Rated 5 out of 5 by EricaB81 Still a wonderful bag for being 24 years old!!
I had this bag purchased for me over 23 years ago and it is still in great condition for surviving middle school, high school, college & graduation, and many vacations. It has been through the ringer and it is holds everything I need it to. I am actually getting ready to order my 9 year old his first one for 4th grade. He is excited!! Thanks LL Bean for an amazing bag!!
July 22, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by Byanyothername She loves it!
My granddaughter loves this backpack in the blue butterfly pattern. She has hauled it everywhere for over a year and it still looks nice. Doubt if it will ever wear out, but will be her "constant companion" for years to come.
July 22, 2015
Rated 2 out of 5 by JBRYANT Very disappointed
I bought this for my son who was going into 5th grade and needed a bigger size bag than the smaller LL Bean one he'd had years before. I was very disappointed when in December, the handle began unraveling and eventually ripped. The larger compartment zipper also caught a few times on the fabric and I had a difficult time getting it unzipped without ripping the material. I finally had to put a safety pin in the flap of material that goes over the zipper to hold it back so it didn't get jammed again. I am returning it. My son was also constantly complaining that there was no spot on the side to hold his water bottle like in his old LL bean backpack he'd had when younger.
July 22, 2015
Rated 1 out of 5 by ncmountainmama Awful green trim and straps with girl backpacks!
We have ordered three previous LL Bean backpacks, and have loved them. My daughter needed a new backpack for school, so we ordered this Deluxe backpack in Beach Rose Starry Night. When it arrived, my daughter eagerly opened the bag and found a cute pink backpack complimented with hideous green trim and straps. We called customer service, thinking an error had been made. In the past, all trim has been black or grey, which matches all colors. The customer service agent confirmed that all girl backpacks now come with this "drab olive green" trim and straps. "Drab olive green" does not match anything pink, or any other feminine color. He seemed just as puzzled why this color was chosen for the girl backpacks. My daughter loved the Beach Rose design, but absolutely hated the "drab olive green" trim and straps. The photos do not truly show how much this color clashes and stands out. This backpack is going back. So disappointing. LL Bean, please return back to neutral black or gray, or coordinating girl colors for the trim and straps.
July 21, 2015
Rated 4 out of 5 by FormerlyYoung my long term experience
I must be old. I started buying these about 30 years ago. Those lasted Forever. Forever being 10+ years. Solid, strong, very well built. But, it seems like a lot of Beans items.....the material is now thinner and not as strong. It gets the exact same use as ever, but now the material gets cuts where the initial ones never did. So now they last me maybe 3 -5 years.
But still, overall, for the price and features, I still buy them.
July 19, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by Alyandoly These backpacks are the best!
This is the 3rd year in a row that I am buying this backpack for my kids now entering 3rd and 6th grade. The backpack itself holds together very well, however, i buy them a new one every year because getting a new backpack for the new school year is exciting for them! The deluxe backpack holds everything they need, especially when they get into 4th, 5th and 6th grades and have all kinds of binders, books, notebooks, lunchbox, etc. The straps are padded nicely. We love this backpack and my kids love the designs as well.
July 18, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 Really spacious and lovely!
This is the best backpack I've ever owned! I pardon its bulky look, but getting a bright colored one can help!
July 11, 2015
Rated 1 out of 5 by Smhartmann Such a disappointment
I purchased this backpack for my daughter for kindergarten this past year because everyone said L.L.bean was the way to go, and the backpack would last. To my surprise the top strap has almost completely separated on one side, and the reflective strip has scratched most of the way off. She was in kindergarten, how hard could she have been on it to cause this much disarray?? Another total bummer is that there is no place for water bottles on the side.
July 11, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by CornpatchJetsetter Lasted 4 years, holds everything, still looks GR8
My son used this from 1st through 4th grade, and the bag has held together well and still looks great. It held his snow boots, pants, and all his school work...and still had room in the front pockets for all his matchbox cars, rubber balls, and all the paraphernalia of boyhood...
Great backpack and WHAT A VALUE. Seriously, four years of wear and tear, and it's ready for more!
July 10, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by Plantman21 Excellent Backpack
I bought this backpack 21 years ago when I started college. I've used it through 4 years of college and 2 years of graduate school. It's been used as a travel bag and for camping since then. It's guaranteed for life, but this thing just won't wear out. The zippers are in as good a shape as it was when I bought it.
July 9, 2015