Standard Luggage Carry-On Backpack, A Review


In early January 2019 Standard Luggage Co reached out for a product review. Knowing how much I adore the backpacks I have been using for a few years I was slightly reluctant before realizing I was nearly perfect for the job considering all the carry-on travel I do and the experience I have doing it. I was provided Standard’s Carry-on Backpack in exchange for an honest review. In this Review of Standard Luggage Carry-On Backpack, you will learn some important specs as well as my first-hand experiences traveling with this bag.


In the two month’s I’ve enjoyed this backpack’s company we have taken a winter weekend trip to Lake Placid to snowshoe in the negative temperatures, to Killington, Vermont to ski the east and on a flight from New York to the Dominican Republic for 6 beautiful days at the beach. Upon our arrival in Punta Cana, I unpacked the contents of my bag and one of my travel companions was shocked, “I can’t believe how much you fit in there”, and quite frankly, I couldn’t believe it either.


It’s carry-on-sized — 21.5” x 13.5” x 7.5” when zipped and 21.5” x 13.5” x 9.5” when expanded (the expansion zipper, just like the one you’d find on a regular suitcase, is CLUTCH).

No more baggage fees — I’ve only taken one flight with this bag thus far, but I did not have to pay money to check it! However, it was gate checked on a small aircraft flight. I will be traveling via airplane again with it in May and I’ll let you know how it goes.  

It’s a front-loading backpack — AMAZING. You no longer need to reach around the contents of your bag blindly; this is one of my favorite parts of any large backpack I own and a deal breaker for this traveler!

Theft-deterrent — Not theft proof; no backpack, suitcase, duffel or any other type of luggage is 100% theft proof but that being said there are always ways to minimize theft of your belongings. The zipper to the main compartment of the Standard Luggage Carry-On backpack is lockable and there is only one way to get into the main compartment of the bag (great not only for the in between but the hostel and/or couch stays too!).


  • Bag dimensions: 21.5 x 13.5 x 7.5 in when zipped and 21.5 x 13.5 x 9.5 when expanded
  • Volume: 35L zipped and 45L when expanded
  • Weight: 3.7 pounds
  • Laptop Pocket: Fits 15.6″ laptops and 15″ MacBook Pro


The Standard Luggage Carry-on takes on a rectangle shape, similar to a suitcase, which allows for more packing space than you might expect. With 10 different compartments, you will easily be neat and organized. Adjustable, comfortable, and convenient,  this pack will not let you down.

BUILT TO LAST.  A very sturdy and water resistant exterior of 1680 denier high tenacity ballistic nylon leaves you peace of mind when shoving your pack into overhead compartments, under airline seats, or leaving it for a gate check. However, I would try your best to not pull the zippers by the leather decorative attachments.

HANDLES/STRAPS. The backpack straps and handles although well padded, are not the most comfortable I’ve experienced, however, they’re extra adjustable. One of the many great features of this pack is that the shoulder straps easily zip away for storage or to convert your bag into an over the shoulder satchel or duffel with the use of a strong side handle. With so many removable straps the options allow you to carry your bag however it is most comfortable for you. There is also a strap on the back that allows it to be easily attached to rolling luggage.

POCKETS. With 10 compartments total, your organization should be top notch.

Here’s the breakdown:

  • 1 zippered side pocket — unzip for a water bottle or leave zipped for small storage
  • 2 medium-sized accessory/front pocket — store a pair of shoes, a book or other accessories
  • 1 large main compartment — storage for all your clothes and whatever else you might need to fit inside
  • 1 back compartment that houses a laptop sleeve (removable) and two mesh zipper compartments
  • 3 zippered pockets (internal) — two small zippered pockets, one mesh and one nylon on the opening flap. One full zip compartment the size of the opening flap.
  • Expandable Zip which adds 10L (didn’t use it for all the stuff below!)

MAIN COMPARTMENT. The front-loading main zipper compartment allows for easy access to all of your belongings; with the help of the other interior compartments, this backpack allows for great organization which is the key to a stress-free trip to me! There are two compression straps to help you create space. Standard Luggage also sells two different sets of packing cubes that fit the main compartment perfectly; one set doubles as a day pack once you arrive at your destination. Although I haven’t used these packing cubes, they seem like a no brainer for the organized traveler!  

PERSONALIZATION. Orange and Teal accents are sent along with the bag. Dress your zippers, luggage tag, and Standard Luggage Logo up in either color or mix and match for a fun bright look! The design of the bag and the exterior fabric of the pack is inviting to pins and patches as well although I’ve yet to personalize.

Fitting a weekends worth of Snowboarding gear into any bag is no joke; the Standard Luggage Carry-on Backpack impressed me yet again!


Packing this bag is easy and I haven’t had a single problem with space yet. My only negative comment is simply that the exterior pockets are a bit stiff but have already become more malleable and easy to pack with one use; I look forward to using it in the future. The pack comes with a video ‘manual’ explaining how to convert all of the straps; be sure to watch this to get the most out of your packs features. This is a great product, with a lifetime warranty, that I would suggest to anyone looking to travel a little lighter and more conveniently!

Thank you for reading my review of Standard Luggage Carry-on Backpack!

20 thoughts on “Standard Luggage Carry-On Backpack, A Review

  1. This is great for me if I am on my own with solo travel, probably some hiking trip. I have been thinking of doing a solo trip at least once. Thanks for the video, it’s so clear and helpful.

  2. Packing for trips can always be a challenge for me and what to put in a carry on don’t think about it. Hubby uses a backpack and this one seems to be a perfect replacement for a carry on.

  3. Great post. I’m a constant traveller and need to pack all my belongings on different bags, I love something like this that can pack enough items, will definitely check it out

  4. I don’t think I’ve ever tried an open front backpack. It would be great not to bumble around trying to find what I need when I’m on the road.

  5. I love bags with lots of compartments! I would also love to get all of my stuff into one bag that doesn’t need to be checked. I will have to check this out! Thanks!

  6. This looks amazing. Can you use it for daily life too? I am the kind of girl who likes to bring a backpack to work.

  7. Wow! That looks like a super bag. Too many stuff to put inside and it doesn’t even look too bulky. Amazing!

  8. This looks like a great option. We are always looking for a great carry on for our travels as we always need to take something onto the plane with our kids 🙂

  9. This is a great post and definitely helpful for someone like me who loves to travel. Thanks for sharing.

  10. Found you through the SL website reviews of the bag – thanks for the informative review! I am traveling to Europe for 2 weeks and traveling every 3-4 days to a new city via train. I was hoping that something like this existed. I might just have to take a chance and try it out.

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