Gear Review: eBags TLS Professional Weekender

IMG_0487A few weeks ago, eBags introduced a new bag into their popular TLS Weekender line. Unlike the others, which could do double duty as both a leisure and business bag, this new one is strictly business.

The eBags TLS Professional Weekender is geared towards those road warriors needing to carry lots of electronics as part of their job or who just want a sleeker, more professional looking bag.

Dimensions are 21″ x 14″ x 8″ and the weight is 4.4 lbs……or 3.5 lbs. (More on this later). It’s made of a combination of 840d and 900d twisted polyester.  The volume, according to eBags, is 1948 cu in/31.9 cu liters.

Like most bags in this line, this one is not lacking in details.

IMG_0489The front compartment of the bag has a “Napolean” type zipper pocket for boarding passes, magazines, etc. Behind it is an organizer pocket.

 

 

 

IMG_0490There is an additional smaller pocket with a free-floating divider at the side/bottom of the bag. This type of pocket is found on all TLS bags. It is large enough to hold a 3-1-1 bag.

 

 

 

IMG_0496The rear of the bag has a trolley handle pass through with a mesh back panel. However, the orientation of this one is vertical, like seen in the photo to the left. It might actually be longer than the handles of some wheeled bags. Not sure why they did it this way.

 

 

 

 

IMG_0498There are also padded, hideaway backpack straps with a sternum strap. They feel as comfortable as the other bags I have in this line.

 

 

 

 

IMG_0493At the bottom of the rear of the bag is another compartment holding a removable, hard-shell, adapter/cord storage compartment.

 

 

 

 

IMG_0495This container is what adds the extra weight to the bag. With it removed, the bag is about 10 ounces lighter. (Thus the difference between 4.4 lbs and 3.5 lbs.–approximately.) However, with in inserted and zipped closed, it adds a bit of lumbar support when wearing the bag on your back.

 

 

 

IMG_0499The bag has a clamshell style opening and contains two zippered, internal compartments.

 

 

 

 

IMG_0500The front  side has a tablet sleeve as well as room for clothes. (The tablet sleeve is also accessible through a zippered opening at the top of the bag)

 

 

 

IMG_0501The rear side has an L-shaped zippered opening and a neoprene  laptop sleeve. It can hold laptops up to 18″ x 14″ x 2″. The bag, and eBags, states that this compartment is checkpoint friendly so you don’t have to remove your laptop from the bag. However, that padded rear compartment mentioned earlier is at the bottom of this side and I always thought that nothing else could be with your laptop to make it checkpoint friendly.

 

IMG_0502There are both top and side grab handles. They are flush with the bag thanks to elastic on either end of the handles.

 

 

 

 

IMG_0488Zippers are YKK, lockable and most can be attached to small “d” rings placed throughout the bag. This makes it impossible to move the zippers.

 

 

 

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There’s even a side mounted water bottle pocket. (Although it is fairly small.)

 

 

As with all eBags bags, the lining is orange throughout which makes findings things easier. A shoulder strap is included.

I told you this was a detailed, oriented bag.

The bag lives up to its claims. It looks good, is extremely functional, and comes at a reasonable price.

On the down side, the bag is heavy. Very heavy when compared to other convertible bags. My suggestion, if you can, is to remove the small container at the rear of the bag to lighten the load. Unless you are carrying something ultra-fragile, I don’t think it’s needed.  YMMV.

The other negative is if you take this bag along with a wheeled suitcase. As mentioned earlier, the orientation of the pass through sleeve makes the bag, in some cases, longer than the handles on  those wheeled bags.

If you’re a leisure traveler who doesn’t have to carry a heavy load, my suggestion is to stick with the other products in the eBags TLS line.

As most of you know, I’m a lousy photographer. If you want better photos, go to the eBags website for this product.

The eBags TLS Professional Weekender is only available in black. $149 (Subscribe to their daily emails and you should be able to get a the bag at a lower price.)

eBags supplied the bag for review. This, however, had no influence on the review itself.

 

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