Rated 5 out of 5 by CommonProse Greatest bag since sliced bread
I originally bought this bag to carry my belongings on a week-long volunteer trip to the North Rim. What appealed to me was the soft sides, light weight, small size, capacious interior, and ability to carry either as a backpack or by the handle. It was perfect! I have now owned it for about a year and it has continued to serve well as the sole bag to take on a 2- to 5-day trip (car, plane, etc.), or as the one bag you take into the hotel on a longer road trip with multiple overnight stops. Ecstatically pleased with this bag! Mostly I've carried it using the suitcase handle. The backpack straps have come in handy occasionally, and it's nice to have them. I haven't used the shoulder strap, but it can be removed and left at home, if desired.
July 20, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by Boo307 Well designed, light weight, and large capacity
This pack has worked very well for me in Europe; it is so much easier to carry than pulling a rolling bag over the cobble stones, through narrow hallways, or up flights of stairs.
The simple design maximizes capacity for the weight. I love rolling bags for domestic travel with smooth floors, sidewalks, and roads, but for anywhere else I would highly recommend this bag.
The bag holds a lot, all that is required for a minimal packer. It held my technical day pack, hiking gear, hiking sticks, rainwear, insulating layers, extra shoes, changes of clothes, and the rest of the necessities for three weeks of hiking inn to inn with luggage transfers. The large front pocket is perfect to stash a rain coat or even a down coat.
The backpack straps are adequate for a mile walk from the train station to a hotel and leaving my hands free makes me feel safer. The side handle or shoulder strap work well walking through narrow halls and up the stairs.
The clamshell design makes it easy to live out of the bag with organizing cubes. An envelope organizer held my clothes so each night I just pulled out the clothes packet and left everything else, pulling items as needed.
It has been used for several trips and shows no sign of wear and is an excellent price compared to similar maximum legal size carry on bags.
June 11, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by BusyMomAndCoach Great as a lightweight suitcase
Haven't used this yet as a backpack but as a lightweight suitcase it's superb. Terrific for car trips, so easy to lift and carry - and also easy to carry vertically if the need arises. It held a week's worth of clothing, a sweater, an extra jacket, 2 pairs of shoes, 2 pairs of sandals, workout clothes, my tablet - it was pretty full but I could have squeezed in more if I'd needed to. Then I took it for a long weekend - plenty of room for clothes, again the multiple pairs of shoes and sandals, plus gifts for the folks we were visiting - with room to spare. It's almost too big for a regular weekend, but if you want to be prepared for changeable weather and multiple activities, or are carrying bulky winter sweaters and the like, you'll have the space. I like the idea of the backpack straps, but so far they just haven't been necessary. They have stayed zipped up in their own compartment, and I may forget all about them...
June 5, 2015
Rated 4 out of 5 by blindsight for the boy scout in me
i have A LOT to carry to and from work and got this bag hoping to fit everything into it and make my life easier. weighed it at the doctor and it was approximately 20 lbs. it holds a change of clothes, windbreaker, sun shirt & hat, my gym clothes, my guide dogs accessories (boots, water bowl, tennis ball, etc.), my lunchbag, medical/medicinal stuff, small first aid kit, & purse "essentials", kindle, etc.. there is still room in this back for more!.
i imagine it wasn't meant as a high maintainence commuter's day bag, so it's not "perfect" but it's darn close.
May 1, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by Mjoshi Best Carryon for International Travel.
I've done couple of international trips with this backpack and it is ideal carryon for international trips as most airlines don't allow more than 15lbs as carry-on. And this being super lightweight makes it ideal.
February 3, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by grammargranny super bag
I gave my son this travel bag for a Christmas present and he loves it! He travels a great deal, so he will find it very helpful to have such a light weight bag with so many handy compartments!
December 27, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 Nice looking, surprisingly capacious
Rolling luggage is annoying--this bag frees my hands. It holds a surprising amount. Three changes of clothing, pajamas and robe, slippers, and a bag of gifts and it still isn't full. It would probably be large enough for a week-long trip. I use packing cubes to keep things organized but there are also lots of pockets including a large mesh one convenient for laundry, and quite a few straps to hold it all in place. I'm not generally a fan of red, but this color is a bit muted, more tomato than fire engine--very nice, and distinctive among all the lookalike black bags should I ever need to check it. All in all, I couldn't be happier.
December 24, 2014
Rated 3 out of 5 by Barroc Nothing exceptioinal
I ordered this particular travel pack hoping that it was going to give me more than the knapsacks I already have at home. When it arrived, I was extremely disappointed.It was not the exceptional bag that it appeared to be in the info online. I was very disappointed and returned it asking that they not charge me to return it. Why am I required to pay for an item that was misrepresented?
October 29, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by lisac1962 great travel pack
Have been using this pack since 2007 trip to Europe. It's perfect for all the different forms of public transport over there. Most recent trip involved Heathrow arrival>tube to hotel>tube to St Pancras>Eurostar to Paris>metro to hotel>metro to CDG airport. This happened over the course of 10 days so lots of packing/unpacking. To negate the shifting of clothing in backpack, it's worth purchasing a few packing cubes which kept the shifting to a minimum and more importantly-our clothing was minimally wrinkled as well. I kinda chuckled when I saw others moving around with both carryon sized luggage and full sized pieces. Try getting full sized luggage on the tube during morning commute! No thank you!. My only negative is that the straps for the backpack are very long and I haven't quite figured out what to do with them. After much travel, the bag still looks great. My husband is a recent convert to this kind of travel bag and his experience was the same-relieved not to be moving around with too much baggage. Thanks LLBean.
October 12, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by CommonProse Perfect for road trips!
Have been searching for a bag that works well on road trips: soft sided, no hard frame, no wheels, etc. This is perfect. It is lightweight, but capacious, has useful side pockets, and can be carried by handles, shoulder strap, or as backpack. First used it on a 5-day trip to the Grand Canyon North Rim to work with the vegetation crew on a restoration project. Was able to pack rain gear, various layers, toiletries, and all. It is destined to get a *lot* of use as we travel by car around the Southwest!
September 24, 2014