Now it’s been a long time since I went backpack shopping. I think I put the one I used through college in a closet and “upgraded” to a more professional laptop bag for when I have meetings. Working more and more from home, these bags don’t often leave the house either.
As we were planning our trip up north, the need for a backpacking bag became apparent. eBags was nice enough to send me their Mother Lode TLS Weekender Backpacking Bag to review – but I’m going to say right now – it’s much more than a backpack!
Yes, it has a laptop sleeve – they’re actually design in house by eBags! It fits large laptops. There is a zipper behind it to stash your backpack straps – yes, that’s right – it’s more than a back pack. The bag also features a handle on top and on the front (you can see it at the bottom of the image). It also has a shoulder strap you can put on. The bag goes from a backpack, to a laptop bag to luggage in one quick change.It features pockets – a lot of pockets. Even small pockets that I’m not exactly sure what would go there. One has a water guard as well, so if you’ve got important tech equipment and bad weather it will be protected. It has pockets – oh my- and dividers for all of your stuff. You could use the bag for school, photography equipment, tech goodies, travel and so much more.
When we first got the bag I of course was happy it was Red – what a great color! We were both happy with how sturdy the construction of the bag was. Even compared to my laptop backpack from years ago, that cost a pretty penny, the zippers were stronger as well as the stitching. And the whole bag empty weighs under 4 lbs!
For our trip we used the Mother Lode bag as our tech bag. We piled in any batteries and chargers we would need, my travel laptop, the car ac inverter, the power block, flash lights, head lamps and more. We also added in sunscreen and aloe for good measure. It was our go-to bag for anything we might need in the tent as well as on the road. We always had the “red bag” with us.
I loved being able to have everything I needed in one place – it was organized throughout the bag so we could easily find what we needed. The amount of pockets made it easy to sort our things by use. And the overall weight of the items didn’t seem as bad spread out throughout the bag.
We still are using the bag, and it’s actually going to turn into my travel bag and photography bag. The bag features enough spaces for me to separate out the play from professional so everything I need for a trip can fit in one bag. And for the price – I wouldn’t recommend any other bag for it!
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