This thing is a beast
I got one of these bags when I was a junior in high school for Christmas from my family. I have now just graduated law school and am starting my practice - it's finally time to replace it. In that time, I carried that thing back and forth to college, to my boyfriend's/fiance's house, to Europe, to the gym, to virtually every event in college where I needed changes of clothes - and I was in a bunch of clubs, so I was always hopping from one event to another. I had it with me for every single legal interview, both on campus and off campus, and I even took it with me to the bar exam for 3 days. I can fit easily 4 or 5 days of clothes in it, plus all my make up bags and a couple pairs of shoes, etc. The crazy thing is, the reason I need to finally replace it is because my friend's dog chewed on it and tore a hole in my trusty bag. I was completely crushed - I actually cried. If it hadn't been for that, I wouldn't be looking for a replacement any time soon. As it is, I've fallen in love with the canyon pattern and plan to replace my old (gorgeous) maison blue pattern from nearly 10 years ago. For what it's worth, I have the large cosmetic too, and that was the bag I used every single day for 4 years while in college (and many other times before and after - every. single. trip.), because I didn't have a better place to put my lotions, makeup, etc. in my dorm. It finally developed a tear in the plastic lining, but the outside is still as good as new. It's crazy.
If you're thinking about investing in VB, go for it. Find a pattern you love, find bags that fit your lifestyle, and maybe in 10 years it will be time to look again - or maybe not. College kids' luggage probably gets more abuse than the average person's, so I'm thinking I'll probably get 15 years out of my canyon pattern.
September 12, 2012
The best bag...ever
I've owned these for years and just continue to buy more because they are so amazing. You would be shocked at the amount of clothes you can stuff in this duffel. It's sturdy and even when stuffed full and heavy, the soft handles won't hurt your shoulder. I can't say enough good things about this duffel and I will continue to buy it. Great for airplanes, short trips in the car, just about anything!!
December 10, 2013
I got this bag several years ago, with the smaller duffle and don't like it at all! It has no pockets or ways to organize your stuff, which falls in a heap at the bottom. At the time, I hadn't discovered packing cubes to organize things, so everything was a jumbled mess. Plus, when you fill the bag, it becomes way too heavy to carry. Also, the straps are not padded, so not comfortable to carry. I personally love rolling bags, instead.
December 9, 2013
I recently bought the large duffle in Heather and was amazed. It was a huge bag with an amazing pattern.
Fits MANY things
Easy to hold
Folds up easily
Doesn't keep shape when not filled fully
Continue to make GREAT products Vera Bradley!!!
December 9, 2013
This duffel is perfect for traveling; it's nice and long plus extremely tall so I can fit almost two weeks worth of clothes in it (the trick is to roll your outfits, it saves space and lets you fit more stuff). My only complaint is that there is no strap so that I can wear it cross-body. Taking it to my parents house to stay the weekend is no big deal, but hauling it for hours in an airport, I'd rather have the option of carrying it cross body with a strap and saving my shoulder. Other than that, it's perfect!
December 5, 2013
Like being Mary Poppins!
This bag is huge! Now, this isn't a rolling suitcase, it isn't going to be THAT big. However, it holds A LOT! I mean, I use it for weekend trips to VA Beach (I live in Baltimore) for my S/O and myself. He wears a XXL and I'm no tiny girl myself! We can fit two pairs of pants each, pajama bottoms, socks, underwear, tops, sleep t-shirts, swimsuits, and extra pair of shoes for me, sundress or two ( just in case ;) ), spare towel, and the "grand cosmetic". I'd like to flatter myself and say that I am an excellent packer, but I think a lot of it has to do with this bag! Mind you, it does go on your shoulder so it CAN be a little heavy but the straps stay up and don't do the slip and slide routine! Best duffel I've had in a long time.
December 2, 2013
I love my Vera Bradley Large Duffel! I love it so much, I am going to buy one for my mom as a Christmas gift. This bag holds all sorts of things and yet still feels comfortable to carry. The best thing though, it does not fall off my shoulders when it is completely empty of entirely too full! I highly recommend this bag!
November 30, 2013
I have given at least 5 of these bags as gifts and everyone raves about how wonderful they are. Now I am finally purchasing one for ME.
November 27, 2013
GreatBag for Anything
This bag is great for anything. I got my daughter one in La Neon Rose for dance and she loves it. It is just anough room for jazz sneakers, 2 pairs pionte shoes, shirts and skirts, extra tights, ballet shoes, lyrical shoes, a warm up suit, and all the other stuff. I got one for my other daughter in Heather. She uses it for cheer and she fills it with a lot of stuff and she still has room to put her Vera Bradley Stay cooler lunch box
November 9, 2013
Just what I needed
I wanted a lightweight duffel that would hold just the right amount needed for a weekend getaway. I'm a heavy packer and this duffel is perfect for me. I love how lightweight it is, which makes it easy to carry. The shoulder straps are just the right length. I love that it's machine washable, so I never have to worry about what to do if it gets dirty. I love it so much that I keep buying it in more prints. So far I have Sun Valley and Baroque (which looks like it's no longer offered). Pretty soon every member in the family will have their own print!
November 3, 2013