Rated 4 out of 5 by Flyguy23 Great bag, one flaw
Bought this bag because I wanted a duffle with wheels and wanted one that was large but not over sized and was budget friendly.
It fit all my clothes and 6 piece fly rod, wife's yoga mat and all my fishing gear without issue. It was 37lbs packed and held up beautifully. No oversize charges with my airline either.
The only flaw i see is that it can't stand on it's own waiting in lines at the airport, waiting for cab etc. You always have to hold on to it. I get it, it's a duffle bag but that is somewhat annoying and wish it could be remedied.
April 25, 2016
Rated 5 out of 5 by JTraveler Durable, holds a lot (large size)
I have used my Large rolling duffel at least a dozen times over the past year on trips that were a few days up to a 4-week overseas trip. I am not a light packer. I like that the bag expands. When completely filled was not even close to weight limit of airline. It rolls easy, have rolled it through city streets during a snowstorm. I have the holly green color, which is brighter than shows online but very easy to spot at baggage claim. I have not been too bothered by it not standing upright, I have learned to just lean it against the counter when checking in.
April 12, 2016
Rated 5 out of 5 by Rhodey Best gear bag for adventurous travelers, families
I purchased two of these bags apx 12 yrs ago, when my kids were young (now in their 20's) As a single mom, I took them on many trips skiing, diving, camping, horseback riding...packed these bags dozens of times. I've flown with them many times, including just a month ago, have not once had this bag charged as extra large size, (though once or twice I packed it overweight)
The bags held up incredibly well. I gave one of them to my daughter when she moved across the country, and have recently decided to replace the other, because after all of these years, and so many trips, the bottom corners are getting a little worn.
I have looked high and low for something comparable, but anything close costs twice as much, and is not as versatile. If you want lots of cute pockets and compartments, this is not the bag for you. But if you need to pack equipment... It is amazing.
The single zipper, down the middle is the key to the greatness of the design. The zipper is covered by the exterior material, and it isn't exposed and abraded like the zippers on so many other bags. Anything fits in it. Scuba gear, ski gear, hiking boots, back packs, riding boots and helmet, tent, sleeping bags, beach towels, soft sided cooler, you name it, you can fit it, and still have room for clothing and shoes.
I usually pack my clothing and toiletries in a separate, lightweight duffel, which is very easy to access and remove once we reach a destination. The bag makes a great organizer in the trunk or cargo bed of a rental car, or in a rental property.
The only thing it does not do is stand up on its own, but it doesn't need to. The length makes it easy to tow between the house and car/airport. I am excited to be getting a brand new one, and now they come with an extendable handle, making it even better!
April 3, 2016
Rated 5 out of 5 by KayeB Fantastic
I bought this duffle in 2009 and it's been all over the world, literally--several countries in Asia, Europe and the Middle East since then. We travel carry on only and I've been able to go on 10 day trips with just this bag.
March 31, 2016
Rated 4 out of 5 by RoadTripper1 Good Bag, With Room for Improvement
My parents gave me the large rolling duffle last year as a birthday gift and I have used it dozens of times over the past year for car trips only. It still looks and works like new, and it holds a lot. I was able to pack everything me and my seven year old girl needed for a five day road trip to the Grand Canyon, and there was still a little room left. It was rolled across some rugged terrain and did just fine. I came here to the site today thinking of purchasing the medium size as I need something a little smaller when it's just me traveling or for shorter trips, but after looking and reading other reviews, I realized this bag could be better so I'm a little hesitant about buying another at this time. It isn't the most easy bag to maneuver in and out of the car. I have to agree with other reviewers; it would be nice if you could stand the bag upright when needed. I think that would make it easier to load and unload into a vehicle, lift to put on a luggage rack in a hotel room, etc. I hope LLBean pays attention and considers a redesign because otherwise, I have been pleased with this bag.
March 28, 2016
Rated 5 out of 5 by kkleva Huge and versitile
This is a great duffle. I've used for about everything. Currently it lives on our boat and it's held up very well to the salt water.
March 8, 2016
Rated 4 out of 5 by MBD1957 I wish it would stand up
This is a big bag with plenty of room. The wheels work well as does the handle. The only issue is that the bag won't balance on its end. It doesn't seem like much of a problem, but if you let go of the handle it flops over. It is very annoying. I would recommend the bag to others with this one reservation. it is well made and mine is bright yellow so it is easy to find...just a nuisance to balance.
February 12, 2016
Rated 1 out of 5 by NorthernStar Difficult to pack and unpack
This duffel rolls fine, has good handles & shoulder strap. But the one thing I really dislike is the zipper that goes straight across the length of the bag. It is very difficult to pack the bag and take advantage of the interior space. I wish it had a U shaped zipper on top. This would make it possible to actually access what's inside, and not have to pull everything out piece by piece to get what you want. Because it's so difficult to pack and unpack I think I will have to return it. Very disappointed as I paid the higher price for this bag thinking I could trust LLBean, but not being able to access the interior of your bag makes for a very poorly designed travel bag.
February 6, 2016
Rated 4 out of 5 by TheRRT Needs to stand up
A well made bag, good wheels, pulls easy. I've never had a problem using the medium as a carry on. The only complaint that I have is that this bag will not stand up. WHY? Very difficult to do anything that requires one to let go of the suitcase such as pay for something or use the restroom.
February 4, 2016
Rated 3 out of 5 by BlueSilk Needs some upgrades
I have owned this bag for several years and have made several cross-country and over-seas trips with it, and it definitely has seen some wear and tear - rips to the fabric, straps ripped off, scuff marks, etc. I do wish it the fabric was a little more durable.
My biggest complaint about this product however is that it does not stand up on its own, so you have to lay it on the ground every time you have to let go of it to use both hands for something. It really needs footrests to allow it to stand on its own, hands free. It also has a tendency to be top-heavy and falls over easily when rolling; a wider wheelbase would be nice too. This duffle is definitely too cumbersome for airline travel or when you have to roll it any great distance.
On a positive note, you can pack a ton of stuff inside!
I would not buy this product again unless there were some upgrades to the support system of the product.
January 24, 2016