I wanted to have my own monster. You know, just like the humongous 70-pound backpack that Cheryl Strayed used when she trekked the Pacific Crest Trail. If you’d seen that Reese Witherspoon‘s starrer, “Wild,” then you know exactly what I’m talking about. Not that I want to do my own Pacific Crest Trail adventure, I just thought that I should have a bigger backpack so I don’t have to carry two or more bags every time I go on longer trips. Then one day, I learned about CabinZero and it was like the universe’s answer to my wish because suddenly I have my own “monster,” and he and I went on our first trip together in Taiwan (yes, I’ve decided it’s a “he.”)
But it’s not as big as Strayed’s monster. Mine is a CabinZero 44L lightweight cabin bag the color of Desert Sand. It costs about GBP 80 (PHP 4,990), under CabinZero’s Military range. It was built with military spec nylon, has side compression straps, top grab handle, AirMesh padded back and straps, zipped pocket in the front, as well as zipped mesh pockets inside. Moreover, it has sternum and waist straps.
The nylon lining is polyester, it weighs about 950 grams, the material is waterproof, and the bag’s dimensions are 55 x 40 x 20 cm. As the name of the brand implies, this bag can fit in the cabin. If that ain’ cool enough how about I tell you that it has a global luggage tracker powered by Okoban and 10 years warranty?
Now I am not about to pretend that I’m a backpack expert, but I’ve had regular backpacks before and I can tell the difference between using a regular backpack that doesn’t have any of those specs to having a CabinZero that offers all those. Because seriously how many of us really think about the features of a bag and how they would make things easy for us when we use them? If I have to be honest, I buy a bag before based on aesthetics or whether or not they’d look good with any of my clothes rather than the comfort.
So let’s just say that CabinZero sort of changed the way I perceived bags. Now I don’t stop at looking at the aesthetic, I also check the functionality of it.
Two of the major discomforts I always experience when going on trips with a heavy load are the inevitable strains on the shoulders and lower back and the fact that the bags couldn’t fit all of my stuff (hence my 2-bag approach to traveling). Both of these have been addressed by CabinZero.
The padded straps made the heavy lifting more manageable and the inside is so spacious, I was able to pack all of my things without so much effort. I like to think that I am a light packer, but really, I’m not. I always end up bringing clothes that I don’t really get to use during the trip. So I definitely appreciate the extra space inside this backpack. It’s so spacious that I was able to stuff everything in it including the travel gifts or in Filipino, pasalubong.
And if we have to talk about the looks department, my CabinZero bag has no problem with it. First I am in love with the color, I have no problem pairing it with my clothes. I also like its minimalist design, no unnecessary protruding pockets, and the front looks seamless.
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