Rated 2 out of 5áby ChMO Finishing touches missing
The waxed canvas and leather of this bag are great. The rope and the lining are not good.
After minimal use the stitching on the lining came loose at multiple places, including a corner of the interior pocket. The rope around the top of the bag began almost pilling, like a polyester sweater or fleece does.
The size of the bag is great. The overall design concept is great. Some of the materials used are great. The lining and the rope are not good and detracted enough from the usability of the bag to make me return it.
If LL bean asked me, I would suggest lining the bag with a robust natural fiber material (cotton), and would replace the rope that circles the top of the bag with something more robust as well.
August 6, 2015
Rated 4 out of 5
áby TroutNinja Good alternative to a woven basket
I initially started searching for a woven basket to hold my ice-fishing tip-ups. The cost of woven baskets appeared to be pretty high with all retailers. This basket/pack was a mere 8 dollars more, but is very durable and made of thick wax canvas. In my opinion it will last much longer than a woven/wooden basket.
Pros: its nice, comfortable and durable leather, canvas nylon construction. Can be used for other ventures for setting out equipment, photo gear, picnics, flyfishing waders etc. It also has a inside upper zippered pocket which is good for small items, wallets, keys. Thee is also a nylon "skirt" at the top with a drawstring closure to protect the contents. There is a very inconspicuous rope piping along the top of the basket that will be perfect of attaching other items to the outside or dangle them from the rim. They should advertise this as a feature as it will be very convenient for an outdoorsman like myself. Pretty nice pack/basket.
Cons: I had bought this for ice fishing, to hold tip ups. In my opinion, the nylon lining on the inside of the bag offers no benefit other than being a hinderance as hooks can catch and snag the material, the skirt can stay, but the basket has full benefit even without the lining. I may remove itmyself. The upper rim is leather, more leather would have been better, but overall a good , durable item
February 25, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5áby elaninae where have you been all my life!
this bag has so much personality i had to name it. i load everything i need in it for the day - big lunch, thermos, water bottle, essentials bag, first aid kit, etc... and it swallows everything with room to spare. it's very comfortable. i love the strap system, and have found the drawstring nylon cover at the top handy in inclement weather.
My complaint is the same as most - the straps are nothing like the quality of the body, yet they get the most wear and tear. also don't by this for pockets or organizing - i wanted it specifically because of it's simplicity, and i organize using bags-within-bags. buy a briefcase if that's what you need. i find it stands up well, unlike some of the other reviewers. but i'm not loading anvils in it or anything.
i have an outdoor job and give this bag a workout, but i'm not confident it would hold up to it's title as a trapper bag. having said that, if the hipster 20-something circuit discovers it, it will be a fad. it also is a great replacement for an LL Bean tote - same idea but a backpack, and much more rustic. LL Bean doesn't list it in the "bag" section - if and when they do, expect it to be out of stock more often!
February 20, 2015
Rated 3 out of 5áby mrlucas Its just not there yet
I purchased this to use as the name says on my trap line, as a trappers pack. I used it for 2 weeks. Duties to include carrying a small axe, sifter, trowel, hammer, dry dirt, stakes, and traps. There are many problems with this pack. The waxed canvas and leather are nice rugged materials, but then they mixed in nylon synthetic material that cheapened the look, and hurt the utility of the bag. #1 the straps are not made from any kind of canvas, but a cheaper synthetic material. They not only looked bad, but were not comfortable and performed poorly. #2 the bag does not want to stand up on it's own. #3 the way the straps are designed it makes it hard to load and unload. The the straps extend from the back of the bag through the front, and they are in the way. #4 The nylon lining gives a cheap appearance, and it's dark colors make it hard to see into. #5 the nylon draw cord closure at the top is unnecessary, gets in the way, and tore within the first few days. LL bean as a company is wonderful, and their customer service is next to none. I do feel however that some of their products are starting to weaken in quality, this pack being one.
November 20, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5áby 2pac Traper basket
This is a great basket and gift for just about anything or anyone. The way it is made you could use it in any weather and it will hold a variety of things or (stuff) for an entire weekend, or a whole day of hiking in the woods. Just a great item!
October 31, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5áby jelwe21 great and roomy
great for men or women, lots of room keeps arms free for other things,love it. LL Bean is quality
October 9, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5áby JohnBeanTrapper Great pack, excellent craftsmanship, comfortable
Just what I imagined and hoped for, beautiful heavy waxed canvas with leather bottom and trim and ingenious straps that function also as handles. This pack has the feel and design features of something made 100 years ago that Bean just re-introduced, with only a few new materials, so it looks like something your great grandaddy left up in the attic closet a long time ago and you were lucky enough to discover. Kind of pack you could walk into an upper Eastside NY Brownstone, a hipster pad in Park Slope or a back woods Maine cabin and everyone would think it cool. Just don't tell them where you got it!
January 8, 2014
Rated 4 out of 5áby UpstateNYGuy Trapper Pack
This is a great looking trapper backpack...the quality is great. The waxed canvas and leather quality is great. It has the potential to hold lots of gear.
First trip into the woods it carried game cameras, cable locks, a sportsmans pal machete, water bottle, extra gloves & hat, and finally a box of 20 gauge shotgun shells...with plenty of room for more gear. It kept my gear dry shedding water & snow.
The reasons I didn't give it 5 stars are that the should straps are thin & unpadded with no sternum cross-strap and it just has 1 smallish inside pocket...however...don't let that stop you from investing in this pack as it is a great pack and should last for many years...
January 2, 2014
Rated 3 out of 5áby DF187 Trapper Pack Basket
Love the idea, but the execution is of concern. Specifically, the straps are fairly narrow and are made with lighter weight material that makes it not the most comfortable to carry and worries me that the wear and tear of the straps will give out sooner? A slightly wider and reinforced strap would certainly be an improvement..
October 25, 2013
Rated 4 out of 5áby outdoosrman good fit
It has the features that I wanted but I would have liked a chest strap for a more secure fit when hiking. I will add a strap to mine. Also shoulder straps do have a tendency to slip.
October 9, 2013