Rated 5 out of 5 by Highcountrysage Great day pack
This pack holds a lot of gear and, even when fully loaded feels very light as the support system makes it ride well. I have used it for extended hiking fully loaded and for mountain bike riding with a minimal load using the wires to snug the pack to my back. Best pack I've ever had.
July 27, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by LeMel QUALITY
Just recently back from a hiking adventure. This backpack is made of very durable materials and looks as new as the day I received it. I wish there was an additional pocket inside as it only has one within the large deep pocket but the capacity was terrific for cameras, clotthing, food or anything else. I like that you can also purchase a camel which I might consider in the near future. The best feature is the comfort which was incredible no matter the weight. The padding and straps distribute the total weight in such a way that you hardly feel like you are carrying anything!
July 23, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by redfox721 Very good day pack
I ordered several pack at the same time and sent the rest back including one from LLBean. This one will serve my needs for Daypacking very well. I like the straps on the back for holding walking poles when unneeded. I won't get a chance to use it for awhile but think it will work just fine...
July 22, 2015
Rated 3 out of 5 by AGWTEC Durable but clumsy
Durable. Comfortable to wear once buckled up
Clunky, lots of straps that just hang; not enough secure pockets. If not wearing on back, clumsy to carry because of loose straps
July 22, 2015
Rated 4 out of 5 by JD808 Great daypack for travel and adventure
I recently took this pack on a short trip to an outer island in Hawaii after owning it for almost a year. Part of the trip included a rough four mile hike with and elevation gain of 1,200ft in 90 degree weather. The intent was to do some snorkeling at the end of the hike and then hike back up the trail. Due to the weather and ocean I loaded it down with extra water, towel, fins, mask and snorkel, food, hammock and extra clothes. This pack performed great and was narrow so it made tunneling through high grass easy. Not only was it great for the trail it was the perfect daypack for plane rides and urban exploring. Definitely will use on upcoming trip to East Asia. Only draw back was the boa system wires making putting things in the side pockets more difficult than necessary.
July 8, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by Sweet5k Fantastic Lightweight Backpack
My husband and I each got one of these in September and they are fantastic day packs.
Most recently, I used it as a day pack while going to the Children's museum with my friend and her daughter. The pack held my DSLR, light jackets for everyone, lunch in a small cooler and drinks. Thanks to the boa system, I was able to compress the bag so that everything felt nice and tight even though it wasn't nearly full.
Our biggest excursion with these bags was on our trip to the Grand Canyon. We brought these onto the airplane as our carry on and they fit nicely under the seat in front of us with a few changes of clothes and plenty of snacks. We used these as our only bags during our 3-day hike into the canyon (we were staying in a cabin, so no need for tents or sleeping bags). They were great, each fitting a 70oz. water bladder, 4 bottles of Gatorade, 2 changes of clothes, PJs, spare shoes and snacks. The temperature ranged from below freezing at the top to 70 degrees at the bottom and these packs held enough layers for us to be comfortable throughout, but were light enough to move through with reasonable speed.
The only "con" I've found is that they are difficult to wash and hold smell for a while. While I was packing my bag up at the bottom of the canyon I spilled orange flavored electrolyte water on it and can't seem to get it out. I wish I could do more than spot clean it...
Ultimately, I highly recommend this pack. The boa straps are more than just gimmicks, they hold everything in tight without having compression straps everywhere.
May 6, 2015
Rated 4 out of 5 by BikeSnobDC Hope this helps
I have been using this pack for one week. I bought this bag to replace a similar bag that I have flogged daily for probably seven years. I bought this bag to carry to work. Sometimes I walk to work, sometimes I ride the train, sometimes I ride my bike. So I need an bag that can carry a varying amount of gear in a variety of active sometimes bordering on athletic situations. So far I am happy with this bag, despite what some of the following narrative may suggest.
The build quality seems good. The material is thicker and tougher than I expected. This makes for a heavier bag than I was expecting. Not a prob for me. This bag will not have an easy life. It is my daily carry.
The bag has zero organizational pockets, loops, compartments etc inside its main pockets, except a key clip. It is barren. I had to put my small items, tools, pen, assorted cables and chargers, etc. into a small pouch that I carry in the main compartment.
I am five nine, 175 lbs. I bought the M/L size for the larger capacity, not for the fit per se. It fits fine. It is a little longer than I expected. it is comfortable. I have loaded it with probably at most fifteen pounds of beer+gear. The shoulder and waist straps are long enough for me to wear the pack over a heavy winter coat/parka.
I got the gray color with the yellow* accents. ("guide gold? if you are drinking the LL Bean cool aid.) The color of the bag is subdued enough for an urban environment. It is darker than in the video. I don?t think there are any reflective elements on the bag.
I have not tried to put a hydration bladder in it. The sleeve for the bladder is narrow and short. My Macbook Air 11 inch JUST fits in it. So if you are thinking of doing the old laptop in the bladder sleeve trick, only the smallest or a tablet would work. The sleeve does not extend to the bottom of the bag so the bladder would sit high. Too high for MTB use I think. No way 100oz would fit. 70oz? maybe. prob a fifty or smaller is the best bet. There is only one exit for the hose and it is the left side. I did not buy the pack planning to put a bladder in it, but if you are, I would look elsewhere. It seems like an underdeveloped area of the bag.
The sternum strap is not detachable. I wish it was. It should be on a pack at this price point that presents itself as being a technical pack.
The hip belt is not detachable. It is a real, usable hip belt, wide enough and padded enough to take some weight.
The BOA system is a gimmick I think. The wires can get in the way of the side pockets if they have slack in them and interfere with slipping stuff into these pockets. I would prefer regular cinch straps. Cinch straps have uses beyond cinching, in that they can be used to lash additional gear to the bag. You can?t do this with the boa. I have only had the bag a week, and admit I am just learning how to use the BOA system. Perhaps its charms will reveal themselves to me yet.
The side pockets are deep and and a little floppy. There is no way to close or cinch them The mouths of the pockets are not elasticized. I would not trust stuff to stay in there while running or during rough handling of the bag.
February 6, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by BeanBootBob Great, Versitile Pack
I purchased this pack for day hikes, camping and mountain biking. I was tentative to use this size of a pack for mountain biking, since I like to travel light, but the fact that it has the boa and compresses makes it so much more versitile. Being able to put your CamelBak in it was also an essential feature and it holds my 70 oz bladder well. It's also perfect for camping over the weekend and day hikes. The quality of the pack is very good and it is very comfortable.
February 2, 2015
Rated 4 out of 5 by BernSilv Quality Product
I actually didn't end up keeping this item, but it was a difficult decision. The pack is great. It looks great, felt great on, and was almost everything I needed.
In my opinion the pack was more narrow than I had expected. It is long (top to bottom) and that is how it gets the volume. I was looking for something a little shorter that had a larger base. I wanted something for day hikes, that I could also use everyday. This also didn't fit my 100 oz. Osprey hydration bladder, but it would fit a 70 oz fine I'm sure (i like to carry a lot of water).
Another great L.L. Bean product, I was really hoping it'd work for what I needed.
December 5, 2014
Rated 4 out of 5 by orca68 Great pack-few changes would make it even better
Just returned from a fall hiking trip to Co. with this pack. Positives: Right size, lightweight, well-made. Things that could be improved; 1) Ditch the Boa system. Backpacker Magazine may like it, but for this pack, I think it's useless and more of a gimmick than anything.2) The side pouches should be deeper. As they are, it's hard to put any kind of a water bottle in them. 3). Zippers on the two main pouches should extend further down the sides.
October 14, 2014