Rated 2 out of 5 by daviswh Travel is Difficult
I found this bag very awkward to travel with - the bag doesn't stand on an end. I traveled with two other companions that had similar style wheeled-duffle bags - theirs stood upright on one of the ends. The bag dimensions are great - I carry a large photography tri-pod, which fits neatly in the bag. I need the same style, but will stand on an end.
July 15, 2016
Rated 4 out of 5
by TheTeacherTravels Love-Hate
I have had the medium and XL wheeled duffles for about 9 years now. I love them, and I hate them! I love how durable they are. Checked or carry-on, they always come through and protect my gear well. I hate how unsteady the medium is to wheel, and how neither of them stand up on their own. I've tried packing them a million different ways, but it just won't stand! The medium is the perfect carry-on, and it's the sample I show all my students when we pack for two weeks in Europe (yes, we only take carry-ons!). After 9 years, countless countries, and trips, the XL's lining is flaking off leaving dandruff all over my clothes and gear inside. LL Bean is replacing it, but I can't get the orange floral print I adore that I originally had. Again, the love hate, you love a print, then they change it! I recommend these duffles solely based on durability and reliability, but I always have to caveat my recommendation with the fact that they don't stand...if they made the orange floral again, I'd fill in my collection with the large and small!
July 4, 2016
Rated 1 out of 5 by tarka No way to use a security lock on this bag...
WHAT! I had to buy this (medium) rolling duffle because it was required for my trip. So I'm all packed and ready to go BUT, there is no way to lock this bag! The zipper tab is plastic not metal, and thus easily broken. AND, it doesn't have the extension tab for a security lock that EVERY other travel bag has.
June 30, 2016
Rated 3 out of 5 by SeaEben Medium size tips over while rolling
My wife and I have 3 rolling duffles, one medium size and two large. On the positive side: They are all very durable and water-proof. The oldest one we have is now about 12 years old and has been on dozens of trips world-wide. You eventually get accustomed to the fact that these will not stand up on their own, they have to be rested against a wall, the base of a stanchion while in line or leaned against the desk when checking in. The medium size rolling duffle is unbelievably unstable when being pulled along on smooth, solid ground. It starts to wobble from one wheel to the other and after a few more steps will simply, stupidly roll over. It is less likely to fall over on carpeted floors but always flops over on pavement, sidewalks, airport walkways and smooth floors. If you walk extremely slowly, like a half a mile an hour, the rolling duffle will follow along okay. Walk at your customary pace of 2 1/2 to 4 miles an hour and you will not get far before it flops over. We have tried to remedy this by packing the weighty objects in our luggage at different levels, that doesn't work. The only thing that works is to push it ahead of you. That is pretty difficult if you are walking through crowds and around barriers. The large rolling duffles sometimes get into the wibble wobble thing and flop over but the medium size is useless as a rolling duffle. You just have to pick it up and carry it if you want to walk faster than a very slow stroll.
June 29, 2016
Rated 5 out of 5 by Hatless Best Carry-On Bag
I purchased this duffle 10+ years ago and have used it on 30-40 trips around the nation. One of its best features is how it fits into an overhead bin. This duffle is perfectly contoured for the bin and will slide in easily lengthwise. Since the duffle is narrower than most suitcases it will fit into spaces where a suitcase won't. If you're a good packer you can stow 5-7 days of casual clothing. Below is a list of what I packed for my last trip.
1 Pair of jeans
2 Pairs of shorts
3 Short sleeve polo shirts
3 Long sleeve polo shirts
1 Long sleeve T-shirt
4 Short sleeve T-shirts
3 Under shirts
5 Under shorts
1 Gym short
1 Bathing suit
5 Pairs of socks
1 Pair of slippers
1 Fleece pullover
1 Cotton sweater
1 Ball cap
1 Toilet kit
This list does NOT include the clothes I wore on the airplane. If you take along a small backpack you can include more items like an extra pair of shoes, books, iPad, etc.
This is a two wheel duffle with good wheels that will roll over uneven terrain easily. I also like being able to choose from an array of colors. I have Ice Blue which is similar to Arctic Blue. My bag will never be confused with someone else's and take by mistake.
June 28, 2016
Rated 5 out of 5 by trianguloz I wish I could give this more than five stars!!
The first extra large rolling duffel that I purchased was in 1995. now I have 5 (including the original). I have had my duffel for 21 years and it is in amazing shape. I have traveled all over the world with it, it has been to Europe several times and to South America twice yearly since. I can't tell you how much I love this bag. It is super roomy (I ALWAYS fill it to the airline 50 lbs limit) and very light. I would recommend this to any serious traveler!
June 17, 2016
Rated 1 out of 5 by AppTrailHiker Negative Review
This is the first negative review I have submitted on an LL Bean product. Always been very pleased but not with this item. I recently had to make my way through Chicago's O"Hare airport and this thing wobbled, would not stand up, and was a nightmare. It is hard to pack as the zipper runs down the middle and there is one very small side pocket that did not even hold an 8 inch E-Reader. Barely held my charging cord for phone. Wheels too close together and narrow.
If you are going camping I think it would be fine but it definitely is not made for commercial (airline) travel. Not very sturdy.
June 2, 2016
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