EVERGOODS MPL30 Review (Mountain Panel Loader) | Crossover Backpack in the Travel Context


– In this video we’re going to be reviewing the EVERGOODS Mountain Panel Loader 30. Now this isn’t necessarily
a travel backpack, but when two guys come together
from Patagonia and GORUCK, it definitely catches our attention. We’re curious to check it out. I’m Tom the founder of Pack Hacker and we do travel gear reviews
like this all the time. If you’re new here, consider subscribing. Without further ado, let’s jump right into
the MPL30 from EVERGOODS. [upbeat music playing] Hopefully you like black because the MPL30 only comes in that color. For us personally, that’s plenty, but you’re not going to get a lot of other color variety options like you would see in other packs. The exterior of this pack is covered with a 420D high tenacity nylon with the one by one plain weave and polyurethane coating on the back; which is a technical way of saying that the pack is durable,
abrasion resistant, and worth the weight. There are a couple other areas that are made out of 500D nylon as well. We’ve generally found this fabric to be very durable in our testing, although it’s not completely dust proof. But again, it’s black; not a lot of packs are. The overall shape of this
pack is very ergonomic – between the curve straps in the front and the curve frame sheet and the shape of it in the back, as well as the kind of wedge look on the bottom. It has an overall kind of
aggressive look to it and definitely fits your body well. It’s super comfortable and looks slick. It’s also highly compressible. So on days when you’re not carrying as much, say you take out a bunch of packing cubes and leave them at your hotel or AirB&B, you can actually compress the pack down and it has a lot lower of a profile that if it’s completely full. That’s definitely a plus in
the aesthetic department. The pack uses Duraflex plastic throughout on these compression straps
as well as the buckles. Also, nicely there’s the EVERGOODS logo underneath this two
by two inch patch area that we have on the front of the pack. This is a reflector patch that
they’ve included but again, anything with velcro will work here. EVERGOODS is super into the details and they do a great job at openly sharing this for people that
want to get this information. They sent us a three page, very detailed PDF on all the materials and we were super excited to look into that. EVERGOODS definitely put a lot of thought into the details of
the MPL30 and it really shows. Starting off with the compression straps. EVERGOODS put a lot of
good detail into these. First of all, it’s attached
behind the main panel opening of the backpack. You don’t have to clip
it, un-clip anything, as you’re getting in and out of the pack. Really great feature and it kind of compresses it right before that zipper. Another thing that they have are these elastic keepers on the side. If you do have excess strap going on, it’s pretty easy to just quick roll it up. You just put it over and boom, you don’t have a bunch of
excess strap laying around. We also notice that this feature exists on the Patagonia Arbor Pack, so it’s definitely cool to see the inspiration from Patagonia and GORUCK and kind of how those two came together. You can really tell with this pack how they’ve been influenced
by each of those brands. These sturdy strap panels on the sides here offer a pretty good
carry for short distances. They offer a decent amount
of padding and firmness, but not too much to where it feels squishy. Again, those are going to be good for just quick carries
whenever you need it. And saving the best for last, the harness system on this
thing is absolutely killer. I mentioned before that the pack has kind of more of an aggressive look. Well this frame sheet is slightly curved that contours to your back, so it fits really nicely and
kind of just hugs you. When you initially put this thing on, it does feel like it’s
kind of giving you a hug. These pockets on the sides
where the waist belt is kind of conform around your hips. Then the straps as well kind of curve over the front of your body. Definitely feels great
and for me personally, at six foot two around 180 to
190lbs, it works well for me. It fits me super well. Now, it wouldn’t be a Pack Hacker review without a couple of gripes. We’re going to get into those now – little nitpicky details that we noticed. Starting off, the sternum
strap isn’t entirely attached. It is adjustable which is good but, it’s not fully secured though so there’s a very slight, slight chance it could pull out without you knowing it. There’s no way of really
fastening it to the side. Although it’s really great
that it’s adjustable. Also with the waist strap, there’s really no way to store these. I’ve seen a couple people stuff these into the side pockets here. Not necessarily what
they’re intended to do but it’ll work in a pinch. And that specifically from EVERGOODS is kind of part of the design. They wanted to create a trail pack and they kind of went all the
way and did it all the way. Another thing is with
the shape of this pack, you can’t necessarily stand it up straight because the bottom is
angled and EVERGOODS again, intentionally did that. They shaped it in this way so that more weight would be
distributed to your hips. When you’re on the trail or whatever, it ends up being a lot more
of a comfortable carry. This can get annoying in the coffee shop if you want to have it sitting up next to you with your stuff in it. You’re going to have to have
it lay flat. But again, EVERGOODS went aggressively in
one direction with this pack. One other thing with the harness is that the wing tips aren’t
necessarily good for everybody. If you have a wider set or
you have a smaller frame, there is a chance that they could kind of poke you in the back rather than contour to your body. Definitely just keep that in mind. I’ve personally found
this system to be great. I like that the pockets are back here. You could quickly access them and you kind of can feel around in
there and grab what you need and I do love the overall
harness system of this pack. Big fan of it. There’s a bit of a hole on
the top of the harness here and what that’s for is that you can thread a hose from a water bladder right through the strap system, so you can access it whenever you need it. The back panel of this is great. It conforms to your body and has a bit of a chevron pattern going on here which is reminiscent of a turtle shell. Due to the shape of this pack, we don’t necessarily
need load lifters on it. If you have a more square travel backpack with a flatter back panel, you’re going to want to get load lifters on that so you can pull that weight closer to the top of your body
and to your back. But in the case of the EVERGOODS MPL30 and the way it’s been designed, it kind of ergonomically curves
to your back and fits you. You don’t necessarily need load lifters, or something like that, as the weight is already evenly
distributed with this pack. Moving onto the last
exterior feature of the pack. We have these grabbers here
on the main panel of the bag so it’s easy to just grab those, quickly rip open the pack. Boom, you can get in and get
out and get whatever you need. One thing that I did find that’s good with these too is it creates
a slight security feature. It’s definitely a hack; it’s not really what
it’s intended to do. But you can weave the zipper
