Rated 5 out of 5áby crhshopper a workhorse of a tote
I bought this as an upgrade for the canvas tote I have been toting to work for years. Which wasn't big enough as I am now carrying lunch and lots of other stuff. This very capacious tote does it all. Doubt I will ever use the back pack capability, but I appreciate the inside pocket for my iPad (and potentially also laptop) and large water bottle holders on each side. A workhorse of a tote, and very attractive in the blue.
May 16, 2013
Rated 4 out of 5áby DevilDoc Almost there
I bought this bag to use as a carry on for my job. I travel internationally every month. I go through A LOT of airports and security check points. I like this bag because it is very roomy and of course it has LL Bean quality and durability. The Roughnecks I work with are not gentle when loading bags onto the helicopter.
I do like the backpack straps, but I do not like the padding that is over the strap. It slides up and down too freely and constantly needs to be adjusted. I also don't like that there is only one zipper pull on the top of the bag. My reasoning behind this, if I had to check this bag or wanted to check this bag, I have no way to "lock" the zipper with a travel lock. I read another review where someone wanted the handles able to be tucked away, that would be nice since when you are wearing it as a backpack, they hit you in the head. A few tweaks and it would be a GREAT bag.
April 24, 2013
Rated 4 out of 5áby FloridaGeezer Does the job
Just returned from a trip. The bag does indeed fit nicely under the seat in front of you. The straps for converting to backpack work well, but I wish there was a way to move the handles out of the way. Also a zippered pocket on the inside would have made this into a five star review.
April 18, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5
áby leeannC FAVORITE!
I'm in love with this bag. I had been needing a tote bag for a while, and shopped around comparing many bags before choosing this. I knew based on other reviews it was very large, and it definitely is! But it works for me because I'm able to throw my purse, camera, water bottle(s), book, all my dog's supplies like toys, leash, treats inside. It's so easy to grab and go and take with you for a day of errands or work or anything! I love being able to have everything handy and it makes trips to and from the car easy. Anyone with kids would also find this bag very helpful to stay organized!
Very easy to sling over shoulders, straps stay on well and are padded for heavy loads.. I have not used the backpack straps attached to the back, and I don't think I ever would, but as a hiker and camper I suppose it is good to know the option is there.
Like I said, it's HUGE and the main compartment has only the padded laptop sleeve for organization, which really works when you are already throwing your purse and other smaller bags inside. I have a 17" laptop and it fits perfectly.
The side pouches are great and fit large and small water bottles/drinks. The front pouch is nice and roomy, no organization sleeves or anything but easy to reach anything inside. LOVE THIS BAG I take it everywhere! I have the olive green and it's very nice and neutral. Love the orange accents.
April 16, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5áby TheQuiltingGrandma Nice Size
Took new bag on a short trip over the weekend. Fit my computer, electronic cords, cross stitching project and various other small items in the bag. Easy to carry and looks good!
April 3, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5áby Britton878 Perfect travel bag
I bought this bag b/c we were going by plane to Disney. I'd had my eye on it for about a year, and I finally bought it. I'm so glad I did! It's a little larger than I expected; this is good b/c I tend to pack a ton of stuff and bad b/c I had to be careful b/c it was wider than I am (but I am small framed....). Tons of pockets and the conversion to a back pack is crucial! I consider this the perfect bag b/c it held all of my stuff for my self and 2 kids with many pockets as well as the conversion from tote to backpack.
February 22, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5áby BangorMama Perfect for hauling technology
I bought this bag because I needed a tote to carry all of my tech gear when traveling. I love that the whole bag is padded on all sides, and that I can fit a 17 inch laptop in the inner pocket. I have flown with this as a carry on and had NO problems. In addition to the laptop, I stash my DSLR camera and lenses, an external flash, a tablet, a GPS unit, all associated chargers, and my (small) purse in the main compartment and have tons of room to spare. The bottle pockets on the sides are great, too. I've never used the backpack straps, but I see those as more of an emergency measure, not for everyday use. The handles are long enough for me to sling the bag over my shoulder. It was an impulse buy but has become THE bag for traveling with.
February 6, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5áby LadyEnigma Everyday NYC suitable
Living in NYC and having grown up using Bean backpacks, I love this adult version. It isn't marked that way, I just think of it as such.
There is enough room and versatility to make any organizationally minded person happy. The pockets are located in clever and easy to reach ways/locations. By clipping the handles under the side snap, they stay out of the way when worn on your back.
The straps for backpack style are easily hidden, but somewhat shorter than a Bean backpack's. In winter this means it fits a thick coat easier, but summer has yet to come. If your issue is the small amount of padding on the backpack style straps, I agree. The need for this additional padding on those particular traps aside; I'm very glad I gifted this bag to myself for the holiday. It's easy to carry no matter how crowded the mass transit here gets and holds a large amount.
January 7, 2013
Rated 4 out of 5áby Edamommy Amazing bag
I love this bag! I have only one critique in that I think many people would prefer to add a longer shoulder strap (removable) to make the bag hands-free instead of those silly backpack straps that I can't ever see using. I have so many bags and each one has something I like, but I have never found it all in one bag until now. Bag - you complete me.
December 15, 2012
Rated 5 out of 5áby ElizabethInVA Huge and roomy
Never doubt a bag that LLBean refers to as "Expedition". This bag is huge and roomy. Plenty of room for a 17" laptop in the inside sleeve. It also fits my purse, lunchbag, umbrella, sneakers, eReader, and other items with room to spare. The handles are fantastic and the padding in the handles is very comfortable on the shoulders. I can also use the bag when running out to my meditation group...it will fit my overstuffed Zafu cushion as well as other items in there..and I can zip it shut to protect it from the rain. If you are looking for a large bag to protect your items from the weather and fit lots of stuff...this is the bag for you. I have not used the backpack style straps as I find the "handles" sufficient for carrying on my shoulder. Great.
December 11, 2012