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Product Features

  • 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”
  • Click here to see an animation of the Laptop Sling in action
  • Zippered mesh panel inside the lid of the main compartment helps to divide and organize - many of our customers place dirty clothes in this compartment to keep them separated from the clean ones
  • Fold-down shelf in the main packing compartment splits the space in half and reduces the shifting of contents to the bottom. If you don’t want to use it, un-snap it and fold it down.
  • Internal tie-down straps in the main compartment are generous in length and adjust from "high" to "low" cinch positions, keeping contents from shifting.
  • When clipped into the “high” position, they function as internal compression straps pulling down on the TOP of your clothes as well as the side gussets which prevents clothes from getting excessively wrinkled. When clipped “low”, they pull from the bottom edges should you wish to secure something underneath clothing.
  • Snap-out zippered mini-pocket at the top of the compartment which helps keep small items separated and easily accessible so you can keep on person
  • Zippered "forehead" pocket is a convenient place to store 3oz liquids for easy access at Security.
  • Vertical zippered front face pocket is perfect for boarding passes and will not “walk open” no matter how long your journey.
  • The double-zip “U” shaped front compartment features a travel organizer pen pocket, phone pocket, medium and large zippered pockets, zippered mesh pocket, and an extra-long key leash.
  • A discrete water bottle pocket stores inside a zippered pocket, for better checked-baggage durability.
  • Hidden inside the zippered pouch pocket is the TLS ID pocket so you never need to worry about losing a luggage tag.
  • Four exterior compression straps are carefully placed to provide maximum compression and reduced stress on the zippers. So if you start your journey with a partially packed bag you can preventing the contents from sloshing around.
  • Hide-away contoured backpack straps are generously padded with Airmesh and feature a fully adjustable/removable sternum strap system - you can carry it comfortably as a backpack or convert it into a suitcase. A shoulder strap is included so you can carry it as a duffel.
  • Accessory loops are well placed, and the shoulder strap webbing is easily adjusted with a tug on the thumb-loop speed-cinch webbing.
  • Premium self-repairing YKK® coil zippers use double sliders on almost all openings. Some have pullers that use photo-reflective sport cords for nighttime safety.
  • Lockable D-rings on primary zippers discourage tampering and keep luggage locks in a consistent location.
  • Three padded grab handles (top, bottom, side) for safe lifting from trunks and overhead compartments, and from beneath a seat.
  • Adjustable/removable well-padded shoulder strap so you can carry the bag like a duffel/suitcase instead of a backpack.
  • High-visibility 210D orange nylon lining makes finding your stuff a lot easier
  • Simple, effective, removable waist belt measures 48 inches fully extended
  • Total weight of bag only (without additional straps) is 3 lbs. 11.2 oz.
  • 840D Twisted Filament Polyester exterior
  • Includes premium YKK buckles and zippers for a lifetime of use

Detailed Product Description

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.

Designer Notes

Our customers tell us what they think of our products every day... fortunately, we think we're pretty good listeners. The TLS Weekender Convertible was created with input from close to 2,000 dedicated customers. I am really proud of this addition to the TLS family and hope you agree. Enjoy!
Bernard Majeau, Director, Product Development

Product Specifications

iLaptop Compartment Dimensions:
19" x 11.75" x 1.5"
iExterior Dimensions:
22" x 14" x 9"
iInterior Dimensions:
Not Available
iLinear Inches:
3 lbs, 15 oz
3299 cu. in.
840D & 900D Twisted Poly
3651 Cubic Inches fully expanded. Weight does not include removable shoulder strap or waist strap.
Limited Lifetime Warranty* against defects in materials and workmanship
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4487 person(s) out of 4579 found this review helpful.
"Surprisingly roomy and well organized for the size. I have a 1 carry-on only rule when I travel. This was purchased for a 3 week trip to Europe because my current backpack was a little too large for the internation carry on and I had my doubts that everything I wanted and needed to take would fit. Upon packing a "dry run" to see what I would need to leave behind, I found that I could get 2 pairs of pants, 6 skirts, 9 tops, 2 sweaters, 2 scarves, 1 packable raincoat, pjs, under garments, socks, toiletries, 2 packable tote bags, guidebooks, electronics (ipad, phone, chargers, etc) plus an extra pair of shoes (and I'm not a petite person) with a little room to spare. I used the packing cubes for the first time (1 set of variety and 1 set of slim) which I will use on every trip from now on. Plus, with the padded straps, the pack was still comfortable to carry fully loaded."
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"Having owned a variety of similar bags (Rick Steves Convertible Carry-On, Jansport Eurosak, and Ebags Weekender E-Tech Convertible), I can speak with some authority to the fact that this one is the best of the bunch. What sets this bag apart from the competition is that it incorporates all of the best features of each of the aforementioned bags - durable construction, portability via shoulder straps, carry handles, or (my favorite) backpack straps, an abundance of internal and external organizing pockets, interior tie down straps to secure the contents, exterior compression straps to relieve stress on the zippers and to move the center of gravity of the bag closer to the carriers back (when used in backpack mode, this relieves stress on the back), durable and smooth action YKK zippers, and an expansion zipper to allow for a little extra room in the main compartment. This is the only bag I travel with, as it is of legal carry-on size and has enough room to pack for a week long trip. I typically pack 4 shirts, 4 pair of pants, 4 sets of underwear/undershirts, socks, a pair of shoes, a belt, a laptop computer, a camera, portable GPS navigation unit, MP3 player, a cell phone, and assorted electronic accessories all with room to spare and without using the expansion zipper. The only recommendation I could make to improve this bag would be to change its construction from polyester to nylon, with nylon having a slightly higher tensile strength (less prone to tearing) and abrasion resistance (less prone to scuffing) than polyester. Overall, a terrific carry-on bag."
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"I had purchased this bag for a 3 week trip (2 week tour of Ireland and 1 extra week in London) where we were expected to carry all of our own bags and allowed only one large bag around this size as our main suitcase. Our tour also strongly recommended that we carry-on our bags so the chance of losing our bag was minimal as we would be on the go in Ireland and unable to wait for our bags to show up if lost. It was a toss up between this and Rick Steves bag of similar size and style. I purchased this bag as it seemed best for the price and the size was great. I knew I had to travel light, but thought about the small souveniors I would purchase along the way.:) The bag was VERY durable (even after some of the first line of stiching came apart the night before I left--eBags CS will replace) and it carried A LOT without ever expanding it! The handles were perfect and I wasn't worried as my bag was tossed and smashed. The shoulder straps were excellent with tons of padding and even after packing I could run and walk a lot in airport and out on the streets with comfort. Many people (me included) thought I would have some issues with such a big bag and being only 5 tall. I was fine...looked a little like a turtle but it wasn't bad...and the way I packed it, I was feeling fine...even though I did have to remind myself to give myself some clearance space behind me.:) The pockets was excellent and stored a lot of the little things, and it DEFINATELY came in handy! It certianly fit easily in the overhead compartment of our planes and being able to store the straps (a bit difficult to store straps when bag is packed) was a major plus! Traveling around Ireland and London with this bag was super easy as I never knew how much of a drag (no pun intended) it was using a wheeled suitcase of the same size! I walked the fastest and managed the roads without any problems. Oh, the rain, everything was safe & dry. Will use this bag more and more without a second thought!"
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