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- 840D & 900D Twisted Poly
- Limited Lifetime Warranty* against defects in materials and workmanship
- This ultimate carry-on travel backpack includes tons of organizational details and a laptop compartment
- Main compartment is 21.5" H x 5.5" D x 13 to 14 W and front compartment is 21.5" H x 3 to 5 D x 13 to 14 W
- Full expansion zipper adds over 10 percent of packing space for all those treasures you pick up along on your journey
- eBags patent-pending Laptop Sling adjusts to securely cradle laptops sized up to 11.75 x 19
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The eBags TLS Mother Lode Weekender Convertible was featured in the San Francisco Chronicle Travel section in December 2009: ...Best-of-field award for design, materials and value.Quite possibly the last Travel Pack you may ever need, this Carry-on Convertible is loaded with smart features; If your laptop's middle dimension (width is no more than 11.75, and the longest dimension (length is between 10.0 and 19.0, the Laptop Sling will adjust for a perfect fit, expandable compartment, contoured Airmesh backpack straps, travel organizer, fold down shelf, the list goes on and on - and at 3.7 lbs, it's amazingly light weight.
- Product Dimensions: 9 x 22 x 14 inches
- Shipping Weight: 4.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- ASIN: B002Y51JRM
- Item model number: M143101
- Date first available at Amazon.com: October 22, 2009
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I ordered two of these bags for a family trip last summer. We went on a two week trip to France to visit friends. I love efficiency packing, and the challenge of packing for a 2 week trip in only carry on bags is actually my idea of a good time. Using packing cubes, I was able to do that without an issue. Had the weather been remotely normal for August in France, I would have been golden...but unseasonably cool temps and lots of rain necessitated purchasing a few more items of warmer clothing for myself and the kids than what you see pictured in the original pack (see photos). I was able to fit the clothing I purchased there in the bag, so the bag would have accommodated the full requirement of clothing, it was only my initial packing that was inadequate, not the bag itself.
MISSION: EFFICIENCY ACCOMPLISHED
I packed a single bag for myself and our two children (ages 3 and 1). The second bag was my husband's. Mens clothing always takes up more space, so he needed an entire bag for himself. I've attached photos of the contents of the bags, as well as how it fits on me. I'm 5'7" with a small frame. I didn't take a photo of my son's clothing before I put it in the cube, but it was comparable to my daughter's kit and also fit in one small packing cube. I was able to pack 4 small cubes (2 for me and 1 for each child), 3 mesh pencil cases packed with underwear and swimsuits, toiletries and makeup, laundry supplies, a hair towel, 3 pairs of shoes, an extra scarf, belt, travel hair dryer, journal, and travel documents. I also folded a tote bag into the backpack, and I used this as a go-to bag on the long flight. Diapering supplies, snacks, and blankets were kept in the storage compartment of a Kelty child-carrier pack. Since that pack had to be stored overhead, I pulled out my tote bag, took a few supplies from the Kelty pack, and moved them into them into the tote, which fit nicely under the airline seat with easy access to these immediate supplies. When on the move, we were able to remain hands free.
The versatility of carry options allowed us flexibility as to how we carried the bags and our children. I cannot tell you the peace of mind that came with truly having everything I might have needed in the cabin with us. Comfort-wise, this bag is not as comfortable as a true backpacking backpack, but I don't think its reasonable to expect that and to have the flexibility this bag provides as a piece of true luggage. It's a trade off, and well worth it. Having hands free on a long trip was a godsend, and the lack of retractable handle-associated hardware really frees up a lot of space inside the bag, in comparison to a roll-aboard style carry-on. Imagine navigating international airports with two little ones and the associated toileting/diapering/eating...handsfree is a must.
I've also used this bag and filled it up for just myself for 4 day trips to weddings. In those instances, the focus is less on efficiency and more on having everything I need for different events/activities/+more beauty supplies than I use in my everyday wear. From reading other reviews, it seems that the company backs its prodcut to the hilt. I am confident these will get a lot of use in our household, and be durable enough to see our kids through their first "grown up" trip across the pond, years down the road.
Looks: This looks like your regular every day style backpack but, its a bit bigger than it. This bag is perfect for the weekend trip or if you're traveling to another continent.
Size: This bag is perfect for people that don't want to check a bag at the airport. It does have the ability to fit in the overhead compartment for both domestic and international flights. This is great for people that are looking to save money on baggage fees(I am one of them). This bag does accommodate enough room to use packing cubes(I highly recommend using those as well!!!!). You still have enough room to pack a bit more with the packing cubes in place.
Overall: I don't know what I would do without this bag. I use to use a large roller suitcase now, I let my girlfriend use that and I use this and I couldn't be any more satisfied or happy. Seriously this is the perfect bag/backpack for the traveler, especially the traveler going to Europe trying to save a dime.
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Side note: my entire family was jealous and is planning to buy these.
**The Pros**: Almost everything; the layout, zippers that lock, easy access to laptop & liquids when passing through airports, durability and much more.
**The Pro tip**: Get the eBags Packing Cubes. The medium sized ones fit perfectly in the main compartment. I would recommend getting a 3 pack of the Medium ones, and the combination pack with 1 small, 1 medium and 1 large. I use the 4 mediums for my clothes and a few other things in the main compartment. The big one I will bring in the main compartment as well. While empty at first, clothes will gradually move from the medium cubes into the larger one as laundry. The small cube I'd recommend using for electronics, adapters, charger, etc. Either place it in the outer compartment if you need easy access, or inside one of the medium cubes in the main compartment.
**The Con**: It's only one thing missing that would make this backpack 100% perfect, but it's kind of a biggie. The lack of a decent hip belt. Most of the time it's not an issue (when carrying the backpack for up to 60 minutes at a time), but the backpack was really killing me when I did a 4-5 hour trek to cross a Timorese island. I wish eBags would at least offer this as an accessory. Although it's not needed for most shorter trips or urban trips, it's reason enough for me to consider a competitor such as the Tortuga backpack if this one ever needs replacing.