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
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