Rated 4 out of 5 by MerchantSeaman Versatile
Finished my first trip with this bag. Love the compartments and ability to sort items. It needs to be fully packed though to take advantage of the stand-alone feature. It carries a lot and since I need to carry a lot for my job this isn't a problem for me. For light trips it would probably be overkill unless you're sharing a carry-on for a trip with someone else.
November 18, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by Skjthree Good traveling bag for plane
I used this bag for my 11 day trip to Germany. The bag did good for the travel by plane. We all know how the bags are handled when loaded on a plane. This bag held up to the abuse of the baggage handlers.
October 24, 2015
Rated 2 out of 5 by me37367 sportsman's rolling gear Bag, Drop Bottom Extra-Lg
We were planning a trip being away for a month traveling from the rockies to AZ. Not being sure how much clothing we would need, and being in various climates I ordered this bag to go along with my carry on bag. This bag proved to be way too big. It has no straps on the inside to hold the clothes in place so the clothes were always getting shuffled around which made it hard to pull on the wheels properly.
At one point I ended up putting my overnight bag in the bottom of this bag and it was still too big. I would not recommend it. I can't believe any one person would need a bag this big.
October 17, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by WylieWabbit Speedy delivery
Wow. Ordered one day with monogram and received the bag 2 days later. Won't get to use it until first trip in Dec. It will be replacing a well traveled ski duffle I have used for about 15 years. Hopefully, the Sportsman will provide the same kind of service.
October 3, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by tractorchick A "must" for traveling
My husband and I just arrived home from a month trip to Australia and New Zealand. We each have on of these bags. This makes traveling and living out of a bag so easy. With the compartments I was able to easily find my clothes, especially those tricky black socks!
After numerous assaults by the airline baggage handlers, the bags arrived unscathed and looking like new. They are tough, light weight, and have great rollers.
September 24, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by lhopp Rolling Duffle
Very nice luggage, looking forward to using it.
September 16, 2015
Rated 4 out of 5 by WalterR Bean Comes Thru Again
I bought this about two years ago for my college age grand-son. It's been used but not all that much. Recently I noticed that there were seams coming loose. LLBean to the rescue. One phone call and a replacement was shipped out & the box it came in was what I used to return the original bag.
When a company stands behind their well designed product if a not-quite-right one slips through quality control, how can you not recommend its purchase to who ever will listen.
September 16, 2015
Rated 4 out of 5 by Desertrailrnr Missing one feature
This arrived remarkably fast on my doorstep after I ordered it to come via express shipping. A real plus. The fabric seems durable, the look is terrific, and the construction seems solid. My only but significant complaint is that only one compartment has "kissing" zippers that permit me to use a lock. The two end compartments, the drop bottom compartment and the side compartment do not have kissing zippers. I've purchased 2 more flexible cable small locks and now can attach an end compartment to the side compartment as well as similarly lock the two facing zippers for the drop bottom. But one compartment will be totally unlocked. It seems for hardly any additional cost or none at all one could add kissing zippers for all compartments.
August 26, 2015
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