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Travel Backpack Review: Classic 28L Bag by CabinZero

Before leaving on our year-long adventure around the world, I found myself looking for the perfect day pack. I read many reviews, saw lots of photos and scoured websites until I found a brand that really stood out to me: CabinZero. There were several things about these packs that I loved, but sometimes what you read isn’t what you get. Luckily, that is not the case with CabinZero.

About CabinZero:

I’m a big fan of knowing more about a brand before working with or purchasing from them and CabinZero is just an all around cool brand. CabinZero got its beginnings from a traveler – you know a travel product is good when a well-seasoned traveler designs it! Creator Neil Varden traveled through India on three separate trips starting in 1993 and had backpack issues on each trip. They gave out, were uncomfortable, too big, etc. Fast forward to 2010 and he finally had the opportunity to have this lightweight, cabin sized (perfect for budget airline travel) pack. The brand’s name, in fact stands for Cabin-Sized, Zero Hassle: CabinZero!

 Neil puts each design to the test in the best way he possibly could: he travels with them. If he finds them comfortable and durable all while still looking cool! Also, all bags have a 10 year warranty when you purchase them, which you can extend for free to 25 years by simply liking their Facebook Page. I love a brand that stands behind their products. Enough back story, though, I want to introduce you to my Thailand-inspired Lipe Blue 28L bag.

Not only is the history of the pack and the founder cool, but they’re committed to social responsibility. I love standing behind products that are committed to making the world a better place. CabinZero pays their employees + sewers fair wages, they’re committed to limiting their environmental impact and they support charitable organizations. I love it!

The CabinZero Classic 28L Cabin Sized Bag:

I chose this backpack because for the most part I was looking for a day/weekend pack. You know, something that I could take on a hike, take to a cafe for work or throw a couple day’s worth of supplies and head out without have to take my big pack with me. So, the 28L was the perfect size. I have personally found three main functions for this CabinZero pack and I want to review them for each one.

The Perfect Carry-On:

Although this is a backpack it also has handles on the side and back which are ultra convenient when pulling your bag out from under a seat or from an overhead bin.

This is a big part of what this back was designed for, after all. The 28L bag is pretty no-nonsene. It’s one large main compartment on the inside and a zip on the front that can hold a few things (I think it’s perfect for an extra pair of shoes or rain jacket). There are two zip pockets inside the main compartment that are perfect for a those easy-to-reach items you might need on a flight or in the airport. Like sunglasses, some extra cash, etc.

While this CabinZero bag is only 28L, it fits a shocking amount of things because the main compartment is so open! I fit 14 tops, 10 pairs of undies, a thicker scarf, a swimsuit, a pair of denim shorts, pjs and a pair of leggings and still had a decent amount of room to spare! Plus, that’s without using space-saving packing cubes!

The Perfect Work Bag:

Being a travel blogger means I get to work from anywhere! While this is amazing and fun, it also means that I have to carry my “office” around with me. When I want to work in a coffeeshop or anywhere else, I need the perfect bag to get me and my equipment from point A to point B. This bag checks off all the lists for that for me. It has a computer sleeve to hold my MacBook in place and it still has plenty of room for all my other gear like my camera, chargers, notebook + journal and more! If I’m walking, I love using the small zipper inside the main compartment as my purse as well. It holds necessities like a little bit of cash, my phone and sunglasses perfectly.

The Perfect Bag For An Adventure:

This was the most important part for me. I needed a bag that I could take anywhere and everywhere. I didn’t want to write this review before I had done just that. In the last month my CabinZero bag has been on a dock overlooking a river, taken trains across Thailand, gone biking through archaeological sites and even climbing up waterfalls. I’ve put it to the test, and it has passed for me. I love that the exterior of the bag is made from waterproof polyester, so I don’t have to be worried about sweat or an unexpected shower to ruin everything in my bag. Plus, these handles are super cushy which means it’s much more comfortable than other packs.

Extra Special Things I Love About the 28L CabinZero Bag:

Lockable Zipper – I love that it’s super easy to lock my pack. These lockable zippers are built right in. (Locks are not included).

The Computer Sleeve – I love being able to safely + easily carry my MacBook to all the places I travel.

The Waterproof Exterior – Perfect for adventures, of course!

The Built-In Global Luggage Tracker – Each CabinZero bag has these trackers that you simply register (yes, it’s free!) and should you lose your CabinZero bag someone can simply jump online and report it missing.

The Space – It’s truly amazing what all you can fit into such a small, wearable pack.

Things I Wish Were on My CabinZero Bag:

There are really only two things that I really feel are missing from this pack. First of all, I wish that there was a water bottle holder on the outside of the pack. I hate having to open my pack to get a drink, especially on super active days. The second thing I would change is the lack of small, exterior pockets. I know it’s safer to have you belongings inside that lockable space, sometimes it’s just convenient to be able to grab something quickly.

Now, Here’s a CabinZero Gift For You:

CabinZero gave me a great opportunity to share with my readers if you use this promo code CZFORTHELOVEOFWANDERLUST you can get 10% off your entire CabinZero purchase. I’ve carried a lot of cheap backpacks throughout my travels across 50 states + 21 countries, and I won’t make that mistake again. I can tell that this is one I’m going to enjoy carrying for years to come!

The 10% promo code is valid from November 1 – 30, 2017, so get yours now!

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Disclaimer: This post contains affiliate links. If you purchase a CabinZero pack through For the Love of Wanderlust, you will help me stay on the road + keep my site running at no additional cost for you.

Although I received a complimentary backpack from CabinZero, all opinions are, as always, my own. 

