniere. Buone le finiture. Difetti principali:
Bellissimo colore grigio, elegante e allo stesso tempo "tattico. Zaino di ottima fattura. Dettagli curati. Capiente ma con la possibilità contenere il volume con le cinghie di compressione. Qualità (ed anche prezzo) Maxpedition