Product Review: Ignoble Bags MONA Cocoon Backpack Jan 19, 2011

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A little while ago, Dean from Ignoble bags shared with me their MONA Cocoon backpack. Rather than just post their stock photos, I asked Dean if I could try one out. I’ve got a backpack fetish and am always willing to try new products out. Now, Ignoble doesn’t make “cycling bags”, they just make high-quality, made in the USA porter goods.

Check out my thoughts on the Ignoble Bags MONA Cocoon Backpack below.

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Ignoble describes their MONA backpack as:

“The Mona Cocoon Backpack is constructed from ultra-durable, ultra-sleek materials, with a 230t nylon exterior, YKK branded nylon zipper closures and nylon herringbone trim. The bag is lined and features padded straps, a padded airmesh back, a front vertical stash-pocket, a small hood stash-pocket, and a large main compartment with internal hanging-pocket and book-sleeve.”

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It’s true. This thing has pockets to spare.

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Zippered compartments are everywhere on this bag.

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Some of which made for perfect tool stashes, such as this access point on the back of the bag.

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I found a very practical use for one of the four cinch straps on the MONA.

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Like I mentioned, these bags are made in the USA. Each bag is hand-assembled in small runs by a military-grade soft goods production facility

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Unlike a lot of other bags, the breathable mesh extends to the underside of the straps as well, making for a comfy ride even on the hottest days.

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This is a really nice bag. It’s smaller than my other backpacks and offers a unique approach to bag design. All I was looking for was a small backpack to carry around camera equipment and I found just that.

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My only critique isn’t so much about the bag design as it is about the fit. I’m a big dude and at times the MONA felt dwarfed by my back. It also tended to shift a lot on my back, regardless if I wore the chest straps. I think that has a lot to do with my u-lock on the side and the fact that it was always stuffed when I wore it.

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Here you can see it with my normal, ever-day load. I really like the side-profile of this bag. Even when it’s packed to the brim, it maintains its silhouette.

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Disregard the lop-sided straps in this photo, I had just put it on and forgot to adjust them.

Overall, I think the bang you get for the buck, the Ignoble MONA Cocoon backpack is a good investment. It’s durable and the perfect size for a commuter bag. The many pockets and breathable back and shoulder mesh make it an ideal every-day backpack and if you’re like me, you can never have too many bags! Thanks to Dean at Ignoble for letting me try it out!

  • ben

    interesting “journal” on the site.

  • matthew

    hmmm. i like how you put your khs aero in here. again.

    totally yankin your chain(ha-ha, it’s a bike pun :[)
    i do have one question tho, like,… where is your stable? you have many beautiful rides, so do you like rent out a storage thing, or…? also, a section i would be stoked to see would be a “prolly’s stable” section in your categories, with all your bikes with little write-ups and spec’s, for the gear whores :]

    btw, i love your site. this and pearldrummersforum.com are the only two sites i visit on a daily basis, and i’m never disappointed by the spoiles you enlighten us with :]