The Cabin Max Metz Backpack was designed with the intention of suitability as a piece of carry-on luggage for flights. The size makes it perfect for all airlines but the volume capacity of the bag is not compromised. This makes the backpack more than just a carry-on luggage as it can be used for short trips as well.
When it comes to travelling, some people prefer to take the bare essentials with them. Not everyone wants to be carrying around several bags or a large suitcase with a bag as well. My review will look into how suitable this backpack is for holiday use whether it is camping, hiking or backpacking.
- Organised Compartments: Lots of pocket compartments to store big and small items in the first compartment of the bag making it easily accessible.
- Variety of Colours and Patterns: Available in over 20 different colours and designs so it can be tailored to your individual style and makes it easily distinguishable from other bags.
- Suitable as Carry-On Luggage: The size is the approved size to be used as a cabin bag on all airlines including smaller ones.
- Waterproof: The material used is water resistant which will ensure your items are kept dry wherever you go.
- Lightweight: Allows you to pack more of your items into the bag without going over the weight limit.
- No Laptop Compartment: There are no pockets large enough or straps to fit a laptop in securely.
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|Available Sizes (All Parts)||55 x 35 x 20cm|
Design & Construction
The Cabin Max Metz backpack has a fairly standard design without it being overly fussy on details and number of compartments. It’s not too big either as it comes in one size measuring at 55 x 35 x 20cm but the capacity is a generous 44 litre volume.
You will see there is one external pocket, a front compartment and a main compartment. These all have zip closures with short cords attached. A small padlock can be used to lock the zips together. There are also 2 compression straps on both sides of the bag for extra closure security.
Attached to the top of the bag is a padded carry handle. There are two thickly padded wide and adjustable straps which enables you to wear the backpack on your shoulders. The back of the bag has no extra pockets but it is padded as well.
In the middle of the straps, there is a plastic D shape ring on each strap attached. Some well-known brands don’t have this which is ideal for clipping easily accessible items on such as a water bottle, pen or a small pouch.
Material and Colours
For the fabric of the bag, it is made with a soft 600 denier polyester material which is shower resistant. This will help to keep your possessions inside the bag dry in rainy conditions.
Most people have said the bag is quite durable as it has been used for:
- Grocery shopping
- The gym
- Short holiday breaks
Although the bag can fit a lot, it’s not a good idea to overfill the bag past its capacity. This will only cause the stitching to stretch which will end up tearing and damaging the bag.
The Cabin Max Metz backpack comes in a variety of colours and designs. There are over 25 available including comic patterns, floral, polka dot or solid colours. Not many manufacturers will have such a large and varied selection to choose from so it’s great for you to choose one to suit your style as well as making your backpack easily identifiable.
Inside & Outside Compartments
Although the external look of the backpack is not overfilled with compartments, the inside of the bag is where all the compartments are.
The one external compartment is a big pocket with one zip which is suitable to store quick stash items but it cannot store anything too bulky. A magazine can be fitted in but it may not zip up depending on the length of it.
The Front Compartment
The front compartment is where you will find all the little well organised pockets stitched in. It’s a double zip closure which allows the compartment to open all the way down to the bottom of the bag so the flap lays flat. This makes it easier to pack items in. On the back of the flap is a zipped large mesh pocket.
Opposite this, you will see several smaller compartments consisting of:
- 1 big mesh pocket at the bottom
- A small zipped mesh pocket
- 2 pen slots
- A small pocket
- A big pocket at the back
Unfortunately, it’s not possible to fit a laptop in here nor is it a good idea to as there are no straps to secure it in. Some people would have preferred to have this option although a few people with smaller laptops or notebooks were able to fit these into the mesh pocket flap.
The Main Compartment
The main compartment of the Cabin Max Metz backpack is very spacious which opens up the same way as the front compartment. There are no extra pockets fitted in here and no packing straps to hold your clothing in place either.
However, the external compression straps can be tightened to prevent things from moving around.
As the zips open all the way to the bottom, the bag can easily be laid down flat like a suitcase making it easier for you to pack your things. This makes it easier for you to find items too because you won’t have to keep taking items in and out to find something like you would have to do in a standard backpack.
Comfort & Convenience
With the padded and adjustable straps, this makes the bag comfortable to carry on the shoulders. It doesn’t dig into your shoulders as the padding is quite thick and as the straps are wide, the weight is evenly balanced.
With the soft material, this allows the user to move flexibly with the bag on although some users would’ve liked the design to be more ergonomic.
The lightness of the bag along with the padded back gives further comfort to the user as well. Only downside with the padded back is that it can make you feel quite hot in warmer climates and cause your back to sweat a bit.
Because of the size of the bag, it’s perfect as carry-on luggage for all airlines including budget airlines such as Ryanair which will save you the cost of having to pay for a suitcase. It can easily fit into the overhead lockers or under the seat on airlines if you prefer to keep your bag in sight.
A lot of people were able to use the Cabin Max Metz backpack for a week long holiday for camping and for a beach holiday. It can easily fit a pair of ankle boots along with two pairs of flat shoes including a number of clothing items with room to spare.
With the number of compartments in the front compartment, you can easily organise all your small items in one place. These are also easily accessible particularly with the mesh as you will not need to be rummaging around in a big compartment or many small internal/external pockets to find what you need. This is sometimes the case with some backpacks.
The only problem with the front compartment is that many people found they were unable to fit bulky items in. Plugs and cables can fit in easily but not bottles that are of a large circular design such as a water bottle. It would have been preferable to have a separate compartment or straps to secure a laptop in as well.
Watch this short video clip of the Cabin Max Metz backpack.
Final Thoughts | Cabin Max Metz Backpack
If you’re going travelling, backpacking or camping then this bag is perfect because it will fit your bare essentials in. It’s also ideal as a carry-on for flights on short trips as the bag can fit in a week’s worth of clothing and necessities. With the many compartments within the bag, organising and finding your items is much easier too particularly with the mesh pockets.
The Cabin Max Metz backpack is durable enough to withstand long and strenuous use. The only thing is to not overfill the bag past its capacity which will cause damage. This is usually the case with backpacks in general.
For the price, it’s worth it as it’s a good value for carry-on luggage and for the spacious packing volume too. There aren’t many decent sized backpacks available at this price either which makes it a must-have bargain.