Looking for a replacement for my LL Bean Continental pack.

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  1. Squid27

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    I wore out my favorite pack and brought what was left of it to the store this past weekend. They gave me a brand new one different from the one I loved.
    I hate the new one and you think for almost 200 bucks it would be better. A good chunk of the bag is a stupid pouch for I assume a laptop.

    I can't decide what to replace it with so I'm looking for suggestions.
     
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    Can you just cut out the pocket?
     
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    I feel you...
    I haven't found anything like the old continentals, so mine is semi-retired as LL Bean won't fix the few things that are starting to fail. If it helps, my best bet would be the HPG Umlindi, but it's three fewer pockets for way more money. -ycritd
     
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    Its not just the pocket. Its the whole pack it doesn't feel like the old one from the shoulder straps all the way up. It feels cheaply made with the different canvas used.
     
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    I have an old one that is all leather.

    I like the looks of the new waxed canvas rucks--not that I need one.

    I was surprised by your comments.

    Thanks for the insights.
     
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    I have one of the newer ones. I love it. It's the 1200 D polyester one. Really comfortable. I use the inner pocket to house my folded up OCP anorak. Pass through pockets on either side for an ax. Very adjustable and quite lite weight in my opinion. Perfectly carries enough for 1-3 days. Best of all it's guaranteed forever.
     
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    I have one of those ones that were 50 bucks and free ship around Christmas. I use it daily at work as my truck bag holding lunch and my edc
     
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    How about a Summit Expedition Pack from Frost River?
     
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    I was looking at the new LLbean bag but I ordered a HPG umlindi instead. The llbean bag just looked cheaply made but I could be wrong.
     
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    How long did the pack last?
     
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    My last one lasted me 8- 10 years
     
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    And you used the warranty?
     
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    Doesn't matter how old. If for any reason your not satisfied with a llbean product you can return it to any store. If they don't have a record of it being registered you will get store credit
    I worked at the outlet a few years ago during winter layoff. You would be surprised what comes back.
     
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    It's too bad if they cheapened it up, I have an older one and love it, they weren't made of waxed canvas like Frost River or Duluth Packs, they're made of waxed cotton fabric, there is a difference.
     
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    I love my waxed canvas tarahumara pack from hill people gear. Its a pretty awesome piece of gear from 5col survival. They are good people over there! Might wanna check it out
     
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    Or check out their Narrow Gauge pack which is about same size as the Bean Continental, Standard bag is $112.00. 15 or 18 once canvas, even inside seams are trimmed in nylon, every bit as good as any Duluth/Frost River packs.
     
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    Maybe the newer pack doesn't feel right because it hasn't been "lived in" for 8-10 years! Doc.
     
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    Don't know I brought it back to the store for store credit. I bought another cordura one for 1/2 the price
     
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    What is your opinion of the cordura one?
     
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    +1 on the Cordura Continental Ruck
     
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    +2 on the cordura Continental ruck. Doc.
     
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    I have to say another +1 on the cordura model. Handled one a few weeks ago up in Maine. I am betting it will be perfect for your needs!
     
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    I like it.I wanted the gray one but they only had khakis in stock. I use it 5 days a week to carry my lunch,drinks, misc tools and what not. The side pockets hold my water bottle tightly and I can fit a 1 liter Pepsi in the other side middle pocket holds a good amount of stuff. Next time I take it out of the truck I'll take some pictures. All and all I'm impressed with it so far. The small fleece pocket works pretty good at protecting my eye protection for some sites. I did however cut out the computer pocket cause it was just wasted space since I don't use a computer on the road.
     
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    As I said above, I have this pack in all leather. It's solid and very nice looking.

    With all the good things that has been said on the site, I decided to get the Cordura model for the humid summer and as one I don't mind abusing.

    I just got it in today. I like the pack a lot. Compared to the leather ruck, it seems a little smaller dimensionally. The leather straps/brass buckles are more robust than the plastic buckles.


    As some others have pointed out:

    1. The color has more of a brownish hue than a true khaki. Personally, I like it better.

    2. The bottom straps are more of a cinch strap than a bedroll strap. Bean should modifiy this in the next round.

    3. The little buckles concern me a little, but Bean has a lifetime guarantee so, no worry.

    4. I like the computer/hydration bladder pocket.

    5. The side pockets fit my 40 oz. Kleen Kanteen.


    Now, through 8/27/27, they are 20% off and in stock.

    Coupon Code: KIDS20
     
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    Some more observations:

    6. The side pockets also fit my complete Pathfinder Canteen Cook Kit (including cup and stove) with room left over. The USGI kit is smaller, so no problem there.

    7. My 64 oz. Kleen Kanteen kind of fits. The bottl sits in the pocket but the lid projects above the top of the pocket. The top patially closes. It would keep the bottle in, but it would let in rain, snow, etc. The bottle sits primarily in the outside pocket--only about 1/8 of it projects into the main pack pocket.

    8. I wish the grab handle was more robust. I'm sure it's fine for the load that is carried by this pack. But, for ergonomic reasons, I wish it was bigger. They should double up on the webbing used.

    9. A map pocket under the top flat would be a good addition.

    Again, I'm very pleased with this pack.
     

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