Rated 5 out of 5 by Kayakdog Great Pack
I love this pack. I use it for bicycling and traveling. My hydration bladder fits inside and the different pockets and straps keeps everything secure.
April 9, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by TaylorUVM Big Girl Backpack
Starting my doctorate program at UVM in the Green Mountains of Vermont where experiencing nature is a way of life. Researching for this backpack was a serious endeavor and the time spent was worth it. Just love the pack from the forest green color to the way it centers on my back to the back support built into the pack and the straps around the waist to keep the pack steady. I have a small female frame but I am on the taller side at 5'8". My prior pack (in under graduate school at UNCW) caused lower back pain so I am enthusiastic about the support I feel with this pack. Of course, the rest of the pack is consistent with LL Bean quality.
April 9, 2014
Rated 4 out of 5 by TheConstitutionalist Good Piece of Gear
My intended use for the Escape 20 Day Pack consists of six mile hikes (sometimes farther) in easy to moderate terrain carrying 15-25 lbs. I've had the Pack for about a month and have used it on half a dozen six-mile hikes thus far, plus three shorter hikes. I have also carried it on several three-mile jog-runs on easy to moderate terrain. Average load: 22 lbs.
(I am a 53 y.o. male, 5' 6", 165 lbs., muscular, physically fit.)
Comfort: Generally excellent. The hip belt does not cause aches and pains or sore spots. The shoulder straps are wide enough and padded enough for the task described above. The chest strap is fine. Even with a 15 lb. kettle bell stuffed into the main compartment, the padding between pack and person remains comfortable. I've not suffered any sores on my back.
Durability: So far, excellent.
Load capability: An experienced hiker with excellent lightweight gear could easily do an overnighter in good weather, though the Pack is not designed or intended for such. The Pack is perfectly suitable for carrying books and a small laptop to work or on campus; for day hikes in dry weather or day hikes in wet weather with a poncho protecting Pack and Person; and is adequate for a two-three day adventure someplace where there's already a tent or cabin.
Pockets: ample and nicely creative in use and design. The water bottle pockets could be a little farther forward (for easier reach when one is wearing the Pack), but then again I am physically very stiff. A more limber person (as in a person with normal flexibility) would probably not have an issue here at all.
Overall summary: Four stars. I'm happy with the Pack. I'd buy it again. If mine ever wears out, I'll do just that.
April 2, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by KingPinn43 Perfect for everyday.
I got this pack to replace a briefcase. It's perfect! Fits two 24 oz water bottles no problems on the sides. Main compartment is big enough for all of my daily items, planner, iPad, chargers, glasses(reading & sun), check books, books, etc. Then there's the exterior pocket, perfect for an extra layer if need be. The zippers are nice and heavy duty, loos built to last. Love this pack!
April 2, 2014
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