Rated 3 out of 5 by edokko A big disappointment with the specified weight
The first big disappointment was the weight. The specification says 1lb. 9 oz. This was the main reason I chose this along with its nice style. Because I use a backpack for walking a total of 800 miles on pilgrimage road mainly paved street plus 10% of mountain passes. So I need a backpack itself as light as possible.
I measured it right after I received the package. It weighed 2 lb. 11 oz. 72% heavier. I was going to replace with 1 lb. 3 oz. pack. I like this design so I won?t return it, but I lost some enthusiasm on it.
Also it?s harder to open and close the top opening of main compartment as other guys say. And personally I don?t need the inner notebook computer pocket. Removing it makes a weight bit lighter.
November 23, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by UpstateJay Great for going back to college
I returned to College this fall as a upper thirty-something to pursue my MBA. I needed a bag that would allow me to carry my laptop, iPad, books, work related items and so on. I was originally looking for a true backpack that could hold everything, but then I saw this in the store. It is perfect. It has one large cavity that swallows up all my books and gear. It is well built and very comfortable, too.
I have since stopped using my work computer bag/briefcase and now use this as my all-in-one. I get lots of compliments, so far no disappointments.
My only suggestion is to offer it in black for us professional types who would like to use it for work related functions.
November 17, 2014
Rated 4 out of 5 by smartwife spacious and sturdy
I used the backpack for a 2 week trip to Europe and it was comfortable and useful. It held everything I wore for the 2 week trip, but I had to unpack the whole thing frequently to find something near the bottom. I would go with a front opening backpack in the future and probably a lighter weight fabric. For carryon, it was pretty fat, once packed, to put in the overhead compartment. My husband has had this same backpack for several years and we both agree that it is helpful to have the 4 compartments. The shoulder straps and fit were good for me. It seems very durable and I think it will last through many trips.
November 17, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by cdlinz outstanding
I have frequently been disappointed by 'updated' products. They never seem to match the original in quality. Not so this pack. I bought my original in 1995 and got a lot of great use from it. Finally decided to replace it due to wear.
The newer version is MUCH better. It is built just as ruggedly, but has been updated with many useful features - better lining, drawstring exterior pocket tops, port for water reservoir tube, port for electronics cord, handy zip pouch for small/delicate items, laptop/reservoir shelf. The old one was rugged. This one is both rugged AND refined. And pricewise it is an ABSOLUTE BARGAIN with this degree of quality and feature set. Very happy and hope LL Bean continues with this approach as classic products get updated.
November 4, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by MidgetMafiosa Still Going!
Have had this pack for 20 years. A stretch in the basement left it a bit moldy, but it washed right out. I've carried it weighted with books, taken it for a weekend camping (it held everything, through airports & under seats.
October 24, 2014
Rated 4 out of 5 by UrbanSchlepper Holds a ton, can also carry other bags
LOVE this rucksack. In main compartment: Yoga mat (sticking out) workout shoes (packed individually) LL Bean Lantern, Yoga Block, big plastic folder with clipboard. In front pocket, folded towel & Yoga strap. 1 side pocket, full water bottle. Other side pocket,, can of mocha coffee. Just wish bag were a little larger. The Yoga block is the problem. Can just close the flap using 1 strap. Have to walk several blocks and climb steps with sound equipment bag on shoulder, as well as purse. Love the way waist straps tuck in. Love the deep blue color. Bought at Tyson's Corner store, with very helpful Jonathan, store employee.
October 22, 2014
Rated 4 out of 5 by VermonterSE Quality backpack
Really like this pack and I use it all the time. I'd love to see an update to the design that puts heavy duty zips on the top flap and pockets, this would make it usable for more robust travel and prevent items from falling out. Regardless, it's a really good product.
October 21, 2014
Rated 4 out of 5 by 347sync nice bag so far
I just received the bag about a week ago. It is made of good quality material, and the side pockets have draw strings in the in side nice touch.
October 3, 2014
Rated 4 out of 5 by OldRoadTraveller Not perfect, but more than OK
I've used a Quest pack for the last 16+ years as my travel bag and brief case. Enough of the zippers finally failed that after 20 hours of searching online for a replacement, I purchased this rucksack as a replacement. The construction seems to be typical of most of the LL Bean bags - far better than many competitors. However, the first one I bought had the sternum strap installed backwards. LL Bean replaced the bag, but I couldn't get it in Loden like the first one.I got the Dark Blue, but it has too much of a purple tint to it.
After a couple of trips and a month or so of daily work, I find that the zippers seem a little flimsy and stiff.
This bag lacks compartments for smaller items, especially on the outside for quick access to ID badge, bus/plane tickets, car keys, sunglasses, etc. The Quest pack had one on the outside of the front pocket and one above the front pocket. The little MP3 player pocket gets in the way of the laptop, especially when the laptop strap is buckled.
October 1, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by DevinInMaine Outstanding Day Pack
Picked up this rucksack at the flagship store in Freeport for a trip to Bavaria, Germany. Extremely well built with an intuitive design. It just seems to have all the features you would want, but might not think to check for. Wore it doing day hikes all around Bavaria and it was extremely comfortable. It is quite spacious, and it is totally possible to pack more stuff in it than you really want to carry around all day! I am seriously thinking about getting one for my wife too. Excellent product, no complaints whatsoever.
October 1, 2014