pulls through here and create a little bit of a more challenging way to open your pack. You could even tie it around that loop or something like that. It isn’t necessarily fool-proof but for somebody quickly coming by and just wanting to open
that main compartment and get to your stuff quickly, it’s going to deter them a little bit more. It’s definitely good in that aspect. There are two exterior
pockets in this pack. The one on the top here is good. It just opens up. It’s kind of a nice compartment. You can fit quick-grabs, anything, whatever you need to put inside of here. It sort of just opens flat and
it’s a nice way to access it. Move on to the other pocket. This here, you can access from the side. What the intention is here is that you’re wearing the MPL30,
you flip your bag around and you have it in front of you, and then you can access that pocket. One of the gripes that I’ve heard here is that a lot of people wish that it was on the other side of the pocket. For this one you kind of have to — let me just put it on real quick. When you put it on here and
then you flip it around, and then you can get
into that pocket here. You can grab whatever you need out of here which is pretty good. Some people say that they would prefer to be wearing the pack like this and then they would want to whip it around their right hand side, ’cause if this is your dominant
hand if you’re a righty, that feels a little bit more natural. Open it up with the left hand and then be able to dig around inside of there but, the zipper is at the bottom. It isn’t necessarily designed
for a righty or a lefty. You definitely get used to whatever mechanism it has but again,
if we’re being nitpicky, that’s something that I’ve definitely seen a lot on the internet. It doesn’t really bother me personally or any of the contributors
that were taking a look at it. It’s something we noticed. A really great thing about
these two pockets here is that they are leader
independent of the pack. What that means is if you load up that main compartment of the pack, which we’re going to get to in a second, just hold on … hold your horses, it doesn’t cut into how much room that you have in the entirety of the pack. Kind of works well as three compartments that sort of independently
compress themselves. As you’re putting more
and more gear in here, each compartment kind of compresses itself and doesn’t eat into the leader capacity of the other compartments. Both of these pockets here have the YKK #8 zippers. They’re really high quality zippers. Of course we’ve got the
#10 Racket Coil zipper, an industry standard for
quality on this part. One of the great things
about this main clamshell is you can almost use it
as a top loader as well. The way that the zipper is shaped, you can really just kind
of fold down that front and get access to the view of the inside of the entirety of the pack. That’s really nice if you just want to quick see what’s going on inside. Of course it also fully unzips as well down to a main panel here. There’s a decent amount
of room inside of here. Again if you have packing cubes, that’s going to be the way to go here. Just allow you to organize
your stuff a little bit better. There’s not a ton of additional organization inside of this main panel, which is totally fine for us; we’re packing cubes people. Just a note – the lining here is green, and all the zipper pulls are green to make it a little bit easier to see your black gear when
it’s inside of the pack. Not to be confused with the black zipper pulls and the black
material on the outside. It’s important to note that the liner on the inside is the same exact material, just a different color. So it’s that 420D high tenacity nylon. We’ve got the stash pocket at the top which perfectly fits a
passport, even within a case. Inside of it here we’ve also got a clip for keys, anything that
you might want to put in there. That’s definitely good. We move onto this mesh pocket here. It’s a bit of a funky shape. It’s sort of got this wedge trapezoid kind of shape going on. We found that to be kind of interesting. Of course with the shape of
this pack and the ergonomics, a lot of this stuff isn’t
going to be an exact rectangle, but just note that when you’re packing it. You could fit a little bit more at the top in this mesh pocket then you
could towards the bottom. There’s also some nice detailing here with the EVERGOODS information, which is just nice to have. They definitely do a good job at branding and it’s also subtle. There’s not a huge logo on the outside. If we take out all of the packing cubes, we can give you a good look of
the clamshell inside of this thing and the main compartment. There’s a bit of a loop here, which is going to be good for
a water bladder or hose. Again you could kind of
put your water bladder here, you thread that hose through
this hook on the top, and then you pull it through one of these two sides that
we got going on here. So you can thread that hose through towards the front of the strap so you can have it hanging
next to you at all times. There’s a bit of velcro here and what that is is it’s for the frame sheet. Don’t use that as a pocket. Lastly at the bottom here we have an elastic part that again is going to be good for the water
bladder. Or it can hold — we tested a MacBook Pro up to 15 inches, the older model as well
as the new retina model. It’ll fit that nicely and there’s some corner holes here where
the sides can poke out of. That’s just a nice additional feature to have with this pack. At the time of this review, we’ve been testing the MPL30 for a couple solid months across trips from New York City to Detroit,
California and Minneapolis. During those trips and
almost daily use during them, we could say that the
pack has overall held up and we have no complaints
on the durability at all. The only thing that we will say is that it just ended up picking up some dust and that’s about it. Again from a travel perspective, it’s more designed for a trail than it’s designed for one bag travel so just keep this in mind. You’re definitely going to be able to fit more into a more
square-shaped backpack, although you can fit a surprising amount in this and it
feels really good to carry. To wrap this up with some pros and cons – there is a lot of well thought out, ergonomic, comfortable design
going on with the pack. There’s some great thinking
around the user experience with the strap keepers,
the compression straps, and the overall curved and
ergonomic shape of the pack. Also, EVERGOODS use excellent materials and build quality is high. For some of the cons – the hip belt is not hideable other than stuffing it into the wing
pockets which is not ideal. The sternum strap isn’t fully attached. It also doesn’t fit well on
every body type but again, when it fits it works super well. Although not necessarily
categorized as a travel pack, the MPL30 has been a super slick
companion and a joy to use. The pros greatly outweigh the cons and we can’t wait to see
what they come up with next. Hopefully they’ll do something
with a travel bag soon. Thanks for taking a look at our review on the EVERGOODS MPL30. Be sure to head over to
packhacker.com/newsletter. Subscribe and never miss an update. Thanks for checking us out. We’ll see you in the next review. Joy to use. A joy to use compression straps. Wow! 190 lbs depending if I’ve eaten any cake this month or anything like that [laughing] It’s your little secret logo area. [upbeat music playing]

