TLS Mother Lode Weekender Convertible Review

TLS Mother Lode Weekender Convertible

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Spatial Stats

54L - 1.8kg - 56 x 36 x 23

Airline Compatibility

โœˆ๏ธ 47% (94/199)

This bag can be used as a carry on in 47% of airlines.

Our Thoughts

The Mother Lode Weekender is not designed for one-bagging it, well, except, most carry on only packing lists would still fit nicely into this bag.

With plenty of internal storage sections, you won't even need packing cubes with the Mother Lode. This carry-on has everything you need in a beautiful and budget-friendly package.

One of the reasons I love the Mother Lode Weekender is because its not your standard black on black. The blue bag with the orange inside looks really beautiful and pleasing to the eye.

I don't regret spending a lot more on my carry-ons but I feel like I would have gone with a mother-lode bag for shorter domestic trips with more bag-friendly environments. By bag friendly environments I mean taxis and modern public transportation.

What makes a one-bag a one-bag?

What I find the most interesting is people are traveling for weeks with a bag titled "weekender". The bag seems well thought out, has a lot of features that you'll need for one-bagging, but isn't marketed as one bag.

Other one bags are strappy, black, and heavy where-as the Mother Lode Weekender is light, colorful and without all the billion clips, straps, and other attachments that seem to be standard on another bag.

You don't need the latest Kickstarter, "digital nomad" focused, bag to pack light and enjoy being agile and lightweight. I'd argue a cheaper bag makes sense the majority of the time. These days I one-bag 2-3 times per year so investing in really expensive bags doesn't make as much sense. I could use a smaller, more durable bag, instead of a heavy bag made out of bomb-proof material.


Laptop Sleeve Yes
Compartments 0
Water Bottle
Sternum Strap
Hip Belt
Water Resistance
Lash Points
Shoulder Strap

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Compatible Airlines

Adria Airways, Aegean Airlines, Aerolineas Argentinas, Aeropostal Alas de Venezuela, Air Asia, Air Astana, Air Berlin (Closed), Air Europa, Air Koryo, Air Macau, Air Mauritius, Air New Zealand, Air Nostrum, Air Tahiti Nui, Air Transat, AirAsiaX, Aircalin, Alitalia, All Nipon Airways, ANA, Asiana Airlines, Atlas Global, Avianca , Azerbaijan Airlines, Azul Airlines, Azul Linhas, Bahamasair, Bangkok Airways, Belavia, Biman Bangladesh, British Airways, Bulgaria Air, Cambodia Angkor Air, Cape Air, Caribbean Airlines, Cathay Pacific, Cebu Pacific, China Airlines, China Southern, Conviasa, Copa Airlines, Croatia Air, Cubana de Aviacion, Dragonair, easyJet, EL AL, EVA Air, Finnair, Hainan Airlines, Hong Kong Airlines, Iran Air, Iran Aseman Air, Jet2, Jetstar Airways, Jetstar Asia, Korean Air, Kulula, Kuwait Air, Malaysia Airlines, Mango, Middle East Airlines, Monarch Airlines, Nordwind Airlines, Onur Air, Pakistan International, Pegasus Airlines, Philippine Airlines, Qantas Airways, Royal Air Morocco, Royal Jordanian, SAS Scandinavian, Saudi Arabian Airlines, Sichuan Airlines, SilkAir, Silver Airways, Singapore Airlines, Skywest, Inc., South African Airways, SpiceJet, SriLankan Airlines, TAAG Angola, TAM Airlines, TAP Air Portugal, Thai Airways, Travel Service Airlines, Turkmenistan Airlines, Ural Airlines, uTair Airlines, Uzbekistan Air, Vietnam Airlines, Virgin America, Virgin Atlantic, Vivaaerobus, WOW Airlines

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