Rated 5 out of 5 by jazmine Custom Large Tote
I ordered as a gift for my son. The bag was much more durable than I expected. Wonderful craftsmanship. The personlization looked great and he will enjoy it for boating and RVing with the family. Large enough to pack the whole days necessary items. Fantastic gift item for the upcoming holidays.
September 22, 2012
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
Rated 5 out of 5 by LoveTheClassicsLady This has become a favorite summer "shoulder purse"
I have owned my small (natural/navy & monogrammed), zip-top, long handle "Boat and Tote Bag" more than a decade! I treated mine with waterproofing spray as soon as I received it, therefore it has remained easy to clean and one of my favorite summer shoulder bags. I continue to receive compliments, as it's still so attractive. Whenever I use it for boating on the river or a trip to the beach, it would be VERY nice if LL Bean made a waterproof wet swimsuit bag to use with/match it...hint hint...:)
August 18, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by HoustonTexan95 Boat and Tote Rocks
While vacationing this summer we visited my sister, from her home we went on a weekend trip to visit another relative. Instead of bringing out our big luggage she let us use one of her XL large boat and totes for my husband and I to share. It was perfect for a weekend get away. I loved that bag, so before I left her house to return home I ordered 2 XL bags for us for weekend get aways. The bags beat us home. I need 2 more of a smaller size and I will have enough.
Now my sister on the other hand is in bag overload. She has 18 boat and totes of different sizes and colors for just her and her husband.
August 14, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by abbythecanadian this bag though
My mom bought the extra large bag for our family while we were vacationing in Maine. That was in 2009. This bag is still going and has held up so well. We have used it for everything from picnics to carrying laundry. It washes so well too. Most definitely worth the price! A must have for every family.
August 8, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by OHYA BRING BACK THE BROWN & TAN - STRAP COLORS!
EVERYTHING should be made as good as
the L.L.BEAN tote
with that said...
PLEASE offer more color choices!
I need to replace my BROWN and TAN strap colored bags
it seems to me that 'back then'
many more color choices
August 2, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by LolaLili Beautiful, Excellent Bag!!! :-)
I just received this bag today (I ordered mine 3 days ago), the shipping was super-fast! I bought the Large tote, which is a little too big for me, but the bag is so beautiful (also monogrammed) that I decided to keep it for when I travel. I just finished ordering in the Medium size!!!
Initially, I thought to exchange it, I was worried I couldn't do it because it was monogrammed. I called LLBean and the lady said that they WOULD accept it back and send me one smaller (monogrammed as well). They treated me so well, that I decided to keep the Large and buy a medium.
My only advice would be to be very careful with the size. As for the quality of the bag, all I can say is that it is the best!
July 31, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by LoveToEat Extra suitcase on return flight; easy to clean
We're just back from visiting family in Alaska. For this trip, I purchased and packed an X-Large, long-handled, zippered bag which we used for transporting our toiletries and clothes from the "hotel" (that is, the camper) to the shower in the house. On the return flight, this bag served as an extra suitcase. The bag came through the airlines intact, but covered with a layer of black grease. All our other tote bags were purchased from the discount bin with amusing names, our favorite being "Utopia". But this new bag was our first full-price bag with our name monogrammed on it. I was so disappointed in the airlines. While L. L. Bean recommends spot cleaning, I put my soiled bag in the tub last night, got out a stiff brush with which I used to scrub tire whitewalls, and covered the bag with liquid laundry detergent. I scrubbed everything, including the soiled handles. After rinsing the bag, I put it in front of a fan for several hours to dry. It came out perfect! So perfect that even the red handles and trim did not bleed. As predicted from my internet searches, the bag is a little less stiff, which I actually prefer. My advice would be to use a lot less laundry detergent than you think you need, as I went way overboard and spent a lot of time rinsing. "Utopia" has been around for a long time, carrying everything from computer monitors to shoes, so I'm going to wash it next.
July 29, 2014