Rated 5 out of 5áby cc0525 ideal for everyday use
My husband was looking for a bag to hold his laptop, LL Bean personal cooler, newspaper, travel mug, a little paperwork. The key was to find a bag that was deep enough from front to back that would fit the cooler and laptop. This bag fit everything perfectly. He has a short walk from the parking garage to the office and wearing this bag cross body works for him. He has been using it over a year now and no complaints.
April 23, 2016
Rated 4 out of 5áby LLBLovers Nice messenger bag
I got this bag to serve as my "man purse" for work. I had a similar LL Bean messenger bag a few years ago that I returned because it was a little too big and bulky for what I needed it for.
This bag is the perfect size for me. It's just large enough to carry what I need every day (umbrella, lunch, etc.) and very lightweight. It also seems very sturdy and well-built. I love the "Midnight Blue" color and the reflective qualities. The main strap adjustment is nice. It's an adjustable clip that can lock into place.
I have a few criticisms, which are not deal-breakers, for me at least:
1.) As another reviewer mentioned, the main storage compartment is large, but some of the other little compartments are not big enough or just in the wrong places.
2.) There are no water bottle pouches, however, the velcro side pouch does hold my Nalgene water bottle just fine.
3.) I love the main strap adjustment, however, when you make it shorter, the extra strap just kind of hangs there. There is no place to tuck it in.
Overall though, I think this is a great bag. It's exactly what I needed, and I think it is exactly as advertised.
April 8, 2016
Rated 3 out of 5áby FredinHealdsburg Adequate Not Great
The main compartment is large. That's good. The smaller pockets do not seem to be well thought-out. Having no small pukkas for pens is a real shortcoming. I bought this to replace my old chart and navigation tools bag. Shoulda looked farther.
March 13, 2016
Rated 4 out of 5áby melloyello Using as a Gym bag...
I purchased this bag to use at the gym. It is the large messenger bag. Various zippered sections hold my exercise clothes, shampoo, etc. This bag works for me! I am glad that I purchased it !
November 8, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5áby Alyssa Awesome Bag
Last year, I bought one of the lightweight totes as a work bag. It was great, except that the handles were short, and the weight of my paperwork was causing some serious shoulder pain. I needed a cross-body bag for more even weight distribution. Enter this messenger bag. I have used this bag every day for about six months, and I love it. It holds all of my paperwork and various other little things I carry around, including hair ties, make-up, tissues, cell phone, and a (small) first aid kit. The shoulder pad is comfortable for when I need to carry it for longer periods of time, and it is also comfortable when I'm in a rush and slinging it over one shoulder. The only complaint I have is that the strap is perhaps a little TOO adjustable--I've caught the switch on doors, my desk, etc. and not realized it until the strap is suddenly six feet long.
The medium I ordered is the perfect size to fit a 1" binder, a full-sized planner, pocketbook, and has room for several more folders and even a reading book if I'm so inclined. I love the size; it's big enough without being too large and unwieldy. I don't use the laptop sleeve, since I usually carry a tablet instead of my laptop. The red color looks very sharp, and I think I like it more than the purple I originally wanted (sold out when I ordered).
June 24, 2015
Rated 4 out of 5áby OutdoorsyBusinessPro Good bag, too much of a good thing?
Good bag, has a lot of great features--I like the zippered main compartment and all the other little pockets and cubbies all over the bag. One suggestion I have is to add a few small inner pockets to the main compartment. I tried both sizes--the medium was actually the ideal size for me, and I would have kept it and been satisfied, but the computer sleeve was too narrow for my 13" wide laptop (it would be good to include the max width that can be accommodated in the product description). I exchanged it (great customer service) for the large, and that's where the "too much of a good thing" comes in. My laptop fit fine, along with all the other stuff that I usually carry, but then the bag just ends up being way too big--and when I'm not carrying a max load, it ends up being way too "baggy", for lack of a better word, and just too much unused space flopping around and hanging from my shoulder. Unfortunately, I am going to send the large back too in favor of a more compact, medium-sized bag from a specialty messenger bag maker, but I just wanted to leave a good review saying Bean's bag is a quality item and probably will work for a lot of people, just not me.
October 13, 2014
Rated 2 out of 5áby nathomas Previous One was Better...
I recently purchased this messenger bag to replace an older one that I had which was the same bag just 8 or 10 years old. The bag itself is just the same and is Great! But the strap is much flimsier and not as sturdy as my older one. The strap seems cheaper. It doesn't stay up on my shoulder like previous style strap did. The bag is just the same and I like it a lot! But, the strap kind of ruins it all for me...
September 17, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5áby happycustomer1963 AWESOME MESSANGER BAG!!!
I got my son a messenger bag, his freshman year in high school. 4 years later... he is taking it to collage with him. This messenger bag is made to stand a teenage boy. It is made very well.
Thank You L.L. Bean,
July 18, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5áby AliceMcB Fantastic, as always!
I knew I wouldn't be disappointed with this bag but was I surprised that I like even more than I thought I would! I have several LL Bean bags and book packs. This one is for school so I needed a large one. I am so glad that I decided to buy this because I knew I would love it! Thanks so much for making some of the best products on the market!
May 13, 2014
Rated 4 out of 5áby DenverSnow Messenger Bag
i bought this as a birthday gift for my husband. He carries a variety of papers and documents and maps with him whenever he travels, and this is perfect for that. He loves all the pockets and dividers which enables him to organize. It's lightweight, so the bag itself doesn't weigh him down. We don't have enough experience to tell how durable it is, but it appears to be well made, out of quality materials. It's exactly what I expected from the picture and description. He can actually carry more with him than expected - not because it's bigger, but because of the organizational capabilities this bag offers.
As it turns out, he thinks it's actually a bit too big for everyday use. As tourists, we're 'targets' already: he doesn't want to sling it on his back, out of the way. That would make it too easy for pickpockets. But it will still be his carry-on bag and his traveling file cabinet, so to speak, for resources and items that he either can't, or doesn't want, to store electronically.
March 1, 2014