Rated 4 out of 5 by VW28 Chest Strap is Adjustable
So I ordered this pack for a safari to Africa. It just came in the mail and I loved it but as other reviewers commented the chest strap was just not in the right place. I was about to send it back for something else but then while I was researching other options they all talked about adjustable chest straps so I looked at the pack. Yes you can move the strap very easily to be comfortable.
I will update this review post trip but thought others ordering the pack should know about the strap.
February 6, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by 0utd00rg1rl Comfortable, surprising amount of room
This is my first LL Bean bag. I took my Escape 20 Day Pack snowboarding and it kept all my belongings secure and dry. All the zippers seem like they'll last a long time (I've had issues with other bag company's zippers). For a smaller bag, it has a lot of expandable pockets that let me max out the capacity. I can't wait to bring this on a hike in the spring! Keep up the great products, LL Bean!!
January 21, 2014
Rated 4 out of 5 by SJAP Very long length, not for women
Unless you have a very long torso, this backpack won't fit very well. I'm a 5'4 female and it was about 3 or 4 inches too long for me. I really wanted it to fit, but it's really sized for large men.
December 9, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by Chrissyoreo Comfortable
Exactly what I was looking for helps take pressure off my shoulders and I can put exactly what I need into it without a problem. After purchasing this backpack I purchased another one but different style online.
December 4, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by RideMore Great Day Pack
A great day pack that holds just what you need for a day on the trail or just getting around. Quality construction and attention to ergonomic detail with shoulder strap fit make this pack very comfortable.
November 12, 2013
Rated 3 out of 5 by oohlala Average Bag. A Bit Too Big to Fit Me. So-so Design
The bag ran a little long for my trunk and the straps didn't tighten down quite enough to allow for a comfortable fit with adequate support. It was close & if I loved the bag design, I might've kept it (I'm 5'7", 140# & smaller on top). I did like the size of the side water bottle holders & the band at the top seemed snug enough to keep them in place. These holders would also hold a fly rod. I'm not a fan of these bags having compression straps adding weight and more dangling straps to contend with. Plus, the straps go over the zippers, causing more time needed to access inner compartment. However, the upper strap also serves to tighten down a rod tube or similarly long object to keep it from falling out, so the con & pro cancel each other out! I like the loops at bottom of bag to allow for more carry space. The 'handle' at the top of the bag is handy but one might also attach a net to it. The base of bag is more narrow than the middle so the bag would likely not sit upright when placed on the ground, again slowing access to inside. Evn with a little hole at the bottom of it, I hate these new stuff-it compartments. I think water will still sit inside, take longer to dry, and encourage seepage into main compartment. Also, small twigs, bugs, etc can fall inside. I'd go with mesh & further lighten the bag.
October 23, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by RolloTomasi Best Small Backpack I Have Ever Owned
I love this backpack!!!
Best backpack I've ever own and I have had many over the years.
It is very versatile, well-designed, and has many features that are very useful for all the things you would want to carry around inside this beautiful, small, and easy to use pack. Its very comfortable and I use it for hiking, when riding on my Harley-Davidson motorcycle, and just making errands around town.
I've never seen a more attractive backpack and will be using this one for many years to come; probably my last backpack I will ever own.
I wish all backpack manufacturers would use this design because it is fantastic.
Get one before they run out of them.
October 9, 2013
Rated 3 out of 5 by LookForTheGood Near Perfect Design, but...
From a design perspective, I would give the Escape 20 Day Pack 4.5 stars; however, I gave it an overall 3 stars because of quality control issues. I had used the Escape 20 Day Pack two times. Both were to the County Fair. The design of the Day Pack is very nice. It would be fine for a trip around the city or a day hike. Though the Day Pack is not a large pack, one can easily carry the 10 essentials for a day-hike or what a family with younger children would need for a day trip in the city (e.g. museums, amusement parks, etc.). For city use, the waist belt can be tucked into the back panel and be kept out of sight and out of the way, and the compression panel keeps the Day Pack a neat and tidy package. The lack of "daisy chains" and apparent pockets (there are plenty of pockets and compartments to help one keep organized, they are just not that noticeable) keeps the Day Pack understated and perfectly appropriate for a family outing in the city. My only complaint is with the quality control. I can tell L.L. Bean designed quality into the Day Pack. The internal seams are all sealed with web-tubing and the attachment points for straps and stress points have extra stitching. The problem is with the execution and quality control. When I received the Day Pack, I noticed there was some lose thread at the bottom of the Day Pack (where the bottom panel was sewn to the front panel). I dismissed this problem. However, after two days of use, I noticed the attachment point for the right shoulder strap was beginning to tear. For a cheap throw away pack, I can accept this, but this Day Pack is not a cheap throw away pack. For the money paid, the execution (like the design) should be nearly perfect, and it was not. In end, I would still recommend the Day Pack to friend because 1) the design is really nice; 2) I recognize that quality control is a difficult "beast" to master; 3) L.L. Bean has demonstrated a commitment to correct deficiencies (I believe that is part of its "origins story"); and 4) legendary customer satisfaction guarantee.
October 2, 2013
Rated 4 out of 5 by Beanfan41 Comfortable to wear and good size
I needed a backpack for day hiking, because of where I live I hike a lot of the Civil War battlefields in the area and wanted something that I could put my camera in, spear fleece pull over, some snacks and few other hiking needs. This worked out great for size and with the pocket for a camelback bladder made it easier for carrying a water supply for hiking around. Also with its relative light weight it doesn't feel like it is adding to the weight of what else I am carrying.
October 2, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by LLBeaniac52 Perfect Day Pack
A perfect day pack with all of the convenient pockets, zips and even a fleece lined pocket for your electronics! I hiked Vermont's highest peak and this pack exceeded my expectations. It is a well thought out design, and the straps and clasps are strategically placed for well balanced comfortable hiking. Needed this pack within 72 hours and it showed up on my doorstep within 48..LL Bean never disappoints!
October 2, 2013