Rated 4 out of 5 Messenger Bag
i bought this as a birthday gift for my husband. He carries a variety of papers and documents and maps with him whenever he travels, and this is perfect for that. He loves all the pockets and dividers which enables him to organize. It's lightweight, so the bag itself doesn't weigh him down. We don't have enough experience to tell how durable it is, but it appears to be well made, out of quality materials. It's exactly what I expected from the picture and description. He can actually carry more with him than expected - not because it's bigger, but because of the organizational capabilities this bag offers.
As it turns out, he thinks it's actually a bit too big for everyday use. As tourists, we're 'targets' already: he doesn't want to sling it on his back, out of the way. That would make it too easy for pickpockets. But it will still be his carry-on bag and his traveling file cabinet, so to speak, for resources and items that he either can't, or doesn't want, to store electronically.
March 1, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by EmmaGrace Plenty of room, but not too big!
I purchased this bag to replace my heavy, well-used, well-loved leather bag. I ordered this messenger bag in basic black, loved the loud colors, but at my age, thought it might be best to blend in. The reflective piping is perfect. It does the job and doesn't weigh a ton!
I use the bag daily. I feel confident walking home from an evening meeting knowing I can be seen after dark. At first I thought the handle was a little odd, but loaded, and on my shoulder the bag balances well. The clasps function with ease with one hand, which is nice.
If you want lots of room, with plenty of versatile compartments I'd give this one a try. IPad, keys, wallet, phone, etc. Like everything else LLBean, I expect this to hold up for a long time!
February 26, 2014
Rated 2 out of 5 by JPinCT Second one fell apart faster than the first...
Carrying a 4 lb 13" laptop and incidentals. Just doesn't cut it. Frays and separates all over the place. Second one's going back too.
January 25, 2014
Rated 1 out of 5 by NomadMainah Fell apart instantly
Most days, I look like a walking advertisement for LL Bean. But this messenger bag was a big, big letdown.
I've had several LL Bean messengers over the years. They've always hit the level of quality I've come to expect from Bean products. I think, though, that there may be an issue with the zipper construction on this one. In reading the other 1-star reviews, it seems that several people have had the same problem I had, which is that the bag disintegrated almost the same day I bought it.
The main compartment of the bag is secured with one zipper, attached to a swathe of fabric stitched into the edge around the main opening. The stitching holding the zipper on unraveled pretty much immediately. Within a few days, there was a huge and widening hole at one end of the bag; it wasn't much longer before the entire zipper came off. There were thin, loose threads floating around in the bag this entire time, by the way.
Without the zipper, the main compartment is left unsecured except for the buckle-down flap. The bag is so loosely structured, however (the word "floppy" comes to mind) that the flap provides no realistically secure closure.
I agree with other reviewers that the strap on the old version of the Bean's messenger was better, but I didn't have any particular issues with this one (though the buckled pocket on the old strap was awfully handy, and I did miss that).
So why didn't I just return it? Because I bought it on my way to the airport to head back to Europe, where I live. I'm heading home soon, though, and you can bet I'll be heading back to the store to try and find a better alternative.
I have to say, though, that I really hope this isn't a sign of things to come with Bean products. The reason I'm happy to pay a premium at Bean's is to get products that stand out from the crowd for possessing a high standard of quality often missing in today's planned-obsolescence world. Strike one, LLB. Here's hoping this is just an outlier.
January 5, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by ELLN52 Good Small CrossBody Bag
I just purchased this messenger bag because I was looking for a crossbody bag, a bit smaller than the LLBean Shoulder Bag that I was using. I like the idea that it crosses the body, but I am not yet use to the smaller size. I am use to a larger bag. But I would definitely recommend this messenger bag.
January 1, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by NEBJM Great fit
Excellent bag for carrying laptop along with over-sized music folders.
December 26, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by Frijoli Bean's Messenger Bag
I purchased this bag for my mate as a replacement for the backpack she habitually used for years. Now she carries all her personal items--as well as a 13" laptop--and is very pleased. She has told me a number of times how much she enjoys her bag.
December 7, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by Kabouter Carries a heavy load comfortably
I can put my iPad and all necessities for a day's excursion in there while keeping my hands free. The monogram (free!) looks great, too.
November 27, 2013
Rated 1 out of 5 by mziggy Large bag not large enough to fit laptop
Company bought messenger bags for all employees, and it looks nice, but won't fit my 16 inch laptop. What a waste of a nice bag.
How could the site say the bag is 17 inch wide, but the laptop area is only 15 inches wide.
November 22, 2013
Rated 4 out of 5 by MiddleAgedFogey I liked the old (cheaper!) version better
The bag itself is basically good. However, the strap on the previous, cheaper version was way, way better -- padded along its whole length, cleverly got wider towards the middle for good stability against the body, and with a little pocket on it! This strap is a pain. It never seems to lie comfortably 2 trips in a row; it twists and turns, and the little moveable pad that's supposed to be on your shoulder is always somewhere else. A bit disappointing.
November 13, 2013