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  • Reply
    November 2, 2017 at 9:18 am

    Sounds like a great buy. Even the color is attractive. Do they have other bright colors too? For me the best feature is the inbuilt tracking device!

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      Paige Wunder
      November 4, 2017 at 6:32 am

      I love the color too! They have a huge selection of different colors. This one was my favorite, though, turquoise if my favorite color!

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    Megan Indoe
    November 2, 2017 at 11:34 am

    So much yes! I have the same backpack and LOVE it! Also, the same color! 😀 I love how much it fits! We are such big fans of cabinzero we actually have 3 different sizes of their backpacks and their cubes! I love how that bright color looks on you too!

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      Paige Wunder
      November 4, 2017 at 6:38 am

      How fun – I love that all their products get great reviews from you! I’ve seen pics of yours on you and it looks mighty good on you! Turquoise is my favorite color and I loved the idea of having a bright, fun backpack. They make a great one!

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    Anne @TravelTheGlobe (@TTGLOBE4L)
    November 2, 2017 at 5:09 pm

    Oh man. I love this bag. The colours are great, the space and the ability to carry both ways. I’m seriously tempted to dive in

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      Paige Wunder
      November 4, 2017 at 6:39 am

      You definitely should. I highly recommend it, as do other bloggers that I know. If you decide to take the leap, don’t forget to use my promo code so you can get 10% off! CZFORTHELOVEOFWANDERLUST

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    November 3, 2017 at 7:21 am

    Oh man! After both yours and Megan of Bobo and Chichi’s review, I think I’m convinced I need to invest in one of these! Not only is the color completely my aesthetic, but I am just blown away by how much it fits!!! I’m legit going through your packing list and am so impressed! Plus the built-in tracker? That is just the coolest. But your two cons are real 🙁 I always like a water bottle space and outside pocket since convenience is key when hauling a lot of things. But thank you for the honest review!

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      Paige Wunder
      November 4, 2017 at 6:44 am

      It really does hold SO MUCH STUFF. I love the tracker feature too. It’s so genius! The water bottle space definitely gets me down the most because when I wear it hiking I have to take the pack off to get my water out. Sounds like a silly problem, but it’s definitely my biggest critique. That being said, I’m still greatly enjoying carrying it! If you decide to go all in, do it before Nov. 30th so you can get 10% off with the promo code. Xx

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    Siddhartha Joshi
    November 4, 2017 at 7:58 am

    The bags are certainly practical and good looking, but I was particularly impressed with the story behind it. If a traveler-designer designs it, I can surely trust the product 🙂

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    Ami Bhat
    November 4, 2017 at 9:46 pm

    I love the color of the bag and it just seems the right size too. Especially for a day bag when you don’t want to lug around too much. I am for one definitely checking it out.

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    November 5, 2017 at 7:50 am

    That looks like a great backpack, and the perfect size for those budget airlines like WOW and Wizz that limit you to a laptop-size bag. Speaking of which, would it fit a 15-inch laptop? And do they come in colors for men (not that I don’t like turquoise). I really like that it’s waterproof material. That’s always important to me when I look for new backpacks.

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    November 5, 2017 at 12:09 pm

    This Cabinzero bag has everything I want in a daypack. It’s super spacious and I love the security and tracking features.

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    November 7, 2017 at 8:21 am

    Loved the idea that this backpack has handles on the side too! Makes it super easy to carry by hand as well as on your back. The pretty color is also a nice bonus!

    Also, thanks for showing a picture with it packed full of stuff. I often see pictures like that when looking at bags on Amazon, but when I order it, I can never fit in everything that it claimed I could do. Having a realistic picture of what can fit in the bag is really nice!

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    Penny Sadler
    November 7, 2017 at 3:49 pm

    I agree about the need for a water bottle holder. With such a city bag, you’d need to have a place for your water. That said, I love Cabin Zero’s bags. They’re so stylish (I love the color you’ve chosen), and the 28L is perfect for my laptop and other gadgets. The size is just right.

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    November 7, 2017 at 7:58 pm

    The backpack looks lovely in these colors – who can resist turquoise+pink combination, right? Sadly, from a practical point of view, I switched to less vibrant colors a long time ago. Somehow, any colorful travel-related thing in my hands managed to lose its original luster in no time. Colors aside, I have a question about shoulder straps. Perhaps, it’s just a photo angle, but they look almost too wide apart. From your experience, are they comfortable? Thanks!

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    Meg Jerrard
    November 7, 2017 at 9:20 pm

    CabinZero really is the perfect backpack isn’t it! I have two now, and it’s very difficult not to get caught up in wanting one in every color!

    You’re right, it’s the easiest bag I’ve yet to find, super lightweight and practical, and can fit everything I need in for a weekend trip / all my carryon. Love the waterproof exterior too – I hadn’t thought about the drink bottle holder, but I agree, that would be a cool feature of a next model 🙂

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    November 7, 2017 at 11:46 pm

    First, I love the aqua color..that is my favorite color. Second, it seems to be very lightweight. Often backpacks have their own weight, and that does not help! So spacious, and waterproof too. Would be keen on buying this.

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    November 13, 2017 at 2:34 am

    Thank you very much 🙂

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    January 11, 2018 at 3:23 pm

    I love how versatile this bag is. I like the two zip pockets inside and how there is a sleeve for a laptop. I also like the style of how the bag can be unzipped. Having the bag fully open like that makes it easier to pack and unpack.

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    I’ve been looking for a new bag (mine is so cumbersome) for every day use, and this one looks perfect! Thank you!

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