Review: Monos Carry-On

Read on to discover what makes this the best carry-on and ultimate travel companion on the market.

More than just a piece of luggage. Monos’ Carry-On is a fully-fledged travel companion, blending sophisticated design with practical features that make every journey easier. This Carry-On is tailored to meet the needs of modern travelers, ensuring both style and function are at the forefront – at an accessible price. With a lifetime guarantee, this is the last suitcase you’ll need to buy.

Specifications

Exterior: 22" × 14" × 9" (55.88 × 35.56 × 22.86 cm)
Interior: 20" × 13.5" × 9" (50.8 × 34.29 × 22.86 cm)
Weight: 7.01 lb
Volume: 39.9 L

Aerospace-grade, water-resistant polycarbonate

High performance 360° spinner

Adjustable telescopic with 4 height settings

Anti-microbial, 100% recycled polyester

TSA-approved lock

Colour-coordinated YKK zippers

Vegan leather details

Compression padLaundry and shoe bags

Vegan leather luggage tag

Scuff eraser

Pros

  • Durable and impact-resistant material
  • Sleek, timeless design
  • Whisper-quiet 360° spinner wheels
  • Sturdy adjustable telescopic handle
  • TSA-approved locks for security
  • Climate-neutral certification
  • Free standard shipping on all orders
  • Lifetime warranty
  • 100-day trial

Cons

  • Higher price point than big-box store options
  • Potential restrictions if you choose Carry-On Plus size – see airline compatibility.

Design and usability

Crafted from aerospace-grade polycarbonate, the Monos Carry-On is ultra durable and virtually unbreakable, and can withstand tough travel conditions. The telescopic handle is sturdy and secure, unlike many wobbly handles found on market competitors. Whisper-quiet, 360° spinner wheels allow for smooth transport to and from each destination. The interior is crafted with antimicrobial lining, clever pockets, and a compression pad, enabling organization of travel essentials​, and easing the packing and unpacking process along the way.

The interior is crafted with antimicrobial lining, clever pockets, and a compression pad, enabling organization of travel essentials​, and easing the packing and unpacking process along the way.

Affordability

While Monos lands at a higher price point than competitor brands including Away or BEIS, its price corresponds directly to its quality, and the brand’s lifetime warranty on luggage will save money over time. Further, at a significantly lower cost than luxury brands such as RIMOWA or TUMI, Monos offers the consumer an accessible entry point to premium travel essentials.

Designed for every traveller

The Monos Carry-On comes in various sizing options – including the Carry-On, Carry-On Plus, Carry-On Pro, and Carry-On Pro Plus, each catering to different travel needs and lengths of time.

Designed to last a lifetime

No suitcase is meant to look brand new forever, but Monos suitcases are easy to maintain as they acquire air miles. Each piece of luggage comes with a specialized scuff eraser to keep the shell in great condition over time. A damp cloth and mild soap are recommended for a general clean after long journeys, and a soft cloth can help brush out any dust or dirt from the interior.

When not in use, Monos luggage can be kept in a dry, cool place away from direct sunlight, and for extra protection may be stored within the muslin bag in which it was originally delivered.

Parting thoughts

The Monos Carry-On is an exemplary blend of thoughtful design and practical durability, making it a top contender in the carry-on luggage category. It's the premier choice for the traveller who values quality, purpose, and aesthetic. As a brand, Monos stands by its products, offering lifetime warranties on luggage, replacement parts, and dedicated customer service. The Canadian-based company is committed to protecting the environment as much as possible, being the first luggage brand to be Climate Neutral Certified, and additionally, a member of 1% for the Planet. If you consider yourself a conscious traveller, look no further for your journey essentials than Monos.

Alternatives to consider

Carry-On

$285 CAD

11 colours available

Carry-On Plus

$305 CAD

11 colours available

Check-In Medium

$385 CAD

11 colours available

Check-In Large

$425 CAD

11 colours available

Airline
Carry-On
Carry-On Plus
Aer Lingus
AeroFlot
Aeroméxico
AirTran
Air Canada
Air China
Air India
Air New Zealand
Air France
Alaska ( & Horizon)
Alitalia
All Nippon Airways
Allegiant
American Airlines
Asiana
Austrian Airlines
British Airways
Cathay Pacific
Cebu Pacific Air
China Airlines
China Eastern
China Southern Airlines
Delta
EasyJet
EasyJet Guaranteed
El Al
Emirates
Ethiopian
Etihad
Eva Air
Finnair
Frontier
Garuda
Hawaiian
Hong Kong Airlines
Iberia
Icelandair
Japan Airlines
Jet Blue
Jetstar
KLM
Korean Air
LanChile
Lufthansa
Malaysia Airlines
Olympic Airlines
Philippine Airlines
Qantas
Qatar
Ryanair
SAS
Singapore Airlines
South African Airways
Southwest
Spirit
SWISS
Thai Airways
Thomas Cook
Turkish Airlines
United
Vietnam Airlines
Virgin Atlantic
WestJet
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