Rated 3 out of 5 by Barroc Nothing exceptioinal
I ordered this particular travel pack hoping that it was going to give me more than the knapsacks I already have at home. When it arrived, I was extremely disappointed.It was not the exceptional bag that it appeared to be in the info online. I was very disappointed and returned it asking that they not charge me to return it. Why am I required to pay for an item that was misrepresented?
October 29, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by lisac1962 great travel pack
Have been using this pack since 2007 trip to Europe. It's perfect for all the different forms of public transport over there. Most recent trip involved Heathrow arrival>tube to hotel>tube to St Pancras>Eurostar to Paris>metro to hotel>metro to CDG airport. This happened over the course of 10 days so lots of packing/unpacking. To negate the shifting of clothing in backpack, it's worth purchasing a few packing cubes which kept the shifting to a minimum and more importantly-our clothing was minimally wrinkled as well. I kinda chuckled when I saw others moving around with both carryon sized luggage and full sized pieces. Try getting full sized luggage on the tube during morning commute! No thank you!. My only negative is that the straps for the backpack are very long and I haven't quite figured out what to do with them. After much travel, the bag still looks great. My husband is a recent convert to this kind of travel bag and his experience was the same-relieved not to be moving around with too much baggage. Thanks LLBean.
October 12, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by CommonProse Perfect for road trips!
Have been searching for a bag that works well on road trips: soft sided, no hard frame, no wheels, etc. This is perfect. It is lightweight, but capacious, has useful side pockets, and can be carried by handles, shoulder strap, or as backpack. First used it on a 5-day trip to the Grand Canyon North Rim to work with the vegetation crew on a restoration project. Was able to pack rain gear, various layers, toiletries, and all. It is destined to get a *lot* of use as we travel by car around the Southwest!
September 24, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by silvercrest I wouldn't travel without this bag...
I've taken this bag on all of my trips to Europe....while others are pulling their bags along I am walking HANDS FREE. No need to check this bag ... it is small enough to fit into overhead and big enough to hold 3 weeks of clothes.
There is no shortage of pockets, nets, and separate compartments to hold items.
Money WELL spent...
August 21, 2014
Rated 2 out of 5 by MBTheTraveller Climb Do Not Walk
I used the Quickload Travel Pack for my three-week trip to Japan. The pack had some very positive features: big enough for all my stuff and the stuff I bought in Japan; small enough to make me think before I packed and before I bought. The pack fits well into the smallest (and cheapest) coin lockers. It made going up and down stairs, which every railway station has a lot of, very comfortable compared to having a roller bag. It also has some negative features: the contents settle while I walk, which shuffles my packing into a mess; the straps work fine for a short walk but their placement makes walking a mile disagreeable, and I walked several miles in various airports. The trouble is that the load is always too low on my back. Also the lumpy pack makes it impossible to enter a Japanese shop without being the bull in the china shop. On balance though I would say that for me the disagreeable long treks overweigh the agreeable stair case climbing.
April 12, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by queentiff84 It'll Make A Traveler Out of You
I own this travel bag for myself and love it. I have never not been able to use it as a carryon. The best part os that it is soft and pushes down to always fit. I have used it from weekend trips to two weeks trips across the world. It has never failed me. I recently took it to a week long trip to Vegas where my non-traveling sister fell in love with it. We just got her one for her birthday. She said it makes her want to go places. The only down side is that this bag cannot be monogrammed :( That would be a great addition. Love this bag and LL Bean.
November 28, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by backpackergirl durable. easy to use. comfortable.
I love ll bean backpacks! I have 3. One is 17 years old and still going strong. My family only uses ll bean backpacks.
October 2, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by merryblueeyes Fits everything!
I have traveled with this pack many times now, and it is still in perfect condition. I have just come back from a nine day trip. It held three pairs of jeans, a pair of size 11 shoes, a turtle neck, four other shirts, underwear, pajamas, two bulky hoodies, socks, my laptop, and a small fleece throw that my dog uses on trips and some other items like hair brush, camera,etc.
My only problem with this pack is that it can hold more than I can really carry! I have brought it as carry on for planes and lugged it in cars. Sometimes I've put it on a small wheeled luggage frame because I can't carry heavy items, but it is a great piece. Combined with the Quickload carry-on, a good packer could travel around the world with these two pieces.
September 10, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by themadscientist Good for air travel
I bought this for a trip to Austria after my luggage stayed an extra day at Heathrow (London) on an earlier trip. Has good capacity, but that means it's too large for daypack use. The flexible nature allows easy fitting into overhead bins. The side handle is good for luggage carry -- a top-handle-only arrangement, as on some competitive bags, puts the handle too high for a comfortable carry. The pack straps go in and out of storage easily, and the pack has good balance for long carries in airports. Only improvements I would suggest are: 1. The small front pocket could be bigger, and 2. An external drink bottle pocket would be great. The shoulder strap is fine, but I never use it and leave it at home.
August 25, 2013
Rated 3 out of 5 by MIJOE Liked better than the expedition version.
Less busy and felt more stable than expedition version. Good idea, but needs to be fully packed to feel right as a back pack. As others stated, a jack of all trades but master of none. I returned it. Can understand why it is great for some, but like a good pack more than a suitcase I can wear on my back. Thanks LL Bean for having something so interesting, this one was not for me.
August 16, 2013