So, I bought the L.L. Bean Downeaster bag a week ago, and as promised, I am doing a review. This bag has tons of pockets. The front one is the perfect size for a cell phone or a passport. It is definitely designed for being out and about all day. There are two side pockets on the exterior of either side. They zip and keep keys, etc. easy to find as well as secure. There is another pocket in the front behind the zippered one, this can hold a work I.D. or such. Inside, I was able to keep a ton of stuff! I switched out from my usual work bag and everything fit into this! I didn’t think it could do it, but it did.
Inside, there’s only one pocket, which would be one of my draw backs. It would be really easy for L.L. Bean to add a line of interior pockets in the front….just a suggestion. My other issue is that the strap is about two inches too short to be a perfect cross body. I can use it as such, but it really is designed as a shoulder strap. For women taller than average height, it might be a bigger problem.
It wasn’t heavy and it looked much cuter than my old bag. I love the classic colors, sailcloth, blue and red. Each season, they update color trends, so there’s something for every taste. I absolutely love the shape of a Speedy satchel. It looks and feels stylish.
This bag would be perfect for a trip. It has enough of a street chic look to it that you don’t scream out “American Tourist” but also has enough zippers and gadgets to keep your belongings secure and easy to reach. You could easily use this as a carry-on. It could hold a pair of shoes and a change of clothes along with all the other paraphernalia we need.
Right now, it’s on sale for $44.99. Regular price is $59.00. I used L.L. Bean coupons, but I don’t think I would pay the full price. (However, I don’t pay the full price for ANYTHING so I’m not a good judge for that.)
Overall, I’d give this bag a 4 1/2 out of 5 stars. It really is beautiful. I love the feel of the canvas, and it makes a pair of jeans and a simple shirt look Yacht Ready.