Rated 5 out of 5 by ReynardCA Eight years of faithful service
I've had mine for so long I can't remember for sure when I got it, but I think 2006. It's been on eight trips to Mongolia, literally to the Gobi and around a good part of the rest of the Land of Blue Skies. (Taken to England and Romania this past May.) Thrown around in back of Russian vans and Land Cruisers, dragged in and out of tents, carried backpack style by drivers, survived baggage handing year after year.
It has finally reached the end of the line. The fabric on the bottom of one corner has torn loose and has a split on another, the metal part of the hardside bottom zipper has torn loose from the fabric edge on one corner, the pull-out handle sometimes doesn't, some stitching has broken where the carry straps go under the leather strips. I go to Mongolia for seven weeks at a time and need my main duffle to be utterly reliable, so while those don't sound serious and could possibly be repaired, the wear and tear will continue to add up until something fails and I'm stuck.
The hard side bottom is essential for things like art supplies, GPS, small tripod, extra travel packs of kleenex, headlamp, first aid kit, all kind of odds and ends and stuff that need to be checked like my Swiss Army knife, extra shampoo and conditioner. It's all easy to get to. Clothes go in the top and side pockets, all seven weeks worth.
So I'm really happy to see that after all this time, LL Bean still makes this gear bag. I'll be getting another one to replace the old one.
August 23, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by CALLBeanEnthusiast Great for College Traveler
This was a birthday present for our grandson, in his third year of college. He wanted something that would travel well, look good for years, and complement his other travel gear. This fits the bill. The color is really good and the suggested color for the monogram really makes the whole package look great.
August 19, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by NancyB7518 Very Nice, Classic Bag
I am a big fan of rolling drop bottom duffel bags and traveled all over the world with my last one from another manufacturer. This bag is very roomy and could easily accommodate a 2-3 week trip. The drop bottom is extremely useful for storing shoes, boots, sweaters, jackets that you don't need everyday because it is a completely separate compartment from the main, much larger compartment. It is also good for putting dirty clothes and shoes (I used it for riding boots on international horse-riding trips). Note that this drop bottom is not so good for putting things you don't want to get wrinkled because the handle mechanism is underneath a fabric cover so the bottom of the bag is not flat.
This bag is very nicely styled with leather trim. I got the monogram, a nice touch that also helps avoid luggage mix-ups in baggage claim. The material of the bag seems very tough and the handle mechanism seems smooth and strong. I have not used the bag but other reviewers have said it is durable over many trips.
The top compartment sides are not stiff enough for the bag to remain open with nothing in it, so this makes packing a little bit more awkward. However, the benefit of this design is that the bag folds flat when empty and could easily be stored under a bed.
The bag has two large compartments at either end that could fit a toiletry bag or shoes. There is also a long shallow zipped pocket along the front of the bag.
This is a bag I look forward to using on my next adventures. I like the classic styling and know it should hold up well for many trips to come!
July 22, 2015
Rated 4 out of 5 by MerchantSeaman Roller duffle
I travel for work and am usually gone 4 or 5 months at a stretch. This bag fit everything I need to support that. I use the drop bottom for work boots and various casual shoes and place any liquids in there for the extra protection the hard frame provides coupled with the layered clothing above. I generally pack just under the airline limit preferring only one checked bag when I travel.
I don't think the stand-up feature would work if I was packed lightly. The feet on that end rely on bag content weight and area to work properly. Fortunately I don't have a light packing situation when I fly so it's only a theory.
June 29, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by Argyle Zimbabwe Safari
Very durable and mobile. Went on 10 day safari to Zimbabwe last month. Took a backpack (carry on), gun case (checked), and the Sportsman's Rolling Gear Bag (checked). Now I travel light (for a safari), and my PH's commented on this. But this was large enough to cover all my needs. I had my clothes, toiletries, extra shoes, ammo case, and soft gun case in the Sportsman's Rolling Gear Bag. It was stuffed, but did the job. The bottom compartment I used for shoes and dirty clothes on the trip home (nice to separate from the other contents). The camp did daily laundry, which allowed me to take less clothes, otherwise I might have needed another bag. Both side pockets have good size (you can almost fit a pair of running shoes in there, but not quite) It stores pretty flat. I love the look of the bag, and thought it was a great value. Performed great and still looks new after many transfers and a trip to the African Bush.
May 19, 2015
Rated 4 out of 5 by Boblu Good Bag Tough Overpriced
Best feature is the "drop bottom".
April 8, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by Bugman394 gear bag
I haven't had a chance to use it yet but it looks well constructed and will certainly serve my needs.
April 8, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by IowaJoe Only One Bag Needed
We always struggled on longer trips with having to haul two bags each. I bought one of the Sportsman Rolling Gear bag last year and loved it. This one was for my wife and for the first time she was able to pack everything she needs for an 8 day trip in one bag....even brought clothes she didn't need because of the weather.
Excellent product and just what you need for an extended trip.
My favorite feature is the lower zipped compartment. I put all my shirts and sweaters in there packed tightly and they never move and come out without a wrinkle. The side pockets can also be stuffed full so there remains pleanty of room in the main compartment .
It rolls easily and is sturdy. Should last many, many years.
March 18, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by Dunkjax Wonderful Luggage
This luggage is easy to pack & easy to roll. Very sturdy. Holds just the right amount of clothes, etc to meet airline weight restrictions. Highly recommend it.
January 28, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by CaptCurt The best travel bag ever
This Sportsman Rolling Duffel XL replaces one that finally gave out after nearly 25 years of use. I had to repair one zipper on it in that time frame. As a ship's captain, the bag and I traveled the world several times over, flying on nearly every airline and into some pretty obscure places in Europe, the Far East and Middle East, and Asia as well as numerous islands in the Atlantic, Pacific, Indian Oceans, the Med and Caribbean and South China Sea. Add to that, 25 years of family skiing and tropical vacations, this was not a piece of luggage stored until the annual family trip. Considering the excellent service (less than $10 per year or $1 for every 4000 land/sea/air miles) I had to replace it with another. Doubt if I will be buying another in the foreseeable future.
January 10, 2015