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
Rated 5 out of 5
by Televet Big, Sturdy, Reliable
Eleven flights, Four sea-going High Speed Ferry rides lashed to the deck. Jumped on by baggage handlers, thrown onto boats, dragged across airport runways wheels up (well just because they can).
We named the duffle Lulu after a Cart horse belonging to a friend. Lulu ate everything we gave him, was always ready for another adventure, never let us down.
As with all wheeled luggage put the heaviest stuff at the wheel end, and drag away!
November 9, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 Mindy Traveler
Several years back, bought this large rolling duffle for my kids. I find myself borrowing them often. We went the extra mile and had them monogrammed making them really special. These rollers are amazing. We've probably rolled these bags a couple of hundred miles. I am able to pack two weeks worth of clothes and shoes in these things. they are absolutely enormous and expand and are still light weight. They are large enough inside to lay hang up things flat. You can fit shoes in the ends leaving plenty of space for clothes and souvenirs. The zippers work great, even though we have crammed the bag to max. A warm wash cloth and some laundry detergent cleans up the outside and they still look great. We've had these over 5 years and they still are great.
November 5, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by CarolinaLLBeaner Amazing duffle bags - Amazing customer service
My friend had an LL Bean large duffle bag that my daughter had borrowed to go camping. It was so nice and could fit so much. I really loved the material so I ordered a few sizes and had them all monogrammed. It turns out my friend's bag was an "extra-large" so I ended up ordering all the wrong sizes! I was SO disappointed and even more so because I had them all monogrammed! I didn't need a large bag on wheels, I had really wanted an extra-large on wheels. I figured I was now stuck with them. But my daughter talked me into calling LL Bean, maybe they would take them back. I was doubtful and explained that it was really my error and that with the monogrammed bags I highly doubted they would take them back.
I talked to the nicest customer service rep and she said no problem! Plus she ordered me all the correct sizes on the phone. I couldn't believe it! So I now have 2 extra large rolling duffles, 1 large and 1 medium...all with monogramming... And it was all resolved and in my house by the end of the week. The bags are awesome and we have already been putting them to use. Truly amazing customer service.
November 4, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by McMomma The TARDIS of luggage
We've had some medium size rolling duffles for a few years that have been wonderful for overnight and weekend trips. They are easy pack and to maneuver for both adult and child (age 5+.) Recently we had to travel cross country for a combination business/pleasure trip. This meant packing a combination of business attire, evening wear, and camping/hiking/surfing wear. Using 2 extra-large and 2 medium bags we were able to fit everything for a family of 4 for a 10 day trip. The extra large bags are so spacious that we we were even able to pack wet suits, sleeping bags, and sleeping pads. There was even room on the way home for a few "extras" that we picked up from a theme park. One of the XL bags we purchased was blue and it really was bigger on the inside...
October 30, 2014
Rated 3 out of 5 by Sunshine1971 Tipped over
Other reviews mention putting heavier things at wheel-end to help it not tip over when standing on end. I had stuff for overnight, winter coat and a pair of shoes, all on the lighter weight of things. I put the heaviest at the wheel-end and it still wouldn't stand up. Returning it as I feel this will be the normal luggage items for a bag this size (medium). On the positive side, it was light weight and easy to roll. I liked that it had several ways to carry it.
October 27, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by Adel Great LLB service
I got an Adventure Rolling Duffle XL, travelled to Australia with this bag 3 times and to Europe 5 times, after the last trip the bag got stuck in a Airport luggage transport and ripped part of the plastic around the bottom side. Brought it back to US and got a replacement from LLB no charge. The new one is a bit different but is still travelling, again 4 times to Europe and sustained heavy duty work (travelling in trains all over central Europe) and looks like new. The bag is a bit heavy.
September 19, 2014
Rated 4 out of 5 by scru Great set of luggage
Bought three sizes to take on a cruise. They were on sale, so I purchased the print, which was not too pretty. But it was a lesson well learned. I saw my luggage right away when we disembarked the ship--print was so easy to find. There are many black suitcases out there. The passengers were wandering around looking for theirs. I spotted mine immediately. Packed so much. Only improvement would be that they stand up without falling over. Put the 2 inside the extra large and was perfect fit under bed in small cabin. Love it!
September 8, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by ezlivinginvt WOW - VERY IMPRESSED
I purchased this rolling large duffle to help move my son's clothing to his college dorm. It was a last minute thought. I called upon a Monday and he would be moving in on Friday. I did want it personalized (due to possible theft) but worried about the time crunch. I could pay additional for a rush delivery (but I am frugal and hated the thought). I decided to chance it since he would be coming home in a week for a 3 day weekend and worse come to worse we would just pack a weeks worth of clothes on the initial move in and the remainder after his break. Remember I ordered this on a Monday. I was told it would arrive Friday or possible the next Tuesday. I have always been impressed with delivery from LLBean. I RECIEVED THIS THEE NEXT DAY- TUESDAY! PERSONALIZED! Outstanding service, quality was as expected ~ great! THANK YOU THANK YOU FOR THE WONDERFUL (PERSONALIZED) SERVICE!
September 8, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by AmyGuz This is HUGE!!!
I bought the extra-large rolling duffle in Ice Blue a couple of years ago and I love it. I've taken it on several trips and it is large enough to take clothes for a family of 4, plus store a lap top and a family size toiletry bag with plenty of room left over, especially if you use packers. There does seem to be a slight pulling of one of the seems but I think this was due to my son trying to yank it out of the car without moving what was on top first. The different colors and the option to have the name stitched on it is nice too to help keep up with your luggage. The only downside, and it's only a slight one, is that the duffle will not stand up fully loaded and can tip the wheels a little when rolling it. Otherwise the wheels work very well. I bought another duffle today in Hot Coral in medium without the wheels to use for just myself on smaller trips and have no doubt that it will work just as well.
August 27, 2014