Rated 5 out of 5 by 4goods Just bought our 3rd one
We have two of these rolling duffles and just ordered our third. We decided that luggage with an absolute return policy was a good idea for our college-bound kids,knowing they will take only slightly better care than airline handlers. After three years and dozens of overseas planes, trains, autos, and buses, that first bag is still going strong. The zippers, fabric, handles, and wheels are all reliably sturdy. We've had the same experience with our newer one, which led us to order another when we recently replaced less forgiving (and more expensive) luggage from a well-established suitcase company.
When you see this bag on a luggage carousel the owners will always smile and say, "Great bag." Cuz they know we know.
We did have a sticking pull-out handle issue which was corrected with WD 40, per suggestion by LL Bean customer service. We could have returned it (and maybe we'll need to in the future) but I love the retired fabric design. So far the fix is working and the bag keeps on rolling.
February 16, 2015
Rated 4 out of 5 by LuggageLover Super large capacity, light weight
My family of four use the Extra-Large Adventure Duffle exclusively for our luggage. We have traveled all over the world with it. We each own one and can fit everything we need for a 2-3 week vacation in them. The only problem we have with them is they last 1-2 years at most- that's about 12-16 flights. They then develop holes in the fabric or the plastic base around the wheel breaks. I have searched extensively for another large capacity, light weight, rolling duffle bag. These are the largest capacity duffle available With LL Beans's policy they replace them if they break or we pay for a new one for $109.95- a bargain!
Pros- Super large capacity
Great quality wheels
Cons- Not water proof
Does not stand upright
January 28, 2015
Rated 3 out of 5 by AdventureWoman2 needs to stand up
Durable fabric...rolls great...but it won't stand up and that loses two stars. Its just a big hole for packing anything! I've traveled domestic and international with it. But when it wears out - I am going to find a rolling duffle bag that stands up.
January 27, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by K8lovesLLBean Amazing amount of storage!
I recently purchased this medium rolling adventure duffle in True Teal. The color is really great (better than the picture!) and the size is even better.
You can get an amazing amount of stuff in this small bag. I packed for a 5 day island vacation (2 sandals,1pair of heels, 2 swimsuits, 6 t-shirts,5 shorts, 2 dresses, underthings, and my toiletry bag (the large one, also from LLBean!)) and while it was packed to its extreme, it all fit. And it still fit in the overhead compartment!
The two tension/tightening straps that go over the zipper were perfect as it kept me from having to put any strain on the zipper and it allowed me to close the bag myself without needing someone to hold the sides while I did the zipper.
I've brought this on the plane and I've checked it; it's sturdy enough to make it through letting the airlines handle it too! I've put this bag through it's paces and remain impressed. Plus the color stands out on the conveyer belt so I always know which bag is mine!
My only "con" is that the end isn't supported enough to have the bag stand upright on it's own when you let go. If they ever add that feature, I'll buy another one!! For now, this remains my "go to" travel bag.
January 27, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by bubbleseob Awesome!
The material is great, color teal is beautiful, wheels are sturdy, and I can't wait to use it! Delivery was quick and packaged professionally. Thank you to the packaging team!
January 20, 2015
Rated 4 out of 5 by sunlovin love/hate
this is a great/huge bag,but as said by another commenter..it does not stand up..a real flaw in its design. It would also be nice to have some internal dividers to keep the load balanced. I just took this on a bike trip through central america and it did great standing up to being tossed up and down out of a bus and loaded under other luggage
January 13, 2015
Rated 4 out of 5 by seabeetec Love it but hate it.
I've had this bag since 2003. This duffle carries EVERYTHING. Packs great, drags great. Love it. But hate that it doesn't have a foot or something to keep it standing upright when you stand it upright (say when checking into an airline or hotel). There's no other position than in your hand or lying down. And once you've threaded or clipped two other things to it, it's not easy to change direction.
A reinforcing bar in the tail, or something of that nature would totally fix it.But as it is, it's the bag I hate to love to take.
I wish there was a "maybe" option under "would you recommend..."
December 10, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5
by Shilton Awesome bag!
I bought the medium rolling bag and it's great! I got the orange color so it would be easily identifiable. Great color! The bag is a little smaller than I expected but not in a bad way (I wasn't really sure what to expect actually). I think they should rename this bag as the "perfect weekend get-away bag" as it can hold just about exactly the amount of stuff you'd need for a weekend (even in winter!). It seems like it would be perfect as a carry-on item on airlines, though I haven't tested this out myself. The bag is extremely light and all the handles on it make it easy to pick up from the top or on either end. I love this bag so much that I intend on buying the large version to complete my set!
December 5, 2014
Rated 4 out of 5 by LoveTheClassicsLady Medium was TOO LARGE for "carry on" requirements!
We were SO disappointed to learn that our "MEDIUM Adventure Rolling Duffle(s)" were TOO LARGE for "United Airlines" carry on requirements (We ordered them so that we would be able to simply ROLL them down the aisle of the aircraft as carry-ons!) They weren't even packed to capacity, so be aware of this fact, folks! WE just returned from a 2 week Mayan Riviera adventure. Luckily, we were allowed 2 FREE checked pieces of luggage...whew! After we checked our duffles we were concerned how they would hold up to checked baggage handling...they did GREAT (going and coming! We were really impressed, and will continue to enjoy these durable duffles, ...but NOT whenever flying. We will simply continue using our "Carryall Underseat Bag"(s), and our older "LARGE Rolling Deluxe Book Bag"
November 30, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by InternationalTexan Large Size is Great for Travel
I've got a large-sized LL Bean rolling adventure duffel and it's served me very well over multiple flights. While you might be able to get by with an XL as a checked bag, especially if you didn't fill it all the way full, the XL technically exceeds the dimensions many airlines allow for checked bags. So, if you get a picky agent, you might get charged an oversize fee for checking the XL.
However, the large size complies with the checked bag size limits for the airlines I fly. I've found that, even when packed full of clothes, the bag often only weighs around 35-40lbs when I check it, so thus far haven't had any concerns about overweight charges.
After about 10 round-trips, the bag isn't showing much wear at all. I can usually get by with just one, even when taking 10+ day trips, even over Christmas when I'm bringing heavier winter clothes. The bag is like a black hole and just keeps taking stuff.
The bag rolls very smoothly, but as others have commented, no, it doesn't stand up on its own. I was aware of that when I bought the bag, so that doesn't bother me. The other features outweigh that small downside for me. If I need to prop it up, I turn it around and lean it up against my leg.
I've had this bag for a couple of years and have been very happy with it and would gladly recommend it to others.
November 12, 2014