eBags Mother Lode TLS Junior 25

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Brawny and balanced, the TLS is a 4,976-cubic-inch beefcake that shuns bling for practicality—perfect for a Thailand traverse where rain, muck, and brusque Bangkok cabbies failed to breach the 900-denier fabric and stout compression-molded bottom. No rummaging, thanks to the straightforward suitcase-style design, which splays open to reveal a convertible top panel for soft goods and a hard bottom that shelters breakables. The auto-retracting top and foot handles take the gymnastics out of hoisting, and the retractable dual-position trolley and injection-molded wheels proved rock steady. Bonus: The zip expansion adds 905 cubes. 11.3 lbs; ebags.com
Practicality: 4.6
Durability: 4.7

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