Rated 2 out of 5 by Skydiverkk Annoying! Don't buy if you pack a lot of stuff.
Although I do love this pack, it really annoys me. What I love about it is the way it feels on my back. It's nice and slim and has great back support. It doesn't flop like most back packs. I love that it's waterproof. However, I hate that there's no easy access to get things on the bottom of the bag. I really have to think about the order in how I pack my bag. I always seem to be having to empty the entire bag just to get to the bottom of it for my wallet. It's very annoying and frustrating!! Most back packs have a U-shaped zipper on the front that opens the whole front of the bag. The zipper on this bag is on the top. What also stinks about this bag is that it's not expandable. Although there's all these side zippers and compartments, anything you put in them bulges into the bag. So, you lose valuable space. After four months of using this bag, I can't take it anymore and just bought a different one. Going back to the old style. I thought I would get used to it but it annoys me every day.
May 1, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by VeryLongTimeShopper Great
Seems to be well built - fits my laptop and iPad with no problem and still have lots of room for other things.
March 18, 2015
Rated 3 out of 5 by Aretoussa OK, not great
It's an attractive knapsack, so far it seems durable.
The zippers are quite stiff to open/close, you definitely need two hands. Doesn't actually have that much space inside, it's more narrow on the inside than I expected. Would be great for a laptop, but it's not so wonderful for stuffing with gym gear, sneakers, & other daily detritus.
Upshot? It's OK, it serves my purposes, but it's not great.
March 3, 2015
Rated 4 out of 5 by Beanytoo Good size backpack
The quality of this item is pretty good, but wish it could be slightly bigger. I use this for work, and most of my stuff fits into it well, but I could use a bit more room. Lots of convenient pockets and storage places all around and inside the bag itself. Strong fabric and decent zippers too.
February 25, 2015
Rated 3 out of 5 by collegeGirl4 zipper issues!
Overall a nice professional looking backpack. The two side pockets are nice but I wish they did not take up room on the inside of the bag. The biggest problem I had was with the zipper, had to fuss with it a lot! sending it back and ordered the quad. not as sleek looking, but has no fuss zippers:)
February 13, 2015
Rated 4 out of 5 by JWSshopper Great bag for business use
I am a 60 year old New York City commuter and international traveler and have used a backpack in lieu of a briefcase for years. Looked to change to a pack with secure padded areas for ipad and surface pro tablet. This pack looked better organized and better looking on line than the Tumi bag which retails for $475, which I had seriously considered. And I am very pleased. My only negative comment is the zippers which I think will hold up fine but wish they were larger scale with bigger pulls. Often can't open and close with one hand and they feel like they could jam. But no problems so far. Very happy and pleased with the substantial savings versus the top of the market alternative. Not a kids bag but a serious business bag.
January 23, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by irishdad1 A Practical and Functional Backpack
Lots of pockets and pouches! Perfect for my daily public transportation commute. Very well constructed.
January 17, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by squarefootgardner Extremely roomy, efficient pack
I have been looking for a bookpack for several years and finally settled on this one. It is quite sleek looking - not floppy or soft - and retains it's shape even when empty. It is also VERY roomy and holds my 13" macbook perfectly with an ipad, plus 6 or 7 books. I LOVE the organization of the side pockets. One reason it holds a lot of books is that you can put you wallet, glasses, pencils, phone, etc. in those sleek side pockets. They slip in and are out of the way so they don't leave little bumps and knobs that keep your books from sliding in smoothly.
The front pocket is flat, but roomy. The right side pocket is built to hold a waterbottle without having it stick out of the silhouette. I was surprised at how large that padded top pocket is - it's an inch deep and the size of my hand.
I have been using it for going to work, but will be going to London next week for 5 days and it's the only bag I am planning to bring. It should hold all my clothes easily. I think the exterior pockets will make it simple to stay organized.
Finally, the pictures show somewhat ambiguous color. It's very black, but some highlights show green and some gray. It has a gray interior (good for finding things) and gray stitching (though that can look vaguely green in the right light). Overall, quite sharp, although I really like bright interiors. My only complaint is that the look for picking it up feels slightly thinner than I'm used. The shoulder straps are fantastically comfortable and it completely hugs your body.
January 14, 2015
Rated 3 out of 5 by Claude556 Mixed review
This backpack seems adequate, but what are all the odd-shaped pockets for? Especially the one on the front with a vertical opening, and the oval one on the flap. There is also a little gray belt with a flange in the front. What is that for? This pack should come with an instruction manual.
January 14, 2015
Rated 2 out of 5 by bassoon2 Bad Zipper
I'm a huge LL Bean fan, so when I needed a commuter day pack I was happy to see LL Bean makes one. Like all LL Bean products, it's thoughtfully designed with good pouches and holders. But I'm returning it because I can't zip up the main compartment with one hand. It takes two hands to zip it up - one to pinch the canvas together, the second to work the zipper. Even with two hands I find myself struggling with the zipper sometimes.
November 30, 2014