Rated 5 out of 5 WOWWW....
I bought this as a backup carryon rolling trolley, and specifically for a quick trip to Europe as a light option to carrying just a shoulder bag. WOWWW. I've been using a high end, $1,000+ all leather trolley for past decade, which I've had to replace zippers, wheels, handles on over the years and was skeptical of this class of carry on. Again, wowww. Although it may not have a lot of features like added pockets, and easier access to main compartment, the favorable features more than make up for it and I'm now using it for my weekly business travel. The wheels are phenomenal. Many airports have old carpet still. This eats up any surface you give it. With incredible ease, no matter what you've packed. Tough as nails too. Super LIGHT. Some reviews say the straps are worthless, but I can see myself keeping them as they are, as one day I will need them when trekking somewhere that rolling may not be best option. The one major feature it lacks is piggyback strap option to add on your briefcase or second bag. I easily accomplished that using some heavy ripcord around the main handle and a leather add on strap from one of my other bags, which works well. LLBean needs to address that.
GOOD JOB LLB!!!
July 30, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by dlindseyus Still Takin' Licks
I travel a lot for both work & pleasure. I've had this set of luggage, along with several smaller bags from this line, for several years now. Other they showing some dirt from all my my travels, they are holding up better than any set of luggage I've ever had. All wheels and handles are still in place. Surprised to no longer see this line displayed in the store where I purchased them. I've got the bright orange set.
March 8, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by miribelle Light and Efficient
Traveling with an injured back was going to be a problem for my hubby. Luckily for him, I discovered this GREAT lightweight bag before our trip. He was skeptical at first, but it didn't take him long before he realized?.THIS BAG IS PERFECT! Its so light to begin with, and easily held all of his stuff, fully organized plus it was so EASY to maneuver. The wheels are superb. The lightweight bag made putting it in the overhead a breeze. I'm going to order the red one for our next trip (for me!) . I love the quality of LL Bean. There is nothing like it anywhere else.
February 11, 2014
Rated 4 out of 5 by 135mom Desert and back
I have the extra large bag and have used it for my military travels and deployments. Mirror the two wishes for this AWESOME bag: side straps and more compression straps for inside zip compartment. Please LLBean make this the perfect bag! Nevertheless, purchasing the large version for my not so lengthy trips:)
November 8, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by PeteinMass Awesome Bag
I bought this bag for a 15 day trip overseas earlier this summer. It's awesome. Handled all my things and had room to spare. I packed all my clothes in the lower compartment and when we arrived everything was neatly in place and folded just as I had packed it. I used the upper compartment for shoes, toiletries etc.. The bag is very sturdy, especially the wheels and the periscoping handle for rolling, much more so than any other bag I have owned. It stands up by itself and isn't the least bit wobbly. I had 3 other people ask me about it at the luggage carousel. The only improvement I could suggest would be the addition of a side handle which other reviews have mentioned but I would not consider it's absence a flaw. Having only used it once thus far I can't vouch for it's durability over time but it is LL Bean so I'm assuming that will be great as well. I would wholeheartedly recommend this bag!!!!
August 2, 2013
Rated 2 out of 5 by PhiladelphiaJustin Sturdy Bag - Poor Design
I wish to second a review that I read on this page, the downside of this bag is its design (lack of handles on the sides and compression straps). On top of this, I would really like the ability to access the front inner area through the top and not have to unzip the main compartment. Let me explain, the bottom part of the bag (when lying as if it were being packed) has straps to secure items but every one wishes to access the upper inner storage area you have to open the entire base. I would like to have separate compartments where you dont run the risk of having your base storage compartment spill out every time you wish to access clothes.
For me, I use this bag as an equipment bag and secure all tripods and braces in the base area with the securing straps. This works very well, the problem is trying to use this setup and store clothes and personal items. Every time I attempt to get at the personal items I have to expose the equipment (providing more opportunity for items to slip out and be misplace). I wouldnt say that this is poor design, since its not made for equipment lugging, but still a bit of a design mystery.
Additionally, when fully loaded this bag can be very unstable to carry. Rolling, its fine, but carrying up stairs and in and out of cars is very difficult. It also tends to be unbalanced and it often falls forward. Compression straps and more handles would solve this. I am looking to replace this bag.
June 11, 2013
Rated 4 out of 5 by trainrider2 good product
I just purchased this rolling duffle in medium, and when I got it I thought for sure it was too small. But I "test packed" it - 5 pairs of pants, 3 fleece jackets, 7 shirts and a pair of shoes, and still had lots of room left. I could easily add a dop kit, another pair of shoes and the little incidentals, and have room. The design is a little weird - the front flap has a big pocket (good!), but why you need a flap at all is a mystery to me. Like another buyer, I will cut off the back pack straps (useless when full) and use those pockets for little things. Strong handle for lifting; construction looks good; wheels feel substantially strong. This with a backpack and I'm all set for a 3-week train journey across the country.
May 8, 2013
Rated 4 out of 5 by RidersDad Very Nice
This bag worked great on it's first and second airline trips - fits in the overhead nicely and easily. Plenty of room for 2-3 days, but not more. It would be very helpful to add a side handle. Rolls great, easy to maneuver. The straps for conversion to a backpack were not impressive to me - I cut them off entirely and used the pockets for socks. Well made - should last for years.
November 11, 2012
Rated 5 out of 5 by dougyjoe WHAT A GREAT TRAVELING BAG!!!!
I purchased the red large Expedition Rolling Duffle a couple of years ago after reading the reviews. My 91 year old mother, who was a WWII Navy Wave, told me to roll my clothes and pack it standing up because it is a duffle bag. All military personnel will relate to this method of packing! There is a zippered compartment on the bottom that of this bag that is perfect for 2-3 pairs of shoes. The extra straps and covers are for the extras like coats, LLBean lunch boxes, pillows, blankets, etc. The stablizing bar at the bottom is great for picking it up to put in the car, and the handle easily handles two other bags from LLBean as you roll it. What a great duffle bag and it is extremely well made!!!
August 6, 2012
Rated 4 out of 5 by ServerBurn Great Value but...
Definitely a worthwhile purchase. I bought this bag to haul my gear on ski trips. It has a tremendous amount of space and is built to stand a decent amount of abuse. I do have two minor gripes though that keep this bag from being near perfect. There is no side handle which makes the bag cumbersome to carry up stairs especially if you are a shorter person. Also considering the amount of potential gear you can jam in this bag the lack of any real compression straps is unfortunate.
Other then that you cannot beat this bag for its quality, size, and price.
July 1, 2012