Rated 5 out of 5 by lowbudgetnin Durable and nifty
This backpack may look on the smaller side, but i got it with intention of carrying tons of stuff and it does. Good for multi day camping, school filled days. can use it for anything. Keeps stuff secure and stays on well even when riding bike or just walking around. Not as big as multi-liter bag but definitely does a solid job holding all your things
August 3, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5
by CalebJ Happier!
I originally bought the waxed canvas ruck, which you'll find my review for it if you want to check it out, and I'm much happier with this pack and it's half the price as of the date of this review. This review is going to be a comparison of the waxed canvas ruck, and why I like this one more.
In comparison - it's slightly larger (14cu.in), has more straps and tie downs, and is 2lbs lighter.
I was able to move all my gear from the waxed canvas ruck to this one and had a whole extra empty side pouch when I was done. I was also able to strap my wool blanket on top too, which I was unable to with the waxed canvas ruck due to there being no straps on top of the waxed ruck.
This pack is very similar to the waxed canvas, it's basically the "modern style" version of the waxed canvas, so you do lose that rugged, rustic look that you get with the waxed canvas ruck - but you gain versatility and functionality.
There are two ways to strap something to the pack - on the top as you can see from the pic I uploaded, and you can strap it to the back above the larger pouch in the middle - my only complaint about the top straps is I wish they had about 6 more inches of strap included - I was really having a hard time getting that bed roll strapped down. I don't know if you can see, but there's about 1/2 inch of strap that went through - I'm thinking of either paying someone to professionally add 6 inches of extra strap, or have them put on side release buckles like the outer straps have.
I don't have many complaints and I'm really happy with this, it's a five star pack in my opinion, I'm just going to have to modify a couple things - like the top straps being longer, and I might add a mesh pouch in between two of the pouches to hold a water bottle.
Other than a very minor personal preference, I'm very happy!
July 31, 2015
Rated 4 out of 5 by Jwatters Wanted to give it a 5 but.......
This bag is everything you've come to love and expect from LL Bean products. The fact that it is zipperless (except for the front pouch) is a big bonus. It makes it easy to get into and you dont have to worry about the failure point that zippers can be.
I would have gave the bag 5 stars but for one minor detail and that is that they put one of the top clasps on backwards and it is sewn it. The clasp still works but it causes one of the straps to be twisted.......again not a big deal.......but that minor detail causes panic in the OCD portion of my soul......but I digress.
Great bag.....look forward to many years of traveling with it and maybe the twisted strap will grow on me.
May 28, 2015
Rated 3 out of 5 by Traeger Good travel/book bag, but not really for hiking
My wife and I have these packs, purchased with the intent to use them for hiking and short overnight backpacking. Until recently we only had the opportunity to use them a couple of times for car travel, as luggage, and for that purpose they're fine - easy to organize, good volume for short trips, sturdy, comfortable to carry from the car to the hotel, or through town to shop. It would also make a good book bag for a student.
For hiking or light backpacking, however, the pack carries a bit awkwardly. The fairly boxy main pack body allows weight to fall away from your back, and the outside pockets, which are tempting to use because they're so convenient, further distribute the weight away from your center of gravity. Coupled with a lack of load lifters on the straps, it's difficult to get a comfortable, balanced carry for long hikes. It rides more low and away, rather than high and close. (Some people might prefer that, but for hiking we don't.)
If the main pack body were taller and less deep front-to-back, and/or if the straps had load lifters, it would serve much better as a dual purpose backpack. As it is, I would recommend it for in-town carry and motorized travel.
Two more minor suggestions: 1) The pack is nicely lined with a smooth nylon, but it's a dark gray color that makes it a little harder to find things - a lighter color liner would help. 2) Like others have mentioned in reviews, the lightweight drawstring at the main opening has a tough time closing the heavy duty Cordura nylon - a heavier drawstring would help, or a lighter nylon sleeve at the opening. These shouldn't stop you from buying, though, as long as the intended use is appropriate.
