Rated 5 out of 5 by AirmanRoss the "Beauty" of Waxed Cotton
Having worn waxed cotton jackets for decades now and appreciating their wet, cold and windy weather performance, I'd say the fabric on the Signature Duffle is exactly as it should be: "worn," "distressed," "white marks" and all. It's a good bag.
December 2, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by AirmanRoss Good bag
This a good bag. The size works for a long weekend. The style is handsome and it looks rugged. The make and trim are top drawer. It is more than I expected. At the price I can afford to go on that long weekend trip.
November 15, 2014
Rated 3 out of 5 by MissyPicky white scuffs mar this beautiful duffle
This medium-sized duffle bag is beautifully (perfectly?) made, substantial, has a nice feel, and is fundamentally very attractive and useful. However, the wax coating on the canvas takes on a whitish, powdery-looking aspect wherever the fabric has been folded or has rubbed against a buckle or strap. If you are buying it for yourself, you may not mind these white marks, but if you are buying it as a gift for someone else, you may be embarrassed to give it. I tried 3 times to get this duffle, free from white marks, but finally learned that they were a result of the wax coating and could not be avoided in this bag.
November 5, 2014
Rated 3 out of 5 by MikeInFrederick Looks and works great, except for one big flaw
The build quality seems to be wonderful. That's the three stars.
I got the red one, which appears to no longer be for sale. The "wear" marks that come on the bag don't really look so much like high-end vintage wear marks as they look like splotchy areas where the ink didn't take. Instead of looking "vintage" it looks "ruined".
Really disappointed. I'd never owned a bag this expensive and thought this would make a nice foray into a higher-end bag, but I'm just disappointed.
September 28, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by Chipsky Very Happy
Great bag! As a self described diva, I do wish the bag was bigger for more of my things but it's still a great great bag! Very durable!!
September 27, 2014
Rated 4 out of 5 by Pipette The photo looks better than the bag.
It looks like the right size and seems to be a useful bag. But, I cannot stand the shabby appearance of the material, and therefore mailed it back. The idea may have been that it should look used and broken in, but I prefer the "distressed look" on furniture and not on clothing or such a bag. I picked instead another bag with a brand new appearance of the material and with time, it will look used by itself.
This bag is roomy and well designed, but please, not that shabby look - that was the deal breaker.
September 17, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by FlyingFish54 Classic Duffle
Par for the course, LLBean has delivered an excellent, quality product in a timely fashion at a value price. This duffle is perfect for my planned getaway...sturdy, well made and quite handsome. Thanks LLBean for your consistency!
September 3, 2014
Rated 4 out of 5 by mgb3558 Almost Perfect
This bag is the perfect size, and looks extremely nice. It can easily hold 3 days of clothes with plenty of room for more. The leather accents adds a nice classy touch to the bag. Can't say much about the durability yet.
My only grip is the 'worn' marks on the bag. It's a love or hate thing and personally I think I would of preferred them not to have it. I don't think it shows it very clear on the picture, so I at first thought I got a defective bag. The bag is a little pricey for what it is, but you always plan on LLBean products lasting a lifetime so its worth it.
August 17, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by LouisianaKingfish 1880s All Aboard!!!
Love this bag! I feel like I am Bret Maverick boarding the all night express around the turn of the century (1900s) from Albuquerque to Dallas. This is a great over night traveling bag. For most folk it is a weekend bag, and for some who know how to travel light, you could go for a week. Excellent authentic turn of the century look and feel to the material, and I just love the color. Well constructed and the main zipper is heavy duty and glides easily. I do not see this bag as a gym bag as it is too classy looking for such mundane use. Go for it!!!
August 13, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by MacDuffle Great bag
I have had these bags for most of my half-century.
They're tough, they're stylish in their woodsy way, they carry a stunning amount of kindling and campfire wood, they even float a while if they're empty.
I've lately been using the newer version but once I found the historically accurate recreations they're all I carry. I just can't seem to find a small one.
Unless your next assignment involves a tux, or you can't bear the curious looks from the staff at The Pierre, this is the best bag you'll ever own. Get one.
July 24, 2014