Rated 5 out of 5 by Tennesseekelsey Can't beat LL Bean's backpacks or service!
I purchased two of these backpacks at the beginning of the school year for my boys ages 8 & 10. I had previously bought them each a junior size backpack when they started kindergarten, but wanted something a little bigger now that they are getting older. (The junior backpacks are still holding up after all these years)
Anyways, after using the original size for nearly the whole school year, I just noticed a 3-4" tear/rip in the seam of one of them. No big deal, LL Bean guarantees their products so I called to order a replacement and it couldn't have gone smoother. They let me buy a brand new one at the sale price I paid for the one that ripped. When it arrives, I will ship the damaged one back (for free) and receive a refund. LL Bean, you have just received a faithful backpack customer for life with your awesome customer service and your satisfaction guarantee. All 3 of our boys will carry only LL Bean backpacks throughout their school years. (Btw- the other backpack we purchased at the same time this year is still going strong with no issues)
Features I love- thick and cushiony straps, super durable fabric, fun prints, sturdy zipper, and overall excellent construction! These were made to last, and if not, they'll send you a new one. How can you go wrong!?
April 24, 2015
Rated 3 out of 5 by Soniat423 It's average
We purchased this one because my daughter liked the surfboard print. I didn't even notice there are no side pouches for water bottle. And, there isn't a little loop on the front (like our old backpack) to hang girlie decorations. If it were not monogrammed, I would be returning it. I'm giving it 3 stars because even with monogram it arrived quickly, and it is nice size and seems durable. We just miss the extra features.
March 30, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by 4goods 100% ROI
Total number of backpacks bought for my 2 older kids from K-5th grade: 14.
Total bought for my youngest: 1.
I bought my daughter her book pack when she started Kindergarten in 2009, and if she hadn't wanted a more "grown up" bag for middle school she'd still be using it. It's a little worn on the base corners and has some permanent dirt on the bottom from the hundreds of hours it sat on bus stop streets, wet bus floors, and school hallways, but it's still in great condition and fully functional. Not a single rip, tear, fray, or zipper issue. She still uses if for occasional overnights and I expect it to last forever. Literally.
February 16, 2015
Rated 4 out of 5 by momof3aml great
I bought this for my kindergartner in flower power print. I bought critter packs for my older kids when they started kindergarten (they are in 3rd and 4th grade now, and backpacks are going strong!) , but my daughter just loved this print. My only wish was that this pack had water bottle holders-then it would be perfect in every way.
It is a great size, she had junior size in pre-k, but that doesn't fit her coat, lunch box, binder, and everything she needs for all day kindergarten so I am happy I upgraded.
February 5, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5
by AFinVA Holds up to kids
I bought my son a Junior Original in preschool, and we're still using that to haul stuff around. When he started Kinder, we got him a regular-sized backpack. It has lasted very well through both Kinder and now first grade. I'll keep this backpack as long as he doesn't outgrow it! Still looks wonderful.
One small thing: the monogramming service has been touch and go. That first pack we bought, it was perfect. This current one, the letters were off-center and I was told that couldn't be fixed. My daughter's backpack also has a weird monogramming issue. So, that may not be worth the extra money, cute as it is.
Great quality. Every now and then the zipper will go over the fabric, but it's not that hard to fix.
January 23, 2015
Rated 4 out of 5 by steptom Fabric gets caught in zipper
Overall this is an excellent backpack with one glaring flaw. The fabric flap that covers the zipper constantly gets caught in the zipper. It is so frequent a problem I kept a pair of pliers handy for the sole purpose of correcting the problem. I finally gave up and bought a different backpack. The fabric is very sturdy and the zipper has not broken. I have washed it several times and it still looks as good as new. I bought this backpack for my seven year old and was the perfect size.
December 29, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by MamaItalia Fun and Durable
This is a great backpack :-) My son loves the cool pattern & colors and I love the way it holds up to everything he gives it! It is very roomy and is easy to carry for a Kindergartener, even when full. I'd buy another one any time!
December 2, 2014
Rated 1 out of 5 by NCLM disappointing zipper
I have returned and exchanged this backpack two times already because the zipper keeps breaking. I don't understand why this keeps happening. My son doesn't seem to have a problem with zippers usually.
November 14, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by BushidoWalker Still withstanding my kid's abuse
My daughter has used this bag for 6 months now, and it is usually around this time that I have to purchase a replacement. She is tougher than her old man on her bags and luggage and this back pack and her lunch bag are still in great shape. Both items have many compartments and are very well thought out.
October 2, 2014
Rated 2 out of 5 by rb1234 No water-bottle pocket
Roomy, water-proof material, broad and well-padded straps. But NO water-bottle pockets. This is a deal-breaker for an elementary-school backpack. I have to get another backpack...
September 4, 2014