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Product Features

  • Limited Lifetime Warranty* against defects in materials and workmanship
  • Upper compartment is 21" x 14" x 3.5" and lower compartment 21" x 14" x 5.5" with a 1.5" expansion zipper. Expansion zipper adds 22.3% more packing space.
  • Premium YKK zippers include photo-reflective cords for nighttime safety and lockable D-rings discourage tampering
  • Recessed, locking telescoping trolley handle extends to three heights 45.5", 42.5", 40.5"
  • It's our best-selling carry-on and is designed with the organizational details that have made eBags brand a favorite for over 15 years
  • The eBags TLS Collection is designed to be "Tough, Lightweight & Smart" - it's built with premium durable 840D & 900D Twisted Poly and the best telescoping handle system and wheels available. If we put our name on it, you can trust that we stand behind it.
  • Exterior zippered front pocket is sized for boarding passes, travel documents, etc
  • Hide-away Add-A-Bag stores inside a zippered pocket
  • Upper compartment (21" x 14" x 3.5") includes the following features:
  • Lockable u-zip opening for easy loading. 11.5" x 10.5"
  • A smaller zippered top pocket is perfect for last minute items. 12" x 4" x 4"
  • Zippered mesh pocket under the lid. 10.5" x 10.5"
  • One tie-down strap to secure packed contents
  • Two removable fiberglass rods provide a tip-free design – even when expanded. To learn more about how to install the fiberglass rods and how to replace the wheels, click here
  • Lower compartment (21" x 14" x 5.5") includes the following features:
  • Two zippered mesh pockets measuring 8.75" x 11.5"
  • Compression-molded EVA bottom that is exceptionally lightweight and flexible to withstand a lifetime of baggage handlers
  • Moveable shelf to give you flexibility to pack and secure your belongings the way you want to - that's right, our bags even have shelves!
  • Convertible single/double compartment provides tons of flexibility in the way you can pack (because every trip is different). Simply unzip the floor that divides the upper/lower section, roll it up and secure it in place with two clip straps and now you have one extra-large compartment measuring 21" x 14" x 9".
  • Zippered 1.5" expansion gusset increases the packing volume by 22% (so you can buy gifts for loved ones - ahem, yourself - during your travels)
  • External features of the bags are as follows:
  • Four exterior Compression straps keep a partially filled bag condensed, and overfilled bags constrained
  • Easy-to-grab front handle is bar-tac reinforced for strength
  • Front feet double as a second grab handle - this feature will serve you when lifting from the overhead compartment or car trunk. We've got your back!
  • Auto-retracting top lift handle keeps a low, out-of-the-way profile when not in use
  • To ensure that each member of your family can use it comfortably, we designed our recessed, locking telescoping trolley handle to extend to three heights : 45.5", 42.5", 40.5". No more heel-kicking your bag!
  • The trolley system is built with a patent-pending ABS center brace for rigidity and durability
  • Privacy-mesh ID pocket on the side never gets separated from your bag
  • Quiet wheels glide on sealed ball bearings. While it's unlikely to be an issue, we designed them to be easily replaced if needed - because we know that things happen!
  • Lockable D-rings on primary zippers discourage tampering and keep luggage locks in a consistent location.
  • Interior is lined with high visibility orange nylon – to make finding small things easier

Detailed Product Description

Tough Lightweight Smart – TLS truly defines the Mother Lode series. We've completely re-designed our best selling wheeled duffels and added new features and innovative functionality and performance without added weight. If you're looking for outstanding design, style, and function, you'll find it in the TLS Mother Lode series.

