Rated 4 out of 5 by CADJR Nice-But Could Use Some Improvement!
This is my 2nd purchase of this duffle, so it is that good. It can hold a whole weekend worth of clothing and a spare pair of shoes plus a shaving kit and travel towel. I love the fact that you can convert it to a pack for hands free-carry by using the tuck-away shoulder straps.
However, that top buckle down flap really needs to be improved. You can unbuckle the top 2 buckles and cram a lot of extra gear in there ( spare shoes or a rain jacket ), then re-attach the buckles to strap something in tight.
But the bottom 2 buckles are limited in adjustment by the fact that the pouch material itself is sewn directly to the duffle with no extra material for when the pouch is expanded. Why can't you add 2 inches or so of material at the bottom of this pouch, so you can stuff more gear in there?
Right now, you can stuff more in the top of the pouch than at the bottom of the pouch. Items can slip out the sides of the pouch. To prevent that, I stuff the items into a rectangular travel organizer, then thread the top buckle and snap of the pouch through the carry handle of the travel organizer before tightening down all of the pouch adjustment buckles. But I could get more into that space if you gave me some extra material at the bottom to allow the pouch to expand fully.
May 21, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by DecaturDad Excellent Bag That Keeps Your Hands Free
The bag is well made, stylish, and roomy for its size class. I think other reviewers may have missed the small pocket in the flap. This is accessible without unbuckling the flap and great for smaller items like keys.
The backpack straps make this bag extremely versatile. The outside flap was a great attachment point to tie extra pairs of shoes, holding a fleece, etc.
Also, I got compliments on how it looks. A great bag for short trips of any kind.
January 29, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by Shoppcoholic Light and Comfortable
I couldn't believe it's so light and this is perfect size for traveling. I can use as a duffle bag or backpack. Good to travel with this all around. I also consider using this as my "Go Bag" as for emergency. I recommend this to everyone.
January 22, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by G3HVAC Perfect for carry-on or short trips
We thought this bag would be perfect with it's shoulder straps which lets you free up your hands when traveling with a child. The straps hide away perfectly when you don't want them. Ideal size for a carry-on bag or just enough enough room for a couple changes of clothes for a weekend trip.
December 7, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by BusheyBoysMom Most Amazing Bag
We just LOVE our recent purchase of this bag from LL Bean!
It is the perfect size for flying or just traveling local for a few days.
It is easy to pack and comfortable to carry around.
June 12, 2013
Rated 4 out of 5 by TSEAST Bigger than it looks
The duffle just arrived and at first I was concerned that it looked small. I decided to test it by packing for an upcoming weeklong vacation (warm climate). Everything I need fits with room to spare. I am pleasantly surprised. The overall external size is ideal for carry-on and has the straps for lugging through airports and backwoods. The construction looks sturdy. The way that you access the contents is a bit of a pain ? no quick access, but overall this is just what I was looking for. Only other thought is that if you need lots of space (e.g. winter gear) this is probably not going to be the right fit.
April 4, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by ktaylor Great Carry-on
This bag is excellent to keep your hands free when traveling. I occasionally travel by myself with my toddler and the backpack feature keeps my hands free to guide him or push a stroller. I can fit a weekend of clothes for both of us to carry-on a plane.
October 9, 2012
Rated 4 out of 5 by Mistyvalley packs well and size is right
recently purchased this item and found it to be a great size and able to pack well, holding as much as any other carry on sized bag. Has one outside pocket that is big enough to hold the 'liquids bag' that has to be pulled out to clear airport security. Additionally, the back pocket that holds the backpack-style shoulder straps makes a good sized outside pocket for holding a rain jacket, etc. As with any soft-side luggage, one should get some mesh packing cubes to help distribute the load internally--these make a big difference in getting a bag packed right vs. having one where everything sags to one side. Jury still out on durability.
September 8, 2012
Rated 4 out of 5 by Beckyjp Needs one more thing...
I loved this bag! I got it for a weeklong trip to Haiti and it was perfect for carrying everything I needed. I even had extra room. I wish it had a waist strap but other than that, I loved it.
August 21, 2012
Rated 4 out of 5 by offbeat versatile bag
The dimensions are accurately described, and the top flap covering the main compartment zipper is clearly depicted; I am always bemused by people who receive exactly the features they ordered, but then are upset about them. The top flap in fact forms a pouch that is useful for carrying a bike lock, or some other item or clothing for grabbing quickly without having to dig in the main compartment. The flap also has a 12? x 7? pocket for documents, cell phone, etc. Finally, it covers much of the main compartment zipper, which improves water repellence.
What sets the Bean Expedition Duffle apart is the ability to pack folded, ironed clothing, yet carry them backpack-style without causing wrinkles (in my case on a bike to work). Regular day packs and bike bags are top-loading, which makes it difficult to insert folded dress clothes. Even taking extra care however, most such bags have no compression straps, so the clothes end up wadded at the bottom when the pack is carried vertically. The Bean Expedition Duffle allows easy flat-packing of dress clothes, and the straps some reviewers complain about allow the load to be cinched down when the duffle is not stuffed full.
The bag has several external attachment points, durable materials and construction. Minor criticism is that the D-rings and clips for the backpack straps are plastic, and not nearly as substantial as the attachments for the shoulder strap. The zipper pulls are rather long with dangly ?knobs? that occasionally catch on things. The duffle is also hot against the back when carried backpack-style.
May 23, 2012