Rated 5 out of 5 by sticks622 Luggage Set
Purchased a set eight years ago and have had great traveling results with it. Partial wheel broke off the extra large case and we were not able to get it replaced. So, purchased another set. Disappointed in that as we were not ready to give it up ... to good a shape. FreeStore enjoyed getting it for their clients ... so, we learned to lock and roll for others, too.
September 22, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by Madcow42 Been through 5 sets all excellent; now on SIXTH
Over the past 8 years I have purchased SIX sets of this luggage line. The names have changed over those years but the quality has been exceedingly high with minor tweaks in design. So... six sets in 8 years; do they only last a bit over a year? Actually I cannot imagine a more durable and well-designed luggage set. Every time I get another set, I do a thorough review of what is available at ANY price and always come back to the LLBean Ballistic or Sport Tourism or whatever they are named. Why pay $2000+++ for a set that is not as elegant, functional and easy to use as this set?
OK... I purchased three of the original "Ballistic" sets for friends, gave away one set of mine to a friend who needed luggage in an emergency. And my last set "failed!" So I now have my SIXTH set in my home.
About that FIFTH set that failed: It had been around the world many times. I dragged that set up stairs in Beijing train stations and saw it thrown off airplanes onto the tarmac many many times. It had been brutalized in Manila airport and kicked around in so many hotels. And it never complained and never failed until two years ago. Over 2 years ago, one of the wheels on the medium carry-on bag locked in Manila airport. The outer polymer layer of one of the "rollerblade type" wheels peeled off. I discarded that liner, to get it to roll, and that bag performed just fine for another 2 years with the exception that it did not track perfectly and was a bit more noisy over hard surfaces. When I returned from 3 months in China and Philippines this August 2014, the large pullman bag had a similar malfunction right in my hometown airport. I took this as an omen that the bags needed replaced.
By the way... my veteran FIFTH set is still alive, as it was gladly accepted by a friend who will use for domestic travel. It still looks gorgeous, still works fine and will probably last another 5 or more years. She was delighted to get it but will probably remove my monogram.
So I now have the SIXTH set in my closet ready for more adventures.
I cannot speak too highly of this LLBean line of Sportsman/Ballistic Luggage. There is simply NO competition that come close.
Though I write about their durability, design and ease of use is the best available, and I travel A LOT. I literally live out of these bags for months, pack and unpack 100s of times and each time I and my friends who may be helping or observing me pack find these bags friendly and easy to organize. Do NOT give up the clamshell design. Compartments are useful, e.g., I put pharmaceuticals and electronics in one section and toward the end of the trip, add dirty laundry; I use the other section for clean clothes and immediate needs.
Caveat: I've NOT field tested my new, beautiful set. But they's not changed in substance from my FIRST set. I am 99.999% sure that I will not be disappointed.
These are indestructible pieces. They are elegant in their design and engineered to function on par with any luggage costing many fold their price.
September 10, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by 45YearBeanFan Great luggage - bring back the old duffle!
This is great luggage; I have the (old) medium rolling pullman in true navy, and it's been all around 2 continents with me. What would really make my life complete, though, is if you could bring back the old cordura Sportsman's duffle bag (not the wheely one, but the medium-size one with a nice-size zippered compartment on each end). I had mine for 25 years and it went everywhere with me - all over the Lower 48, Canada, UK and Netherlands by plane, train and automobile. It was like an old friend! It was very durable, capacious for its size and stuffed easily into overhead compartments. But I lost it in a fire last autumn and have been heartbroken that you no longer carry it. If you ever bring it back, I'll be the first to buy it!
September 4, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by Texasboy4218 Awsome
As usual When I am looking for something durable and long lasting i turn to L.L. Bean. This product is no different. The craftsmanship is superior to the other luggage I shopped. I travel quite a bit and know that this luggage has the quality to withstand the brutal handling by the airlines. I am truly looking forward to having a set of luggage that I know will last me a lifetime!
July 17, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by BCook Great Set
I bought this set since my job frequently has me traveling 4-5 nights a week. While I didn't really need the big one in the set, the other 2 I use all the time. The smallest is great for my 2 -3 night trips and I can pack everything for a week in the middle sized one. They have held up great so far and I am looking forward to many years of durability from this luggage.
March 29, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by Vickiehrh They thought of everything
I love this luggage set so much because the corners are reinforced, there's a place for your name tag and it expands! It is lightweight and the middle bag is the perfect size for under the seat or overhead on a flight. I selected this luggage because I already have the backpack and the briefcase to match. All are beautifully monogrammed. They are easy to spot on a luggage carousel because the don't look like everyone else's luggage!
March 5, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by MidAtllanticShopper The good stuff
We were looking for a high quality replacement for some luggage that was showing its age. We jumped at the 20% off sale on the Sportsman Expandable luggage set. Though we haven't used it yet our inspection of the bags has confirmed our expectation of rugged and well made and featured luggage. We are looking forward to putting it through its paces.
January 31, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by 08Pistol strong/durable
purchased for daughter's birthday. monogramed w initials. nice sizes for all 3 pieces. the little "extra's" inside were an added treat.
January 30, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by svensgirl Beautiful luggage set
I love this set of luggage. A few of the other reviews are correct that the extra large suitcase is really a large but the description does give you the specific dimensions. I have yet to take them out for a real world spin, but I will update this post if there are any issues. I'm very happy with this purchase, as am I with most LL Bean purchases. I had the monogram done and the customer service guy was very helpful. I recommend you calling in and getting a live person if you decide to monogram your luggage. The order of the letters was a bit weird--Not typical 3 letters for first, middle, last--Last initial is the largest and I did not want it to be that way---but I didn't care because I just followed the directions from customer service. Glad he was right!
January 29, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by Keith1971 Very surprised and happy
We had ordered this same set of luggage several years ago and was well pleased. Two years ago we ordered another set. It did not have the netting for both sides nor the almost equal division of both sides. We decided to order again and just received our luggage. We are happy beyond words. It is almost the same as the original set we ordered. Thanks for going back to the original quality! We are really pleased!
January 20, 2014