Rated 5 out of 5áby LLBeanTicoEnthusiast great back pack
I was in need of a bigger backpack than my old one (around 15 years old). I take good care of my things, so my old backpack still works and looks like new, but it is too small, specially with my changing needs as a result of a growing family. I needed something larger for our trips. I have not used the backpack yet as our next trip wont happen until mid November and then December, but I can tell you the backpack looks great, feels great, and it has lots of spaces/storage for what I am planning to use it for. My only "negative" comment is that it feels too rigid - which can be a reflection of how new it is (after all it is made out of nylon or similar material). I am hoping as I use it more it becomes a little less stiff. By now means this is a deal breaker and perhaps some others might find this a positive characteristic. Overall very satisfied with the look and structure of the bag. I bought it with a clear option in mind that I would return it if I didn't like it, but I wont.
November 4, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5áby Michael1269 Excellent Pack!
I had used an LL Bean pack for years that was a hand-me-down from my family. It was built like a tank, and withstood so much abuse and weight with barely a scratch on it. Unfortunately the zippers gave out after about 50 years and I needed a new pack.
I swear by 1000d Nylon. Although the new ultra-light ripstop type materials receive praise, I like to stick with what I know, and I know 1000d is bombproof. So naturally this was my first criteria in my new bag search. I also like large main compartments and side pockets for organization. Not a huge fan of the bags with just one huge compartment.
I've already taken this bag out a number of times and I love it. It is very comfortable and versatile. I'm able to fit everything I need for a day hike, and because of the top flap, I can throw extra clothing on top and tighten it shut, which held securely. It fits a 2L bladder perfectly (3L is too large), and the side compartments fit a standard 32oz Nalgene bottle perfectly with a little bit of room above/below it to spare. As all LL Bean bags, it feels very sturdy and I am confident it will hold up for the long-run.
The only minor complaint, as many others have said, is that the cinching on the main compartment is difficult due to the toughness of the material. Others have suggested putting a lighter fabric there, but interestingly enough, I have seen an old LL Bean Continental Rucksack from decades ago (which is pretty much identical in design), and what they did to solve this problem is pass the cinching cord through grommets installed into the rim of the fabric, allowing kind of a natural "fold" when cinching it. Interesting how they had a solution and somehow it got lost of the years... Also, it might be nice to see some basic webbing at the bottom for carrying a sleeping bag/other item attachments, but no big deal.
In any event, it is so well-designed (not much else has changed on this bag) that I can't give it less that 5 stars. You'll be very happy with this purchase.
October 26, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5áby suckrmom backpack
my grandson loves it... and I am excited that it is sturdy enough to last thru his high school & college years and beyond
September 30, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5áby caryatid Great backpack!
Very well made.
The shoulder straps are padded nicely and there is a waist strap too. The main part of the pack is very large and the front and side pockets are large too.
September 30, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5áby 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
áby 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 5áby 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 5áby 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 5áby 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 5áby 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