Rated 3 out of 5 by Cyril53 weak link
I have owned a number of these briefcases, and the only reason that I have had to replace them is that one of the circular parts on the briefcase where the carrying strap attaches to the case has broken. If this weak link was reinforced, I would not hesitate to give the briefcase a five-star rating.
October 16, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by passgaser Happy scholar
great bag for toting many school books instead of backpacks . Good looks .strong construction,and functional design . Ninth grade grandson is very happy with the whole deal .
October 15, 2014
Rated 4 out of 5 by NewEnglandTransfer Just One Problem
I ordered this bag to replace one I've been using for several years.
It's great except for one problem - the shoulder strap is much shorter and rather uncomfortable
October 14, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by TonyCII Plenty of room, quality constriction
This is s great bag, well made with plenty of pockets for your gear. I highly recommend it for PCs and Laptops.
October 8, 2014
Rated 1 out of 5 by KBOAK Not your typical LL Bean
I have been a fan of LL Bean products for a number of years, and my disappointment with this product isn't going to change that. However, I thought I should take the time to review this product to assist others that are in the market for a work bag/briefcase and are considering this one.
The bag looks really nice on the website. It appears to be capable of holding all traditional work related paraphernalia including a laptop, tablet and documents that most people carry. Some reviews here seem to indicate that it could also double up as an overnighter. My humble opinion deviates from all of that.
First of all, I have seen much better bags at Ben Thanh market in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, the country where this bag is also made, except for a fraction of the price. I realize that price isn't top priority when you're looking for a good bag that lasts a while - quality and a score of other factors are. The 'cheap' feel to this bag takes away all the conventional LL Bean feel that we're familiar with. The fabric is different from the soft nylon that such bags were made from in the past. It is now coated with something that has that classic, cheap stickiness to it. The insides are rather Spartan, with the absence of a compartment in the man section. I have a LL Bean Messenger from about 15 years ago, and the fabric in it still looks new. I am not sure which cost-cutting maverick has selected this recent fabric and taken away what used to make the bag look good and functional at the same time.
The zippers are not easy to use - they should've lubricated it before shipment. I didn't keep the bag long enough to check if it'd move freely upon use.
The back pocket is thoroughly useless for storage if you plan on mounting the bag on to your luggage. The Velcro that has to be released in order to slip the pocket over your carry-on luggage handle is the most tenacious piece of Velcro I have ever come across. One of the reviewers indicated that it damaged when trying to release it - I totally believe that possibility!
There's no life to this bag partly due to the fabric quality. Unless it is filled with a heavy laptop, it'll readily fall over.
The lack of dividers inside the main compartment has been debated by several reviewers here. This is a major flaw in design and unless you want to dump everything that's work related and hope the happy medley inside stays independently safe without getting into a scratch fight with the other commodity! Not to mention the unimaginable battle when taking your computer and tablet in and out at airport checkpoints and putting it back with the rest of its original occupants still inside......
I may have forgotten to mention - I returned the bag within 15 minutes of its delivery. Note: If you're a Canadian customer like I am - you have to pay for shipping it back - about $ 12.00.
Meanwhile, I had to get my old and beat-up, but still functional LL Bean from the basement and continue using it until I find a real bag to replace it with!
September 29, 2014
Rated 4 out of 5 by Rmp1 Messenger Bag
This bag is ideal to carry medications, tablet, charging cables etc when you are traveling. It expands more than most that are available and my 15" laptop will also fit without any problem.
September 26, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by debbieseanjimmy Love it! Class Act!
Was so pleased with the briefcase that I promptly bought two for my two sons who are CPA's. I am a college clinical instructor and I have lots to carry - easily and stylishly accomodates it all.
Go ahead and buy it!
September 18, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by Fossyboy51 Best of the softies
This is a great soft briefcase and replaces the one I have had since the 80's that I dragged from Mexico to Chile and everywhere in between. I miss the interior separators and that classic tan color but the sage is nice and the new models have some very nice additional "bells & whistles". As they say down south, "y'all need to get you one!"
September 4, 2014
Rated 4 out of 5 by drmark 2nd One
This is the second one we've purchased. The interior fell apart with the other one after a number of years. We really like this product.
August 20, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by AlfredinGolden Perfect for me.
Well constructed, Comfortable. Good interior organization and layout of pockets and compartments without being overly so. Good placement of exterior zippers so frequently used small items are accessible without having to open the main cavity. Monograming is sharp and worth the extra few dollars. Great for laptops but the bottom of the bag is not padded so be careful setting the bag down on hard surfaces. Overall a great value. Well done.
August 6, 2014