Rated 3 out of 5 by Plum1 Pockets not secure
Pockets too small and not secure. Pockets for phone and smaller items like pens are just under a flap that closes with a buckle, so if bag is turned to side or up ended, items can slide right out. Largest pocket has zippers on both side and has to be unzipped all the way for widest opening. However, since the "front wall" of this opening is also the side that contains all of the smaller pockets/cell phone pocket, that side of the bag falls forward. Pocket on back of bag is just for slip in items and doesn't have any way to secure pocket. Material is light, zippers seem sturdy. Just not what I was looking for since pockets are small and lack width/depth and security.
April 15, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by Metedeconk Very useful.
This Carryall Guide Bag is excellent. I use it for a purse everyday. Everything fits and it never wears out. I have two of them now in different colors. Thank you L.L. Bean.
March 26, 2014
Rated 3 out of 5 by Mihal Cellphone pocket too small
My cellphone will not fit in the supposedly pocket for a cellphone.
Well made bag, nice material but have to send it back.
March 18, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by schnorrer Great small organizer bag
Love it, but I use it for something that LL Bean didn't suggest- I carry my tobacco pipes and accessories in it. The main compartment is perfect size for a 4 pipe bag, there is a perfect inside sleeve to keep your tampers. I use the outside mesh pocket for a small plastic bottle of pipe sweetner fluid, and some inside pouches for a box or two of pipe filters. There is plenty of room for pipe cleaners, a tin or two of tobacco, and there is an open rear pouch where I keep my leather day pouch and pipe. I keep this in the trunk of my car, and I have my best pipes and all the supplies I need for a day trip, and toss the whole thing in my suitcase for travel (without the liquid pipe sweetner). It is so useful for this, that LL Bean should re-brand this and sell it in fine tobacconist shops and online pipe stores!
March 3, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by greatmusician great bag
Thought this bag is a really good size. I got the gray and it goes well with jeans/sweaters/ t-shirts. Like the adjustable strap. Hope to get lots of use from this bag.
January 22, 2014
Rated 2 out of 5 by WifeAndMom09 Not Great Quality
I kept this item because I was able to purchase it on sale, but if I'd paid full price it would have been returned. The quality just wasn't as high as I expected. Kind of bummed!
January 22, 2014
Rated 4 out of 5 by MountainSun Good, almost great
Bag is exactly as described; perfect size for travel or daily use. Fabric and zippers appear to be good quality; color selection is nice. Adjustable strap allows for shoulder or cross-chest use; rubber/silicone handle strap is nice.
My only less-than-positive comments on the bag (in case these help others know its limitations) are:
1. Smartphones (iPhone size or larger) don't fit in any of the secondary compartments and must be stored in the large, main compartment where they are subject to scratching from the other objects carried there. Because the main compartment is zippered, there is no quick way to access the phone when it rings.
2. The bag would benefit from an unzipped large compartment for quick, easy access to some items. Unzipping the single main compartment is not a quick, one-handed task, since it is a full-length, U-shaped zipper.
3. The latch that holds the flap closed (a good idea to prevent accidental spills if the bag drops) is placed on the back side of the flap, not on the very end of it. As a result, it cannot be easily unlatched with one hand. You must use one hand to lift the end of the flap and hold it out of the way while unlatching with the other hand (or awkwardly use one hand to do both). This is annoying if one hand is already occupied holding a child, shopping bag, cell phone, or steering wheel....but perhaps it is just a learning curve. A fully exposed latch would have made things easier.
I do love the size, workmanship, and general design of this bag...just wish a little more thought had gone into some of its features. Then it would be perfect!
January 15, 2014
Rated 2 out of 5 by northbass I thought it would be more.
This came in the mail today, intending to be a gift for my child's teacher. I have to say I like the color, and find it sturdy, but I am disappointed in the size, no way you can fit a cell phone in the holder it was designed for, while there are quite a few pockets they all seem to run smaller and I tried my cell phone around the different pockets and it didn't fit in a couple, not sure what small enough you would carry in the mesh outside pocket? I guess over all I'm not impressed. However I find Bean's customer service second to none, and won't stop shopping here, this time I just thought the product was over priced for what you received.
December 16, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by UrbanNaturalist Functional
This is my new favorite casual bag for essential items: wallet, keys, sunglasses, pens, cellphone etc because I can easily locate my stuff in the bag. The various sized compartments keep my stuff organized and allow the small light weight bag to hold a lot more than meets the eye. The ajustable strap is durable and comfortable and the handle is another useful feature.
November 21, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by catfishunter right size..
light weight.. not too large.. perfect for carrying what won't fit into my pocket such as an ereader.. outside mesh pocket holds my water bottle.
can be used as a carryall for those who want something smaller than a messenger bag as there are pockets for cell phone, pens and credit card slots.. there are small and large zippered pockets as well as a quick access slot at the rear.. makes a good 'go to' bag.
November 6, 2013