5 Stars By WadeFamily on 2015-03-18
How I packed for 2 weeks for myself and 2 small children in a carry-on bag.
I ordered two of these bags for a family trip last summer. We went on a two week trip to France to visit friends. I love efficiency packing, and the challenge of packing for a 2 week trip in only carry on bags is actually my idea of a good time. Using packing cubes, I was able to do that without an issue. Had the weather been remotely normal for August in France, I would have been golden...but unseasonably cool temps and lots of rain necessitated purchasing a few more items of warmer clothing for myself and the kids than what you see pictured in the original pack (see photos). I was able to fit the clothing I purchased there in the bag, so the bag would have accommodated the full requirement of clothing, it was only my initial packing that was inadequate, not the bag itself.
MISSION: EFFICIENCY ACCOMPLISHED
I packed a single bag for myself and our two children (ages 3 and 1). The second bag was my husband's. Mens clothing always takes up more space, so he needed an entire bag for himself. I've attached photos of the contents of the bags, as well as how it fits on me. I'm 5'7" with a small frame. I didn't take a photo of my son's clothing before I put it in the cube, but it was comparable to my daughter's kit and also fit in one small packing cube. I was able to pack 4 small cubes (2 for me and 1 for each child), 3 mesh pencil cases packed with underwear and swimsuits, toiletries and makeup, laundry supplies, a hair towel, 3 pairs of shoes, an extra scarf, belt, travel hair dryer, journal, and travel documents. I also folded a tote bag into the backpack, and I used this as a go-to bag on the long flight. Diapering supplies, snacks, and blankets were kept in the storage compartment of a Kelty child-carrier pack. Since that pack had to be stored overhead, I pulled out my tote bag, took a few supplies from the Kelty pack, and moved them into them into the tote, which fit nicely under the airline seat with easy access to these immediate supplies. When on the move, we were able to remain hands free.
The versatility of carry options allowed us flexibility as to how we carried the bags and our children. I cannot tell you the peace of mind that came with truly having everything I might have needed in the cabin with us. Comfort-wise, this bag is not as comfortable as a true backpacking backpack, but I don't think its reasonable to expect that and to have the flexibility this bag provides as a piece of true luggage. It's a trade off, and well worth it. Having hands free on a long trip was a godsend, and the lack of retractable handle-associated hardware really frees up a lot of space inside the bag, in comparison to a roll-aboard style carry-on. Imagine navigating international airports with two little ones and the associated toileting/diapering/eating...handsfree is a must.
I've also used this bag and filled it up for just myself for 4 day trips to weddings. In those instances, the focus is less on efficiency and more on having everything I need for different events/activities/+more beauty supplies than I use in my everyday wear. From reading other reviews, it seems that the company backs its prodcut to the hilt. I am confident these will get a lot of use in our household, and be durable enough to see our kids through their first "grown up" trip across the pond, years down the road.
5 Stars By Dave A. Rivera on 2016-04-27
The only Travel Bag you're going To Need.
I've never purchased a backpack on BTA-MALL before. This is a first time. I actually looked up a lot of backpacks for traveling and all of the reviews led me to this bag. Why this bag? This bag has everything you need in a backpack and a suitcase. This bag has an accordion style packing system that allows you to pack enough stuff in it and still look like you have very little in the bag.
Looks: This looks like your regular every day style backpack but, its a bit bigger than it. This bag is perfect for the weekend trip or if you're traveling to another continent.
Size: This bag is perfect for people that don't want to check a bag at the airport. It does have the ability to fit in the overhead compartment for both domestic and international flights. This is great for people that are looking to save money on baggage fees(I am one of them). This bag does accommodate enough room to use packing cubes(I highly recommend using those as well!!!!). You still have enough room to pack a bit more with the packing cubes in place.
Overall: I don't know what I would do without this bag. I use to use a large roller suitcase now, I let my girlfriend use that and I use this and I couldn't be any more satisfied or happy. Seriously this is the perfect bag/backpack for the traveler, especially the traveler going to Europe trying to save a dime.
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5 Stars By Rebecca Anderson on 2017-02-16
If love were a bag...
