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eBags Mother Lode Reviews Summary and Buyer's Guide

Last updated May 13, 2019

based on 63,074 reviews

We have checked many thousands of reviews and found 10 reasons to buy the Mother Lode - and 2 reasons NOT to buy it.

Check all the pros and cons here.

88% of the reviewers give the eBags Mother Lode a good or excellent rating!

Excellent (76%)
Good (12%)
Average (4%)
Poor (3%)
Bad (2%)

Reviews Summary

Here's what the reviewers think about the eBags Mother Lode:

Reviewers like these things about the eBags Mother Lode

  • Testers found out that the eBags Mother Lode backpack has one large main compartment, which has an optional divider wall that can be put up to split this large space into two halves.
  • Other testers pointed out that it is very versatile.
  • Reviewers noted that the bag has a pouch for small items that can be attached or detached from the main compartment.
  • Users also said that it has two zipped mini compartments for small items, one of which also has a foldable container for a water bottle.
  • Other reviewers thought that it features an integrated travel organizer with mesh compartments and a place to securely put a smartphone.
  • They also indicated that it has a laptop compartment on the back.
  • According to some users, the pack has a sling or a kind of hammock inside the laptop compartment that can be adjusted to fit any size laptop.
  • Other users found that it is a carry-on size.
  • According to those who used it, the organizational features of this backpack are fantastic.
  • Many users pointed out that it can store things very smartly without having to rely on separate packing cubes or travel organizers.

Reviewers don't like these things

  • A tester thought that the bag has no hip belt and the shoulder straps are a little thin and cannot be fully adjusted.
  • A reviewer mentioned that the back lacks a padded mesh for airflow and comfort.


Crowdsourced specs across all eBags Mother Lode models and sizes:

Weight iconWeight9.2 oz (4.2 kg)
Length iconLength9 in (23 cm)
Width22 in (56 cm)
Height15 in (38 cm)

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Feature Summary

Many sources mention these eBags Mother Lode features:
  • Wheeled/rolling
  • Compression straps
  • Side pockets

Actual features depends on the model, so check the features before you buy.


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Selected Reviews

Luggage Council

The bag is built with high durability and quality crafstmanship. Moreover it has a great storage system.

Posted 24 September 2017 - Read full review

Indie Traveller

I recommend this bag in particular for weekend trips and urban travel. It can also serve as a great round-the-world or backpacking bag, with the somewhat lightweight harness as the only major caveat.

Posted 4 August 2017 by Marek - Read full review


Although it’s unattractive and uncomfortable to carry more than 30 feet, you can’t deny that the eBags Mother Lode is fantastic in some other aspects. It’s lightweight, has a large capacity, has easy organization and best of all.

Posted 1 May 2015 by Jonathan Looi - Read full review


The design could be a lot better, but it does its job and is a decent bag. The duffel is too big to manage sometimes.

Posted 2 September 2013 by Jonathan Looi - Read full review

Her Packing List

With the issue of the hip-belt, I would not recommend this bag for a backpacker, or someone that plans to do a bit of walking from time to time with it on. Pat and I generally don’t walk long-distances with our bags on, but we also consider ourselves to be somewhat thrifty travelers at times (not quite a backpacker, but someone willing to forgo certain luxuries to save a few bucks).

Posted 16 August 2012 by Brooke Schoenman - Read full review

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Last updated on May 13, 2019