Rated 5 out of 5áby jannie48 12 years and counting
I just watched my 22-year old daughter leave the house with this backpack, given to her in 4th grade, and I had to write to say this is an unbelievably strong, well-made and excellent item. It has gone with her through elementary, middle and high school, 4 years of college and now grad school, showing virtually no sign of wear. And I think it's still sold at close to the same price! Recommend without reservation.
October 13, 2012
Rated 2 out of 5áby Sma0513 POOR ZIPPER DESIGN
We love the size of the pack, many compartments. The flaps on the zippers are too LARGE. Makes it difficult to unzip. Children don't take the time to unzip them carefully not to get the fabric caught into the zipper. We have had to mail back two packs for my fourth grade son, just this year. Customer services claims that the flaps are to protect against rain.
L.L. Bean is wonderful in standing behind their products.
April 22, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5áby Amgreene13 Best backpack I've ever owned
My parents bought me this backpack when I was a sophomore in high school. My father was hesitant because of the price, but I insisted. After three years of high school, almost four full years of college, two trips to Europe, including a month of backpacking across the continent, this backpack is still in perfect shape. Nothing has broken or ripped, and besides being a little dirty from years of use is still in absolute perfect condition. It is very roomy (I lived for a month with only things to fit inside it) but still can compact when necessary. After seven years, my dad has acknowledged that buying this backpack was one of the best investments. Absolutely worth the price, this is a bag to last a life time.
April 5, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5áby klume Great!
My daughter is almost done with her first year of college and called me to say she needs a new backpack. I asked her if hers fell apart. She said "No, it's just a little too small for some things. I plan on keeping and using it around campus." She then told me that she has had it since 7th grade. Hers is the blue flower pattern which I don't see.
April 4, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5áby TiffanyC Perfect!
I love these backpacks! My son had the "Junior" backpack for 4 years in elementary school - it's still in great condition, but he needed a larger one for entering middle school. Have nothing but great things to say about this backpack!
March 17, 2014
Rated 1 out of 5áby flyfishjeff Came apart at the seams after just 2 months
My 6 year old daughter used this book pack for about 2 months. Recently, she asked me why there was a hole in her bag. It was an obvious quality issue; a seam had let loose. Thank goodness LL Bean has the 100% satisfaction guarantee. Working out a replacement pack was very easy, and the customer service is excellent.
March 11, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5áby mendo Lasts a lifetime
I bought the navy model of this backpack at the Freeport, ME store in July 1991. The price was right and I thought it might last a few years. As I write this review in February 2014, the backpack is still in regular use. Though the color (except on the back panel) has inevitably faded in the sun, everything works well after so many years of carrying books, lecture notes, laptops with their peripherals, and clothing.
Superb simple design, carried out reliably! As seen in the catalog picture, the backpack does not include recent fads such as exposed mesh pockets for water bottles. I see that as a merit--why mess with success.
February 26, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5áby TopTeacherInTennessee Family Tradition and the Deluxe Book Pack
I began the tradition of giving all of the children in my family a monogrammed Deluxe Book Pack when they are promoted to the sixth grade years ago. It has proven to be a practical decision as well, as they all have ushered in their freshman college years with those backpacks. Thank goodness L.L. Bean believes in the tradition of quality products-from my family to yours, thank you!
February 16, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5áby missshelley Great long lasting bag!!
We bought this bag in July 2012 for our son that is in high school. He is still using it. It's in great shape and takes a lot of daily abuse.
Before we bought this one we were replacing his back packs 2/3 times a year.
It will probably be going to college with him too!
I would highly recommend this as it well worth the money!!
February 15, 2014
Rated 4 out of 5áby eluna 4th grader likes it
We got this to replace the regular kid's backpack because he kept complaining about not being able to fit his snow pants in it. This is just large enough to cram them in along with lunch. He loves the matrix print. Only complaint is that the straps are thick and stiff. My niece also had this complaint about hers and would not use it as a result, but my son is okay with it.
February 5, 2014