Rated 2 out of 5 by DobeRescuer Not what I expected
I picked up the small duffel for use with hauling gym equipment and was disappointed that the bag doesn't stand up on its own. The floor of the bag is a piece of removable, cardboard-like material rather than a solid, permanent bottom for the bag. The benefit would be that the bag can easily be packed within another bag for later use, if necessary, and not take up a lot of space-but I am looking for a bag that stands on its own, making it easy to load and unload and see what's inside without having to pull the bag up and out of its own way.
January 25, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5
by LovesMountains Well made, high quality and perfect sizes
This duffle is so well made it puts other 'comparable' duffles to shame. Great craftsmanship, solid heavy duty materials (without weighing a ton) and so many good colors. I bought one medium one for myself to use as a gym bag and it is perfectly sized for that. I tend to pack the weeks worth of gym clothes, leave it in my car and just grab it when I go in for a workout. It fits all my stuff, without being too big (fits in the locker just fine); clothes, water bottles, toiletries and shoes. Just what I was looking for! The inside of the fabric is coated for water resistance, the bottom is reinforced (though not stiff) and the small exterior pocket is great for little stuff. I bought one for all my daughters activity stuff as well; swim lessons, karate and rock climbing all fit well in one bag! Thank you LL Bean for making such high quality products and backing them with a great guarantee!
January 23, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by MuscleDaddyTitan777 Awesome Bag!
It seems like I just placed the order and it's in my hands already, this company is on my top five list when it comes to quick delivery. I ordered the small bag in black (monogramed) for everyday use. The bag itself is extremely well made with unexpected side strap handles and a padded shoulder strap that is most welcomed since most of them cut into you, even the handles themselves have a velcro wrap to protect your hands and for easy carrying. I also took notice to two additional straps on top that tighten easily with pulling a strap should I overstuff the bag. Just one small suggestion it would be great to have an additional pocket on the inside for miscellaneous sundries. I recommend this bag for it's quality and the many uses it has, from the gym to carrying a pet, my cat jumped into it the moment I took out of the packaging.
January 22, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by dozzie strong but lightweight
What a great bargain--strong, sturdy but very lightweight when empty. This extra-large duffle just fits in the size of most airline checked bags' allowances, so you can cram it with 50 pounds of stuff. It's not quite as easy to manipulate as a wheeled-duffle, but a wheeled duffle will take up about 10 pounds of your weight allowance, so it depends on what your priorities are for travel. I usually travel to the USA with a single bag #with a second duffle folded up inside# and return with two duffles stuffed with all of my shopping, so this extra large bag really is perfect for my purposes.
January 8, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by 4GirlsAndAGuy Excellent Quality
Workmanship is fantastic. Bag is tough and has 3 options for carrying which we've found to be very practical.
January 5, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by KRS1108 Great for derby
I'm a fresh meat roller derby player and was looking for something sturdy to hold my skates and gear. I was using those reusable grocery bags and they kept falling over in my car, which made turns a little interesting since the skates would start rolling all over the back. I debated between the small and medium adventure duffel and went for the medium, figuring the small would probably just work but a bit extra room is always good. I got it in purple (one of our team colors) with my first initial monogrammed. The bag was scheduled to get here Monday and got here Friday, and I immediately put all my gear in it. It fits great and there's definitely room to spare. I can tell it will stand up to derby and the extra pocket in the front is great for my mouth guard and/or keys. It's also much more economical than other gear bags I've found, and the reviews on those were that they didn't hold up to the derby gear beatings. I'll update if the bag doesn't hold up, but I doubt it'll be necessary.
January 3, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by BulletPDX Great Duffle Reviewed in Small Size
My wife and I have identical small Adventure Duffles which are 2nd carry-ons for 1 week+ trips or by themselves for week-ends or overnights. Small size fits easily under airplane seats and when used with packing cubes can be organized and packed with a lot of stuff.
We have discovered that the soft sided duffle is easier to pack and more flexible in most situations than many other options. After arrival they can be used for carrying lunch, drinks or miscellaneous items for a day out AND holding your acquired loot. This is made easier with the padded shoulder strap The outside zip pocket also makes for easy to access to tickets, phones or other small items without having to open the main compartment.
Now after three years of traveling they look like new and remain in very good condition. We are going to buy the medium size soon to try as our number one carry-on and will review that after using for awhile. Since we often check our larger bag when it flies free the mediums will get an entirely different kind of use than our small ones.
LL Bean has great stuff. And with excellent customer service how can you go wrong?
December 28, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by ChiCook Great kids' bag/weekend bag
I bought the small true teal bag for my 10-month-old daughter to use on overnight and weekend trips, and I'm hoping it'll serve her well over the years. I ordered this just 2 days before Christmas Eve, and with the monogramming I was sure it wouldn't arrive until after the holidays. So I was so pleased when it arrived on Christmas Eve! Great service, great product.
December 28, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by SJ0338 It is what it is
My parents bought me this bag for Boy Scouts almost 20 years ago, and since then it has been on innumerable trips and it simply will not quit. It's not flashy and it's certainly not exciting, but it ends up going everywhere with me - it goes on business trips (makes an excellent carry on), weekend trips, camping trips, vacations, you name it.
Rugged and durable, to this day it still holds more than I think it will, and more importantly - everything works. The straps are still in great shape, the compression straps still work, the zipper doesn't stick and the handles are comfortable. Honestly, this thing doesn't show even the slightest wear. I never thought I'd be writing a review of a duffel bag, but this thing is awesome. Honestly, it's the best kind of gear - it does everything you ever wanted a bag to do, and it works forever, so you never have to buy again. What else do you want out of a bag?
December 10, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5
by EvolutionWoman Medium is larger than expected
I was surprised that the medium was so large. I purchased these for my kids to use as sleepover bags. These could easily hold enough for a week-long trip. I'm very pleased with the size.
I cannot speak to how well the fabric, straps, and zippers hold up, but thanks to the generous guarantee I know that if any issues do arise L.L. Bean will replace the item.
November 25, 2014