The Carry-on of The Future Has Arrived: Minaal 3.0 Backpack Review


We live in a new world. A world where adventure awaits and where we are always on the move. The minaal 3.0 carry-on backpack is for modern travelers who want to feel at home everywhere. Below is a full review of this new carry-on backpack that will change the way you travel. Are you ready?



Carry-On Approved

No checked bag lines or extra fees. First, with this carry-on approved backpack, you will save time and money. It is compliant with both US and European airlines. Also, in case anybody doesn’t believe you, the dimensions are on one of the straps.
Capacity: 35L (does not expand)
Dimensions (fully packed): 21.6×13.8×7.9in or 55x35x20cm

Extra Light

Second, despite lots of awesome features, the minaal 3.0 is surprisingly light. This is a game changer while on the move.
Net Weight: 3.12lb or 1.41kg

Keeping Things Organized

Shock-Proof Device Nest

This laptop “nest” protects your devices by keeping them away from exposed edges. The sleeve can hold two devices and is in a dedicated compartment in the back of the bag. Therefore, this is perfect for quick and easy access while going through security. You can also adjust the size of the sleeve to ensure a snug fit of any device.
Laptop Size: up to 16”
Tablet: 16”
Adjustable size

Secret Passport Pocket

A passport is the most important belonging of any traveler. This backpack features a dedicated secret compartment to keep your passport safe. It is in the back panel of the bag. As a result, it is nearly impossible for anyone else to get too. Yet, it remains accessible at all times.

Elasticized Water Bottle Holder

The water bottle pocket can hold a wide range of sizes thanks to its elasticized base. But, it is best for 20-oz or smaller. Also, please note that there is only one pocket and not two like other bags might offer.

Wide Opening

The main compartment opens wide making packing easy. Like with a traditional suitcase. The backpack also featured a 270-degree zipper for quick access. This is helpful while on the go.

Built to Last Forever


Minaal is a responsible company and thus makes products that last. They mixed great materials with a perfected aesthetic. The combination is the perfect companion for modern travelers.

More details on the materials:

  • Exterior fabric made from recycled yarn
  • Attracts less dust, lint and hair
  • Non toxic water-resistant coating (rain cover included for ultra heavy pour)
  • Sourced from bluesign®-certified supplier
  • Reinforced high-abrasion areas
  • Woojin & UTX alloy buckles
  • Interior is lined with highly resistant repurposed fabric

Warranty & Trial Period

The backpack comes with a lifetime warranty against defects. You also get 90 days to try it and decide if it’s a good match for you ($15 shipping fee will be deducted from your refund).


Unique Harness system

The harness will fit a wide range of body types thanks to an ingenious 4-point adjustment system. This system is great to ensure optimal comfort in any situation.
It is also a smart harness system, meaning it allows you to hide the straps in seconds. Moreover, this creates a more streamlined look and can be useful if you ever need to check the bag in. In addition, you will find foam-padded carry handles to help you easily grab or carry the backpack.

Note: Hip belt and shoulder sling sold separately. This is a little surprising for a premium backpack, specifically for the hip belt. Yet, these are not things I use thus it is nice not having to carry them around.

Soft but Strong

The harness consists of multi-layered EVA foam. This creates extra flexibility and durability. The backpack is also nicely fitted thanks to internal panels that will support your spine. The back panel is a single-piece of foam with indented airflow channels. Once again, this is great for both comfort and quality.


Lockable Zippers

Lock your bag for added peace of mind thanks to lockable zippers. Both the main compartment and the laptop sections feature lockable zippers. You can find TSA approved locks pretty much anywhere. They are great and not too expensive.
The compression straps on both sides act as zipper blockers. A simple ingenious feature that can also help deter pickpockets.

Built-in Whistle

You may appreciate the small built-in whistle on the chest strap. This is a small thing but, as you can imagine, it could come in handy.


I love the modernity and the minimal aesthetic of this backpack. The size is optimal and the weight is unbeatable. It is clearly designed for optimal organization and easy access to your belongings. Most importantly, there is a clear emphasis on keeping your electronics safe. I appreciate the versatility and comfort of the harness system, a must for a travel backpack. The quality of the backpack is amazing. Minaal builds long lasting products. This bag will not let you down.