Designer Notes

When we set out to design the TLS Mother Lode wheeled duffels, we first turned to the experts – our Customers. Combing through thousands of testimonials, our goals were to identify the most (and least) loved parts of the bag, what were the key missing features, and what was the over arching mood of our customer. After 12+ months of development, we're confident the TLS collection will exceed your expectations. We kept the best parts of the orig. Mother Lode: Moveable shelves, double/single cavity conversion, long handles, and a bag that will stand upright. We added a number of new features: add-a-bag strap, expandability, compression straps, more zippered pockets, a flexible bottom compartment, an innovative patent-pending backbone for rigidity, and beautiful fabric. Enjoy! Bernard

Product Specifications

iExterior Dimensions:
21.5" x 15" x 9"
iInterior Dimensions:
Not Available
iLinear Inches:
8 lbs, 11 oz
2752 cu. in.
840D & 900D Twisted Poly
The capacity of 2,752 is when expanded. 2,249 cubic inches when not expanded.
Limited Lifetime Warranty* against defects in materials and workmanship
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"I am writing this review from Dulles International airport. This is my second weeklong international trip using the Mother Lode TLS Mini 21". Let me start by saying that I can be a rather OCD shopper. In addition to this bag, I also bought a Travelpro Crew 9 and a LuggageWorks Aurora 22. I packed each and compared style and quality. Based on reviews and visible quality I quickly eliminated the Travelpro, leaving the LuggageWorks and the Mother Lode. Based on looks, the Mother Lode won hands down. It is a sharp bag. I even received compliments in the security line at Heathrow. On quality, it was a draw. Both the Mother Lode and the LuggageWorks looked very good in the key components of wheels, telescoping handle and zippers. Actually, the wheels and zippers seemed marginally better on the LuggageWorks. The LuggageWorks was a bit bigger and could hold a fair bit more than the Mother Lode but that was also a negative for me. My objective was to carry five days worth in the smallest bag possible for ease of travel and fit in all overhead compartments. For this the Mother Lode scored high. I was actually able to load: 2 pairs dress pants 1 Pair jeans 1 blazer 5 dress shirts 5 unmentionables 5 dress socks 1 belt 1 shorts 2 T-shirts 2 workout unmentionables 2 workout socks 1 Jawbone Jambox 1 Pair dress shoes 1 Pair sneakers All this WITHOUT using the available expansion. Not too shabby! Since I travel to Europe often, I typically arrive in the morning, take a shower at the airport lounge and head straight to the office. I love the way I can load my first days requirements in the top compartment which is accessible via the front of the bag without opening it up. I also keep my toiletries there which makes getting through security a breeze. It's too early to talk about durability but from what I've seen so far, I have high hopes for this bag. Finally, my experienc dealing with eBags has been exemplary."
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"I took this bag on an 8-day business trip to Hong Kong and China. I planned to do laundry once during the trip, and packed accordingly. As it turned out, I could have packed enough clothing for the entire trip without doing laundry, and still would have had enough room to bring back the few obligatory gifts and trinkets that I purchased while there. The bag is great. I kept my passport, camera, and earplugs (for the flights) in the little upper front compartment for easy and quick access, even with the bag in the airplane overhead bins. The larger front compartment contained my baggie of fluids, which was also very easy to access while going through security. I used the divider inside to make compartments for a pair of shoes on one side and for clothing on the other. The top front compartment has a small strap with a quick-clip that I used to attach my laptop case handle so that it would hang down across the front of the bag while wheeling them around. This is extremely convenient because it lowers the center of gravity of the combined bag and laptop so that there is very little weight on your hand from the handle. Also, the extendable handle can be locked into position at three different lengths, which allows you to adjust the balance point for best comfort and maneuverability. I found it helpful and easy to adjust the length for different situations, such as when on escalators or ramps. Finally, the bag also rolls very nicely when pushed. All told, I am very happy with this bag, and I'm thinking of buying another one for my wife."
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"This is the 4th roller bag design that I have carried in my 11 years of flying. It is by far my favorite. It is a little bit smaller than every other bag I've had, even other 21" bags. This one fits lengthwise in the overhead bin of a 737-800 aircraft. Even in the first bin (which is about an inch shorter than the rest of the aircraft). Being able to slide this bag into a small spot in the overhead bin is key! With that said, this bag still holds the same amount of items that I have always carried in my luggage, even my bigger bags. This bag is just well organized with it's two main compartments. I put all of my clothing in one side of the bag and all other items in the other half. This bag doesn't tip over when it's top heavy. It has a bar to prevent that. It is expandable. Most bags that expand WILL NOT fit in a overhead bin once filled to capacity. While I haven't used the expansion, it appears that it might still fit if expanded."
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