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
Rated 5 out of 5áby Peterman Size and comfortable
Just got back from a short trip to Peru Perfect size for my needs. Carry on size. Comfortable
January 13, 2016
Rated 5 out of 5áby Oracleofdelhi Continental Rucksack Wears Well, Moves Well
The Continental Rucksack in tan replaces a ten-year-old LLBean leather bag. I just took this rucksack on a seven-mile day hike in 85-degree heat in bright sun at the Daytona Beach and Boardwalk. The shoulder straps, waistbelt, and sternum strap--which were easy to adjust even while wearing the pack--secured this rucksack whether I was walking fast, strolling, bending, stooping, or just sitting with the pack fully loaded. None of the straps chafed as I slid the pack off and on all day. The grey-colored mesh back panel did not overheat, even when the sun was at its highest. This rucksack has a slimmer side profile than my other bag, plus webbing on the shoulder straps into which I can place carabiners for small items like hand sanitizer.
January 6, 2016
Rated 5 out of 5áby sbit1959 L.L.Bean Continental Rucksack
I bought this bag for my son, it was similar to one I bought him for his 1st year in college. I went to visit him in Colorado a few weeks ago and saw the old bag that he still has. It was worn out but it still worked an he took it to work everyday and hiking. That bag was 15 yrs old. So for Christmas I bought this one and he was over the moon getting it. His fiance was more excited about it. She stated now you can throw that old one out and my son said heck no!!! So it lives on!!
December 30, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5áby cincibeaner very well made
had been looking for a new backpack for a few years. needed something i could take camping but also use to protect my laptop for work. this fit the bill perfectly.
December 26, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5
áby Cyclebrian My do everything pack!
I've wanted a pack I could use for day hikes, airport trips, stowing gear in my truck - in short a versatile all-rounder. I was not disappointed when this pack arrived. Typical bullet-proof L.L. Bean construction. Nothing cheap here. Heavy grade fabric and sturdy clasps. The laptop pocket is well padded. The exterior pockets hold a large water bottle or fuel bottles. There are plenty of tie-down straps and lash points and the large interior compartment holds plenty of gear. One modern innovation is the padded back panel that makes carrying the pack very comfortable. I used it on a day hike last week and it carried the full load with no shifting or sagging. This is a very well-made pack that I anticipate lasting for years.
November 30, 2015
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