Disclaimer: I received this product in exchange for an honest review.
color: heathered graphite
TLS Hybrid Spinner Carry-On click here to view the eBags product page
So, we've taken a look at the wonder that is The Packing Cube (see product review here) and have decided that they are great for packing organization, but finding the perfect bag to use as a carry-on can be a nightmare of a necessary task. I have been through my share of carry-on luggage, and all have been grossly flawed and near tantrum-inducing. From unstable bottoms to poor handle design to just plain awkwardness, I have carted it all through CLE. My initial reaction to opening my eBags TLS Hybrid Spinner Carry-On? Picture the cartoon character with hearts in place of eyes. That was me.
The love continued as I began exploring the bag's features and experimenting with packing it for our 8-night vacation (a stay in San Francisco coupled with a cruise). Upon first inspection, this bag appeared to have everything I could possibly want in a carry-on, but before I begin composing a love song to its features, let's check out the details direct from eBags:
The stats: Exterior Dimensions: 22" x 14" x 9" Interior Dimensions: 20" x 14" x 8" Linear Inches: 45" Weight: 7 lbs, 4 oz Capacity: 2389 cu. in.
From the eBags website:
Two webbing push-button cross straps to secure packed contents. Generous webbing length accommodates a fully packed expanded load. Anchor rings move with the expansion gusset so that your straps are always at the top edge, even when expanded
This case expands an additional 1.25", to pack in last minute items
Orange lining makes finding your items easy
Interior mesh door allows visibility in packing organization, or has small buckle to roll-up and secure the door in order to use the full volume of the case and access through the front door
Main and Pocket zippers are able to lock in place with anchor D-rings sewn directly onto the bag
Volume pocket on top to store small items accessibly during flight and a flat pocket on the front lid to store magazines, papers or other low-profile items like a thin jacket
Flat, retractable carry handles do not intrude on your overall dimension so that you can board without issue
Trolley handle adjusts to 3 heights for optimum maneuverability – no more heel-kicking your bag. 45.5, 42.5, 40.5 inches
Compression-molded Polycarbonate bottom/back provides rigid support platform for extra protection for your stored items, all with less weight
8" Dual spinner wheels
My favorite features of this bag:
It is lightweight - 7lbs 4oz, per the eBags site.
The handle extends to a height that is perfect for most travelers.
The wheels spin and glide exactly as they should. If you have not experienced luggage with spinner wheels, this alone is a massive upgrade over whatever you're currently using.
The pockets are nicely designed and allow easy access to your items.
Two different handles for lifting the bag make it accessible from several positions.
The bright orange interior is cheerful and makes your items stand out.
The heathered graphite color (bag is also available in black, sinful red, and brushed indigo) is absolutely gorgeous and perfectly matches my Kayla Town Square 2.0, which nestles right on top. (A review on this bag to come.)
I was able to fit a LOT of clothing into this bag, including two pairs of shoes. (Don't fear! A detailed packing post is to come!)
The bottom line:
This is an easy bag to recommend.
While I have only used it for one vacation thus far, I absolutely love it and hope it will last with use. It was easy to pack, and pack well, and made for gliding through the airports with ease. Between my packing cubes, this TLS Spinner Hyrbid, and my Kayla Town Square 2.0 I think I have found packing paradise. I will take this combo for another go-round later this year for a resort stay, and share an updated review at that time. Right now, I am a very happy traveler.