Limited Lifetime Warranty* against defects in materials and workmanship
This ultimate carry-on travel backpack includes countless organizational details and a laptop compartment
Full expansion zipper adds 10% more packing space for all those treasures you pick up along on your journey
Main compartment is 19" H x 5.5" D x 13” to 14” W and front is 19” H x 3 to 5” D x 13” to 14” W
Patent-pending eBags Laptop Sling adjusts to securely cradle laptops up to 11.75” x 17.5”
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 customers place dirty clothes in one side to keep them separated from 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, the tie down straps 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 items underneath clothing.
Snap-out zippered mini-pocket at the top of the compartment which helps keep small items, such as prescriptions, separated and easily accessible to keep on your person.
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.
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.
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 won't ever 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. This way if you start your journey with a partially packed bag, you have a way to prevent the contents from sloshing around.
Hide-away contoured backpack straps are generously padded with Airmesh and feature a fully adjustable/removable sternum strap system - this way you can carry the bag comfortably as a backpack or convert it into a suitcase. We also included a removable shoulder strap so you can carry the bag 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
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.
High-visibility 210D orange nylon lining makes finding your stuff a lot easier - plus it's fun!
Simple, effective, removable waist belt measures 48 inches fully extended
Total weight of bag only (without additional straps) is 3 lbs. 6 oz.
840D Twisted Filament Polyester exterior
Includes all premium YKK buckles to ensure a lifetime of use
Detailed Product Description
Head out on your next weekend adventure with your must-haves packed inside this convertible backpack from eBags. The eBags TLS Mother Lode Weekender Convertible Junior is made from twisted poly fabric and features a medium sized shape with tons of organizational compartments and a protective pocket for your laptop. With a fold-down shelf in the main compartment that splits the space in half, this backpack includes a zippered mesh lid panel, tie-down straps to prevent contents from shifting, and a snap-out mini pocket to hold personal items and small accessories. Hideaway backpack straps with contoured Airmesh padding and a convenient shoulder strap offer versatile, comfortable carrying options to suit your travel style.
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Customer feedback inspired us to build a smaller version of our TLS Weekender Convertible. If you are smaller framed and have a shorter torso, the TLS Weekender Junior is the perfect hands-free carry-on convertible. Enjoy! Bernard Majeau, Director, Product Development
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A hands-free carry-on that is perfect for every adventure.
TLS MOTHER LODE WEEKENDER CONVERTIBLE Junior Product Features
Secure internal contents from shifting during travel
A hidden pocket for your passport, wallet or itinerary
Thoughtful Interior Organization
Smaller organizational panel to hold your pens, travel documents, headphones
Adjustable Laptop Sling
Fit almost any size laptop in the back compartment by using adjustable sling system
A built in optional shelf for seperating clothing from shoes
Mesh Divider Panel
A zippered divider to separate your clean and dirty, or roll up & clip for larger interior space
Comfortable adjustable shoulder straps can be tucked away when checking the bag
Converts to shoulder bag
Water Bottle Pocket
Zip-away mesh water bottle pocket
Size Guide: Travel Backpacks
We'll help you choose the right travel backpack for your trip length and packing style. Our size ranges are based on the capacity of the item.
Sized for carry-on compliance on overnight trips. Clothes, 3-1-1 kit, books, note pads, iPad.
Sized for carry-on compliance, 1-3 day trips. Clothing, shoes, books, 3-1-1 kit, travel pillow/blanket, iPad.
Sized for 3-5 day trips with clothing, shoes, toiletries, gear. Usually not carry-on compliant.
Sized for 5 day+ trips, with a large amount of clothes, toiletries, shoes, gear. Not carry-on compliant.
Exterior Dimensions Guide: Luggage
Dimensions include wheels and handle but not expandability. These are the dimensions airlines recognize.
Interior Dimensions Guide: Luggage
Dimensions DO NOT include Wheels and Handles. This is the case size or packing area.
Best of the Best
An item achieves "Best of the Best" distinction when eBags customers give it exceptionally high marks in their post-purchase reviews. In order for an item to be "Best of the Best," it must meet the following criteria:
The overall rating must be 4.5 out of 5 stars or better.
90% or more of customers must say they would recommend it.
"We ordered two TLS Mother Lode Weekender Convertible Juniors for a Christmas cruise. My husband, college-aged son, and I took 3 rolling carry-on bags and the 2 new mother lode juniors. We all liked the backpacks best because the clever organization allowed us to carry more in the backpacks without bulk. They were not too heavy. When we waited in long lines, my husband and son removed them to rest on the rolling carry-ons. The TLS Mother Lode Jr held at least 25% more than our hard shell roller bags. No regrets -highly recommend!"
For what types of Journeys and Adventures do you think this product works best?