May 22, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by Burbswalker Great everyday pack
Got this pack around Black Friday last year mainly for quick trips to the store. At first, I was pleased with some features (simplicity, ruggedness, comfort/fit, basic hiking pack features most book bags don't have such as sternum strap and waist belt) and not so sure about side pockets and capacity of main compartment. I was used to being able to get things out and back in mesh side pockets without ever breaking stride, so covered pockets with cord and buckle seemed awkward. But with increased use I've found I can do all I could before, and my stuff is safer. The laptop sleeve takes a chunk out of the main compartment because it isn't just a nylon slot pocket as some packs have, but a genuine, well-padded protective sleeve. I considered cutting it out to have more capacity, but decided to leave it alone for now- I sometimes use laptop sleeves for ice sheets on yucky days when both temperature and humidity are in the 90's!. And again, the more I use it, the more I find it holds all I need. It weighs about a pound more than the description says, but for me it carries weight really well. Bonus feature not mentioned in description: side pockets are attached on sides only, so you can slide a walking pole or cane behind the pocket and secure it with the lashing strap attached above. Thanks to Tania R from customer service who not only answered my question, but did so promptly enough I was able to take advantage of a % off offer.
May 12, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by NearAncientHiker Old School Updated
I love this pack! Comfortable to wear, old style look with just the right room for meals & gear for all day hikes, climbs & mountain bike rides! Seems rugged enough to handle those Adirondack trees & rocks.
April 29, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by Grammywithfour Built to Last
I use mine as a day pack strapped to the sissy bar of my motorcycle.
It is both attractive and functional and holds my lunch box, rain gear, jacket, gloves, cell phone, sunglasses and case, lap top with room to spare. The pockets close securely with pull cords and velcro so there is no chance anything will be left behind. Durable and functional like Bean is famous for. Recommend with no reservations.
April 23, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by SeattleSunburn Awesome Bag
This backpack is perfect for stuffing all the necessities inside for a day hike, along with a few misc things in the side pockets, (which are pretty big and can fit a lot themselves.) Great for a day hike, or as your primary bag for a camping trip. Lives up to L.L. Bean's reputation for being "build to last."
March 17, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by HeyThereFriend Fantastic Pack!
I have one version older of this pack (without the laptop/hydration pocket), and let me tell you it's the best pack I've owned. I've had it for a little over three years, and it's gotten me through a lot.
How much? Well, lets see. It survived my two summers as a camp counselor, where I carried it every day for 7 weeks, sometimes 8+ hours a day. Several overnight trips to many places (where it had to hold a change of clothes, shoes, and often dress clothes and my laptop or tablet). It's handled approximately 10 plane trips to various locations with absolute class and grace, and was comfortable to carry through large airports and on public transportation, and also wasn't as much of a pain at security checkpoints as many of my other packs have been. It's been on two different roadtrips, on the latest of which I packed 9 days work of clothing in this pack (4 pairs of jeans, a pair of basketball shorts, flannel sleep pants, thermal running tights, 9 T-shirts, two flannels, a hooded sweatshirt, and a henley, plus underwear, socks, and hygiene stuff... enough for 9 days). It's handled all of my gear on several long day- and two-day hikes. And through it all, I have not had any problems jamming it full of clothing, gear, or whatever else I've needed to put in it.
The only reason I'm getting this new version is because my girlfriend's school backpack recently kicked the bucket, and I'm giving her the old one to haul her college textbooks back and forth. So I get a new one, and the old one gets handed down, because it's that good of a pack.
Overall, if you're looking for a good pack to use in literally any situation, this is the one you want. It's comfortable, durable as heck, and it really does go the distance (and then some).
March 17, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by kenosky Great backpack!
Because this bag has only one, big, main compartment, one front pocket with no "utility" (no pen/pencil holders, and so on) and two larger side pockets, I was a bit hesitant to purchase this bag. However, after owning it for one year now I have to say this is perhaps the best backpack I have owned and use it for both travel and grad school.
The shoulder straps are quite comfy and this back wears easily even when fully loaded and heavy. The sternum and waist straps certainly help, but I find I can carry a heavy load without their use. There is so much room in this bag and honestly I do not see myself using anything else for my daily needs. The side pockets are also large enough to completely house my Thermos on one side and a water bottle on the other. I have also used the "ski pole holders" that are in-between the side pockets and main compartment to house a full-length Mag-Lite while out camping on one side and a small hatchet in the other.
Overall, such a great backpack that I highly recommend.
March 11, 2015