Rated 5 out of 5 by KJP1975 Love It!
I was torn between the open top vs the zip top Boat and Tote Bags. Ultimately I decided to go with the zip top in order to secure my cargo. When my bag arrived, I was pleasantly surprised to note that the zip top style can also be used as an open tote style. The unzipped portion actually lies neatly against the inside of the bag when the zipper is not in use. I was so pleased with my bag (large with long handles), that I turned right around and ordered one in medium with long handles! The bags appear sturdy and well crafted. The monogramming adds a personal touch. Both bags arrived sooner than estimated. (In fact, one actually shipped out less than an hour after I placed my order...and it was monogrammed!) I read the reviews from other customers and I agree these bags would make excellent gifts for just about anyone and I love the idea of using them as Christmas stockings.
May 29, 2016
Rated 5 out of 5 by MsTwinkleberry Addicting tote!
I love these totes! I have an XL zippered in navy, a Large Zippered in regatta blue, and recently purchased (May 1st at 9:30pm) a large open top Boat and Tote in bright pink. All are monogrammed. I keep the two zippered totes in the car for grocery shopping. I normally put 4 cases of sodas in the XL and the tote still looks brand new. There is no lie in their description, the bag can hold more than you can carry. It is truly an excellent,durable bag. I also love that LL bean always has free shipping and returns. As I mentioned, I purchased the open-top bright pink on Sunday--May 1st, and received the tote on Thursday-May 5th, a day earlier than expected delivery day. Excellent!!! I love the bright pink! It stands out. The only thing I noticed is, the monogram is done closer to the top of the bag. Compared to my zippered totes which are closer to the center of the bag. I still love the bag though. Thinking of ordering the mint and red next.
May 9, 2016
Rated 4 out of 5 by Lakeview44 Great quality, monogram smaller than expected.
I expected the monogram to fill most of the space between the straps, but it was significantly smaller. Otherwise, a great quality product.
May 4, 2016
Rated 5 out of 5 by roo12 Heaviest Duty Bag Ever Made
Have had tons of canvas bags?they all break a strap after a while. I found this while cleaning out my grandparents basement? it has to be at least 15 years old.
First used it as a tool bag. Got a real tool bag for the sake of organization, then started using this to lug clay to and from the ceramics studio. Been using it for almost a year now (have even washed it a couple times) and it shows absolutely no wear or stress no matter how much weight?I'm usually carrying 40-80lbs of clay.
Regular handles are nice and short so you can keep the weight closer to you rather than having the bag swing around while walking.
May 1, 2016
Rated 5 out of 5 by JanfromBoston Excellent Commuter Bag!
I bought the large bag with long arms + zipper and have been using it for months. I ride the train a lot and carrying many things! A great bag to commute to work with. Very sturdy and seems strong like many of the LLBEAN products I've purchased in the past. I have not had any problems with zipper. I also have not had any problems with the color in the rain.
April 6, 2016
Rated 5 out of 5 by kywildcatlady Love it, durable, and really cute!
My mom and dad bought this bag for me and I LOVE it! They got it monogrammed but just an, "M" which I really like. I got it in cream and royal blue and the colors look very pretty. It has been through quite a few uses and still holds up great. I use it to carry my clothes, makeups, shoes, etc, to and from home to college, and it is PERFECT! I love all the colored inside pockets that keeps everything organized. All my friends compliment me. I would definitely recommend this to a friend.
March 27, 2016
Rated 5 out of 5 by ARLM My go-to weekend bag!
I purchased the medium, zip-top with long handles and I LOVE it! I spend nearly every weekend at my boyfriend's apartment and this bag has come with me each time since I got it, one year ago. The navy is classic and looks adorable with my monogram. The long handles are a godsend-- I am able to comfortable carry the tote, even stuffed with clothes, over my shoulder as I commute on various trains and walk around the city. I definitely recommend the zipper as it keeps everything secure and allows me to fill the bag to the very top. It is a great tote for short trips (it holds maybe a pair of shoes, toiletries bag, and an outfit or two) and travels easily. It has carried books and papers, summer wear for quick trips to Long Island, and weekend necessities for a year and still does not look worse for wear. I cannot recommend enough!
Funny anecdote-- my boyfriend agreed to take a gigantic container of coins to the bank for his mother and did not believe my tote could be up the the task. The coins probably weighed 75-100 lbs and needed to be carried seven blocks to the bank. While we needed to stop several times to rest, the tote remained strong! LL Bean is true to its word, I fully believe this bag could hold 500 lbs. Most impressively, the straps showed no wear or stretching from our journey!
March 21, 2016
Rated 5 out of 5
by InfoDiva Perfect at Christmas
We have a monogrammed bag for each family member on a bench at the fireplace as a substitute for Christmas stockings. Holds more, and what a delight to order a new bag for the latest addition to the family!
March 10, 2016
Rated 5 out of 5 by reviewer22 Wonderful for Organizing Family Things
There's a ton of reviews but I thought I would add what sizes work well for different types of things in case anyone is wondering what size suits their needs. I have totes with "monogrammed" labels for everything including: Skating (figure skating, M but should have bought L - my skates stick out a tiny bit), Barn (riding stuff, XL holds half chaps, boots, extra layers and helmet in a soft helmet bag fully contained), Library (books, of course, but carries about a dozen childrens books easily M), Church (quiet bag for kids, S), Car (the random stuff that lives in my car, XL) and then an L general one for family outings carrying those odds and ends that kids need, including baby carriers which fit nicely. Hope that helps! I love these things and have had them for years but appreciate them even more now that I'm a parent. In case anyone is wondering the size small is great for kids, my toddler can carry books and a few small toys in there which makes for a perfect "busy bag". I like how sturdy the canvas is so they stand upright functioning as a basket as well. So much easier to ask a small child to put their books in the library bag when they don't have to handle the bag and the books just to get the bag open. I used to have one for my laptop in college (back when laptops were the size of desktops today) and the bag is so sturdy, I rarely used a case on my computer. Thanks LL Bean!
March 1, 2016
Rated 5 out of 5 by JanfromBoston Excellent!
I bought the large long & it is excellent! Excellent quality, excellent zipper, excellent quality! I'm the type of person that you'll hear say, "you can never have a bag that is big enough", well, this bag carries everything I need for work! Not too large to ride on the train with, I just put it on the train floor. I stick my lunch, large knitting projects, work portfolios, water cup, coffee cup, and folders AND there is still plenty of space! Handles are very comfortable and you can just tell that this bag can sustain lots of weight.
February 29, 2016