L.L.Bean Product Testing – in the Lab and in the Field

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L.L.Bean Boot Product Testing

We’ve been crafting products that can stand the test of time since our founder, Leon Leonwood Bean, first started making and testing his original pair of boots back in 1912.


Every day, L.L.Bean products are ripped, pulled, doused, smashed and subjected to countless integrity tests in our state-of-the-art, 4,000-square-foot Freeport lab. Five full-time testing technicians and 1,200 field testers (from Alaska to Costa Rica) strive to stand by L.L.’s promise to test every product in the field before placing it on the market.


In this video clip, Andy, a Casco Bay Lines deckhand and L.L.Bean product tester, puts our Katahdin Iron Works Insulated Sweatshirt to the test—in the winter weather of coastal Maine, no less.



And Tom, one of our lab technicians, puts the classic L.L.Bean Boot through rigorous testing before it hits the shelves.



Do you have an L.L.Bean product that has stood the test of time? Share your story with us in the comments below. For every comment, we’ll donate $1 to the National Park Foundation through our Million Moment Mission.

  1. Margaret Weiner | May 15, 2012 | 7:20 pm

    Wow! I would love a job like that. No wonder LL Bean products last forever.

  2. Jameson | November 29, 2013 | 4:22 pm

    Our family has a giant picnic bag that has lasted for 19 years. When we were little my uncle would have us sit inside the bag and he would swing us around. Good times and I can’t believe it could hold all the weight. Love L.L. Bean for Life!

  3. Chip | July 27, 2016 | 7:49 am

    I believe there is no disagreeing that LL Bean products are the top of the heap and field testers are why that happens.

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