the lug ace tote bag vs the lug ace 2 convertible tote bag

the lug ace tote bag vs the lug ace 2 convertible tote bag

It’s 2021 and Lug has come out with many a bag since these two hit the scene, so why do a comparison then?

First, because I love Lug.
Second, the Ace 2 is still available on luglife.com and many other websites.
Third, comparing it with the first Ace will show you how Lug continually builds “the better bag”.
Fourth, you may have the Ace and might be wondering if you should upgrade to the Ace 2.
And lastly, you may want to purchase the original Ace, either online (new or used), in a store or second hand.

Let’s get started!

Ace tote bag (left) and Ace 2 convertible tote bag (right)

Ace
– pleating on front pocket
– horizontal quilting only where the Lug logo is
– different coloured zippers (sportier look)
– slouchier tote frame
– wipeable bottom with plastic feet
– 1.5 inch width on strap handles
– dual-sided cargo pockets

Ace 2
– hound’s tooth quilting on front pocket and horizontal quilting where the Lug logo is
– one colour zippers
– more structured tote frame
– wipeable bottom with plastic feet
– 1 inch width on strap handles
– dual-sided cargo pockets with magnetic closure
– dual zippered front compartment with locking option
– removal tote straps for backpack option

Lower front zippered pocket

Ace
– functionality has not changed
– linings in the Ace are Lug’s solid coloured, classic lining

Ace 2
– functionality has not changed
– linings in the Ace 2 are printed

Second front zippered compartment

Ace
– RFID shielded pocket
– soft-lined cargo pocket
– 2 pen holders

Ace 2
– RFID shielded pocket
– 2 pen holders
– 2 clearview pockets (one shared zipper, divided down the middle)
– bungee key clip
– 4 card slots

Top front compartment

Ace
– slip pocket with magnetic closure

Ace 2
– zippered insulated pocket with printed trim

Top soft lined pocket

Ace
– soft lined zippered pocket

Ace 2
– soft lined pocket with magnetic closure

Main interior

Ace
– functionality and pocket placement has not changed

Ace 2
– functionality and pocket placement has not changed
– large elasticized pocket is soft-lined

Ace straps (left) and Ace 2 straps (right)

Ace
– jelly grip padding on underside of strap only

Ace 2
– jelly grip padding on both sides of strap

Back of Ace (left, one picture) and Ace 2 (right, two pictures)

Ace
– luggage strap to piggy back on top of a wheelie handle
– insulated zipper compartment

Ace 2
– luggage strap to piggy back on top of a wheelie handle
– backpack straps that can hide away when not in use

Which Ace tote is better, is in the eye of the beholder.
It’s all based on what you feel you need and what you don’t need.
Some days, I prefer my original Ace tote and other days, I prefer my Ace 2.

Do you have either the Ace or Ace 2? Which do you prefer?
Comment below!

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