In eBags’ own words, their goal with the EXO line is simple:
Use the best materials available, find the smoothest/most durable wheel system on the market, keep the design simple, but make it look fabulous – at a competitive price.
The Traveler’s Take
Rather than reinvent the wheel, eBags made the wise decision to keep all the good stuff from Version 1.0 and simply add a few more bells and whistles based on direct feedback from their customers. What remains in Version 2.0 is all the stuff we loved in the first place, including:
Pure Polycarbonate shell that’s super abrasion-resistant (this is the best choice of material when you take into account the amount of surface impact hardside luggage is exposed to)
Really smooth double-wheeled wheel sets that distribute the weight evenly. I’ve dragged the 24″ over rough gravel, dirt runways and everything short of snow and it’s always performed well. (If you’re on anything deeper than thick carpet, I recommended that you tilt the suitcase and pull it behind you like a traditional 2-wheeled upright)
Adjustable trolley handles
A special, extra durable zipper made for extreme-use luggage. As a result, it’s definitely not the smoothest zipper to open & close, but it’s a fair trade-off if the alternative means seeing my Batman Underoos splayed all over the luggage carousel.
A dead simple interior (a zippered mesh section on one side and open tie-tape compartment on the other)
A unique movable shelf on the interior (haven’t seen this feature on any other luggage to date)
… but now eBags has added a whole lot more for Version 2.0:
The top handle is now recessed, increasing the packing space yet still complying with the 22″ height regulation for carry-ons
The 24″ Spinner is wider and deeper with more cubic volume while still keeping an eye on the 50-pound weight limit when fully packed
New flush-mounted Travel Sentry TSA-approved 3-dial combination lock
Side handles that retract flat against the side
Pretty new colors, including Purple and Brushed Graphite
They’ve also added a new Mobile Office / International Carry-on bag to the EXO collection. The front section easily tips out for quick access to a laptop or tablet plus any miscellaneous business essentials. It’s also a great place to store your standard 3-1-1 bag for easier access at the TSA checkpoints.