Wasn't sure about this bag but I wanted to try it. I survived a 2 1/2 week trip around Europe in the middle of winter with this bag! Definitely invest in packing bags/cubes as well, because they really can keep you organized with a backpack and lots of items. There were so many compartments, and I was able to use TSA locks to securely store my items in my bag. Highly recommend if you don't need a true backpacking bag. It also fits in the overhead and under seat compartments in airplanes, even when stuffed full!
Side note: my entire family was jealous and is planning to buy these.
4 Stars By TKR on 2014-10-06
Very near perfection for lightweight, long term travel. Get it with these packing cubes!
I have now used this backpack for about a year of traveling North America, Europe and Asia, and in most respects it is perfect. I have lived out of this backpack for over 6 months at a time, having room for everything I need.
**The Pros**: Almost everything; the layout, zippers that lock, easy access to laptop & liquids when passing through airports, durability and much more.
**The Pro tip**: Get the eBags Packing Cubes. The medium sized ones fit perfectly in the main compartment. I would recommend getting a 3 pack of the Medium ones, and the combination pack with 1 small, 1 medium and 1 large. I use the 4 mediums for my clothes and a few other things in the main compartment. The big one I will bring in the main compartment as well. While empty at first, clothes will gradually move from the medium cubes into the larger one as laundry. The small cube I'd recommend using for electronics, adapters, charger, etc. Either place it in the outer compartment if you need easy access, or inside one of the medium cubes in the main compartment.
**The Con**: It's only one thing missing that would make this backpack 100% perfect, but it's kind of a biggie. The lack of a decent hip belt. Most of the time it's not an issue (when carrying the backpack for up to 60 minutes at a time), but the backpack was really killing me when I did a 4-5 hour trek to cross a Timorese island. I wish eBags would at least offer this as an accessory. Although it's not needed for most shorter trips or urban trips, it's reason enough for me to consider a competitor such as the Tortuga backpack if this one ever needs replacing.
5 Stars By D. Taylor on 2016-08-27
Awesome, durable bag!
This bag is amazing! My boyfriend and I got these bags for our two week trip to Europe. It was clearly designed by someone who travels often with the different pockets and easy accessibility. We loved how easy it was to carry all over and it fit all of the storage on planes, trains, buses, etc. We were so happy to have such a durable, comfortable bag on such a long trip.
It is about the size of a small carryon, rolling bag, I've provided a side by side picture. It is easy to fit in storage bins. The straps on each side help narrow the bag if needed. Since the bag is canvas, it is really easy to squish down. There is a mesh pocket on the inside of the bag that I used to carry 3 sandals, 1 pair of sandals, 1 beach bag, 2 swim suits, and a rain jacket. The main compartment held a lot of cloths, I recommend getting the packing cubes along with this bag for optimal storage. There are two straps that lock down the cubes, which really frees up a lot of space. I was able to back 2 large packing cubes and 1 medium cube in the center of the bag, plus my bulky headphone case, toiletry bag, inflatable neck pillow bag.
I loved all the different pockets that allowed for easy, yet accessible storage of documents, chargers, personal items. I stored a small cube in the front pocket without an issue. Plus there is another pocket in the back, which could be used for a laptop, but I used it for my dirty laundry bag. I would put in the laundry and roll up the bag, it wasn't even noticeable while carrying. In another front pocket, I stored the shoulder handle and a waterproof bag cover.
4 Stars By Doc B on 2017-05-29
Happy with bag features and durability.
My wife and I bought one each for our recent 10 day trip to Italy. These are very well made bags with lots of great, well thought out features. Held enough clothing for the trip, we took about 5 sets of clothes, and could have gotten by with less (washed clothes along the way). The manufacturer's video of the product outlined the features well, and is what finally sold us after looking at bunch of other bags. Although these bags are in a price tier higher than other bags that would've worked fine, we bought these expecting to use them frequently for European trips as we're now empty nesters. Not disappointed at all in the quality and durability.
