Rated 3 out of 5 by HandyMom Compartments are small
My husband purchased this pack for his commute. Initially he was very excited, as it is a well-made pack with many thoughtful details. However, what would usually be the main compartment in a backpack is divided into two sections in this pack, both rather narrow front to back. His laptop and papers fit nicely into the one compartment, but the space that is left (the second "main" compartment) is too narrow to fit his soft-sided lunchbox! This was a disappointment. I also tried the pack after he decided he didn't want it, and found the large number of compartments and pockets to be a bit too much of a good thing.
This pack is also a bit short on my husband - I think it's a 17" high pack and he is well over 6 ft. tall. In the end, we returned this for a Quad backpack, which he adores, and which has a very roomy main compartment (with a laptop sleeve, like this pack). The Quad is also 19" tall, which is a more comfortable length for him.
In summary for a tall person, or for anyone with something bulky to tote (bike helmet, boxy lunch cooler) this is not the right pack.
September 2, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by Audduf Durable, roomy, nice looking, and very comfortable
Took it to Hawaii and back stuffed with a lot of stuff. Held up great! A lot of very roomy compartments.
August 29, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by BeanBackpackFan So Much More than I Thought!
This is the best backpack I've had in a LONG time! First of all, the jade citron color is amazing. It's unique, bright, and clashes with everything I wear which makes me very happy! It stands out and fits my personality. I get lots of compliments on it.
Second, the material. This was the most surprising thing about it. The material is almost soft. Like a canvas bag. Right out of the box it was ready to go. I was prepared for a lengthy period of "breaking" in, but was pleasantly surprised to find that it wouldn't be necessary. I received this bag while on a family vacation and I just loaded it up and went about my buisness. No stiff zippers and it handled diaper bag duty like a champ! Very impressed.
Third, the bag itself. Wow! Pocket nirvana! I'm not overly fussy about "organization", but when it comes to backpacks, I like to put things in one place so I know where they are at all times. It took a little bit of time, but after just 2 weeks everything has it's place and I'm totally in love. When I first got a good look at this bag, I was worried that the pockets would take away from the main storage ability of the bag. Again, I was pleasantly surprised. Shoes, diapers, chang of clothes (for big sister), bottles, blankets, baby wipes, baby dolll, and then my wallet and phone...no problem at all for this bag.
I should mention that my usual stuff doesn't take up quite that much space in the bag, but I don't carry a purse so my bag is with me all the time. I'm confident that when I need to load it up, I can. But on a day to day basis, it's only maybe a 1/4 full.
Fourth, it is very comfortable. It's not awkward and sits as loosely or tightly as I want to my body.
The only thing I would change about this bag, if I could, would be the organizer in the front pocket. For me, it needs a couple more dedicated pen holders and the divided pockets could be a little deeper with elastic along the top of them so that they didn't gap so much. I haven't had any issues, yet, with stuff falling out of those pockets, but I'd like at least one of them to be a little deeper. That's really the only thing I don't like. Everything else about it is just awesome! Thanks, LL Bean!
August 18, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by scbeancounter Great backpack!
My son needed a new backpack so after extensive research I came across the Excursion. This looks to be the perfect bag for my son. It is sturdy, has all of the space he needs, looks great and will hopefully hold up significantly better than the last backpack we bought him from a company other than LL Bean.
July 24, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by VillaGioia Weighless Wonder
This pack is a wonder of engineering; like titanium, it's chic, strong, and weightless. It''s a real beauty in jade citron and so comfortable. I can get through a full day including travel and classes, and still have room for my laptop and lunch. The best part is the organization it affords. It has a logical place for everything I need: from keys, to pens, even my phone and street car pass are handy, I love it!
June 4, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by ValiTravelWarrior Excellent business travel warrior backpack
I recently purchased this backpack after my previous lightweight bag gave way after years of weekly travel. My requirements for a new bag were 1st that it be lightweight and 2nd that it have plenty of pockets, preferable with a open pocket able to fit my iPad so it's easily accessible in the lounge or on the plane. This bag fit the bag perfectly and on its maiden voyage -- from Arizona to Bengaluru, India -- it has exceeded my expectations.
The four compartments easily held my 10" laptop, iPad, noise cancelling headphones, medicines, scarf, notebook, magazines for reading, two phones, gum, mouse, well the list goes on further but that's probably enough said. When I said 'easily', I meant it sincerely -- there was room for more.
For the long airport hikes, the bag was extremely comfortable. I'm a tall woman at 5'10' with a short waist. The backpack sat on my shoulders perfectly and was comfortable where it hit my low back. I actually found it much better than the previous pack. If I were to make one change, I would add a chest band for helping to transfer the weight a bit off the shoulders.
Of course, the bag also met the most important criteria -- being lightweight. And it has done so with some great features like the waterproof middle compartment and covered zippers for the other compartments.
All in all, I would recommend this bag to any and every business traveler. It has as much space as its much heavier alternatives and when you are lugging lots of technology and trying to avoid checking a bag 3+lbs saved is important. Thanks LL Bean!
March 5, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by ps123 Excellent Backpack
This is a really nice backpack for outdoors or work. While shopping for a backpack, there were certain things that I just didn't like so much on many of them. This backpack has some really nice features that many others don't.
The zippers appear to be really sturdy and work well even with the water resistant flaps over them. The compression straps are positioned so that they don't get in the way of the zippers. There are enough pockets to organize your stuff easily but not so many that you have to hunt to find things. It has enough room to carry a laptop, ipad, files, calendar, etc. The side pockets are deep enough to hold water bottles securely. It is very comfortable to wear even when fully loaded. I got the blue color which is a really nice shade. It is actually nicer than it appears online. It can easily be used for day hiking to carry camera, binoculars, jacket, hat, etc. or for work as a substitute for a briefcase when traveling to and from the office.
I began shopping at LL Bean online in preparing for trip to Maine and shopped at the store while in Maine. Customer service is fantastic!
January 25, 2014