Rated 5 out of 5 by cascademountains10 Stress-free luggage
This is the best luggage set I've owned to date. I flew down to Arizona for a week and and got mine and my 2 year old daughter's clothes in just the one smaller bag. It fit in the overhead bin so we didn't have to check any luggage. I've since lent the set to 3 of my older kids for trips around the world. Once you use a lightweight set like this you can't go back to bulky, heavy, awkward luggage. You can over pack and still zip it up, the duffle handles make it easy to pick up and maneuver. I love the wheels and easy handle. I can zip around the airport while everyone else is standing around waiting for their bulky checked luggage. I have had two back surgeries and having lightweight luggage is really appreciated.
September 8, 2012
Rated 1 out of 5 by limerickgal70 Unstable, doesn't roll well
Bought this for my trip I was ready
But the wheels are too small and unsteady
And when I rolled o'er a stick
This thing totally flipped
And it made a big mess on the jetway
August 23, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by ESL1 Going strong. Bought a second one.
It's a duffle, so it's not the same as a rigid case. If you don't like duffles, you probably won't be happy. Tends to bulge outward when packed full. Side handle would be useful but not practical with the side pockets, which I really like. No problem packing for a week long trip. Light weight. Love the way the top opens. Easier to pack than most other duffles. Putting another case on top will tend to "crush" the top, but what do you expect with a soft case? Only thing I really don't like is that the outside top zipper compartment is basically inaccessible with the cross straps tightened. I usually fly on the smaller planes so it's been gate checked many times and never had any wear and tear issues. Going strong.
August 18, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by Ficelle Love the Color and Style
The medium rolling duffle is very easy to get around with and lift into the overhead; pretty good capacity; and I just love the color (green with orange trim) and style. Very cool and low-key. I wish they would use this material for more items. The zippers work fine, you just have to be a little careful. I'm going to get the extra-large as well.
Originally I bought the matching messenger bag, but it was very poorly designed (no outside back pocket; the cover flap would not lay flat when opened to the back; no way to just stick your magazine in easily without opening the whole thing), so I returned it. But they should try it again, in this fabric. A messenger bag is more functional (for me) than the squarish carry-on bag that comes in the set.
July 27, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by coolgirl9 great carryon luggage ever
It is amazing how much you can load staff to the 22x14x10 carry on, we will go to Europe for 16 days, the carry on can load 14 days of clothes and 3 pairs of light shoes. My daughter and I will only use this carryon and small backpack. I would highly recommend this carry on, I bought 3 of them
June 20, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by islandogs Great Fit
I purchased one of these in 1999 for traveling for work and weekend get a ways. I've used it hard for 15 years. Its time for a replacement now as the main zipper and the front pocket zipper have worn out. Other than that the case itself is in great condition.
Love this bag. Plus often get compliments on it.
June 10, 2014
Rated 2 out of 5 by ProbablyBeenThere Afraid to check it
I've been an enthusiastic user of LL Bean duffles for many years, and in most respects this has been the best of all. As advertised, it's extremely easy to load, it stands upright unless the load is unbalanced, and the handle/roller system is excellent. Capacity is very good, but that may contribute to an issue (see below). It is not like every other bag, so it's easy to spot on a carrousel.
As others have observed, this duffle is wider than other luggage, so there's a slight learning curve in maneuvering it, and indeed you cannot stack another bag on it to free up a hand.
On balance, this is still my favorite big bag ever except that...
in five trips as checked luggage this duffle has arrived damaged twice. In both cases, the bag was full, but not overloaded, weighing in at under 40 pounds.
One time, the internal stitching failed, and what appeared on the carrousel was a floppy bag too unbalanced to roll, and definitely not ready to be checked again. On the up side, the contents were fine and Beans replaced the bag. I've been careful to be sure to secure the internal straps when using the replacement, just in case that contributes to bag integrity.
On our most recent trip, the fabric and foam padding on one edge was breached. Contents were OK this time too, and a local shoe shop has repaired the bag at little cost. That could have happened to almost any luggage, but the bottom and edge material of this duffle is not as sturdy as the rest of the bag and does not compare well with my conventional LL Bean duffles.
I'm thinking that the unconventional dimensions that make this duffle so easy to pack and unpack might make it less than a favorite for baggage handlers. I'll keep using it for car travel, but am on the lookout for a sturdier solution for flying.
May 11, 2014
Rated 2 out of 5 by maineshopgirl Has some design flaws
We loved this set when we first got it and were impressed with how much the luggage holds. The disappointment came when we had it fully packed and ready to go to the airport. When fully loaded, the rolling bags don't stand up without tipping forward. Also, the tops of the rolling bags are drastically sloped forward so you can't stack a smaller bag on top (leaning against handles). Lastly, with so many straps, airline folks and porters are prone to lifting it up by one of the compression straps vs. the handles. Over time, there's concern this will cause damage.
After using these bags for two trips, we returned it because of the tipping problem and sloped top. In our opinion, they're very frustrating flaws that we're not willing to live with.
March 22, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by carryongirl perfect carryon
Just took this as a carry-on bag for a 9 flight 2 week odyssey which included Machu Picchu in Peru and the Galapagos in Ecuador. So very light at 6.5 pounds. Compression straps inside and out permit good packing. Very compact. Flattens down when empty which saves space. Excellent wheels and telescoping handle. A real buy - go for it!
February 17, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by edjer890 Perfect
I've just received this Quickload Upright Rolling Duffle, Ex-Large. Perfect size for me. I like the extra straps and I love feeling the quality that comes with everything I've bought from LLBean!!!
October 17, 2013