If you're looking for a basic, versatile carry-on bag without wheels, reviewers say it's hard to find a better value than the eBags Weekender eTech Convertible. This 3.6-pound nylon bag has top and side handles and, for heavier loads, it converts to a backpack with adjustable, tuck-away straps. It also includes plenty of pockets for organization, as well as internal tie-downs and exterior cinch straps to keep the contents as compact as possible. Reviewers say this inexpensive bag is much stronger than others in its price range, with sturdy fabric, zippers and stitching. One downside: This bag does not come with a shoulder strap. Unlike the sturdier Red Oxx Air Boss (*Est. $225), the eBags Weekender eTech Convertible comes with only a limited lifetime warranty that doesn't cover accidental damage. If you are looking for an inexpensive bag with wheels, consider the L.L.Bean Rolling Adventure Duffle, size medium (*Est. $90).
The eBags Weekender eTech Convertible is featured in one comparison test, a 2008 evaluation of carry-on bags in the San Francisco Chronicle. However, the luggage in this review is not subjected to testing. Thousands of user reviews are available at the manufacturer's website, and about 30 more can be found at Amazon.com.
Our Sources: eBags Luggage Reviews
1. San Francisco Chronicle
Travel editor John Flinn recommends against rolling luggage, favoring carry-on bags that can convert into backpacks instead. Based on his personal experience, he recommends four bags, including the eBags Weekender eTech Convertible, which he calls "an insanely good value."
Review: Rating Carry-On Luggage, John Flinn, May 4, 2008
The eBags Weekender eTech Convertible is a Best of the Best product at eBags.com, with more than 2,700 reviews and an overall scores of 4.6 stars out of 5 or better in all categories (appearance, durability, organization and value). Ninety-seven percent of users say they would recommend the bag.
Review: eBags Weekender eTech Convertible, Contributors to eBags.com, As of April 2012
There are about 30 user reviews for the eBags Weekender eTech Convertible at Amazon.com, with all but five awarding it a perfect 5 stars out of a 5. Users praise the bag's capacity, organization and light weight, and they say it fits easily in overhead bins (except on the smaller commuter planes).
Review: eBags Weekender eTech Convertible, Contributors to Amazon.com, As of April 2012