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 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 5 by 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 5 by 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 5 by 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
Rated 1 out of 5 by Vic88 zipper broken again
I really like the size and shape of the Deluxe Book Pack but the zipper on the outside panel has torn away from the material, which is very strange as we never use the outside panel - the zipper must tear away from normal usage. This happens in 6 months of use, two identical deluxe book packs in a row. It is a real nuisance to return it. As I really like the rectangular shape and how much it holds, I hope LL Bean can fix this problem.
January 28, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by jacki0915 5 years and 3 years
This is the best backpack ever. We own two that we bought for each of our children in kindergarten. They look the same today as the day we bought them. I wash them in HOT water in the washing machine a few times a school year and do nothing else. The kids aren't careful with them. They have been dragged on the ground behind bikes at times, treated roughly and I have witnessed the zippers being pulled in many directions. We have never had so much as a thread come loose on either. Even if they both broke today, I would still say it was an amazing value. This type of quality is rare for any item at any price.
January 27, 2014
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 Lyonmom Can't be beat (or beat up!)
The simplest way to sum up how pleased I am with our LL Bean book bag is to confirm your slogan: "from grade school to grad school" is spot on! Son is going off to college this year with the bag he used in grade school...still looks in great shape and he still likes it despite having been used daily since we bought it (including summer trips, hikes, transporting ice skates, etc.)! This is the only item from his childhood that will accompany him on his college journey. Thanks LL Bean for making products that last! My family has been buying your products for over 40 years...even before it was trendy to buy from "Bean."
January 7, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 Around the World
Only after 13 years, and 4 different continents has my bag shown wear. I received it in middle school from my parents, and it has lasted through endless teenage tantrums of being thrown around, being stuffed with 40 pounds of AP books in high school and textbooks in college and through all of my travels to remote places like Brazil and the Himalayas.
Some of the waterproofing has worn off and the seam under the handle has separated, but other than that I have had no qualms.
I will be exchanging for a new backpack and am excited to get my new one.
This is the ONLY BACKPACK YOU WILL EVER NEED in your life. It is large, yet safe and comfortable.
One day I will buy my kids LLBean backpacks.
January 4, 2014