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E-bags tsl mother load convertable and Aer Lingus

Hi!
My husband and I bought the e-bags tsl mother load weendener convertable back packs, which are 22x14x9. But looking at the aer lingus site it says that will be to big (especially for our fight from Ediburgh to Dublin which is one of their small planes). Does any one have any experience with similar bags and air lines? If we down sized to the Junior version would that work (19.5x14x9)? Any sugestions on other bags that are similar that would work? We Love these bags but dont want to have to check them if they are to big. Thanks!

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I have the Weekender bag. The trick is to not overfill it, so that you can squish it into the sizer. The nice thing about this bag is that it's light and has very useful organizer pockets.

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544 posts

Even the smaller bag is too big for your Edinburgh to Dublin flights since they are "operated by Stobart Air"

Your bags will need to be smaller than 48cm H (18.5") x 33cm W (13") x 20cm D (8") and weigh no more than 7kg (15lbs).

https://new.aerlingus.com/travel-information/baggage-information/cabin-baggage/

I gave up trying to carry on my bags after the liquid rules went into effect. Especially on transatlantic since you get one free checked bag.

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I think the e-bags etech convertible jr bag is a little smaller than the tls (it is lighter). As with any soft convertible, if you don't fill it entirely, you should be able to compress it to fit. But it weighs 2.7#, less than the tsl, but that still only allows you 4.3# of contents (7# total on an Aer Lingus regional jet), and I doubt that you can get under that, so the size is immaterial.

I just bought an etech motherlode convertible jr, but my main bag for years was been an Essential Carryon bag at 1.75#. Since I only take about 1400 ci (less than 10# of contents, I could probably meet Aer Lingus's regional carryon restriction, which is 18.5x13x8 = 1924 ci.

Is this bag supposed to be your only bag, or just a carryon? If it's not your only bag, just what you want to carry on, consider the Appenzell bag from RS. It's under the size restriction and only 1.35#.

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We are planning for these to be our only bags. I am thinking that the etech weekender junior is my best bet, but even that is slightly larger than the allowance. We are finding it incredibly difficult to find a bag that meets the Stobart restrictions of 48 x 33 x 20. Most seem to be designed for easyJets restrictions of 50 x 40 x 20. Very tricky.

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Allow me to pose a question to you........you are willing to take a fairly smaller bag on your entire trip just because a single one hour flight has those restrictions? The chances of your bag being lost between Edinburgh and Duble are very low.

I'll be on a Stobart Air flight between those two cities next year. I've already decided to just check my bag. The world will not come to an end. (And remember, I run a website extolling the virtues of carry-on. But every now and then, it makes sense just to check a bag.)

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Does anyone know of a non-roller, convertible bag that is 18.5" x 13" x 8"?

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"The Tom Bihn Tri-Star is 19 x 13 x 8 (48 x 33 x 20.5 cm)."

19" is not 18.5". My Essential Carryon is also 19 in long, and 13 in x 7 in, weighs less than 2#, and cost $30. As I said above, I could use it (in fact, I do).

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Thank you guys for your input! We have sent our Mother load bags back (I am so glad e-bags makes returns so darn easy). We haven't really decided what we will get instead, I am leaning towards the e-tech weekender junior, it is slightly bigger that the requirements but I will be packing light and cinching it down. I also like the campmore bag, so it is hard to decide.

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I have both the Etech Jr. and the Essential Carryon (now Campmor) bags. I like the Etech mainly because I pack so small, around 1400 ci, and the Etech bag has cinch straps the tighten the load. But the Etech bag weighs a pound more (I don't like that). When you are limited to 7 kg (15.4 #) a one # difference in bag weight makes a big difference in what you can take along. If I weren't able to pack as small and light as I do, in this case I would definitely want the Essential Carryon bag.

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Just be aware that the etech version of the eBags weekender does not have an attachment for a shoulder strap should you want to use one.

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"should you want to use one."

I abandoned the shoulder strap years ago. It was too hard to keep it on my shoulder. I now pull out one of the backpack straps and put it over one shoulder when I want to move quickly.