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
Rated 5 out of 5 by theG Sturdy Rucksack
This is a good looking pack that holds a nice amount.
September 30, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by IDTH Exactly what I wanted
This rucksack is exactly what I wanted: laptop sleeve, the right amount of pockets, well-made, comfortable, and pleasing to the eye.
September 24, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by TommyHummingbird Highest rating possible, I Love This Pack!
Alright, I almost never review gear or books, but in this case I just gotta. I bought on of these about 20 years ago, maybe more, and have used it constantly since then. It carried probably 40 pounds of sharp-cornered books as I worked my way through two forestry degrees. It's been my luggage when I traveled. I've taken it hunting and camping many times. I've been a naturalist for several years now, and this pack is my constant companion in the woods, carrying food, water, huge 1st aid kit and a great big wad of naturalist gear and props. I throw it, drop it, pile stuff on it, lean against it, and lay on it, and basically drag it through the mud and dirt.
I love the simplicity and the euro-mountaineer styling. I love the large plain compartment, and the unobtrusive loden color. I love the nice padded back. Padded but plain. It can expand to hold all I need and only weights a pound and a half.
Finally, after over two decades of honest service, it's beginning to give up. Some buckles have broken, I can see through some of the fabric, and some of the urethane has come off. Yet it is still as workable as the day I got it. That's ok. I'm a bit worse for the wear after all those miles myself.
For about $3.50 per year, haha! What a great deal.
Imagine how happy I am to find that LL Bean still sells this pack! And updated, too. Spindrift collars on the side pouches, laptop/hydration compartment, and ergonomic shoulder straps. At about the same price I paid 20 years ago, if memory serves. Accounting for the time value of money, that's gone down in price.
I can't wait to get a replacement for Old Faithful.
September 15, 2014
Rated 4 out of 5 by Thwain Good All-around Rucksack
The Continental Rucksack gives more capacity and utility at a better price than comparable bags I have seen where I live in Switzerland. I purchased this rucksack to use as an everyday pack. I use it for carrying groceries, hiking, work and travel. The main compartment is big enough to use for weekend travel or an all day hike. The side and front pockets are completely external to the main compartment, so items in outer pockets do not intrude into the main load. The side pockets are big enough to easily hold a 24 oz cycling water bottle. The front pocket is big enough to hold a first-aid kit, small camera, sun glasses and more. The design of the pack allows hiking poles, or an umbrella to slide behind the side pockets and be securely attacked to the pack with a strap. A blanket or small tent can be attached to the top of the pack with the provided straps. A very nice feature is that the hip belt is actually functional. I am over 6 feet tall, and the hip belt sits in the correct place and can take the load off my shoulders to make hiking with a load comfortable. I have only two minor complaints. First, it would be nice if the extra padding added in the main compartment to protect a laptop could be removed. It takes up space that could be better used and tends to make the bag tip over when set down on the ground. The other problem is that the draw string does not completely close the main compartment. The side pockets have draw strings on a softer nylon material at the top of the pocket that allow complete closure. The main compartment has the drawstring in the tougher and stiffer outer material. The top flap completely covers the main compartment, but it would be nice to make sure nothing can fall out, especially given the bags propensity to tip over when set down. The only other thing I would recommend is a rain cover since the bag is not waterproof.
August 7, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by Bob32 A classic!
I still have my Continental Rucksack from the college days (~1985) and still use it! Did get a new one a few years ago, love the updated features, but classic style. Getting one today for my daughter to take away to her first year of college. LOVE this bag!
July 17, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5
by SflickPix Rucksack Meets My Needs
Just exchanged an old campus bag for this newer version. Wow, LLBean took back a pack purchased around 1995 and gave me 39.00 towards this pack. I originally purchased the smaller S Rucksack and the cost to me was only $6.00 with the exchange. But, I had too much stuff to put into the pack for my 4 day road trip and decided the trip back to the Freehold NJ store from SI was worth the trip. I spent the extra dollars to purchase this version, and so glad I did.
This one fits both my husband and I fine, and plan on another 20 years of use.
So, for now on, I only plan on using LLBean for my packs and outdoor gear. Customer service is great at the Freehold store.
July 12, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by FormerCountyBoy Continental Ruck
I got this for Father?s Day yesterday and immediately took the kids to test it out. There is tons of space and just enough pockets to not have to open ten of them before you find what you were looking for. The pack rides high enough and if you?re broad through the shoulders it won?t restrict your movement. The carry handle on top is big enough to easily slip your wrist into if your trying to grab something but do not want to stop moving.
All the materials are tough and I expect it will take a beating for some time. The zippers were slightly stiff but hopefully they?ll break in quickly. If I were just packing for myself this would hold all the essentials for me for a two day trek.
The price was right and I linked it to four of my friends this morning who are pretty discerning buyers.
June 16, 2014