Rated 5 out of 5 by THEMISTER Unbelievable BookBag
I have had my LL Bean Book Bag since the first grade. Now I'm a senior in high school and it's still carrying my books. For 12 years its carried my books and not failed. Its all beat up with some duck tape on the bottom corner because of binders tearing it up. To all the people who say their LL Bean book bag is not up to standard, just give it time, I don't know if they still make their bags like they used too (12 years ago) but I want to believe they do, so just give em a chance! I plan on using this book bag until it completely falls apart, literally.
October 8, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by momdoc99 back pack for the years
I bought my son this back pack when he was in third grade. He graduated from college this year and is still using it daily. It is just now wearing out at the bottom and I need to buy him a new one. His previous back packs were cheaper but would wear out in one year. This one is well worth the price.
October 7, 2015
Rated 4 out of 5 by TwinBoysLandL Nice backpack for the money
I bought two backpacks for my 11year old twin boys - one in royal blue and one in brilliant blue. They are very well constructed and seem to hold a lot. My disappointment is that there isn't a water bottle holder on the outside to keep it outside away from books and papers.
The brilliant blue was very turquoise and bold. My son said that kids were teasing him because it looked like a girl's color. I called customer service and they told me that I could switch the color.
September 15, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by 2momsof7 Deluxe book pack is awesome!
We have 7 kids from age 8 to 20 each using this book pack. They bus, walk, and carry all their school stuff and they love them! It doesn't matter if they are full of toys for a sleep over or heavy books for homework they hold up amazingly well and balance the weight for even the smallest of our kids.
I look forward to sending our youngest off to university with the same book pack she's carrying now and writing another amazing review!! Thanks LLBean!
September 13, 2015
Rated 2 out of 5 by Sundaygirl26 Disappointed. Not up to usual quality.
I shop LLBean often because of the general high quality of the merchandise, but this book bag does NOT live up to the usual standard.
First off, it does not have a side pouch for water bottles. I knew this when I ordered it, but did not realize what an inconvenience it would be.
Secondly, when it arrived in the mail I was a bit disappointed at the feel of the material; parts of it felt cheap. Not at all like my daughter's Bean backpack which is a nice thick material everywhere and it has held up beautifully (it is a smaller pack or I would have ordered the same style.)
Lastly, after less than one school year's use, the pack is already ripping on a bottom seam--right where the nice material and the cheap material fit together. Unhappy about that.
I expected my son could get 3 to 4 years use out of this backpack, especially considering he used his super cheap bargain store one for 1.75 years before it ripped. To have this one start ripping at less than a year is NOT up to Bean's standards. NOT recommended.
September 11, 2015
Rated 3 out of 5 by mom2anl No Water Bottle Holder
The backpack appears to be very sturdy, we've only been in school a week though. But I was very disappointed when we went to pack them up for the first day and I realized there was no water bottle holder. I can't believe that a backpack would be called "Deluxe" in this day without having an outside water bottle holder. I would have returned these backpacks if I hadn't already taken off the tags and packaging material to shop for a $40 backpack elsewhere that has a water bottle holder. I wouldn't have bought the "Deluxe Plus" for another $10/each. As for this year, we'll be using the backpack but having to put the water bottle in the front pocket and hoping for no spills; we won't get through a full year with the kids closing the tops completely/putting them in right side up/etc. so I'm sure we'll have wet books and homework at some point.
September 8, 2015
Rated 4 out of 5 by ozarksmom Great backpack, watch the color
My 11 year old son is so proud of his new backpack because he has outgrown the jr. llbean backpack he has carried since Kindergarten. He ordered the Royal Blue. However, it is fairly dark and has almost a purplish cast. The kids at school are asking him why he ordered a purple backpack. The color is very pretty, but wasn't quite what he expected when it arrived. If we hadn't monogrammed it, we would have exchanged it for a different color. Our school color is royal blue, but definitely isn't this dark with this cast.
September 7, 2015
Rated 4 out of 5 by Curiouskdb Nice pack, but no H2O holder?
I'm like many of the others. We went out looking for a larger pack this year, and bought this one. I didn't even realize that there was no H2O holder until last night when I went to pack it for the first day of school. Why would you not have that, its pretty essential now a days. Otherwise, I love the roominess of the pack and my daughter loves the design.
September 2, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by Bamastudent Lasted for 17 years
When I was in 3rd grade I asked for an LL Bean backpack for Christmas because all of my friends had one. It was this backpack in hunter green with my initials monogrammed on it.
I used it every year until I graduated from high school. And then I used it for 4 years in college. And I used it for another 3 years in law school. Even in law school I could fit huge, enormous casebooks inside of it.
In total I got about 17 years of schooling out of this thing.
And then I graduated from law school and needed something to tote my bar exam books back and forth between class and home. My poor LL Bean backpack had clearly seen better days, but I was not thrilled about parting with it. Still, the strap was tearing, and I really didn't have a choice.
I called LL Bean to order a new one. I told the customer service agent that I loved this bag, but it had finally torn. I had been using it since the third grade, and I really needed a new one because it could no longer support the weight of my books.
Their customer service rep thanked me for being a loyal customer, actually apologized because they no longer carried the bag in hunter green, and then sent me a new backpack in navy, complete with monogram. No charge. He said that the straps shouldn't have torn, even after 17 years of heavy use.
I couldn't believe it. Needless to say, they scored a customer for life.
Some comments have mentioned lack of a water bottle holder. Until I read the reviews, I had never noticed that, perhaps because I simply never had one. I did (and still do) carry a water bottle with me every day, but the backpack is definitely wide enough to fit a water bottle down the side, next to books. In fact, I very often loaded up the backpack with multiple heavy books, slipped my water bottle down the side, put my brown bag lunch on top, and got it all zipped up easily. I could usually fit my flute case and gym clothes in there as well. It all fits and stays organized.
These bags are wonderful, and LL Bean customer service is second to none. I look forward to another 17 years of use!
August 27, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 Daughter loves it!
We absolutely love her new book bag. The colors are bright and it is a big book bag. We do have 2 complaints though...1) there is no side pockets to hold things like bottled water and 2) the embroidery was a lot smaller than we were expecting! Other than that she loves it!
August 27, 2015