Rated 5 out of 5 by texasally Backpack has lasted for 17 years
I bought my 28 year old daughter a deluxe backpack in 1996 when she was 10 years old. That backpack carried her through two years of grade school, junior high, high school AND college. Do yourself a favor and buy one backpack that will last for years instead of buying a lower quality pack and replacing it every year. I ordered myself the same backpack that I have been carrying for almost ten years.
January 12, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by 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 5 out of 5 by SassyMom2 Durable, Waterproof, and Comfortable
This is my son's second deluxe backpack. His first bag busted in his senior year of High School after two years, but LL Bean took care of him immediately. He loves his back pack and carries it everywhere he goes. He is going into his Sophomore year of college and the bag still is in great shape. He uses it for everything and it is roomy enough to carry his computer in it as well. My daughter also has the same bag and has been carrying it around for three years already. I will wash it so it will be ready for her sophomore year of High School. I just purchased one tonight for myself. Love the lifetime guarantee. We are a L.L. Bean family for life!
July 4, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by TexGarden Best Book Pack Ever
All my kids had these, starting in middle school. Took them off to college. Now in their thirties, still going strong. My youngest gave me hers, but then took it back when she needed it for a church trip.
Now I'm outfitting my grandchildren with classic, monogrammed LLBean backpacks.
July 2, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by TrilogyMom77 Best Backpack!!
I bought twp of these backpacks last year, one for each of my boys, then entering sixth and fourth grade. Every year, we went through at least two backpacks from regular stores, the fun character ones the kids beg for when you're school supply shopping in August. Some would last a month, others lasted longer, but none of them looked good enough by the end of the school year to keep for the next year. I am so pleased to say that that was not the case with these LL Bean backpacks. Their structural integrity is excellent, and held up wonderfully under the stress of everything my boys put in and took out every day. They were wonderfully roomy, so no matter how much they brought home, I always found room for their lunch boxes. At the end of the year, after machine washing and line drying them, they are as good as new, and ready to take on whatever seventh and fifth grade brings on this fall. I will be buying one of these for my daughter, going into first grade, as soon as she tells me which color. An excellent value!
June 26, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by BusyStudent2015 Not one of the "long living" book bags
My book bag did not last me through grad school (or even high school), but it did last me much longer than any other book bag. I have had it since I was a freshman in high school (beginning of) and it just started ripping at the bottom (I will be a senior in August). I loved this book bag, and I am sad to let it go. It fits ALL my books (unless its exam week, but those are extenuating circumstances). I should also mention that I am super rough with my book bags (that may have contributed to its short life span). I throw them everywhere. Sometimes they get dragged on the ground outside. And it lasted me a LONG time. I will definitely be ordering another book bag, but I may go the size up to get the water bottle holder. Perfect size for high school students.
June 24, 2014
Rated 4 out of 5 by BWebbert Where is the water bottle holder??
I just ordered this backpack for my daughter. We love LLBean backpacks. Her sister has the same style, but this one arrived with no water bottle holder. When was this taken off?! I hate to put water in the pack in case it leaks. In this day and age, the leaking could destroy some expensive electronics. Otherwise a great backpack.
June 24, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5
by BinTN 15 years going strong!
I have had my deluxe backpack since 1999...yes, 1999!!! It is still going strong and has gotten me through undergrad, 2 masters programs, and we are now halfway through a PhD program. I have loved this backpack and don't ever plan to part with it. After all these years there is very little wear and the seams are still tight, but the coating on the inside is starting to flake away (dry rot?) and I'm sure that is just due to the age and use - doesn't hurt the overall condition of the pack. Today, I broke down and ordered a more "professional" commuter pack from L.L. Bean and I am looking forward to many years of use with it.
June 18, 2014
Rated 4 out of 5 by 3kidsinNC Great pack but NEEDS waterbottle pockets!
PLEASE LL Bean offer a Deluxe Book Pack with the option of 2 mesh water bottle pockets (that come up high enough to keep them in). This is the best pack out there for school, but what's the point without the ability to hold water bottles? Every kid carries them, and who wants potentially leaky bottles inside their pack? Please consider -
June 17, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by momdet Lasts forever
My oldest just graduated High School and his LL Bean backpack still looks as good as it did in 2nd grad when we originally bought it. He plans on using it in college now. I would suggest getting a color and style that will stay with them because these hold up very well! I would rather pay more for this one, then keep buying the cheap ones every 6 months because the zippers in them never last more than that.
June 17, 2014