Rated 4 out of 5 by kbnc Great bag, poor mongram
This is my first boat tote. I love it and this may be the beginning of an addiction! I ordered the SMALL b/c I wanted to check out the quality at the lowest price and, I confess, I wanted a small tote bag to haul medication, toys, brush, and a can or two of food for my cat (we travel between two houses each week), personalized with her name. Everything fits easily. The DARK GREEN accent color is nice and the overall quality is excellent - rustic, but very durable. This bag is stiff so it stands up by itself, which I like. The small size is perfect for packing a good-sized lunch, using it as a purse or toiletry/cosmetic bag, using as a small storage container, or hauling smaller odds and ends.
The downer for me is the monogram. I requested my cat's name and whoever added the monogram didn't bother to measure, so the name is not centered between the two handles. That bothers me. The stitching of the monogram is good quality and the color of the thread is a perfect match with the handles, but the placement is off. I will probably return this to LL Bean, but what a hassle for me - I shop online b/c I don't have time to go to stores....or the post office, which is where I'll need to go to return this. It is also frustrating b/c I wanted to use this bag when we go out of town this weekend. I know other customers have complained about the quality of the monogramming and I hope LL Bean takes note. FYI - I knocked off one star b/c of it - if the monogram hadn't been so carelessly done, this would be 5 stars and I would feel better about the purchase.
November 19, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by CadillacNik lifetime investment!
Just got my monogrammed red tote with long straps in the mail! Absolutely love it! I got a medium. I'm a nurse who will use it as a work bag. I've been through 3 bags this year that have buckled under the weight of my stuff that I lug to and from work. This bag is hand crafted however and is made to withstand anything! Strong design!
November 19, 2014
Rated 4 out of 5 by shoppernv Love this bag!
So the only reason I am giving this 4 and not 5 stars is because there is no options to have the base color changed.
Other than that I love it, have only had it for a few days so we will see how the zipper holds up. I ordered the large with zipper and longer handles. I know I will be using this bag for years to come.
The quality cannot be compared to any other brand. LL bean nailed this one.
I would ask that LL bean consider adding the option to have the main bag color be a few darker shades just because I know it will look dingy soon. I did scotch guard mine but know that will only buy me a bit of time.
November 14, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by LOULOU1025 WOW- Super fast shipping and great price!
Super duper fast and free shipping! Even with monogram I received my order really fast, even before the expected ship date.
The bag is perfect and the monogram is perfect, I went with LLBean suggested coordinating color.
This bag is great quality and the price is very reasonable.
I bought this to carry my little dog around so the long handle option is really great.
November 10, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by OliviaP Please bring back Brown Color Trim
Great, classic bag. I love the brown color trim you offered in the past and am hoping you please bring it back!! Thank you.
November 9, 2014
Rated 3 out of 5 by mkcpurselover Monogram not straight.
The bag is nice and sturdy, but my initial was crooked. LLbean has very good customer service and they sent me a replacement item the next day. The second one looks better, but the letter is not in the middle:( I still like the bag but I'm not 100% happy with it.
The small tote is good for everyday use and the medium with regular handles is perfect as a shoulder bag. I'm 5'5" 100lbs for reference.
October 17, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by PrancingPony love this bag
I grew up with my family taking these bags to camp. I finally purchased one of my own (large) and I'm so glad I did! The canvas is incredibly sturdy. It is surprising how much you can fit in one bag. The longer handles are great for carrying the bag over my shoulder.
September 29, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by MsDani Go to Weekender
Love these bags! It is my one "typical New Englander" trend. They are well built, roomy, and sturdy. Perfect as a weekender (I think I have the large, but it may be the extra large). It is also great for teachers - made for carrying around lesson plans, books, and tests.
I actually just ordered a large and medium of the Everyday Lightweight Totes for school because they are the same size as these, but they lightweight and roll up. That way I can roll up the nylon one and stick it in the canvas bag during finals (got to bring home those term papers).
September 27, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by CAS422 Rabbit Proof
I absolutely LOVE this tote. I have the extra large one, and it holds so much. We use it as a beach tote, a carry all when we travel or have a get together. I have had this tote for at least 10 years, and I can say it is absolutely RABBIT PROOF! Our rabbit loves to chew everything, and has destroyed many things over the years. Try as she may, she CANNOT chew through this bag. We have had her as long as we have had this bag. She tried and tried to chew through it to no avail! Thank you LL Bean for making this tote so durable! It is so worth the money!
September 17, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by redrum My Forever Grocery Bags
I have 3 medium regular handle totes that I use for grocery shopping. My first one was purchased years ago for ski trips-- it had beautiful snowflakes on the blue canvas print. I've recently added two solid color blue violet (LOVELY!!) bags to my collection and I use all 3 for my grocery shopping totes. Cashiers love them because they stay upright and open for easy loading, I love them because I can carry so much in them without worrying about them breaking and making a mess in the car. AND! They are machine washable, even though Bean reccommends spot cleaning. I have a front-loader machine, I use the "handwash" cycle and cold water, and then toss them in the dryer on low. They come out great and unharmed. Geesh, I'll be using these super-quality totes forever! Thank you, LLBean. I think I'll order just one more......
August 19, 2014