The Carry-on Pro comes with all of the accouterments you’d expect on a modern carry-on. A quick-access laptop compartment, interior compression straps and one included compression panel, and a handy USB pass-through for charging your devices on the move. The bag itself offers good security without it being overbearing.
The laptop panel is great for those who are traveling with only their roller as their primary travel hauler. Otherwise, we typically keep our laptop in our backpack or shoulder bag that’s accompanying us. The sleeve easily fits a 16″ device, and the other pockets are great for accessories, like chargers, or even your e-reader. Since the entire case is hard-sided the protection is superb. We had no issues tossing this in the overhead or when we needed to check it at the gate with our laptop still inside.
Part of me wishes that the closure method, which is a smooth #10 style zipper, was instead the same aluminum locking mechanism used on the side of the main case. The zipper provides some back-and-forth flex to the compartment, which you may see as good or bad, but it’s definitely worth calling out. The zipper also does not have any built-in locking or security mechanism, which we would have liked to have seen.
The interior is simple yet spacious, as you’d expect from a roller like this. The only notable addition is a small center zip pocket that stores the pass-through to the top-facing USB ports. The sleeve isn’t huge, so your massive >10,000 mAh battery may not fit, but there’s no reason you couldn’t just keep it in the main compartment if necessary. I actually found myself using this feature quite a bit. It was nice to be able to charge right from my suitcase rather than holding my battery in one hand and my phone in another, or trying to find an outlet. I think for future iterations, Carl Friedrik could probably standardize on USB-C rather than USB-A, as I did need to keep an adapter around just for the case.
The interior compression straps and compression panel are well-designed, easy to use, and easy to remove. Personally, I found using the compression panel a must, as without it one side of the suitcase always spilled into the other depending on how I was packing that day. But, if you don’t want it, it’s very easy to remove it and just use the interior Y-shaped compression straps. It was nice that the panel itself is a fully zippable pocket for stashing smaller items of clothing.
The aluminum locking mechanisms on the main compartment were really a joy to use. I never found them difficult to latch or unlatch, even when the Carry-on Pro was stuffed to the max. And the internal numeric locks make sure that nothing opens by accident. It’s a very satisfying “click” whenever they’re used. Honestly, I’ve been more used to semi-rigid luggage and zippers, but the Carry-on Pro has converted me.