Luggage! Good luggage can be hard to come by. There are beautiful and expensive pieces that I would love to get my hands on, but we are just normal people with (what I would consider) a normal person’s budget. Typically you have to choose between cost and quality, but I didn’t feel like we had to compromise when we found our favorite pieces of eBags luggage. This is a pretty thorough review for the eBags Mother Lode pieces, so I hope you find it helpful!
Its seems that the people from eBags.com has been selling luggage long enough and have read enough reviews to know what people want out of bags. We each have a eBags TLS Mother Lode Mini 21″ Wheeled Duffel, and I loved it so much that I got the eBags TLS Mother Lode Weekender Convertible Junior, too. It’s for those times when I would rather have a backpack instead of a bag with rollers. I like having options.
The wheeled duffels we use are soft-sided on the front and hard-sided on the back. And the Weekender is completely soft-sided for versatility. I’ve never had a completely hard-sided bag, so I can’t comment the differences. But I can tell you that we love these bags!
Why do we love them? You may know that we like to travel light…it’s just way easier than checking luggage and waiting at baggage claim. Am I right?!
- The handles (for the wheeled duffel)…these babies are underrated in my opinion. A well-placed and strong handle can make all the difference. And the handle on the bottom of the wheeled duffels doubles as a stability feature for when your bag gets a little front-heavy. And the handle you use to roll the bag is very adjustable. Even with me being so short it’s not a problem. You might be surprised how much of a problem this usually is!
- Flexibility of having hard/soft exteriors (for the wheeled duffel). Put items that need protecting inside the hard shell but let the soft side help you get the most in your bag you need.
- Versatility in both bags. From expansion, to shelves, to removable dividers, to switching from a backpack to a duffel at a moment’s notice.
- Add-a-bag strap that’s hidden on the duffel that allows you to add another bag to the duffel to keep your hands as free as possible.
- Lockable zippers with D-rings spots.
- Orange lining to find things easily.
- All the well-designed compartments.
- The wheels! Very smooth and sturdy.
- Weekender: Hidden compartments like the laptop sleeve and water bottle holder.
I’m sure there are things I am forgetting, but basically I just wanted to share what we use and why we chose the pieces we did. The one thing I’m hoping to try soon are packing cubes, I hear they are great and super helpful for packing a lot into a little space. I’ll let you know if we convert to them anytime soon!
We’d love to know about your favorite luggage! Has it held up well? Are you a backpack fan or checked bag fan? We want to know how you travel! Share all your info below.
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