Best Carry On Bag – eBags TLS Mother Lode Mini Review

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Hi Cruisers, We are always on the search for the perfect carry-on bag. We’ve been doing more carry-on only packing for our cruises. So getting the right rolling suitcase is even more important. We recently looked at the eBags TLS Mother Lode Weekender Convertible carry on bag: And we thought that bag was almost perfect, but maybe some wheels would be better. We are happy to say eBags does indeed have a carry on bag like the Weekender Convertible with wheels. In this video we’ll take a look at the TLS Mother Lode Mini 21″ Wheeled Duffel bag. This thing is feature rich! eBags has really put some thought into the design of this carry on bag.

Here’s a list of some of the features:

Dimensions: 21.5″ x 15″ x 9″ 8 lbs, 11 oz
Hide-away Add-A-Bag webbing strap stores inside a zippered pocket
Smaller zippered top pocket is perfect for last minute items. 12″ x 4″ x 4″
Four exterior Compression straps keep a partially filled bag condensed, and overfilled bags constrained
Lockable u-zip opening for easy loading
Zippered mesh pocket under the lid
One tie-down strap to secure packed contents
Privacy-mesh ID pocket on the side never gets separated from your bag
Exterior zippered front pocket is sized for boarding passes, travel documents, etc
Expansion zipper adds 22.3% more packing space.
Recessed, locking telescoping trolley handle extends to three heights 45.5″, 42.5″, 40.5″
Compression-molded EVA bottom to withstandA lifetime of baggage handlers
Four exterior Compression straps keep a partially filled bag condensed, and overfilled bags constrained
Front feet double as a second grab handle – this feature will serve you when lifting from the overhead compartment or car trunk.
Quiet wheels glide on sealed ball bearings.
Interior is lined with high visibility orange fabric – to make finding small things easier

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Tiffany Chen says:

This thing sure can hold ALOT

wendy smith says:

i need one of these in my life lol and even better E Bags convert to australian dollars on their web site and ship to us as well how cool is that.

Jessica Carey says:

to bad it only has 2 wheels, if it had 4 wheels and spin I would buy it in a heart beat

Christine Lynch says:


Evan says:

You do a good job in front of the camera. “show my stature” “I’m not going to do the math now”, all said comfortably in the flow of the video.

Christine Levesque says:

Looks like a great bag, hard and soft sided too. It looks like a great bag for children or teens.

Sheri Lermusiaux says:

Just bought one! One carry-on, one underseat carry-on, and one personal item for our cruise. 2 roller wheels like this, are stronger than 4 spinner wheels!

newattnow says:

Please do a review of the AWAY bags.

meemoo koo says:

Nice bag but it’s too heavy as a carry on international flights

Lives ToTravel says:

IT luggage is also great! Very lightweight and durable.

Ella W says:

Hi there. Is there a discount code available?

Bill Wilder says:

I bought the mother Lode convertible, curious of the packing cubes sizes you used and recommend?

Mrs. T is Going Debt Free says:

Awesome bag!

Michael Little says:

I love my Briggs & Riley carry on.
Much more durable than this with and an awesome warranty , had it for 10 years and they have rebuilt twice.
I travel quite frequently and find spinners awkward.

Broyles83 says:

I was told the small top zipper compartment is for your liquids bag. Easy access at security.

asurvival1 says:

Thanks for the review, I got the ebags Professional weekender, now with this added to my collection because of your review, I’m good to go for travel…

christine nightingale says:

I wish we had eBags in the UK. I have a few eBags products but I really need this case! It’s too expensive to have it shipped over 🙁 🙁 🙁

Jo Dura says:

I love these bags. I think I am getting me one for Christmas. It will be our carry on…not my only bag, but at least our carryon. Maybe I can fit the hubby and I into one large suitcase….hmmmm cruise 11 days with 2 extra nights in New Orleans….slim chance of the one large bag….but def love the TLS bags….start small and build up

Danainan Vin Kridakorn says:

I’ve noticed in other reviews of this bag there’s a side handle. I’m confused as to if there is or isn’t one. Do you know?

vlog channel says:

Its so cool

Amy Towne says:

You need to check out their Hybrid Spinner series. We have the carryon one and I loved it so much I bought the checked one for our next cruise also. I have the heathered grey color and it’s so classy.

Moonlady Reed says:

I use the regular motherload bag. I am petite and thought the mini would be better but it is much smaller.

I can say without a doubt that I love my motherload bag. Great quality and awesome compartments. Use the side straps to compress your bag so it can fit overhead on smaller planes. Use the chest strap to keep your balance and free up your arms. I bought one for each of my kids.

If you are an overpacker, probably not for you. I am still evolving into a light packet. With compression packing cubes, I was able to bring everything I needed for an 8 day trip to Quebec city with some room for souvenirs.

With it being a backpack, you can wiz through boarding, metros, and train lines. We found that transportation staff acted relieved to see us with lighter/smaller bags. We were actually givien access to shorter lines bc of it which made things faster for us. Heavy large bags have to be weighed, etc so they clog lines. Also, elevators and escalators do not work all the time so it is easy to take the stairs.

bjquilts29 says:

The top outside pocket is upside down. Dumb! Unzip it so that everything in it falls out. Not a spinner? Deal breaker.

Sue Boeck says:

I was going to get that one but Delta size limit is 22 X 14 X 9. I really like that bag. I did order the one that fits under the seat. We’ll see when I get on of it will go under. There’s not much room under their seats thanks for sharing
You might tell the company about Delta s size limit

Missy Cutler says:

Love everything about this bag except the wheels. Spinner wheels are a must, so much easier to navigate the bag.

D Walker says:

Very cool thanks

Pauline Potts says:

You know I own the backpack version and have been using this bag for years. Ebags broke the mold with this style of bag. Best Bags ever.

Linda says:

Cool! What is the smallest zipper on the top for?

Tina the Cruising Librarian says:

I’ve been looking at the 25” version as a checked bag.

Karen Rothwell says:

I hope they make this bag as a spinner, in the future. If it’s not a spinner, it’s a deal breaker for me.

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