Ebags Mother Lode Travel Backpack Long

That said, there are some experiences you just can’t have any other way. So, when we do want to book a tour, we always check Viatour first. Travel backpacks with similar features and similar capacity. Luggage tracking tags are another high-tech innovation that travelers can take advantage of.

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EBags TLS Mother Lode Weekender Convertible ZippersThe compression straps have YKK buckles, which are super easy and satisfying to buckle. EBags TLS Mother Lode Weekender Convertible MaterialThe exterior features some big silver zipper pulls that jingle around quite a bit. We think these are a little much as far as looks go, but they’re certainly easy to spot. Only one large internal zippered pocket and no small ones. Very lightweight and good for international travel where baggage weight limits are very strict.

Instead, I’ll go through the top features, why I like it, what I don’t like it, and who I think the bag is perfect for. When going through airport security, I move everything from my pants’ pockets into the Outbreaker’s waist belt pockets. Then, after I’ve cleared security, I transfer everything back into my pants’ pockets. Without a proper hip belt, you would have to carry the entire weight of the TLS Weekender on your shoulders.

I used the Osprey as a day pack to hold three people’s stuff/food for the day at the beach and a walk around town. The TSA allows travelers to leave their laptops inside their bags through security, if the bag is designed with a separate, lie-flat laptop compartment. If you’re carrying an Outbreaker from Tortuga, you’ll be able to breeze through security like the pro traveler you are by leaving your laptop inside your bag. The Outbreaker features a padded hip belt to reduce the strain on your shoulders by allowing you to transfer your pack’s weight to your hips. The belt also includes pockets for your travel documents, money, and tickets.

With all of that said, I will continue to recommend the eBags brand and I hope to get the chance to use more of their products. This will be my go-to bag when I need more versatility than my rolling bag will offer. I appreciate the updates to the handle design and the addition of the water bottle holder…it really levels up the Mother Lode line a bit. The bag looks very similar to the rolling bag on the outside by the interior is designed exactly like the original Travel Backpack from eBags. Your comment about wanting a waist strap because of your back prompts me to suggest that only great suspension systems will transfer mass from your should to your hips.

But mysteriously, there is no double locking zipper on the laptop compartment. However they do provide a small metal ring, that you can secure to the zipper using a small carabiner. But this doesn’t really provide as much security as the locking zippers do. The zippers are extremely durable and the adjustable shoulder straps are nicely padded for comfort. The entire back of the backpack also has extra padding so you don’t feel your items poking at you.

While that was a great pack, we were ready for something a bit bigger and with better organization, as well as the ability to handle a laptop. After much research and deliberation, Grant decided on the Lowepro Highline BP 400 AW and I chose the eBags TLS Mother Lode Weekender Convertible. Features lots of functional pockets that are specifically designed for travel.

Almost 5,000 reviewers have given this best-selling wheeled duffel a 4.6-star rating on eBags’ site — safe to say it’s a crowd favorite. It’s super compartmentalized — much more so than your average one-compartment duffel — with two main packing sections, a divider, and plenty of auxiliary pockets, too. The four external compression straps will make sure your contents stay secure.

Get access to brief summaries of our reviews so you can browse and make decisions more efficiently. A water bottle pocket that’s there when you need it, gone when you don’t. Ideal packing organization AND hands-free carrying. This eBags eTech 2.0 Weekender Convertible is also of exceptional value, as most other convertible carry ons are priced a lot higher. The zippers are YKK RC coil with photo-reflective cords to increase nighttime visibility. There’s an elastic shock-loaded adjustable and removable sternum strap and a waist strap.