Rated 5 out of 5 by LowerEastSider great bag!
I've been using the llbean sportsman luggage for years. I've always used the medium and I've been able to get 10 days worth of stuff in it when expanded. this year, I finally decided to get the large so that I could bring back souvenirs. it was perfect! the luggage is strong and easy to spot on the luggage belt in the airport.
the new large bag has the easily accessible toiletry compartment but I'm not sure it's necessary since you really only need that in the carry-on option, which the large is not. plus I really wish that llbean would but the roller wheels on these bags, or at least let us know why they don't (do they come off too easily during bag handling at the airport?).
but I'm an llbean luggage person through and through and will continue to use their luggage as long as they make it. the zipper on my medium bag finally gave after about 15 years and countless trips and they sent me an entirely new bag! can't beat that!
February 18, 2015
Rated 3 out of 5 by tta666 Balance issue after expanded the extra space
I don't mind the opening is in the middle if I don't use the expandable space. When I use the expandable space, the front becomes heavier than the back and causes the balance issue. Also, I think the pull handle is not strong enough to handle the load.
January 21, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by RoadRecruiter 3 times around the world
My large sportsman suitcase has traveled the world (including 3 x around the world) with me since 2007. On my most recent trip, a short domestic trip, American Airlines sliced the plastic near the wheels, destroying the bag. It would have taken a very sharp blade to get through the thick plastic. My old one was not expandable and I loved its tidy appearance. I also LOVE the clam-shell design. It is harder to put on a luggage rack, but when I am living out of the bag for a month at a time, I need to be able to organize my things. The single layer bags do not let me do that well.
December 14, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by a2cheryl Compact Luggage
We just returned from a 12-day trip to Nova Scotia where we were limited to one piece of luggage for each of us. My husband and I both have this bag in the large size and were able to put all of clothes and supplies inside them comfortably. We have other Sportsman pieces and find they stand up to the wear and tear of airline luggage handers.
September 25, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by artey Love this luggage
I love the look and function of this line of luggage.
September 17, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by atlcycle Liked it so much I bough another...
I had to replace an older bag an chose this one....it arrived just days before I was leaving town and REALLY liked the appearance.
I went on another trip but did not take this bag. The airline broke my other older bag. SOOOO I order another one of this bag in a different color!!! Just perfect.
As for delivery, arrived on the day promised..... love that!!
August 14, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by kealime The perfect suitcase!
I just used it for a flying trip cross country. Quality workmanship and materials. Wheels held up to banging up and down stairs, stepping off busses, being dragged across cobblestone walkways. Holds so much (it has the capacity to expand if necessary by unzipping top compartment). Plenty of zippered compartments. Easy to stay organized. Get it monogrammed - it makes things so much easier when picking out your luggage on a busy baggage carousel. Love it!
June 18, 2014
Rated 3 out of 5 by Travels2much Will give a second chance
Dimensions, weight, design, ease of use are all very good. I actually prefer the split in the middle. Unfortunately, after only a single leg of its first trip, one of the zipper pulls was missing. I travel at least once a month and have used LL Bean's ballistic luggage for 6 years with no trouble. Decided to try this model when I needed a bit more space. Will give benefit of doubt that zipper was a fluke; hopefully the one I get in exchange will last longer. If the zippers can survive the next flight, I'll come back and give it more stars, because otherwise it seems like a solid bag.
June 13, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by mmnkjmm Great for hubby&me,Great for 5 Grand's Graduations
Hubby & I have used this luggage (4 different sized pieces) for years with A++ quality and service. Have given to 5 grandchildren for high school graduations.
No more borrowing from us!! Very popular item in our family. Will repeat for other 2 grands. Keep right on making it............
January 31, 2014
Rated 3 out of 5 by MyricaP clam shell design has challenges
I did not see it in the description, but there is a key difference between the large model of this bag and the smaller carry-on version. This model opens in the middle, rather than having a lid on the body of the suitcase, Nice for separating the contents into 2 sections, but it means you need twice the horizontal space to open it, which is not practical wherever space is limited or on a standard luggage rack.
January 29, 2014