Patagonia Headway MLC 45L Bag
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Patagonia Headway MLC 45L Bag

Patagonia Headway MLC 45L Bag is rated 4.8 out of 5 by 12.
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Product Description Item No.   10300346

The Patagonia Headway MLC 45L Bag is one part suitcase, one part backpack for all your carry-on travel needs. Yeah, it's that awesome. Soft sides make it lightweight, while 940D Cordura® Ballistic nylon fabric gives it plenty of durability. Coated in a durable water repellent finish, this bag will shed a light rain as you jog to your rental car. The zipper allows the main compartment to open like a book, where you're treated with two separate compartments so you can pack easy and properly organize your socks from your underwear. Whether you use the roll, stuff, or fold method, you should be able to get between 3 and 5 days worth of clothing in there. Or maybe you just want to stick your 17" laptop inside, that's cool too, it's padded. The exterior zip organizes small items such as phone, passport, pens and reading materials. Throw the bag on your back, the strap over your shoulder or grab it like a briefcase and you'll be on or off the plane in no time.

FEATURES of the Patagonia Headway MLC 45L Bag

  • Superdurable Cordura nylon for puncture- and abrasion-resistance
  • Main zippered compartment opens like a book and features two separate compartments for easy packing, access and organization
  • Second zippered compartment holds shoes
  • Two small zippered pockets organize essentials; third pocket with key clip provides easy access to tickets and passports; fourth pocket sits flat for documents and magazines
  • Three carrying options: Backpack-style with ergonomic shoulder straps that tuck neatly into a zippered compartment; shoulder-bag style with comfortable shoulder strap; briefcase-style with two carry handles
  • Rear sleeve allows you to slip the tote on and off rolling luggage handles

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Gender: Unisex, Mens
Features: Compression Straps, Carry-On Size, Water-resistant, Organizer Panel, Laptop Compatible
Weight: 50.3 oz
Fabric Details: 940D Cordura Ballistic 100 % Nylon
Pack Fabric: Nylon
Pack Pockets (+ main compartment): 10
Product Technology: DWR
Disclaimer: We only ship this brand to US Addresses.
Best Use: Casual
Pack Capacity: 45 Liters / 2746 Cubic inches
Holds Laptop Size: 17 inch
Trip Length: Weekend
Frame Type: Frameless
Pack Access: Top
DWR tech

Durable Water Repellant
DWR (Durable Water Repellent) is a coating that is applied to fabrics which makes them water-resistant, or hydrophobic. A DWR finish doesn't interfere with breathability, which makes it perfect for adverse conditions in the backcountry.

