TRAVEL & REVIEWS

CabinZero Backpack Review – Are They Worth It?

Meg Cale

Lindsay is obsessed with backpacks. We’re practically backpack collectors. Half of this is for practical reasons [ie: we travel a lot] and the other half is merely because she loves them.

We found CabinZero on Instagram and Linds fell in love with their design. We were in the market for a larger pack to upgrade from our 32-liter packs and reached out to CabinZero. They sent us two complimentary packs, but we were not paid for this review, as always – we keep it real and show you the good and the areas where we’d like to see improvement. You may or may not have heard of Cabin Zero because they’re a British company, just making the international jump. They pride themselves in making quality cabin sized packs that a durable enough for a weekend getaway or a long haul backpacking adventure.

FEATURES WE LIKED:

Size:

CabinZero designs their packs to fit carry-on size requirements for budget airlines around the world. When we can, we prefer to carry my luggage on to avoid baggage fees and ensure the airline won’t lose my luggage. At 2 pounds and under, these packs are light but durable. 44 liters allow you to keep things light but is big enough to have a wide variety of outfit choices. I was able to pack 20 different outfits in my pack for my Dinah Shore trip. I also took it with me to Tampa, where I needed to pack fun casual outfits, but also business casual looks for my conference presentation at IGLTA. It’s big enough to pack everything I need but small enough to fit under the seat in front of me on a flight.

Classic 44L

  • Volume: 44L
  • Weight: 1.7lbs / 760 grams (approx.)
  • Dimensions: Fits 55 x 40 x 20 cm
  • Composition, Outer: Waterproof polyester, Lining: Polyester
  • Retails for $77 USD

Design:

The packs are rather minimalist without lacking the necessary features to make it practical. The padded shoulders and sleek design make it more attractive and fashionable than many of the other packs on the market. It comes in 16 different colors and they’re completely gender neutral. The top and sides both have handles which are great for carrying it when it’s not on your back. It also has a sleeve inside for your laptop which is an ace for a blogger.

Warranty:

Every bag comes with a 10-year warranty. PLUS, if you ‘like’ CabinZero on Facebook, they’ll increase the warranty to 25-years. That’s a pretty bold statement from a brand. 25 years with one pack is a lot of years. It really shows that they trust their packs to go the distance.

Tracker:

One rather unique feature is the Okoban lost and found tracking system. Each bag has a metal tag with a unique code which can be registered online. If your bag is lost or stolen and someone finds the bag and calls CabinZero, they’re able to identify the bag as belonging to you. While I find the premise a bit far fetched, I have to admit, it does increase the odds of it being returned to the owner.

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AREAS OF IMPROVEMENT

No product is ever perfect, here are a few ways that we’d like to see CabinZero improve their packs.

Pockets

I use a backpack daily. I carry my whole life in there because I’m often working from a coffee shop. I like having individual pockets for my smaller items like pens, keys, headphones etc. Cabin Zero has one big outer pocket with a zipper but there aren’t any individual pockets. I’d love to see more organizational features on the inside and outside.

Hip Belt

Lindsay loves having a padded hip belt with side pockets so that she can store her most important items right on her waist. She thinks of it as a safety feature to have her passport and wallet right under her hand at all times. For me, this wasn’t as big of a deal – but ya know – different strokes for different folks.

 

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THE VERDICT

CabinZero packs are great for medium range trips. It’s the perfect size for two of backpacking, like our trip to Banos, Ecuador. If you’re looking to do more than a month of consecutive travel, it may not be the pack for you. I found them to be rugged, durable, and still stylish enough for photos. I love my 44L pack and will definitely be using it on trips into the foreseeable future.

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