Rated 5 out of 5áby TriadBeanShopper Great Travel Bag
Bought this about a month ago. So far, it's been great - easily fits under an airline seat, which is a huge advantage when one flies on the employee plan (agents LOVE to enforce bag size restrictions on non-revenue pax). Can fit a weekend's worth of clothes and other essentials inside.
Not cheap, but you get a quality pack - exactly what I've come to expect from Bean.
May 9, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5áby cantpickaname What I wanted
I was looking for a bag to carry papers and my laptop as I walk every day to and from work (about a mile each way).
I am still getting used to the pockets, etc, but overall it is just what I wanted. It seems a bit heavier than my old bag, but it seems to have more pockets for things like my glasses, my phone, my calculator, my wallet, my water bottle and a snack. I had read that the velcro to hold the computer in place was too short; I agree. I had also read that the clasps were not great quality. I am finding clasping and unclasping them a bit tricky when I am in a hurry so I tend to leave them undone.
Love the color (I chose brown) and the leather trim. Makes my bag stand out from the children's Bean Backpacks!
May 1, 2013
Rated 4 out of 5áby Active70 Sportsman's rucksack
The rucksack is a very good size for my frame, 5'2, the arrangement of pockets, sippers, clasps is just what I was looking for.
I use it as purse and day pack for travelling all over the world.
Large enough for raincoat, small tablet ,knitting, kindle and
snacks. Side pocket for water bottle is great.
The only concern is the stiff material, I hope it will soften with time.
Overall, I love the rucksack.
April 19, 2013
Rated 1 out of 5áby Scudder Nothing like the Web description.
The buckles are plastic. Cheap quality. Material thin. Certainly not worth the price. My biggest disappointment from Bean ever.
March 27, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5áby CallieR WOW!!!! Great Backpack!
This backpack has been what I've been looking for school/college. I wanted something unique looking but yet classic and this fit the bill. The fabric was sturdier than I expected which is great. Past reviews had talked about the laptop velcro strap being too short. It fit my 13" Mac Air perfectly, but anything thicker I now see would be a problem.
Other reviews had mentioned that straps on the front were faulty but mine are working great with no problems so far. Oh and I have to mention that the placement of the shoulder straps are a bit wide, so for those small shouldered people it might not fit well. ( Lucky me I have wide shoulders for a woman ).
I would recommend this for a friend and this backpack should last no problem through college this coming fall.
Thanks LLBean for an amazing backpack!!!
January 5, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5áby AmtrakRider Favorite Backpack
I prefer to travel by Amtrak, and I needed a sturdy and attractive backpack to take to the room. This one is perfect. After a couple of years of use, it still looks brand new. I have had no trouble with any of its parts, despite my tendency to overpack it. I like it so much, I just bought another one for my husband for Christmas. He will carry it on non-business flights. The laptop pocket would make it appropriate for casual business or student use as well.
December 26, 2012
Rated 2 out of 5áby PrepLaw One Major Flaw
I needed a professional looking backpack for law school, and this one fits the bill except for one major issue: the clasps for the buckles on the front of the pack. I've been in class for less than two months, and I've already had them fail on my original bag and on the replacement. This seems to be a design flaw, LL Bean! At least they're good about returns. I just wish they had more bags that were both professional looking and had the capacity for my computer and all my textbooks.
October 2, 2012
Rated 5 out of 5áby SeekChic Good College Backpack
Such a good-looking, sturdy, water-resistant backpack. Pocket for everything. Pouch for a water bottle. Yay! I'm using it for college - it fits my 12"-screen laptop just fine, but I can see why people would have trouble with bigger laptops.
I have gotten so many compliments on it, it fits all my books with no worries of ripping or breaking. The zippers glide smoothly so far. Nice job, Bean. You did not disappoint.
September 26, 2012
Rated 4 out of 5áby TEllett No flaws, a bit pricey
After six months of daily use, I can report none of the product flaws (grab handle, buckles) mentioned in other reviews. Those that think the computer sleeve strap is too short don't understand its purpose--it is intended to keep smaller laptops/tablets from bouncing around in the bag; 15" laptops (like mine) are kept in the sleeve by the top of the bag. That said, the only way to justify it's relatively steep price are the looks of the bag. If you need something that fits in with a suit or business attire, this bag is worth the price.
June 8, 2012
Rated 2 out of 5áby Experimenter1 Good bag except for exterior buckles
The exterior buckles that closes the outside front flap are poorly constructed. I used the bag for 2 months and one receiving end of the buckle fell out. A few days later the other receiving end of the buckle also fell out. LL Bean store was kind enough to credit my account. It otherwise would have been a great bag for laptop and a few books.
April 18, 2012