"Bought this backpack for a 9 day trip through Germany. We switched hotels every night and walked around during the days. This bag saved my back and held everything I needed to make the trip comfortable. My mom and sister had rolling bags that they struggled to get down cobblestone streets. Not me! Load it up and go! I went back and forth between the Junior and the full size. I think the full size would have been too big and wouldn't have fit in most overhead bins on the planes. In a pinch, I could shove the junior under the seat in front of me. (It took all my leg room but that was better than checking it!) I use it now (that I'm not traveling) to cart around photography props but it will go on every long distance trip I take from now on."
"love...LOVE this bag! After about four months of searching I finally found this bag on a travel blog (herpackinglist.com I think?) and was soooooo relieved to find it. While planning a long term solo trip through Africa I was looking for a bag that met all my requirements because I knew I would be living out of it for a while.
I narrowed my search down to 2 very highly rated bags but was disappointed by the price of one ($300!) and the size of the other (too big to carry on). This bag was everything I was looking for at half the price. I prefer to travel in one carry on (without even a personal bag) and what I love about this bag is the compartments and organization for those smaller items that typically go in a daypack or purse. I have nothing but good things to say about it: the turquoise is so much cuter than most bags out there - important for me, the front loading zipper is world class (stuffed it to the brim daily for 2 months and never ripped or tore), the LAPTOP SLEEVE!, the lockable zippers, the expander, the "shelf", the extra handles, the removable straps. All in all, this is the perfect bag (for me anyway). And it never felt any heavier than any other bag I've carried and stuffed past capacity. Only got asked to check it a few times on South Africa Airways because I exceeded the weight restriction (not a fault of the bag). Now, if you're truly "backpacking"/hiking, it probably won't be a good fit due to the straps, but if you're just moving from airport to train station to hostel to bus, this is your bag! I spent 2 months living out of this bag in Africa this past summer and now I use it for any trip longer than a weekend. Buy this bag!"
"Let me start by saying, I used to use a spinner 21" carry-on suitcase when I'd fly, but with more and more travelers bringing carry-on luggage (rather than checking bags) I found that the overhead space was usually full on my flights. Because of that, I'd either have to check my suitcase at the gate or stick it in a space nowhere near my seat. Well, last year, I began to pack a backpack rather than a suitcase, so I would have the option of stowing the bag under my seat in case the overhead was full. I took 7 week-long trips last year and tried several different backpacks, but not a single one offered all of the features I was looking for. So, I purchased this bag a month ago hoping it would be the perfect one. Turns out, I absolutely love it! I just returned from a casual, week long trip to Houston, and this bag held so much more than I ever could have imagined! I am an over-packer, and with this being a "junior" bag, I thought it might be too small, but it was far from it. I was able to pack 2 pairs of jeans, a set of pj's, workout/sweat pants, 10 tops, a cardigan sweater, a belt and a scarf, a pair of flats (shoes), all of my undergarments, my purse and a 9" tablet, my toiletry bag, and a 1/2" binder. The bag was lightweight, easy to carry, had comfortable straps, and best of all, had a slim profile! It was not bulky at all, thanks to the overall design & the compression straps. The organization was well-thought out and suited my every need. I returned from my trip with additional items (8 fleece headwraps) but it was completely unnoticeable! I was so impressed with this bag that I plan on using it on all of my future flights. No more backpack testing for me, I've finally found the best one!
However, if I could change one thing (and this is a very minor issue for me) I would want a thicker, more stable water bottle holder. The one on this bag is sort of flimsy."
How do you usually use this item?
Vacation / Holiday Travel
What is your occupation?
What is your gender?
— 3/17/2014 by Anonymous Customer from Elgin, IL
1838 out of 1884 people found this review helpful.
"I can't believe how much I packed into my Weekender Junior. I am glad I didn't get the bigger version. This one fit the accepted carry on standard. I packed 2 weeks of clothes (3 pairs of lightweight travel/hiking pants, 6 tops, 2 sets of pajamas, underwear, socks), toiletries, several paperbacks, my laptop, hairbrush, flat iron, small gifts,and several documents. It weighed 25 lbs stuffed full, computer included. After experimenting with how to pack it, I realized that this makes a big difference on the distribution of the weight.
I also used someone's excellent tip to convert the over the shoulder strap into a lumbar support fanny pack which really helped to balance the weight. I am five foot three and while the pack was heavy, I didn't have any problems travelling overseas with it, though I am pretty strong for my size.
I would highly recommend not packing jeans or other heavy clothes. Lightweight hiking pants (REI, EMS sell them) pack much better and are easy to rinse out during travel.
I bought the purple color and I LOVE it. All the pockets are great too. The top front one fit all of my bottles of 3oz toiletries for 2 weeks and was super easy to take out at the airport for screening. The laptop section is nicely padded and also easy to access and it has a nice inside strap feature to hold the laptop in if the zipper opens by accident during travel.
The medium size packing cubes fit perfectly in the Weekender Jr.I bought a combo pack and used the largest one for dirty clothes and zipped them into the inside mesh compartment. The packing cubes were worth the extra money because they really organize your stuff!"
