Guys, I love ebags. Earlier this year, I purchased their Kalya Town Square bag to use as a laptop/everyday bag and I just love it. It’s got a lifetime warranty and It’s held up so well that I knew that when it was time to purchase more luggage, I’d have to stick with this brand.
Enter the Mother Lode Weekender. I’ve been drooling over this bag for months and I finally purchased it. When it arrived, I immediately opened the box and did a trial packing run, just to see what all I could stuff inside it. Here’s what I found out.
I was able to get all 6 of my TravelOn Packing cubes within the main compartment of the bag. Now, these cubes are small, but they work for me. I was able to get 4 pairs of pants, 7 shirts, 2 sweaters, 6 dresses, 3 pairs of flats and my delicates bag all in the main compartment. I put my laptop in the laptop section and my TSA quart toiletries in one of the front compartments. I still had all of the exterior pockets to pack. I didn’t even unzip the expander. I honestly don’t know what all I’d put in there.
Just so you know for size comparison, I’m 5’3. This is me carrying my fully packed bag – the expander is zipped up.
My Favorite Features
This is a convertible bag. You can use it as a backpack or a sort of messenger bag. It has a strap that you can attach to carry it over your shoulder if you want. It also has handles on the top and side, for easy lifting. The backpack straps tuck back into the bag, so if you decide to check your luggage, there aren’t any loose straps to get stuck somewhere.
It fits within carry-on limits. Unless I’m moving somewhere, I don’t ever see myself having to check a bag. Most airlines let you bring a carry on and a personal item for free. This bag is small enough to be considered a carry on. I hate checking bags; I don’t want to risk them being lost and I hate waiting for them after the flight. Plus, they seem to always get beat up in the process. I can keep this bag with me at all time and just throw it on my back when walking. I don’t get stuck dragging a wheeled case down stairs or through crowded areas.
Flexible Packing & Lightweight Construction. Because the exterior isn’t hard, you have a little more leeway when packing. Plus, with all of the pockets and dividers inside this bag, packing is an absolute breeze. It’s easy to organize things and to keep all important items within reach.
Designed like a suitcase; not a backpack. All of the zippers and flaps open completely. There are double zippers on the main compartment (which expands), so you can open your bag all the way. This allows you have complete access to your entire suitcase instead of having to dig through the bag.
If you’re interested, here is a video explaining all of the cool features of the bag.