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
Rated 5 out of 5 by bogie22 Very functional
Bought to replace an older day pack used for casual travel. As others have said, this pack is loaded with pockets and "sleeves" for stuff. My only unanswered question is how durable the exterior zippers and "pulls" will be. Seem to be a little "lightweight" for long term use. An outstanding feature-loaded pack that meets my needs.
November 22, 2014
Rated 2 out of 5 Decent backpack, but...
The backpack looks great and seems to be made out of good materials. However, when wearing it, the zipper seams and zipper keep pressing into my left shoulder. This is where the rigged seams meet the back of the backpack and unfortunately, it feels like something is constantly pressing into my left shoulder. I don't know if this is consistent with every model, but it is a design flaw here. I will be returning this one.
November 6, 2014
Rated 4 out of 5 by MetroRidingandHiking "Commuter Day Pack" is accurate
I was looking for a backpack to take to work that was professional looking, I could put my gov't issued laptop into, and where the straps will never come out due to overuse. I've only had the backpack for a few weeks, but I can say that it is VERY well-made, my HP Elitebook just fits into the laptop pocket, and it's very comfortable to carry even when there is a fair amount of weight.
It's still obviously made out of traditional "backpack material" but the color makes it OK at the office. The design is great - several of the pockets are accessible without having to take the backpack off. My only complaint is that it's a little long. I'm about 5'5" and don't need the extra space inside that the length provides. But it's not uncomfortable, just a little more bulky than it needs to be.
I would definitely recommend this bag for anyone who needs to carry heavy things into the office every day or back-and-forth on Metro.
October 22, 2014
Rated 4 out of 5 by Jhough61 Perfect laptop backpack
I've had several different backpacks from several different brands, and the commuter day pack from L.L.Bean has been my favorite. It's just the right size for a 15" laptop and all the accessories you'd need to carry. It stays nicely on one shoulder due to the fact that it's lighter than any other backpack I've tried. My only nitpick is that the zipper to the main compartment doesn't work smoothly. It requires 2 hands to get it closed. But, other than that, I'd buy it again in a heartbeat.
September 10, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by Ashki Great Commuter back pack
Well designed. Sits up by itself. Thought
out--accessible, I am very pleased
August 15, 2014
Rated 4 out of 5 by scbeancounter Compact, sturdy and good looking backpack
I did a lot of research trying to find a backpack that was not too big but large enough to hold my 15" MBPro and other items when I travel. This backpack is nearly perfect.
- Top pocket is soft material to hold phone, ipod, glasses, etc.
- I like that the top of the bag flips up to place my computer and/or ipad inside.
- Lots of additional room inside the main compartment.
- Side pockets are nice but the zippers a little difficult to use if too much stuff inside. Lot of inner pockets but they stack upon each other so if you place something in each pocket the items will bulge out making it difficult to zip up...and takes up inner compartment space.
- It does have a water bottle holder but not one of the stretch net kinds. If there is too much stuff in the side pocket this will probably make it difficult to use the outer pocket for much.
- Front pocket is roomy enough for several items.
- I like the design and how the backpack looks.
As I said, the backpack is nearly perfect. I am sure it will hold up for many years.
July 24, 2014