The Patagonia Black Hole MLC 45L is a classic travel bag that takes your carry-on capacity to the max, but it’s not the most comfortable option out there. View Our Full Review: https://packhacker.com/travel-gear/patagonia/black-hole-mlc/
0:00 - Intro
0:55 - Material & Aesthetic
3:01 - External Components
7:35 - Inside the Pack
11:02 - Durability & Testing
13:05 - Pros & Cons
13:44 - The Verdict
They say you can’t beat an original. Or can you? The Patagonia Black Hole MLC 45 Liter was one of the first bags on the market to encourage one-bag carry-on travel. Now that the concept has become an entire movement, does this classic live up to the legend and outshine its modern successors? You guessed it—you’re about to find out.
First things first, the MLC in this pack’s name stands for Maximum Legal Carry-On. It’s designed to be one of the largest bags that you can take with you on a flight—a concept that works a bit better on U.S. airlines that allow for larger bags and not quite as well in Europe and Asia.
We're not big fans of large bags that try to be a backpack, messenger and a duffel all at once, especially when the backpack harness system is not optimal. We understand what Patagonia was going for with the Black Hole MLC 45 Liter, and it could work well for you if you're looking for a large carry-on pack. After all, it is one of the original bags that kicked off the one-bag movement. All things considered, however, there are better and more comfortable options on the market for bags of this size.
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In this video, Tom Wahlin of Pack Hacker reviews the Patagonia Black Hole MLC 45L, a max legal carry-on travel bag.
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