Rated 5 out of 5 by IcefishermanChris Well made classic beauty
I wanted one of these baskets because of their classic look for ice fishing and couldn't be happier. It is well made and carries all my gear without it shifting around. As others have said it comes unfinished so when I got it I put two coats of boiled linseed oil on it inside and out to protect the wood. The oil gave it a golden color and made it even better looking. I also got the liner bag with mine and recommend getting it because it keeps everything inside the basket dry. There's lots of look alikes but this is by far the best made.
January 20, 2016
Rated 5 out of 5 by Finalfrontier Excellent quality and 1001 uses
I have found memories of these packs as a lot of guides use these all over Maine. We grew up with a yearly visit to a Maine Fishing Camp and our guide every year Greg would always have one of these in the bow of his canoe filled with the provisions for the day. I bought one for the same reason, I fill it food and cooking gear for the day when I take the grand laker out to explore the lakes and streams of Alaska. But have since found other uses for it as well. It's great deer hunting to pack the meat out of the woods, we use it when picking apples from our trees or vegetables from the garden. Before we moved into our house it worked great for bringing the clothes to the laundry mat, fill it with tools when working on a far end of the homestead, fill it with kindling for the woodstove, etc etc. It's built right and made to last. If I had to suggest one improvement it would be to add a little padding to the straps. I'm 35 with meat on my bones so it doesn't bother me too much but others that have carried it have mentioned it.
January 11, 2016
Rated 2 out of 5
by milagro Nice quality but too large
My daughter (5.11 tall) wanted a pack basket for her farmers market excursions. Like all LLBean products, the quality is excellent, but the size is way too large. I ordered the Regular size.
We so wanted this to work. Sad.
December 30, 2015
Rated 4 out of 5 by FFV167 Better than I thought!
About 2 years ago I purchased the "Jumbo" Basket with one purpose in mind and (since then) have used it in ways that I hadn't planned on using.
I have taken it (on snow shoes) to my cabin in the woods of THE County (Aroostook for those who do not know Maine) where I loaded it with a heavy load - no problem!
Currently I am using it as I walk to and from work with a weight of about 17 lbs (basket & load) for about a mile and a half and again it is working well.
The only problem that I am having with it (and this is the reason for giving it only 4 stars vs 5 stars) is that without any padding, the straps will cut into the shoulders when wearing a light weight shirt (ie T-Shirt.)
Again a GREAT product!
September 23, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by Letrlovr perfection
This Allagash Pack Basket is just what I have wanted for years. I have a mail slot beside my front door, and the mail goes all over the floor if there is nothing to catch it. We have worn out a much lesser basket over the years and wanted something that would hold mail from a week or two if we happen to go away. This basket is perfect for that. It does not tip over and holds a huge amount! We absolutely LOVE it. It also lends a lot of character to our entry and stands nearly as tall as our mail slot is off the ground. YAY!
April 30, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by WoodzWalker Expectations Exceeded!
Perfectly designed and flawlessly made pack basket. As always, LL Bean customer service is second to none. The nylon strap buckles are far superior to the stamped metal ones used on "knock-off" brands. The use of rivets, as opposed to cheap staples, make this a lifetime will not fall apart pack basket. It arrives as unfinished wood thus allowing me to finish it in an oil stain of my choice. That I love! Dollar for dollar there is none better, and I do my homework.
April 2, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by Theoldtrainman Bought mine in 1957
I bought my original pack basket in 1957. I would definitely say they are built to last. Back then they sold by "peck sizes". I still have and it still serves me well to this day. It can't be beat for hard solid irregular objects that will poke through soft pack systems. That beautiful wood looks great, you can't say that fabric packs!
August 7, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by MemerePat Ice fishing trap basket
I am so happy with both the product and the buying/delivery experience! I am looking forward to seeing my son's face when he opens it at Christmas!
December 21, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by GreyOwl An Excellent Pack Basket and Built To Be Used
I have used many kinds of packs in almost 65 years trekking in the wilds. The traditional pack basket I think is one of the best packs to use, especially for a wide range of items. Soft packs work OK for some items but are terrible for others. The pack basket though does handle almost any kind of load. The LL Bean basket is quite remarkable as it is made with maple and not ash. It is heavier as a consequence but it is very rugged. In the old days the technology to shape maple into such long thin strips did not exist. Ash was pounded by hand and worked well. You will want to treat your basket with something that resists water yet keeps it pliable. Luckily this is not an absolute requirement. I am going to use one of the tongue oils. Marine varnish would give you a very lasting finish but it does make it creak more and that may not be to your liking if you are carrying it a lot in the field. This design and workmanship on the LL Bean Basket is excellent. The Regular is not particularly large and you may want the Jumbo. The liner is really very well done! All in all this is a very versatile outdoor tool and looks really nice! I prefer pack baskets for carrying gear I want protected like cameras and important stuff. They also make great packs for carrying firewood. I have baskets that are still in use after 50 years afield. This one I am sure will also be in use for years and will go to one of my grandsons.
May 29, 2013
Rated 4 out of 5 by BQuest Good with minor reservations
Background, I grew up using this style of pack in Northern Indiana and Michigan. Used them in all seasons and weather for a variety of purposes including interpretive history for museum work.
The regular pack is solid and a versatile size. I use mine regularly both walking and on a bicycle. It does the job and other than being a rare style on the West coast its adequate, especially for the price. Though, as I'll mention, some things you might do to improve it will drive up the initial price.
It comes unfinished. This leaves it liable to get dirty and be difficult to clean. It also leaves the oack vulnerable to rain and water from travel by boat. Getting these packs wet isnt the end of the world but it can warp them. I used a spray can of marine grade varnish to finish mine, about $15 and a couple hours of time to add years to the useful life of the pack.
The other weak point is the harness. The straps are durable and the buckle is solid but the same rivets are used on the basket itself as the nylon straps, not adequate. A much better harness can be made from climbing grade straps oe leather. More durable and allows for the addition of wider shoulder straps. This is a much needed upgrade that can range from $30-$40 for climbing harness materials or upwards of $60 to $100 for leather if you dont do the work yourself. This is something that ought to be done early in the life of the pack.
You might also want to tack leather or rubber on the bottom of the pack. Another $10 or so.
So, putting another $50-$100 into the pack will greatly improve its utility and extend its life. There are other improvements that can be made but even with the ones stated you quickly approach prices for custom packs and modernized versions from other companies.
Final thoughts are that as shipped its an exceptional value, looks nice and is usable for limited and light duty but if you want to put it to more regular and rigorous use, it needs very real upgrading or you'll be replacing it in a hurry.
May 22, 2013