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Cabin Max Story

The Cabin Max story started as a philosophy 30 years ago, as a student aged 17 my cousin and myself cycled across France in the middle of a heatwave, packed with everything we needed, this taught me the need to pack well and travel light!

In the Summer of 2007 I had a trip booked with Ryanair and certainly didn’t want to pay the check-in baggage charge, so went looking for a bag that fitted the Ryanair strict limit 55 x 40 x 20 cm. I couldn’t find anything exact size they were either too big or too small. I ended up buying a rucksack for £50 that did the job but disappointingly didn’t fill the luggage gauge. I vowed on my return to design a bag that was lightweight fitted the max and was good value for money. The best selling Cabin Max Metz 44L backpack was born.


Since then with the help of customer feedback, talented designers and a fantastic team and we have developed a large range of hand luggage backpacks and cases to fit the luggage gauges of all the major airlines.


Our experience of designing and building bags and cases stands the testament of time and we still see the original Cabin Max in airports around the world, taking globetrotters onto new experiences. We feel part of your travels so please share your adventures with us #cabinmax

Traveller | Designer | Founder

Martin Barwise