14 thoughts on “EVERGOODS MPL30 Review (Mountain Panel Loader) | Crossover Backpack in the Travel Context

  1. Note: We mentioned that you would want to snake your water bladder hose through that hook at the top of the sleeve and then through the shoulder straps… Well, you wouldn’t really want to do that. You’re supposed to attach the actual bladder—not the hose—to the hook. Needless to say, we are terribly embarrassed about making such an amateur mistake and apologize profusely.

  2. Thank You for the video!So much of valuable information on Your channel…The only thing (sorry for the that 🙂 in no means wanted to offend! Rather to give a constructive feedback 🙂 ) is the video quality. Your channel would benefit even more if the video quality would be higher. The videos shot indoors have a wrong white balance and not enough light (in general). So all the dark bags are not visible as detailed as desired. Would be great if You would upgrade Your camera as well as the light setups 🙂

  3. Looks very interesting… I'll have to search a bit! We also made some backpack/bag reviews to test some of them. Probably to inspire some of you?!

  4. Did you test the pack during hot days as well? I'm curious what your take on the back sweat situation would be like, especially if used in 150% humidity that is SE Asia.. Great detailed review as always! Thank you!

  5. I bought both of their packs through the original Kickstarter campaign. I agree with your comments about the sternum strap and the side pocket zipper (give me an option to have it on both sides or the other side, I’m right hand dominant).
    There is some wasted space in the pack as a result of the organic shape, which also makes the main zipper run somewhat halting. Not a great in and out sort of pack but it carries really well. I wish the belt was removable. Who needs a belt on such a small pack, especially one that hugs your body so well.
    Please stop using air quotes. Please.

  6. Thank you for your video and explanation. If compare with Incase EO Travel Backpack (both of them is a large bag for travel), which one you will choose?

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