The L.L.Bean Rolling Adventure Duffle, medium, is a sturdy, no-frills bag. Unlike pricier carry-ons, such as the Red Oxx Air Boss (*Est. $225) or the Eagle Creek Tarmac 22 (*Est. $280), it has just one large compartment, with no internal pockets and no expansion zipper. On the plus side, it's made of tough, yet lightweight nylon in a choice of 11 colors (or a choice of three prints in a polyester fabric), and it's backed by L.L.Bean's unconditional lifetime warranty. Reviewers say the bag is easy to pack and easy to maneuver, and it holds a goodly amount of gear. However, some users note that it won't stand upright on its end. Users disagree about the quality of the wheels; some say it rolls very smoothly, while others complain that it tends to fishtail. Another caveat: At 23 inches long, this bag may not fit in some airplanes' overhead bins. L.L.Bean also offers the Rolling Adventure Duffle in a larger size (*Est. $100), as well as nonrolling duffels in sizes ranging from small to large.
We found two professional reviews for the L.L.Bean Rolling Adventure Duffle. Jen Trolio of Wired magazine awards the bag a score of 8 points out of 10, and Real Simple magazine editor Kris Connell recommends it in a segment on the CBS news program "The Early Show." We also found roughly 400 reviews from users on L.L.Bean's website.
Our Sources: L.L.Bean Duffle Reviews
In this roundup of assorted gadgets from 2007, the L.L.Bean Rolling Adventure Duffle receives a score of 8 points out of 10 (which translates to "excellent, with room to kvetch"). Jen Trolio praises the bag's light weight, slim silhouette and low price, though she wishes it had more external pockets.
Review: Test: Freeway-Legal Scooters, Top HD Tuners, Tricked-Out Travel Mugs, Jen Trolio, Oct. 23, 2007
2. The Early Show
In this segment from CBS News' "The Early Show," Real Simple magazine editor Kris Connell names the L.L.Bean Rolling Adventure Duffle, medium, as the best duffel in the magazine's test of more than 100 carry-on bags. Connell says the bag is easy to maneuver and opens wide for easy packing.
Review: With These Bags, You Can Carry On, Ellen Crean, Feb. 9, 2009
We found roughly 400 user reviews for the L.L.Bean Rolling Adventure Duffle, medium, at LLBean.com (the only site where this bag is sold). Users award the bag 4.2 stars out of 5 overall, saying it is sturdy, capacious and lightweight. Some say it rolls smoothly, but others find it tends to fishtail. There are also complaints that the bag won't stand upright.
Review: Rolling Adventure Duffle, Medium, Contributors to LLBean.com, As of April 2012