Rated 5 out of 5 by JungleJ Commuter Day Pack
My co-worker has this and after weeks of checking it out, I finally got one. I have used all kinds of briefcases, messenger bags, totes and my kids' backpacks for commuting and travelling for work. This day pack is perfect. Lots of room in side pockets for all the extras. Deep interior for files and notes. But what I really like is the laptop sleeve and the fact that the computer is not resting on the bottom-there is extra padding that suspends it within the pack-genius! The bag stands upright and doesn't fall over which is another big plus. Most importantly, I have had some back problems and even fully loaded, this pack distributes the weight and eliminates strain. My one concern is the durability of the zippers as they seem a bit smaller than I've seen on other packs. Time will tell and I know if I have a problem, L.L Bean customer service is tops. This is a super bag.
April 2, 2014
Rated 4 out of 5 by mazmar Not proven but looks fantastic
This backpack is very well made with a lot functional pockets and space. All materials appear to be excellent.
I will give this a proper review after I use a few times.
Anything less would make a skewed review.
February 26, 2014
Rated 3 out of 5 by JSDA Ok But Missed Opportunity
Nice fit but I think a key safety opportunity was missed in design.
One or two safety reflector strips would have truly enhanced visibility of a cyclist from oncoming traffic during commutes to work. Also, a rain cover would have added significant value to the pack.
February 10, 2014
Rated 4 out of 5 by EMIP not for laptop
This backpack does not have enough cushioning to protect a laptop or tablet. Since I bought it to carry both, I am returning it. Also, it was uncomfortable and gave me shoulder and back pain, but that might not happen to everyone. However, it might be good for hiking, etc. -- it is certainly well made and durable, and it was attractive. So it's hard for me to rate it, since it depends on how you'll be using it.
February 5, 2014
Rated 3 out of 5 by goducks Sleeve too Small
The bag is very nicely made with a slew of pockets and slots. Good quality materials and craftsmanship. HOWEVER, it will NOT fit a 17" laptop. In fact, I could barely squeeze in my older 15" laptop. The sleeve is extremely tight in width and does not extend all the way down to the bottom of the bag. Too bad, as this bag would have been perfect.
January 15, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by vtbvtdk Great backpack - get one!
I love this backpack. After my last backpack (a free one from a conference) broke with my computer inside, I decided to search for something sturdy, stylish and that would protect my computer. Naturally, I turned to LL Bean and found this great product. There is a spot for everything I need to take with me every day and still plenty of extra room for things I transport to/from work only periodically. You can really see the thought that was put into designing this bag and, as a daily user, I greatly appreciate it.
If you want something that looks great, is versatile, will protect your electronics and is guaranteed to last, your search is over. Get this backpack.
January 8, 2014
Rated 4 out of 5 by Spark43502 Nice for smaller laptops
This backpack is the perfect fit for someone looking to transport their laptop, HOWEVER, be aware that it is not made for very large laptops. The laptop sleeve was way too small for my new 17.3" laptop and my older 15" HP laptop also would not fit in the sleeve. LL Bean seriously needs to include the size of the laptop sleeve in the specs. I had to return this bag although it would have been my first choice had it been large enough to accommodate my 17.3" laptop.
January 1, 2014
Rated 3 out of 5 by gringa02140 not right for me
I need a bit more space in a backpack that I take to work. I could see that my laptop would fit, but my lunch, my books, my . . . other stuff? No. . . it didn't quite work. It was nicely made but I returned it.
January 1, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by Parrotthead Commuter/computer day pack
Well made, function drives form. When you open the various compartments it is obvious thought was driving the development of this product. No wasted space which holds down cost. Good job.
December 4, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by VS58 Excellent purchase
This community pack has been great purchase. It is very sturdy backpack uploaded for school or anything else you need it to be reliable. Great laptop protector. Definitely recommend this backpack.
October 9, 2013