Rated 3 out of 5 by CaptainEddy Good, but they used to be better.
I purchased my first Rolling Adventure Duffle, Extra-Large several years ago in the gold color, and after numerous trips and baggage handlers it started to wear out and looked, well... dirty and abused. So I opted to purchase a new Duffle, but this time in black. The new bag was similar to the older one, but with a couple of major differences. Firstly, the fabric was less robust, and secondly it's origin of manufacturing had also changed. I'm well aware of the globalized market we live in, but I favor L.L. Bean (LLB) with my business because of the quality of the goods provided. And not necessarily because of the "No Questions Asked" return policy. That being said, to date, I've had to purchase another black Duffle, (due to the amount of gear I travel with) and now every other year I have to return one or the other because they just don't hold up. To be fair, I travel from the lower forty eight to Alaska every other month, through five airports and two to three vessel transfers each way. That's roughly 60 airports and 24 or so ship transfers per year. Not bad considering, but my original bag did this for about 6 years, and the newer bags only last one or two. I will probably continue to purchase items from LLB, but will also save the shipping boxes and return labels. If this is the business model LLB can sustain itself with, so be it.
August 13, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by Ducatirider58 Could not have done without it
I bought this bag to put all of my gear and over a week's worth of clothes in for a 10 day motorcycle tour in France and Spain. The gear consisted of two full coverage riding suits, boots, gloves, a tankbag and a full face helmet. There was room to spare for electronics, etc. We arrived in Barcelona only to discover there was a European taxi strike on, so we had to take a bus to get even near our hotel. My friend had three bags, I had this one. When we got off the bus, my friend had two bags, and did not realize it until about 30 min later. He never saw it again. All of my stuff was safely in this huge bag, a big advantage for me. It pulls and rolls easily, and believe me, I got to test that function for about two miles. I HIGHLY recommend this bag instead of trying to keep up with several smaller bags. Actually, I had a smaller Bean gym bag holding my electronics within the big duffel. If you put your heavy stuff in the bottom opposite the pull handle, it will stand, but it is not designed that way. It is also not waterproof, and does not claim to be. It is very well made and should stand up to years of travel. I love the thing.
August 12, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by samdog81 Nice bag
bought 2 of these bags and have used them for a few years now. we have used them on airlines,camping , car, college and even let our friends borrow them for trips. can fit a good amount of clothes in them. you can't stand them up when full but i just lay flat and pick up when ready to walk ! i enjoy them so much we are buying two more for our kids !!!
August 9, 2015
Rated 3 out of 5 by StupidNickname12 "Water Resistant" but my clothes got wet
This bag is a nice light weight. But I'm with the other recent reviewers who say it's not so great for airline travel. The clothes in the old duffel we've used for years (another brand) were dry while the ones in this bag were wet after our flight. The performance on this first trip is what I would have expected from a cheaper bag. Its shape also makes it less roomy than I expected from the measurements.
July 18, 2015
Rated 1 out of 5 by Coryg15 I SO wanted to love this bag.
First off, my son has an older (7+ years) extra large adventure duffle and it is fabulous.I bought a canvas one and it punctured and ripped on the second trip but LLBean promptly exchanged it for the large buffalo plaid adventure duffle. I've had it less than one year and have used it on four flights. The good: it is roomy, the wheels glide like a dream, and the color...well I could spot it a mile away. The bad: the clothes shift all over inside the bag, it IS NOT WATERPROOF (my clothes were soaked after the bags sat outside in mild rain during loading), and you cannot stand it up while waiting in line. It is also unwieldy getting it up and down stairs and there are no pockets inside. Also, on the last leg of the trip, I notice two small tears in the corners of the bag and wear on the rear handle by the wheels. To say I love the color of the bag is an understatement but I too will be returning it and getting something other than a bean bag for airline travel. I LOVE their carry on duffles for car travel but I can't recommend the current rolling duffles. Sorry.
July 15, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by gaileee Best bag ever
This bag held more gear than a large rolling suitcase. I highly recommend this item...it was well worth my investment on a recent camping trip. The bag carried my tent, 3 chairs plus a lot of other items.
July 9, 2015
Rated 3 out of 5 by Jayindc Tips over but hold a lot
I bought 2 of these rolling duffles for a child moving to Europe who needed lightweight suitcases that hold a lot. These do hold lots of clothes but they do not stand up and are very hard to manage as they tip over frequently if not careful and do not stand up. No hard bottom. Big disadvantage.
July 6, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by SSeacoastNH Excellent quality - very roomy!
This is a great size for a weeklong trip or so, or a weekender for multiple people. Love love love the color (we got the darker green, not the Loden). The quality is great. We just got it yesterday so if it doesn't hold up I'll revise my review but I can't imagine it won't - it is LL BEAN! I didn't notice if it said this in the description but the interior "fabric" looks like it is waterproof material! Like the kind of material used for bags you bring kayaking. Also has both a retractable plastic handle and a soft fabric handle for rolling, the bottom is solid and heavy. I imagine this is going to be used on many trips in my family! I love it and will be buying more LL bean luggage in the future. So happy with this purchase.
July 1, 2015
Rated 1 out of 5 by makyol Very disappointed in XL and L Rolling Duf's
I bought both the XL and L rolling varieties. Although they visually looked appealing out of the box, the construction was sub-par. The floor of the bag is not solid; your clothes are right up against the "ribs" of the extending handle, which result in wrinkling. The fabric got extremely stained during normal TSA handling, and even ripped in several places. I couldn't believe that I had to return both bags after one use. I was so disappointed!
I do not recommend these bags for airline travel. They may be ok for hauling sports gear (balls, bats) around town, but they won't stand up to anything with a sharp edge or rough handling. The fabric simply isn't strong enough.
June 26, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by rollingduffler Favorite gift to buy
I buy this for all bar and bat mitzvah kids, as well as others having special birthdays. I know it will last a loooong time, and be extremely useful. Everyone has loved it - even those who are harder to please.
June 15, 2015