Rated 5 out of 5áby wsconn1 Great bag, fantastic customer service
This bag is almost perfect. Personally, I would prefer that all four of the main pockets be closed with a zipper instead of a drawstring, but maybe some people prefer drawstrings. (Only the front pocket and a small hidden pocket inside have zippers). Regardless, the bag served as a perfect hands-free carry-on for an extended vacation in Europe.
Customer service was even better than the bag. I ordered this bag online and the website said the bag would be delivered the day before I left for vacation. I checked progress and found their had been a weather-related shipping delay. I called LL Bean and explained I was leaving the country and they shipped another bag to me with two-day expedited delivery. Way above the call of duty. That cemented LL Bean as a preferred provider for me. I highly recommend this company and this bag.
April 22, 2016
Rated 5 out of 5áby JustinG Excellent product!
This bag is fantastic. Quality appears great, holds heavier loads with ease.
This bag is probably too large to use as a day bag unless it's hauling a stack of textbooks. It's large enough to use for a cold weather 1 to 3 night camping trip if you pack light.
April 13, 2016
Rated 5 out of 5áby AustroHiker Great Design For A L.L. Bean Tradition
Great design! Looking forward to the field test. It is comfortable to try on. I would have purchased the upgraded canvas and leather rucksack, but it was $100 more.
March 30, 2016
Rated 5 out of 5áby kats561 Great backpack
I think this is a great for backpack for hiking or trekking around Europe. It's roomy, the quality is good, and it's very comfortable.
March 16, 2016
Rated 5 out of 5áby Sultasto Day Hike Pack
I bought it as a day-hike pack to replace a slightly smaller pack which is still in pretty good shape after 15 years of hard use. This pack is not only a bit larger but is much more flexible. The side pockets easily hold my 32-oz Nalgene wide-mouth bottles. With the bottles extending the side pockets, the pack is 18? wide. Even with the pack empty it?s going to be wider than the nominal 10.5 inches. The main compartment easily accommodates objects 20? tall. The top design would allow it to accommodate another couple of inches in a pinch. My Dell XPS 15 laptop fits easily in the padded computer sleeve. I don?t plan to carry a laptop but I might use the compartment for a tablet. A little pocket in the top of the main compartment is handy for stuff you might carry in your pockets, wallet, keys, phone, etc. The large outer pocket is perfect for frequent use stuff like camera, GPS, compass, binoculars, maps, guide books, snacks. All the straps make it possible to accommodate lots of extra stuff outside the pack. I was able to carry two trekking poles tucked through the space behind one of the side pockets. The little strap held them firmly in place. The shoulder, sternum and hip straps are comfortable and convenient, though the ?hip? belt hits me above the navel. The padded back is also comfortable although I haven?t tried it in really hot weather. After four outings, I?m sure I?m going to love this pack. I got the ?Loden? color.
February 28, 2016
Rated 5 out of 5áby CASeth great traveler bag
I purchased this to switch from a messenger bag to backpack for carrying my work laptop and files, but recently had to travel from California to Boston. This made the perfect personal item for carryon as it was big enough to carry laptop, personal electronics and plenty big enough to stow a heavy coat until I got to the frigid weather of the east coast.
I am impressed with the construction of it and like the drawsting closures and other details.
February 15, 2016
Rated 5 out of 5
áby EverydayTraveller 15 years and going strong!
This backpack is amazing! I received it when I was about 15 years old for toting around large school books. I have been using ever since and it has been one of the most utilitarian and useful backpacks I've ever encountered. I've backpacked with this rucksack across the US, Europe and New Zealand. It's great for short overnight trail backpacking as well as traveling on planes, trains or automobiles. Right now, I'm using it again for commuting with a laptop and it's great. The straps are incredibly convenient and despite the extensive use over the last 15 years, the structure is completely intact and the backpack shows almost no signs of wear and tear. The waterproofing aspect of it is still quite effective. I am more than pleased with this bag!
February 2, 2016
Rated 5 out of 5áby FredfromFairfax Weathertight, High Capacity Central Compartment
I use this rucksack on daily walks to and from the train station to carry my lunch and an extra layer. So far, it has done well. Advantages for me are 1) the one piece top flap that is more weather resistant than zippered openings and 2) the large central compartment, which makes it easy to stow my lunch boxes and extra clothes. During the winter, my walks are dark both coming and going. I keep a small LED headlamp attached to the sternum strap to provide for forward visibility. The only improvement I suggest for this bag is an attachment point on the rear of the bag for a warning light. It was necessary to clip and secure the light with a small bolt to the edge of the top flap.
January 26, 2016
Rated 5 out of 5áby Dubroq Great bag for overnight or day trips
This bag is everything I was looking for in an overnight bag. Originally I wanted something for bush crafting, but settled on something I could use everyday and for overnight stays. The bag is of exceptional quality(as are most LL Bean items) and came very quickly. The main pocket is roomy and holds a smaller bag for smart phones/mp3 players and is lined in a felt material. The 2 outer pockets are the perfect size to hold a large 32 oz Nalgene bottle or water bottle. These pockets are also sewn in a way that you can store hiking poles/axes/tripods behind them and use the tie outs above the pockets to secure the load. The top pocket has a flap with 2 load straps so you could attach a tarp/rain gear etc. This is a great bag and will be used for a long time.
January 20, 2016
Rated 5 out of 5áby JakefromNC Bean Quality at its Finest
I decided to finally get a new backpack, but wanted something I could use for both school and traveling abroad, and this fit the bill. Recently used it for a 5 day trip, and it fit not only my textbooks, but clothes and other items for 5 days. I particularly enjoy that the bottle pouches on the side fit my nalgene bottle, as finding a backpack that will fit an oversized water bottle is almost impossible. I'm incredibly impressed, as always, with the quality that L.L. Bean delivered.
January 14, 2016