The eBags Mother Lode TLS (tough lightweight smart) Mini 21” Wheeled Duffel is an innovative and functional piece of luggage that is nicely designed and stylish. It has an exterior zippered front pocket sized for your boarding passes and travel documents. A moveable shelf gives you flexibility to pack and secure your belongings the way you want.
The Mother Lode was redesigned based on customers’ testimonials. eBags wanted to identify what the customers loved the most about it and also identify the key missing features. The moveable shelves, double/single cavity conversion, long handles, and a bag that would stand upright were all features that were kept. The features that were added include: Add-a-bag strap, expandability, compression straps, more zippered pockets, a flexible bottom compartment, an innovative patent-pending backbone for rigidity, and high visibility orange nylon fabric to make finding small things easier. The quiet wheels glide on sealed ball bearings and are easily replaced if needed.
The eBags Mother Lode came on an ice climbing trip with me for a few days. There’s quite a lot of gear, layers, clothes, etc. that needs to be packed for an ice climbing trip. The greatest thing about the Mother Lode was the fact that it had two compartments. In one compartment I was able to fit all the clothing, layers, and toiletries. And the fact that I had the eBags Packing Cubes to put these things in made room even more sufficient. If you haven’t packed a suitcase with packing cubes, I highly recommend it. You’ll notice a difference in the space available right away when your things are compressed into the packing cubes.
The other compartment held all of the gear I needed for the ice climbing. The moveable shelf was a nice touch as it helped with organization of my gear. The crampons were in a protective zippered bag and fit nicely in one compartment while my mountaineering boots, climbing harness and other equipment fit nicely as well. The only equipment I didn’t put in the Mother Lode were the ice axes. Being able to pack all of my ice climbing gear into the duffel spared me from having to pack it all in the backpack that I’d be taking on the climbs with me. This saved more space in the car for loading other things.
The eBags Mother Lode TLS Mini 21” Wheeled Duffel is really a fantastic piece of luggage that will carry the necessities that you need. Combined with the eBags Packing Cubes makes for a very organized and space efficient duffel. The duffel is very durable and comes highly recommended. One addition to the already outstanding duffel might be to put multi-directional wheels to make maneuverability even smoother. But all-in-all, the Mother Lode is one that you’ll want for your upcoming adventures.