Rated 5 out of 5áby PGHBRD Awesome!
This is a great backpack! It fits sooo much stuff, yet it is so light weight! The weight you are carrying is ONLY the weight of your stuff...you aren't starting off with 5-6 pounds of backpack and then the weight of your stuff on top of that...this thing is literally feather light! I use this for commuting back and forth to work...carry my wallet, some shoes and then even sometimes put my coat/sweater in it if the afternoon warms up...and I would still have room in it!! I also like the fact that the fabric is water resistant (like LL Bean rain jackets). Don't know that it would protect everything in a torrential downpour, but heck...my regular backpacks never did that!
October 8, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5áby Connecticut3 Day Pack
I love th size of this bag. I have recommended this bag to my friend.
October 8, 2014
Rated 4 out of 5áby BostonSpartan Great for Commuters
Initially, I was searching for a backpack with side holders for easy access to my water bottles and tumblers. I wanted something reasonably priced, large enough for over night trips, and breathable, comfortable and packable. Search no more if this applies to you!
This backpack is just the right size and comparable to a backpack students use in school to carry their books. It has many compartments which is handy for when I take it on hikes or over night trips. This ensures the comfortable fit on my back as a 5'4 and 1/2 female. Similar size to a Jansport 1 compartment book bag but with compressible compartments.
The quality this bag has has exceeded my expectations and is reasonably priced. The zippers and fabric are super durable and there's nothing to lose with the LL Bean 100% satisfaction Guaranteed policy.
I use this bag for almost everything, from commuting to work, traveling to race events or gym, food shopping, and overnight trips. The only reasons why I didn't rate it a 5 was it's a bit tricky to stuff it in the sack but has the ability to do so. Despite not having enough colors in stock, I'm happy with the bag overall and the color I selected was shipped super fast to me (2 business days).
October 1, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5áby VTR4Bean Ideal Car Pack
We bought this pack so we'd always have a backpack in the car for those last minute excursions...to the fair, mini hike or corn maze. Simple pack and just enough pockets. Love the draw cord on the bottle pockets to keep smaller stuff from falling out. Getting it tucked back into it's stuff pocket...origami lessons might have helped. It fits fine it just takes a second to do it.
October 1, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5áby Beblock Good little pack
Seems very sturdy considering how lightweight it is. Smaller than I expected but OK for what I use it for, which is to carry small items on my motorcycle. So light you barely feel it. Hi-viz color helps with visibility. Folds up pretty small. I have a bigger pack if I need to carry a large amount of things but perfect for everyday use.
September 24, 2014
Rated 4 out of 5áby MNJen Stowaway Challenge Accepted
Just received this item ahead of a trip to Mexico where we plan to partake in some active excursions. Looking forward to using it - it seems like it will have enough room for our daily carry items including water, snacks, camera, towels, sunscreen, sunglasses, hats, and passports/wallets/keys. The fabric appears water resistant but probably not waterproof.
It fits both my husband and I reasonably well; he's 6'1" and I'm 5'3". My only request would have been for the straps to have been contoured in the neck area as many women's-specific packs are. Although the fit is supposed to be universal, I could see that the straps might start digging into the neck after a long day or with a heavier load. A safety whistle integrated into the chest clip and reflectivity piping would have been nice features as well but they are not part of the current design.
Regarding the packability issues other reviewers noted, I accepted the challenge and am happy to report that I was able to enclose the entire pack into the inner, zip-able pouch. I'm not going to lie, it's not super easy, but it is possible. I'll share my technique below but I did want to note that I question whether the stowing pouch will be able to endure multiple unpack and re-pack attempts. The rip-stop fabric seems durable enough and the zipper seems well constructed but the side seams of the pouch appear to be slightly-somewhat stressed by the fit of the enclosed pack. Making this pouch a 1/4-1/2" bigger in both dimensions would have been a game-changer.
OK, here's my packing technique. For those who are familiar with the packing of a quillo (quilt-pillow combo), I use a similar method.
1. Turn the pack completely inside out. This places all the straps on the inside, so nothing to catch or snag.
2. Zip the main compartment closed.
3. Lay the pack out so that the print on the pouch faces up, words upright.
4. Fold in the sides of the pack in so that they approximately align with the edges of the stowing pouch.
5. Grab the bottom of the bag and tuck it all the way into the base of the pouch. (You've just folded your entire set-up in half, matching the south pole to the north pole.)
6. Fold the entire set-up in half again as you take the new "bottom" and fold that into the pouch. It's a tight squeeze getting this fold into the mouth of the pouch so start on one side and work toward the other. I go from right to left working toward the zipper pull.
7. Tuck, stuff, cram any stray bits in as needed until you can zip it closed.
Since this whole thing can be a bit of a process, I predict that I might just go through step #2 and pack the bag flat in our suitcase or else use it as a small carry on.
September 22, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5áby somewhereinmaine light and comfortable for a woman
I'm a college student and my school pack causes alot of pain in my shoulders so normally when I go on extended hikes I just use a waist pack and cram it full. But this past weekend I was mountain climbing at baxter state park with friends and I knew that a waist pack would not be enough. I ordered this pack online and would recommend it.
We hiked Double top mt. Which is a pretty rigorous hike. At times it feels like its straight up. The peak is 3488 ft. It took 2 1/2 hours to reach the top. The pack was comfortable and I have no shoulder pain from it.
Also the straps that clip at the chest are able to slide up or down so that you can place them where they are most comfortable for you. I do not havea large chest, but I believe this pack would work for someone who did, due to that feature.
We also did some shorter hikes to see waterfalls. The pack was so comfortable and light, i used it for those as well.
I did not even try to get it into its tiny bag. I will just store it on the closet shelf ready to go for he next mountain climb
September 17, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5áby Loubutts1964 Birthday gift for my daughter
She loves it! Especially the green color! Very bright & functional.
September 17, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5áby GrammaPhotog Lightweight Perfect Travel Daypack
I bought this specifically for travel to Ireland so I could carry what I needed for the day yet be compact - this is perfect for my purpose. Folds up small to fit in luggage when not in use as daypack. I chose and like the gray color. Front pouch pocket nice for keeping my rain jacket handy.
September 10, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5áby redsoxlover2840 Comfortable, Great size!
Would highly recommend this bag! My son uses it for high school/ college classes and its the perfect commuter size.
September 10, 2014