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
Rated 5 out of 5 by Grugs Utilitarian
This is my second Continental Rucksack. The first, after 30 plus years of hard use, gave up the ghost. It was used as a day pack and to haul various equipment; skiing, fishing and traveling. The old one was very durable and I look forward to many more years use with the latest version. It is comfortable, light weight, well constructed and the pocket sizes suit my purposes very well. When LLBEAN puts their name on it, it will last!
March 10, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by Joseph1969 Really Awesome Rucksack
I purchased this Rucksack to replace a smaller one. The LL Bean continental Rucksack was perfect. I use it on my overnight stays for work, So far I've been able to pack enough clothes for an overnight run, 4 - 16 oz bottles of water, 16 oz container of peanuts for a snack , package of oatmeal and a shaving kit... all fits in the main compartment. I can also fit a 16 oz canteen for hot water in one outside pocket along with any other various small items in the other two pockets. Its well built and I look forward to using it for years to come for recreational or work purposes.
March 4, 2015
Rated 4 out of 5 by Dusty403 Rucksack comfortable for anyone 6' tall and under
This is a well made rucksack that I would recommend to anyone 6' and under in height. The shoulder straps are well padded and the back portion of the pack is as well. There is a waist band that keeps the pack close to the body. The compartments are easy to access and the material the pack is made of is good quality and will hold up to just about any abuse in the field or on travel in a car, etc. Unfortunately I'm over 6'4" tall and the rucksack did not sit well on my back. However, that said if I was shorter in statue I'd buy this in a NY minute.
February 26, 2015
Rated 4 out of 5 by Bert5650 A good pack for the field
I have this rucksack in gold/yellow color with gray trim, which appears to no longer be offered by LL Bean. However, the general style and details seem to be similar to the currently advertised version.
Overall this is a fine rucksack: well made, comfortable, a useful size, and the material seems to be durable. The shoulder straps and waist belt fit well and are large enough for taller/bigger people (I'm 6'1" and 240 lbs). I use the pack primarily for field work; I have not tried to carry a laptop computer with it so I can't comment on that ability.
Two minor points: As described by a few other reviewers, the drawstring on the main compartment is virtually impossible to cinch down and close the bag completely. The material through which the drawstring runs is too thick and bunches up prematurely when tightening up the string (it's actually a strong cord). I can get the top closed only about 1/3 of the way. I doubt that changing the drawstring to some other type of cord would help the situation. Fortunately, the pack's lid still covers the opening even when it's only partially closed so overall it's not much of a problem for me, but it could be for other users.
Also, the pack has a nice arrangement of outer pockets. But LL Bean should have added a zippered pocket in the main pack lid - a convenient feature I have in other similar ruck style packs.
By the way, the two side pockets on this pack also have drawstring closures hidden under their buckle-down lids. These drawstrings DO work nicely because of the lighter weight material used here. It makes me wonder why Bean didn't use a similar design for the main compartment drawstring.
All things considered (including the price) this Continental rucksack is a good value and I recommend it to anyone considering a ruck style (top loading) pack.
February 22, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by JRVA Great pack
I bought this pack over a year ago, and have used it on a variety of trips. It has plenty of space is the main compartment and a great front and side pockets for accessories. I have even used this pack on a 3 night trip and it was able to hold all of my stuff.
Pros: Light, roomie inside, great side and front pockets, nice pocket for smaller item, hip belt/ sternum belt. Nice classic look
Cons: when over stuffed it can look a bit odd and the "hood" does not close over top properly. The laptop sleeve (when not carrying a laptop) can get in the way when you are stuffing things in.
Overall a great pack for a day hike, or a quick weekend trip.
February 7, 2015
Rated 4 out of 5 by itscoldoutside45 Continental Rucksack
I got tired of buying school backpacks every 6 months so we went with Bean. It's a little cumbersome getting books in and out because of the draw cord, other than that it's great. I don't think I'll be buying another one for a long time. Thanks LL Bean
January 29, 2015