"This bag is pretty unbelievable. I can pack 5 days worth of clothes, all toiletries (and I have quite a bit), computer, case of dvds, headphones in their case, chargers, batteries, iPod, and assorted electronics, travel papers, everything I need for a 5-day trip, and it STILL fits under the seat in front of me on every airplane I've been on, including puddle jumpers. And everything is easily accessible and easy to find. It's comfortable to carry, even fully loaded. I really do think that I've finally found the perfect bag for short trips. No more baggage check, no more fighting for overhead space, everything I need during the trip always with me. Brilliant!"
"I really want to give this 5 stars but i just can't. EBags, please listen. This is a fantastic bag but you already knew that. Superb organization, great space, padded, carryon size, etc. What is lacking is a hip belt. The straps provided are useless. Listen, when paired with packing cubes, one can become very efficient in packing. But being able to cram more items into one suitcase does not stop it from becoming heavy. Now I know this is not meant to be a hiking backpack, but more people, myself included, want to make this a travel backpack. All that is missing is a functional, padded hipbelt. One that can stow away like the straps when not needed. Reference the Osprey Porter hip belt. I love the suitcase opening of the TLS mother lode. I love all the pockets. I want to take this places and with a 41L capacity, it just gets heavy without hip belt support. Also for those curious, I'm 5'3 and 165lbs. The junior is the perfect size for my torso length. The regular size just looked massive on me. Also props to eBags for listening and removing the unsightly white eBags logo from front and center. I ordered the eggplant and the eBags logo is now an embroidery in the same color as the bag and located towards the bottom left. Very discreet."
For what types of Journeys and Adventures do you think this product works best?
Family Travel, Road Trip, Weekend Trip
Where did you or will you use this item?
What is your occupation?
Business or Financial Operations
What is your gender?
— 2/21/2017 by Anonymous Customer from Mckinney, TX
"Recently took the TLS Mother Lode Weekender Jr for a 13-day trip across 3 countries on 4 airlines and was pretty happy with it. I was easily able to pack 4 pairs of pants, 10 T-shirts, 2 long-sleeved shirts, 1 dress shirt, daily undergarments,5 pairs of socks, 1 pair of dress shoes, 2 walking/trekking poles, and 2 umbrellas.
The bag fit into overhead compartments without a problem, but I would love to see an even smaller and lighter version that would fit under the plane seats (appx 17" x 11" x 8") for even greater convenience. There was no wear and tear. One caveat is that the top front section for liquids/toiletries can eat into the inside packing space."
"I bought this to replace my TLS Mother Lode Weekender Convertible. The bag was amazing. All of the positive comments others have made I would concur with. It was just too big for me. It holds a lot and if I am going to carry that much cargo, I'd rather not put it on my back. I was SO relieved when I saw they came out with the JUNIOR. It has all of the features of its predecessor in a smaller package. I live away from my wife through the week so drive almost every weekend to see her. This bag is perfect. It holds everything I want to take back and forth for a weekend trip and is so well organized that it helps me remember what I need to bring. I can sit it on the seat next to me or stand it up on the floor of the passenger side and the things I need immediate access to while driving are in the small pocket at the top or the larger flat pocket. The bag is expandable so that as the season changes and the bulk of my clothing grows, the bag can be adjusted to accommodate. All of the handles or straps are thoughtfully placed and strong. No matter how my bag is laying, there is a way for me to grab and pull or pick it up without being afraid it will come apart. It has straps inside to cinch down clothing and hold it in place. It has a small zipper pocket that handily snaps in or out. I use this little bag heavily and it has shown absolutely NO signs of typical wear like seams pulling apart or zipper failing. I have used the Weekend Jr exclusively for my shorter trips (a weekend to 3-4 days) and nearly every weekend trip home for the past 18 months. It carries everything I need. It's sized small enough to be a backpack. Yet, it's not so heavy that I wish it was smaller or a wheeled bag I didn't have to carry.
It comes in a wide assortment of colors. It has the "engineering" of customer input that I've come to greatly appreciate from eBags brand bags.
To me, TLS Mother Lode Weekender Convertible Junior is the perfect bag."
"I have been looking for a smaller version of the TLS Mother Lode Weekender. While that bag is great for 3 or more days of travel, most of my business travel is only overnight. When they came out with the weekender Junior, I was immediately interested, but it was hard to tell the difference in size from the full-size version. I decided to take the chance, and while I would have preferred an even smaller bag, it is a good compliment to the MLW. It is truly a junior version of that bag, with the same great construction, the same features.
To compare sizes, if you use the packing cubes (which I would also recommend), the large cube is perfect for the Junior. In the full size version, it will hold the full size cube and one of the smaller cubes. The top of the Jr comes to the bottom of the top pocket on its big brother. While this site doesn't allow posting pictures, I would be glad to forward pictures of the comparison of both bags."