Rated 4 out of 5 by CalDude Setting the record straight!
To those of you who have eluded to a change in quality, per LL Bean customer service, there has never been a change in materials or vendor on this product.
I' ve had my sportman ruck sack for close to ten years and didn't know I could return or exchange it for a new one, until now. Guess I just forgot... Anyway, the only problem I've had at all, is that the buckle latch came off a few years ago, though I was able to reattach it, though bent.
So, I will exchange it for a new one with my initials. EVEN WITH INITIALS, LLB WILL.TAKE OR EXCHANGE THE BAG--100% GUARANTEED! Another reviewer said they couldn't do so, but that is not true.
ALSO, SAME MATERIALS AS ALWAYS. THE BRAND NEW BAGS SHOULD BE AS GOOD AS ANY PREVIOUS ONES.
GO AHEAD AND GET ONE. YOU HAVE NOTHING TO LOSE!
July 15, 2014
Rated 3 out of 5 by RQFNYC Not up to Par
The "leather" really feels more like vinyl and even the quality of the nylon fabric is fairly light weight. I would expect more from a bag of this price.
July 9, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by Himebo Classy, practical, durable - nice
Purchased this as a gift for a friend heading back to grad school. He is already using it for summer fun activities, and then will use for his laptop and school stuff.. And he loves it. Well made and functional.
July 2, 2014
Rated 3 out of 5 by Traveler44 Looks Good but . . .
I travel 60+% of the year, mostly by air. I prefer to carry by computer in a backpack so after 5-6 years of use of my previous backpack a zipper gave up the ghost and I came to LL Bean for my replacement. This bag looked good and rugged but in less than 6 months the snap clasp in back tore out of the material. It may be OK for school use but it is definitely not a bag that can take the abuse of air travel - it only say the overhead, never the baggage compartment.
May 28, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by professormom59 Really nice backpack
My son (High School Junior) loves it.
March 19, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by Asia1305 Great product
This is an exceptional product. I bought it as a gift for my nephew from Germany and it is a big hit over there. Durable, well made as all LLBean product. Kudos for the brand!
March 19, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by ApricotAlma Great Traveling Companion
My trusty no-frills backpack was no longer serviceable so I decided to replace it with a carry-on bag that would hold my Thinkpad X220 laptop, purse etc. Since I have a Sportsman's Carry-on bag, I thought this rucksack would be a great addition to my traveling bag. It hold ALOT! I am very satisfied with this purchase. The only change I would have made was to monogram it; otherwise, it has plenty of nooks and crannies to fill your toiletries, purse, lunch etc. It fits easily underneath the airline seat in-front of you. It is not heavy and I think it has great style.
March 4, 2014
Rated 4 out of 5 by MikeinChathamNJ Nice pack but pricey
I like this pack - lots of pockets, nice leather, very stylish, and I love the ability to get it monogrammed. It seems like it will last awhile. I still wrestle with how much I paid, however. But I haven't seen anything else this classy looking anywhere, let alone for my sub $100 price target. The price is the only thing preventing me from giving it a 5 star rating. I got it in blue - and love it.
February 26, 2014
Rated 4 out of 5 by J123 Very nice
Lots of pockets and storage spots. Great construction and detail.
January 22, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by Happytiday Great bag
Works perfectly for camera bag and carry on.
December 26, 2013