Rated 5 out of 5áby SmokeyII Waxed Cotton Continental Rucksack
If there were 6 stars or more, that is the rating I would give this backpack. As said by others, it has traveled with me all over the world for at least 10 years (I've lost count).
Still tough and intact. I still receive compliments on it, even today.
January 14, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5áby frankie12 Great backpack!!
I bought this backpack as a gift for my boyfriend and he absolutely loved it. It is a quality backpack and the perfect size!
December 17, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5áby mamajeanno Sturdy
Bought this for my oldest son who lives in SF and bikes everywhere.
Stands up to damp weather like a champ.
December 3, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5áby RSolace Replacement policy
I have owned a few of these rucksacks. This was a replacement and as promised LL Bean was spot on. They replaced the sack based on my concerns for a minimal amount of money after a year's use. Great company to do business with.
November 12, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5áby LexingtonAndConcord The backpack I've always wanted
Received on 9/25/14
Spacious center, thick, sturdy leather straps, what feels like a very durable waxed cotton outer, and good looks to boot. This backpack is everything that I could have wanted for outdoor trips and exploration.
Judging by the quality of all my other LLBean products, I'd expect this to last for years to come. Alas if it does not, I'll be sure to post updates to this review if/when they ever do happen.
October 1, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5áby kittykittymeow Comfortable, durable and super fashionable!
Love this backpack! Came in earlier than I thought it would, in great condition. Looks super durable, with real heavy leather straps and tough canvas.
August 25, 2014
Rated 4 out of 5áby PraetorianCXI Rugged and simplistic
I've had this pack since 2006 (8 years) and I have used it almost daily during that time to carry school stuff, from high school to college and now grad school. It has also been used extensively as a day pack for hiking. I love this pack! It has stood up to all the abuse very well, and is still fully functional. Worn, but functional.
The pack, however, will not give you the more modern features. In particular I miss having a sternum strap, and the belt on this pack is pretty much useless (I took it off long ago). I also removed the backboard. I've also always wondered why the front pocket has both a zipper and a strap.
I came back to the sight to look into purchasing another, but based on some of the lower starred reviews it seems that the pack has changed for the worse since I got mine, so take this with a grain of salt.
August 1, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 Awesome Backpack
I've had this backpack since about 2004 and its travelled all over the world with. I would highly recommend this pack to anybody that wants a good, heavy-duty day-pack. It can hold plenty of water, food, or small equipment for days exploring. I commonly have people stop and ask me about the pack, even at 10 years old. I'll probably get another one, assuming this backpack is still being sold in another 10-15 years.
One recommendation I do have for people who buy this backpack, treat the bag with respect, and it will be marvelous! Every couple years, I seal the bag with a waterproofer because I've been caught in the rain numerous times. Speaking of rain, the backpack withstood Beijing's nasty acid rain and smog like a champ!
July 9, 2014
Rated 3 out of 5
áby jaystyle88 Good not Great
I bought this bag one year ago and am now doing a review so you'll all understand how this bag holds up after a year's worth of use.
The bag has held up well overall. Like other posters have mentioned, the leather does frays on the edges almost immediately, but doesn't affect its utility--just the aesthetics.
The biggest problem with this backpack becomes noticeable right away: The straps desperately need a neoprene layer between the fabric. Because the straps are only cloth, they role up after a day's use and make what should be a nice wide strap feel like a piece of rope on both shoulders. It makes long hikes uncomfortable because of the narrow pressure it places on your shoulders.
The waist straps are useless as they don't actually fit on your waist. Fortunately, they can just be tucked away. This backpack could also use a chest strap to keep the shoulder straps together--though if the shoulders had neoprene it might not matter.
Overall, this is a good backpack with a vast amount of storage space that is underutilized because a lot of weight makes the pack uncomfortable. With a few modifications this could be the best bag ever, but until then it is simply average.
July 6, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5áby oldguyhiker strong and well made
I had my last waxed cotton back pack like this one for over 40 years. This pack is made well and can hold everything I need. I use this in Nevada for day hiking in both winter and the hot summer. I carry everything I need for hiking in the Nevada outdoors. I read some of the reviews and wonder what kind of use they were giving this bag. I have had this bag for over 5 years. It has never failed me to work the way it was designed to. I carry camera equipment, water, clothes and first aide items. I try to keep my pack at 20 lbs. One more thing this pack was left on the roof of my Jeep and thats right fell off the top at 50 mph on to a dirt road and was left there for a day. When I went back the next morning the rain had not gotten though the waxed cotton and the bag was not damage. So I think this pack is well made. This a back pack not a book bag so buy it for outdoor use and enjoy the pack.
July 6, 2014