One star was deducted due to the design of the sternum straps, as a pair from one of the bags was lost. They secure to the backpack straps via a half cylinder tube to a cord sewn into the straps, and we made sure they were installed as securely as possible before the trip, but we think a pair was lost when we had to stuff our bags under the airplane seat in front of us (overhead bins were full). As eBags claims to have a good warranty, we did contact them about the lost straps, and they emailed back saying they would replace them...in 3 months...as they didn't have them in the warehouse until then (hmmm). Hopefully I can report back in 3 months that the company came through on their word. Other than that, we expect to make many years of memories with these bags.
PS- The pic is of my 5'5" framed wife.
5 Stars By H on 2016-09-08
The best. Period.
The best travel bag hands down. I spent a summer in Europe and after researching tirelessly, I finally purchased this bag. It was perfect. Now my family owns three. I don't check luggage, ever. I spent six weeks with this bag and a small messenger bag and it was completely adequate. On shorter trips I take only this bag. The compartments are easy to access even when reaching into an overhead bin on a full flight. The pockets are incredibly useful, and the option to safely carry a laptop is wonderful. It packs like a regular suitcase. The compression straps on both the inside and outside are ingenious. And there's always that moment when you have a much needed water bottle, but need to be hands free - viola' - a water bottle pouch pops out and on you go. The handles on the top, side, and bottom front are another piece of brilliant design. It's so easy to grab and move. Nothing is better than to throw it on your back and travel across country, through train stations, up and down stairs and cobbled streets. Plus, there are some places where you don't want your luggage to touch the ground. I will never haul a roller carry-on around with me again. E-bags, please, never stop making this bag.
4 Stars By BeCourageous on 2017-05-07
2 week trip to Europe was a success
I've backpacked for two weeks in various countries before but I was really looking for a bag that opened like luggage instead of a traditional backpack. This did exactly that! I used two packing cubes and a laundry bag inside this bag and am amazed at how much I was able to fit inside. I had zero problems getting it through security or on an airplane in the U.S., Germany, Austria or Croatia. The quality is great; stitch lines are solid and meet up, zippers slide smoothly, strap synch pieces are just the right length and it even kept all my belongings dry in a light rain. I really enjoyed having all the different compartments on the outside for quick reach items. My only complaint is that I had roughly 22-23lbs in this pack and with no hip straps, it got very uncomfortable on my shoulders. For the quick walks between flights/hotels/taxis, the weight was fine. It was only the longer trips like waiting to get through customs and security at 1.5hrs that my shoulders started to disagree. Would definitely recommend.
5 Stars By Kathleen G. Farthing on 2016-09-04
Perfect suitcase-backpack combo
I bought the eBags weekender convertible for a 14-day trip to Sri Lanka. Because we would be moving locations so much, we decided to pack carry-on size, and backpack. I don't like digging into a backpack to find things on a long trip. The weekender was a perfect solution because it zips open like a traditional suitcase, but you can carry it like a backpack. The multiple compartments keep items separated or easily accessed as needed. There's a "place for everything." I was amazed at what I was able to fit, and it expanded with the extra zipper to hold my souvenirs coming home. Here is what I was able to fit, (in XL sizing) 2 pairs of capris, 1 pair of shorts, 1 pair of long yoga pants, 1 pair of hiking sandals, raincoat, sweater, "squashable" hat, a dress, long sleeve blouse, 3 t shirts, 3 sleeveless blouses, 2 tank tops, swimsuit, nightgown, 7 pair of undies, 7 pair of socks, sketchbook, travel size shampoo, body wash, hairspray, makeup etc.
It's also cool that the backpack straps tuck into the suitcase if you don't need them and have sturdy fabric handles on the top and side for carrying instead. If you plan to hike a long ways with it, you should be aware that it doesn't have a good, supportive waist strap. It has a strap that helps, but not like the kind you get with a true back pack. It doesn't have the same balance either, but it was perfect for a travel pack.
5 Stars By BTA-MALL Customer on 2016-08-31
It fits SO much.
I have yet to take it out OUT, but I had so much stuff to fit as I was "practice packing" and I was like, "There's no way..." But it fit! & there are so many ropes to tighten and constrict to fit more and make the bag smaller, I am obsessed. I hope it holds up on the road! I am going to travel for a few months in Europe, not planning on trekking around with this thing in mountains or anything, just for day transportation, etc. but it's comfortable to walk around with even with all my stuff in it.