Rated 5 out of 5 by from Traveling at it Best Great travel bag! Recommend for any type of traveler, weekend warrior to experienced traveler. Practical, functional, and durable and I have not been disappointed.
Date published: 2017-11-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Outstanding travel bag I own several bags from Patagonia and I have always been interested in this bag to replace my sturdy Patagonia messenger bag for trips that required several days. I purchased the MLC bag in black for a three week trip and found that it met nearly all of my expectations. Outstanding size-perfect for carry on and even when stuffed full it fit easily in the overhead compartments. I was able to fit sneakers, flip flops and by utilizing a 20 liter compression sack (also from Moosejaw) I was able to fit socks, underwear, pants, jacket, shirts and cold weather emergency gear into the main compartment. (One week of clothes-rotated). I loved the zippered main compartment for clothes as it kept everything in place. The two side sleeve pockets were nicely padded and held my 15" rugged laptop and smaller tablet. I did not worry about damage or scratches. The interior has another compartment that is large enough to hold another jacket or shoes-I kept this empty and used it to transport souvenirs on my return trip. It was large enough to hold a large clay serving platter and because the bag is padded well it returned without damage. Two more interior pockets are smaller and one is mesh-used for toiletries and the other for emergeny food. The main compartment for organization of phone-cables and ect was put to good use by holding my camera, passport, smaller cables, first aid kit and 32 oz Nalgene bottle, pens and two moleskin books. Plenty of space-my only complaint is that the velcro fasteners to keep the smaller compartments closed were far too small. This caused items to move about when shifting from backpack to OTS. I would recommend making the velcro wider or inserting snaps. The bag can easily be switched from OTS to backpack and either carries well and the weight distribution is good so you can carry for long distances. I appreciated the quality shoulder straps with good padding and chest strap/buckle. Very well done. I felt the shoulder strap could have used a thicker and larger pad-but still a very good and strong strap that can be stored in the rear backpack/strap compartment that can quickly be zipped shut to hide all straps. The rear also has a pocket/zip sleeve that can open to place this onto rolling luggage. I just used this on another trip and it worked well. I actually preferred to use it as a sleeve to hold my jacket as I carried the bag OTS for easy access. The fabric is great-I put it through the wringer in the field and no rips or tears even after dragging it across rough terrain. It reminded me of my military ruck in it's durability. The buckles are hard plastic, but all of the bag stitching ensures that everything is secure. The zippers worked flawlessly and there were no snags. The grip handles are perfect and made carrying this as a suitcase very easy. My wish list for the bag: More secure fasters/velcro for interior compartment. Cinch straps would be a nice addition to keep the bag tight during travel. Also-an exterior mesh side pocket for water bottle when OTS carried. An opening for a hydration bladder and tube would be nice but is not necessary for what this bag is intended. I highly recommend this bag for day trippers and travelers who like to travel light.
Date published: 2017-10-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Travel Bag! I specifically bought this bag for a recent 13 day trip to Scotland and Ireland and it did not disappoint! I was able to use this as a carry-on on all three flights (even with the strict size and weight restrictions). I comfortably pack all my things and keep them organized, the many compartment and separations make this simple. One of my favorite things is the ability to wear this as a backpack, keeping my hands free. It seems to be very durable and I had no problems with zippers or straps. And the water resistant material held up well in the rain many a times in the wet climate keeping everything inside dry! I would definitely recommend this bag for someone looking to travel light.
Date published: 2017-10-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Awesome travel pack!! I bought this because a friend had it and talked me into it because its been a great travel pack for her. I used it for the first time for a trip to Oregon, and it was absolutely GREAT! You can fit so much in it, and its easy to carry around when you have several layovers. There are so many sections and areas to put things away in! It's really one of the best purchases I've ever made!!!
Date published: 2017-07-06
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Looks great!! After going back and forth with many different pcs of luggage and constantly striving to find the most travel efficient peice, I'm hoping this relieves my woes. I have read really great comments about this bag on the manufacturers site as well as moosejaw and I'm looking forward to breaking it in on a simple flight from SFO to MCO in April. Then really putting it to the test in Europe this summer. I'm hoping this will be the last bag for my travel needs!
Date published: 2017-03-31
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Perfect FIT and SIZE I got this bag from Moosejaw at a nice discounted price. It is by far the best weekender bag I've ever had. It features all the right pockets for anything you can possibly carry for the weekend or even more days of travel. There are zippered linings to keep things tight and organize. It has side handles, top handles, and best of all it converts into a backpack when you take the hidden straps out. The construction and material is as tough as it can be, it looks nice and trendy, and I jut love it.
Date published: 2017-03-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Perfect for travel I bought this to prepare for a two week trip to Europe. Just used for a weekend trip and worked perfectly with plenty of room for clothes, shoes, and other.
Date published: 2017-03-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The perfect carry-on This bag is the perfect carry-on… It has multiple ways you can carry including a backpack, satchel style, briefcase hold style… The pocket I'm placing of the pockets are fantastic… The spacing for storage of clothing and additional packing items is excellent… The zipper quality and material Quality seem to be holding up very well.
Date published: 2017-01-30
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What are the differences between the Transport MLC and the Headway MLC?

Asked by: Kari
The only difference I can see between these two packs is the material used. The Headway MLC uses a super durable Cordura nylon for puncture- and abrasion-resistance, whereas the Transport MLC uses 100% recycled polyester. Other than that, these two are very similar in size, weight, and structure.
Answered by: Rocko Gigsby
Date published: 2017-09-06
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