Rated 5 out of 5 by PinkStreaks Awesome duffel
We bought 4 of these to take on a 2-week trip to Europe. We must have dragged them up and down dozens of staircases in about 8 different train stations and subway stations, not to mention the hotels with no elevators... and rolled them several miles through stations and walking from stations to hotels.
They held up beautifully. They are sturdy, attractive (the bright colors make them easy to spot in an airport baggage claim), and stable when rolling (though I recommend packing heavier items at the bottom where the wheels are). The telescoping handle is easy to get up and down, and the duffel can be pulled by either the telescoping handle or the fabric handle depending on the situation (fabric is easier up stairs...)
The large is big enough for enough clothes and so on for a two-week trip using compression bags, without being unwieldy - we got them up onto overhead luggage racks in trains fully packed without too much trouble.
Just a great, tough, versatile piece of luggage for a great price.
August 26, 2012
Rated 4 out of 5 by AlreadyTakenReally Conditional recommendation
I've traveled for years to Europe and other places with only a carry on travel pack and a camera backpack. My wife and I went to the UK in April and I took this as a checked bag because I carried on two camera bags.
Due to the size of this bag and the size of my wife's luggage, which was also a roller bag, we had to get a much larger rental car (a Fiat 500L which I would not recommend) than the one we originally reserved. Even with the much more expensive rental car it was a tight fit getting both of our bags into the small trunk. We used the back seat for camera bags and another suitcase.
My wife and I are both keeping our rolling bags but we won't take them to Europe if we're getting a rental car.
So I might recommend this bag depending on how you're traveling. If you're traveling from home by car and have the space for it, it's fine. If you're traveling by air and/or renting a small car, I wouldn't necessarily recommend it.
July 27, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by AlliBwahbwah Trusty Travel Buddy!
This duffle has been my very best friend in all my travels! It's gone to and from college and grad school, I lived out of it for two summers as a camp counselor, it's been to Ghana and across India, and it still looks and feels like new. The quality is amazing and it hasn't failed me yet. It's also a bottomless pit! I can stuff and stuff and keep on stuffing it full and then roll it off to wherever I'm headed next. I've also never had a problem spotting it coming down the baggage claim :)
This suitcase has seen me through many adventures with many more to come!
July 25, 2014
Rated 1 out of 5 by BTJans roomy but it must not get the slightest bit damp
Cant recommend this bag at all other than it has lots of room. It says it is water resistant but that was not the case with our trip. It sat in a very light drizzle for 10 minutes and seems to have soaked up the rain and in turn, soaking all of our clothes in the process. This turned into a bit of a nightmare trying to dry everything in the Northwest where it is perpetually damp. Our long planned vacation did not start out well because of this. With the name LL Bean Adventure Duffle, you would expect a bit of ruggedness and ability to fend off a few rain drops.
July 15, 2014
Rated 2 out of 5 by Jenny8215345 Big Bag--NO internal pockets
I exchanged an older rolling LLBean duffle for this one because the one I had strap broke and they no longer make the exact model. This model was the "same" EXCEPT there are no longer internal compartments nor outside ones other than one rather awkward square zip pocket on the outside. While it's big and roomy on the inside I'm disappointed that it no longer provides internal means to organize smaller items of clothing or toiletries etc.--just one big bag. It's essentially a huge bag on wheels--that's it! I plan to return and find one from another brand/manufacturer as with the $109 price, I can probably find something that offers more elsewhere. LLBean--please add pockets to this one again!
July 9, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by LoyalLouisiana Don't buy a yellow
After many years of using traditional luggage, I now realize that standard bags just don't last. Even the LL Bean ones aren't very good. The seams just don't hold. There are few non-health problems worse than a luggage issue in the middle of a trip, far away from home. I have had them. After going through a traditional bag about every two years, I finally gave in to the duffle bag. This is THE way to go. Easy to handle and you can overstuff it like crazy. I have now had mine for about a year and so far so good. I bought a yellow so I can easily pick it out on a baggage carousel. Yellow does get real dirty but a little soap and elbow grease cleans it, if that matters to you. I got a large but you might need the 8,000+ cu inches of an XL.
So, I highly recommend this.
Oh yeah, don't buy a yellow. I might pick up your bag my mistake.
July 6, 2014
Rated 3 out of 5 by Kay100 Only 1 Problem
I love a lot about this duffle bag. The 1 problem with it is that there aren't any straps inside the bag to hold clothing in place. I know most duffles don't have straps inside, but considering this is a stand up bag, it's a big design flaw. When I travel I usually bring my own pillows, and fortunately this duffle bag is large enough to fit two. Having the pillows stuffed in the bag is the only way clothes stay reasonably organized. Without the pillows, I might as well just throw my clothes into the duffle bag without any organization. The possibility of arriving at a destination with clothing that's just thrown around the bag is a huge problem. Therefore, stuffing pillows in it is the only way I've found to solve this problem. I'm still deciding whether or not to keep this duffle bag.
June 26, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by EndlessVacationTraveler Duffle Bag Great for Carry On
My husband and I each purchased these for our 16 day journey to Africa. We had so many stops and connections we didn't want to take the chance of lost or delayed luggage. We also bought them for the purpose of flying into gunn's camp, in the Okavango Delta, Botswana, where the weight and dimensions are required for the small plane. This duffle bag fit the bill, for it had wheels, which were allowed as long as the dimensions and weight were the required limit. The wheels saved our backs through so many airports! Granted, the bag does not stand up on it's own, which we knew when we bought them, but if you stand it up against a wall it is fine.
I used the LLBean bags for clothes and had two pair hiking pants, a pair of jeans, a turtle neck sweater, three to four shirts, three pair of undies, three pairs of socks, a pair of shoes, flip flops, a fleece jacket and wind jacket and still had room for small souvenirs. I had to practice packing but it worked and this bag is a great bag! It worked just as well for my husband too.
We will be using them for shorter trips now.
June 25, 2014
Rated 1 out of 5 by teefreak Good material, poor design
The fabric in this bag is sturdy and the Horizon Purple color is quite pretty. However, the bag is poorly designed. The outcome is a duffel that will not stand upright on its own no matter how carefully packed. The wheels are too close together when even halfway loaded, and the lack of any internal structure to hold contents stable is a big problem. It is not easy to manipulate on and off trains, buses, and escalators at airports. Not recommended for smaller women.
June 23, 2014
Rated 1 out of 5 by teefreak Bag is a beast
I bought this with high hopes of using it comfortably on a 30 day European jaunt. It was a major mistake. When empty, the bag handles nicely, but the complete lack of structure allows the bag to push out on the sides, and wheels are set in too far to keep bag stable. It does not remain standing with either a small or large load--falling on it's face or side when handle is let go. I tried repacking it several ways with no improvement. Any time you get on and off trains,buses, or escalators there is a good chance the bag will flip over and you'll find yourself dragging it upside down. A couple of times it just about pitched me (110#) off my feet and my husband (165#) had the same experience. The bag needs a major redesign.
June 21, 2014