Note: Standard Luggage provided this backpack free of charge so I could write about it. The words and ideas in this article are my own and have not been approved by Standard Luggage.
Standard Luggage Carry-On Backpack Overview & Impressions
When Standard Luggage reached out to me to ask if I wanted to try out their pack, I have to admit I was skeptical. I receive pitches all of the time for “free stuff” and generally never have any use for the product so I decline. In this case I was intrigued, because I actually have been using a direct competitor (Osprey Porter 46) for many years now. Could Standard’s Carry-on Backpack actually be a good replacement for that?
Getting the Pack
My backpack arrived from Standard just a couple of days after the order was placed. It came in a somewhat compact package and included the actual pack along with the shoulder and waist straps and the company’s unique accent pieces. These pieces come in blue and orange and are easily interchangeable.
Before I get into my experiences, I want to cover some of what Standard believes makes this backpack stand out. First, it has a 3-in-1 design. It can be a backpack, a suitcase or a shoulder bag depending on how you configure it. Let’s be honest though. If you are buying this pack then you probably plan to carry it on your back most of the time so I’ll approach this overview talking about it as a pack.
Some of the other important Standard Luggage Carry-on Backpack features are below:
- Slim carry-on design
- 6 points of adjustablity on the pack plus padded back ventilation to keep you cool
- Dedicated laptop pocket with included laptop sleeve
- Roll aboard strap to attach to suitcases with a handle
- Lockable zippers
- 10L expandable zipper
- Raincover included
- Organization pouches with see-through mesh
My Experiences with the Pack
I got the Standard Luggage carry-on backpack right before a big road trip where I spent several days on the road through New England and the Midwest which included a lot of hotel hopping. Immediately I enjoyed the extra space this bag has compared to the Osprey. I find the rounded edges on the Osprey along with the location of its laptop pouch make it feel much smaller than the Standard Luggage carry-on backpack.
In fact, it was spacious enough that I took the Standard Luggage carry-on backpack on two more trips immediately afterwards. It spent the weekend with me at Walt Disney World for the opening of Star Wars Galaxy’s Edge and then a week or so with me in Washington DC for a conference. I was able to carry all of the clothes and shoes needed for these trips with room to spare.
Carry-On Backpack Good & Bad
Saying that I took this backpack on 3 trips instead of the planned 1 is huge. I travel A LOT and my gear list is pretty locked in. Obviously I really did fall in love with this bag, however it isn’t perfect. Here are some of the best and worst parts of the Standard Luggage carry-on backpack.
Very large – This backpack is almost squared off so it fits the maximum amount of stuff it can in its small frame. I have been able to take an incredible amount of stuff on board without checking a bag thanks to this backpack.
Comfortable to Wear – This backpack is large and square and thus doesn’t look all that comfortable, however I can say it is fine to wear on your back. I have carried it around enough now to confirm that the design supports the weight and doesn’t leave you with a backache. I wouldn’t go hike the Appalachian Trail with it, but for getting around it is fine.
Well Thought Out – The other thing I really love about this backpack are all of the storage areas. The laptop is both easy to get to, but also hidden away in the back. There are compartments up top so you don’t need to go into the main compartment and of course there is additional organization on the inside. You’ll also find compression straps, making it feel more like a suitcase at times.
Good Materials – The materials used on the Standard Luggage carry-on backpack are top notch. While the black can get a little dirty as expected, it holds up well. The zippers and all other connectors are made of very strong material.
The Not So Good
Aesthetics – I get it. Standard set out to create the most versatile carry-on size backpack and they might have just done that. Unfortunately it isn’t the prettiest. Unlike the Osprey with its rounded corners (which cut space) and attractive design, this backpack looks more like a suitcase strapped to your back. I never minded wearing it in public, but it wasn’t exactly the prettiest thing.
The Orange/Blue Accents – I actually like the idea of these interchangeable accents and have used both colors. Unfortunately, the Standard Luggage tag is also interchangeable via velcrow, and my daughter has already taken off the tag and lost it twice. At one point I had a blue tag with orange everything else until I found where she hid it!
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Standard Luggage Carry-on Backpack – My Plan Going Forward
So bottom line, I will continue to use this bag going forward, but not all of the time. I don’t really like checking luggage nor do I care much for big suitcases, so this backpack fits in my lineup perfectly. For quicker trips where I need less stuff I’ll probably stick with my Osprey which is a bit more compact.
If I am on a longer trip where I need more space and won’t be carrying the bag all of the time then the Standard Luggage bag is the choice. For very long term trips where the backpack is going to get carried A LOT, I would choose something else.
The Standard Luggage carry-on backpack surprised me. While it isn’t the most attractive backpack to carry around, it is more than functional while adding in some great features and even a little comfort. Overall it is a great premium product and one that I am glad to have in my travel arsenal going forward.