Patagonia Black Hole Mini MLC vs Timbuk2 Prospect

  • Made for travel
  • Lightweight
  • Comfortable straps and back panel
  • Good for short hikes or day trips
  • Fits a laptop up to 15 inches in size
  • Great for everyday use
  • Stylish design
  • Durable materials
  • Lots of pockets and compartments for organization
  • Expands to fit a laptop up to 15 inches

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Carry-on

Patagonia Black Hole Mini MLC
I’ve eyed this bag for a while and the sale price puts it right where I want it. Anyone have this bag? Anyone have experience & can recommend something better in the same price range?
They add weight to the bag, and in this case the bag is no longer carry-on compliant anywhere when fully opened. I'm assuming this is not supposed to be an EDC bag so assuming you are using this as a carry-on bag I'd look into \~35L non-expandable bags as an alternative.
Timbuk2 Prospect
Timbuk2 Authority Laptop Backpack (Deluxe) Review | Pack Hacker
..Timbuk2 Authority Laptop Backpack Laptop Compartment
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5 months ago
packhacker.com
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Comfort

Patagonia Black Hole Mini MLC
Quick, cross-country trip. Details in comments.
I traveled across the country to see family this past weekend (4 nights 5 days). This was my first time using the Patagonia mini MLC - I won't ever take this on an airplane again. I love the bag and how it organized all of my gear but it was horribly uncomfortable, and I only had it on while walking through the airports, can't imagine being lost and looking for a hostel with this bag on. I'm thinking it would be much more comfortable with a hip belt.
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_tzipporah
reddit.com/r/onebag
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Timbuk2 Prospect
Timbuk2 Custom Prospect Laptop Backpack Review
Though, after interacting with the salespersons, I became interested in getting one of their custom bags. The one caught my interest was Timbuk2 Custom Prospect Laptop Backpack. They had a premade sample in-store, and I thought it looked great and the quality was exceptional
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4 months ago
cheesim.com
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Size

Patagonia Black Hole Mini MLC
What is this Patagonia pack? Cabin compatible it seems, and seemingly easy to wear as backpack. Would you recommend?
Pros—black hole bags are tough, Patagonia has a great warranty and repair program, the bag rolls up into its own side pocket to make a very compact package for storage, and Patagonia itself is a great company to support. Personally I think the new Patagonia MLC might be a better travel bag? My MLC is older, but I like it quite a bit with the exception of some poor pocket placement, but the new ones have different pockets. I also like to put a plastic sheet in it to give it a bit more rigidity if I’m using it as a backpack, which you can do because it has a laptop compartment.
Timbuk2 Prospect
Drive By :: Timbuk2 Prospect Laptop Backpack - Carryology - Exploring better ways to carry
That brings us to the real strength of this bag, customization.
PositivePositive
4 months ago
carryology.com
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Laptop

Patagonia Black Hole Mini MLC
It looked more like it was a part of my back rather than a classical "backpack"-look. The Black Hole material is fantastic. It looks really nice and is extremely durable. Luckily I haven't been in a position where it would be able to rip, but from what I've heard the material is incredibly durable.
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oktourist3
reddit.com/r/onebag
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Timbuk2 Prospect
Timbuk2 Custom Prospect Laptop Backpack Review
Though, after interacting with the salespersons, I became interested in getting one of their custom bags. The one caught my interest was Timbuk2 Custom Prospect Laptop Backpack. They had a premade sample in-store, and I thought it looked great and the quality was exceptional
NeutralNeutral
4 months ago
cheesim.com
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