Rated 5 out of 5 by avellone5 Great durability while also being comfortable
I got this over a year ago in an everest green color and it has held up very well since. I use it mostly for hiking and camping (not for overnight), and also for school a few times and it is comfortable but also holds a lot. Several pockets including a fleece lined pocket for things like your phone without scratching the screen.
September 9, 2014
Rated 4 out of 5 by Michael46 Happy and Unhappy
I love this backpack and am very disappointed with the replacement model. I went to Israel & Jordan this summer and used it everywhere. I just returned it because the mesh split on the shoulder strap. Bummed that they no longer have the dark orange color, but have just received the pack in blue. This pack was perfect for carrying my I Pad and some clothes.
The replacement has a different purpose than the one that I have. It is a technical pack for hiking. I used my pack for all purpose city and tourist activities. Thus it is not really a replacement. The easy access of my pack with a zipper and the place for the I Pad or water bladder is very functional. The new pack has a compartment with a cord covered by a flap. It does not have the same ease of access. Since this Escape 20 is being phased out and similar packs are significantly larger, a replacement for this pack that is not specifically designed for technical climbing and is of the same quality should be available. Something with easy access and about the same amount of storage, maybe even a little less.
August 29, 2014
Rated 2 out of 5 by DissatisfiedBiker Redesigned Escape backpack unsatisfactory
Returning redesigned Escape 20 backpack
I am a long time client of your company and happy with the excellent quality and durability of your products. However, over the years I have seen the design of good and tested articles being substituted by redesigned products that are worse than their predecessors and miss the mark in terms of usability and materials.
1. I am a biker and have actively used many backpacks from different brands and designs for short and extended trips in the U.S. and Europe ? it is difficult to find a cycling backpack that can carry all one needs (tools, pump, extra inner tube, emergency kit, rain gear, extra layers, documents, wallet, electronics, glasses, etc.) in a compact narrow design that sits well in the back, is stable, and allows freedom of movement and not uncomfortable in the shoulders and armpits.
2. For the past two years have used with satisfaction a previous model of your Escape backpack and looked forward to substitute that now well-worn piece by a new one. Unfortunately, the model is not presently available. I would like to list the following positive features of the old model:
(a) narrow profile that sits well in the torso and allow free arm movement
(b) raised foam-padded back
(c) excellent material and zippers
(d) anatomically correct padded shoulder straps
(e) one large main compartment with puch for hydration pack or storage of rain gear
(f) one smaller compartment with internal pocket for smaller items, glasses, small tool set, and valuables
(g) compression straps
(f) tuck-away waist belt and wett-positione chest strap
Notwithstanding, the old Escape backpack could, in my opinion, still be enhanced by two extra features:
(a) zippered side-pockets that could be completely closed instead of the open mesh/zipper pouches for water bottles ? those suggested pouches would have a dual use ? as carrying compartments that would allow secure storage of small items as long as 6-7 inches or, when open, used to carry water bottles.
(b) a rain cover stowed in a small pocket at the base of the pack.
2. I found the redesigned Escape 20 backpack mistaken for the following reasons:
(a) a single compartment ? one must rummage through it for items that could be neatly kept separated in the two-compartment earlier model
(b) the small soft-line compartment is too small to carry items such as wallet, phone, reading and sun-glasses in their cases, lipstick, etc.
(c) the external extra storage space has a vertical zipper that give acces to a too narrow pouch that can be used only for keys and relatively flat items.
May 22, 2014
Rated 2 out of 5 by jarcar sad
JUST STARTED LIGHT HIKING AND BOUGHT THIS AS MY FIRST PURCHASE FROM L.L. BEAN ASSUMING FROM THEIR REPUTATION THAT THIS WOULD LAST A LONG TIME. WELL FIRST TRIP TO HAWAi'i AND GOT A RUB RIP ON THE BOTTOM FROM THE STIFF BACK. THIS IS NOT THE QUALITY I EXPECTED FROM L.L. BEAN.
April 22, 2014
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