Rated 2 out of 5 by Jamie629 Great idea but
OK, when people say this bag is HUGE, they're not kidding. It's huge. What I think is a worse misstep is that there is no zippered top! So it's waterproof but the bag can't be closed tightly. I'm returning mine.
April 15, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by Sarah2004 Commuter Dream
I have been looking for a bag to hold a full days worth of items, in order to not carry four bags at once - I commute to New York City everyday. This bag is exactly what I have been dreaming of! I can fit all of my essentials from wallet to gym attire to my lunch bag to everything in between! The best part about this bag is you can carry it as a hand held bag (same as you would the regular Boat & Tote) AND as a cross body bag because the Nor'Easter provides a full strap.
I love LL Bean and will continue to proudly wear this bag over any other designer brand!
March 6, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by FayeNYC "The Best" Tote Bag ever!!!!!
I purchased the camo/red, everyday strangers stop me in the streets of NYC asking me where I got the bag from.
The bag is perfect, it's big enough to carry, laptops, all type of docs etc... On the weekend, I also use it for the gym.
The quality is strong and it does not get dirty easily.
December 30, 2014
Rated 4 out of 5 by VintageVenango HUGE BAG, GRAY STRAPS
This tote bag is huge, but I read the reviews, and that is what attracted me. I had been using a normal size LLBean tote and couldn't quite jam all my stuff in it. I am 5' 1" tall, and when I carry this bag by the handles, it nearly touches the ground. At first I thought I wouldn't be able to deal with that, but after a couple days, it no longer bothered me at all. What does bother me are the unattractive grayish straps. My bag is the cobalt/dark navy combo, so why wouldn't the handles be one color or the other? Why a drab gray? I haven't used the shoulder strap or inside pockets, but both seem like nice options to have. A zipper to close the top of the bag would be great also, but all this big has are two little straps that meet and snap to hold the top together somewhat. I haven't found that detail to be worth the bother. Overall I am happy with this huge bag because it holds a lot of stuff!
December 17, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by Nerophiliac A great all-purpose bag
We bought this for our daughter-in-law, and had it monogrammed. We were delightfully surprised at how wonderful the monogram looked, how durable the bag is, and how fast the item arrived. I only wish we had ordered one for us! This can be used for so many purposes. I highly recommend it.
December 12, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by CrawfordCo Exceeds our Expectations
Ordered and just received two of the red/navy totes. We plan to use them this next summer when heading to our sailboat. We can pack enough belongings for a weekend away. The fact that the bottom of the interior is waterproof makes it that much more appealing.
It is too large to use for carry-on luggage nor would I use it for work.
Our only dissatisfaction is that the navy is not quite dark enough. Because it was not bought to coordinate with an outfit it is perfectly fine.
A great value for what we spent.
December 10, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by ArrowRock Bag is exactly as described, well made and huge
The bag is made in China. It is very well designed and the material and workmanship is all you could ask of a Bean product. But, on taking it out of the shipping box, the first impression is that it is huge and probably bigger than expected.
First the size, as stated in the description: "Dimensions 16"H x 15˝"W x 6˝"D." A previous review said the figures are wrong. I will explain. The bottom of the bag is sewed to form a rectangle that measures 15˝"W x 6˝"D and the bag is 16" high, an exact match for the description. But the top of the bag can be pulled flat to 22" wide and will normally assume a width of about 21" when the bag is empty, pretty much what the other review measured (21˝"). If you placed a box measuring 15" x 6" x 16" inside the bag, it would fit and make the top of the bag match the dimensions of the bottom.
The contrasting color of the bottom of the bag appears to be a sort of paint. The upper section, "natural" on mine, is uncoated canvas and would probably soak up water. The inside of my bag is entirely "natural" color. The bottom piece is sewed to the top section, so the entire bag is a single thickness of heavy canvas. The inside of the bag has a clear coating and the seams were coated after assembly. I have no doubt that the bag is waterproof and could probably float if it remained upright.
In short, this is a very high quality bag and a great value.
December 5, 2014
Rated 2 out of 5 by Renohighlander Ridiculously large
I read the reviews, but still ordered this giant thing, believing the posted size. I wouldn't carry something this large onto an airplane, much less carry it to work every day. Back it goes....thanks to all the reviewers who warned me - I am sorry I didn't listen to you!
December 4, 2014
Rated 3 out of 5
by kitolsn Not as pictured
I ordered this Nor'Easter Tote in the Red/Dark Navy color. It arrived today. FIrst, I would not describe the blue color as "dark navy"--it has a faded/sunwashed look. Second, the product dimensions are much larger than stated. The bag I received was 16"H x 21.5"W x 6.5"D. The stated dimensions are 16"H x 15.5"W x 6.5"D. In other words, the bag I received is 6" wider than what was stated in the product description. My bag also appears shaped differently than the photograph on the llbean webpage. The advertised bag is exactly what I wanted; what I received looks like a giant beach tote. That said, I'm debating whether to return it because it is exceptionally well made and has the coated waterproof interior.
November 22, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by Tennie LOVE IT
Okay, I was unsure of whether or not to buy this bag. It is a bit more expensive than the other totes on LLBean but I am so glad I went for it. Being in graduate school, I need a bag that can carry my lunch, my books, my coffee mug, my water bottle, my computer when I need it, an umbrella, and whatever else I need that day-this totally does this trick! While still being pretty comfortable might I add. Its huge and would probably be bigger than what most people would want to carry as an everyday bag, but for me, its perfect. I can put the handles on my shoulder or wear the longer strap across my body-although thats a bit more awkward. The inside is lined with a plastic-y material so when you spill you can wipe it right off. I have the white/black and the white part of it has a few scuffs but they've come right out. There are three inside pockets, one is zippered and the other two are open. Nice addition so that smaller things don't just get lost in the bottom. I use it everyday and it hasn't let me down yet! I plan on using it for a long time and for many activities. So far its been with me everyday at school, weekend trips home, wine festivals, and camping trips. BUY IT!
November 12, 2014