Rated 3 out of 5áby SteveSF Handle too short, faulty zipper
The usual fine quality of LLBean goods is marred only by the very short handle on this bag (obviously designed for a 5-foot, or less, child) and the badly designed zippers, which catch on the overlapping folds of cloth every time we go to retrieve or stow something ? very annoying.
June 21, 2016
Rated 5 out of 5áby Blackbearfamily Telescoping Handle is Too Short
This is a impressive rolling backpack. Having previously used several other brands over the years, I can attest to the high quality of this product. I cannot find a single mechanical fault.
My only issue is that the telescoping handle is too short; it is about four inches shorter than those of other brands. I am only 5'7" with my shoes on but I really must stoop and adjust my stride to use this item. My first week of use, I found my heels continually kicking and turning over the bag. Finally, I found a way to successfully pull the bag off to my side, rather than directly behind me, holding only the nearest end of the T handle, while shortening my stride.
After about six weeks of use, I have finally given it up. I'm suffering back pain. If I cannot find a way to extend the telescoping handle, I'm going to sell or give the bag away.
This item is advertised for ages ten and up. I am the same height I was at age eleven. Many, many eleven year olds are my height or taller. Given this, the bag needs a regular-sized telescoping handle.
March 16, 2016
Rated 4 out of 5áby LLBeankeenshopper Great backpack
I bought this for my 11 year old grandson and he fell in love with it. However when he measured hiss locker at school he discovered that no way would it fit inside. He was so disappointed. Now I'm searching for one that will fit and sadly will have to return this super well made and comfortable rolling backpack.
January 25, 2016
Rated 3 out of 5áby LLBeanGoodCustomer Hasn't changed
This is the exact same design of rolling backpack (except for the absence of water bottle holder) as the one I threw away about seven years ago, with the same advantages (durability), but also the same problems -- i.e. it is much too heavy and too expensive! Too heavy when it's empty to lift up and downstairs as I have to do, just to get it out of the house or into the trunk of the car, and WAY too heavy when it's loaded. Something that requires as much energy to lift in short spurts as a shoulder bag with the weight more evenly distributed requires over the long haul isn't worth it to me -- the annoyance of having to lift this heavy weight up and down steps and curbs and in and out of the car and take a circuitous walk to school to try to avoid as many of those steps and curbs as possible, plus the noise it makes, all outweigh its advantages for me. The frame needs to be much lighter. Plus, it's extremely expensive!
October 8, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5áby Mae32 Rolling Book Pack
I purchased this for my son when he started 4th grade, as the homework load increased-so did the weight of what he was bringing home. This is our 5th year using the SAME book bag - it is great! He just began 8th grade and it is still accommodating all of his his work, lunch, drink bottles, calculator, etc. I bought a 2nd for child number 2 and he is on his 3rd year w/ it and am getting ready to buy a 3rd one for my daughter. They are built to last, durable, the adjustable handle makes it easy for them to navigate, zippers have never broken and it carries everything they need! Highly recommend!
September 10, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5áby garnerzone Backsaver
This backpack has been amazing for my daughter. She has a back condition that keeps her from being able to carry heavy loads in her backpack. This pack looks great, rolls very well and is so durable!
September 9, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5áby Wisconsin05 Very durable
I don't usually write a review but I must say my investment in this bag is totally worth it.
I bought this bag when my daughter was entering 2nd grade. She will be in 5th grade this fall and this bag is still holding up. The wheels are working just fine - we roll it to and from school - in the mud and in the snow. The zipper does get stuck sometimes but nothing major. ( It did not break!
There is a little wear and tear but nothing major.
I am so happy with this bag and so proud to tell people
that I never spent anymore money on other school bags.
I bought my son a similar bag ( a little bigger) when he was in 1st Grade and he will be in 3rd grade this fall. That bag is still in perfect condition - and my son has been rough with it.
I am sure we'll keep using it until he gets tired of it - hopefully when he is done with 8th grade. :)
August 18, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5áby Verified Reviewer Best backpack ever...only one problem
My kids loved these, they have lasted for years.
I bought one for my son that lasted for a few years of grade school and all through middle school and still looked brand new. The only reason he stopped using it was because he outgrew it and needed to carry more books in high school.
Also got one for my daughter that has lasted several years of grade school, but now it won't fit in her middle school locker. It still looks brand new. : (
August 12, 2015
Rated 2 out of 5áby Zoeyshops Rolling backpack
I agree with other users that the negatives regarding this pack are the lack of a water bottle holder and zipper closure covering. My daughter forget to close her water bottle completely and twice we were left with wet books and saturated folders.
August 12, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5áby BOOMERETTE CARRY-ON
I purchased one of these several years ago to use as an airplane carry-on. It hasn't let me down yet. The 2 front pockets are good for easy access to reading & writing materials or snacks; the main compartment holds a light set of overnight necessities "just in case" I get stuck at some airport ! The wheels make it SO MUCH EASIER when I have to run for a connecting flight! The size is just right for the overhead compartment & the different designs are easy to find should you need to check it at the plane door. It has held up wonderfully. My ONLY COMPLAINT is that a purse doesn't balance when slung over the handle; it hangs. Others think it's great idea :) I may purchase another to better match my new luggage !
August 3, 2015