Rated 5 out of 5áby DistrictGuy Classic Quality
Excellent backpack for the cost. If you like a simple design with minimal pockets, sleeves, etc., this is a good choice. Fits my laptop, notebook, lunch, and even a small umbrella. I don't like an awkward water bottle side compartment, so I'm glad this doesn't have one. My only recommendation would be to add more color options...please bring back the classic dark green color!
June 20, 2016
Rated 5 out of 5áby JessieMinneapolis 10+ years - Still in great shape
I've been meaning to write this review for a while now. My pack will be 10 years old this September and still going strong. It looks awesome still. I've used it nearly every day for the following years.
Freshman yr college
Sophomore yr college
Junior yr college
Senior yr college
Year 1 at post-college job
June 17, 2016
Rated 3 out of 5áby customerINredmond Overall, pretty good
First the Good: the bag is a really good size and easy to get things in and out of. Both of my children (one 5th grader and one 7th grader) really like the usability and capacity of them.
Things I would add or change: a mesh pocket on the sides for quickly stowing a water bottle or a wet umbrella would be great. My daughter is often telling me she wishes she could carry her water there for easier access. Also, she and my son both would rather have a chest strap then the waist strap currently on the bag.
And now the Not so Good: I purchased both bags at the beginning of the 2014-2015 school year. My son's lost a buckle, which isn't a big deal. But on my daughter's (the 5th grader), a zipper broke. LLBean was great about replacing the bag, which we received sometime early in the 2015-2016 school year. Now, at the end of the year, the loop at the top of the bag has torn and there is a fairly large hole there. I am sure this bag would not make it through another year. My son's is still ok, though, so I guess it's just unlucky that we have had two malfunctions with my daughter's.
June 8, 2016
Rated 5 out of 5áby FutureAttorney Very Durable!
I have had this book bag for my Freshman and Sophomore year and it has held up great! I even use it on vacation as a large carry on because it has so much room! My sophomore year particularly I had a very large work load and this backpack and been there to hold it all! And my back never hurts! I could keep using it but I want the purple so I will definitely be repurchasing.
June 7, 2016
Rated 2 out of 5áby mom967 NO BOTTLE HOLDER!?!?!
Love the backpacks BUT why would LL Bean make a backpack for kids without a place to put water bottles?!?!?!?! I don't understand this. They ONLY one with a holder is the one that is gone the quickest. So if they would simply add a water bottle holder to ALL their backpacks they would ALL sell. As it is I am not going to buy LL Bean anymore because all but one of the packs don't have a bottle holder on the side and the only that does has only boring colors left. SO FRUSTRATING!!!!!
June 7, 2016
Rated 5 out of 5áby jmahrens Extremely pleased
I ordered this backpack at the beginning of the school year for my third grader. Through the year, this bag had been drug on the bus, thrown on the floor, stepped on, carried up to 10 books, and carried snowpants, boots, and a winter coat. After all this, this backpack looks like it has just come out of the package. My hope was that he would be able to get 2-3 years of use out of this backpack, and it looks like that is going to happen. Another thing I liked about this bag is that it is not advertising Spongebob or Super Mario or any other licensed character. Too often those bags sacrifice quality in order to advertise their character, and they rarely make it through the school year without a broken zipper. I am extremely pleased with this purchase and will be returning to LL Bean for backpacks in the future.
May 17, 2016
Rated 3 out of 5áby Sidney01 Didn't hold up.
My son loves his Deluxe Book Pack, but it is falling apart. We purchased it last July. The loop on top broke and the shoulder straps are about to detach. Although I am disappointed with the durability of this product, I am purchasing another one because my son likes the size and organization of it. With the number of books he carries, I am not sure another brand will be any better. I will give L.L. Bean one more try.
March 2, 2016
Rated 5 out of 5áby ErikP Great backpack
A great, spacious backpack for school. The adjustment straps help to keep the backpack comfortable, and the pack itself and the zippers (pretty important) are made of durable materials (though the reflector strip takes scratches kind of easily). As with all L.L.Bean products, the guarantee seals the deal, so to speak.
February 13, 2016
Rated 5 out of 5áby backpackmama Keep Coming Back!
We just bought our fifth deluxe bookpack. My oldest four got them when they started jr. high or high school, and they are holding up great! This one was purchased for a 4th grader who has been through several of the licensed character backpacks already. This one should last her all the way through high school, at least.
It would be perfect if it had a pocket on the outside for a water bottle, and sometimes the zippers get stuck in the flaps that cover them if the kids aren't careful. These are only minor complaints, and they are the best value for the price that I have found.
January 26, 2016
Rated 4 out of 5áby simous this is an "ok" backpack WITH NO CUP HOLDER!!!
i got this backpack for my child in 8th grade, it worked great, i have bought many backpacks from here before, but about half way through the school year the handle started coming off, the fabric on the inside has started pulling apart AND THERE IS NO CUP HOLDER!!! EVERY BACKPACK SHOULD HAVE A CUP HOLDER!!!, i bought another this year for her, it is working great so far, but there is still no cup holder...
January 25, 2016