CabinMax Review

I bought the CabinMax Metz 30 Litre bag at the start of 2016 and I’m still using it today. While it’s not perfect, the £30 I paid for it nearly 36 months ago has offered unbeatable practicality and convenience. Here’s my CabinMax review.

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CabinMax review

You’re probably reading this review because, like me, you’ve searched for “Backpacks” on Amazon or something similar. And wanted a bag that would allow you to cram the most stuff into your cabin luggage as possible.

Well, the first thing you need to know about the CabinMax is that I’ve never had to pay for it to be stowed on a plane. So it definitely ticks the first box.

However, it’s not perfect. The featured picture you’re seeing on Amazon makes the bag appear rugged and stiff. It’s not. The CabinMax doesn’t hold its true structure unless you’ve perfectly packed your bag. Even then, your bag will sag a little under the strain.

However, if you’re looking for a bag that will safely carry your laptop, iPad, multiple chargers, spare shoes, clothes, pants, socks and a wash bag full of <100ml toiletries… it passes with flying colours.

It’s a tough ol’ rucksack too. I’ve used this bag at least once a month on since I ordered it through Amazon. And not just on flights. The practicality of having a big, sturdy bag with lots of clever pockets and sleeves for my laptops and gizmos is great for road trips and train journeys too.

The point I’m trying to make is that my CabinMax has taken a lot of abuse in nearly three years. And it’s still going strong.

Not convinced? Below are some excellent CabinMax alternatives.

Best CabinMax Alternatives

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David Court
David is a professional journalist. He's been reviewing lifestyle and technology products since 2007. His CV boasts a series of high-profile websites that he's previously edited and managed. These sites include,,, and is his new project.


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