Rated 5 out of 5 by Lnit It survived the school year!
I bought this backpack for my 7 year old boy before his 1st grade school year started with the intention of having him grown into it. I also waited to write a review until it had some time in use (almost the entire school year). In Kindergarten he broke and tore 2 other backpacks from big box stores. His backpack does get tossed around a lot at school. They end up on the floor sometimes. He is pretty rough with his stuff so I really needed this pricey purchase to be worth it.
This one not only survived the school year and extended day program with no breaks or tears but only needs a quick wash to be 2nd grade ready! Worth the money and having his name on it helped it not get misplaced in the sea of lost stuff at elementary school. He only managed to get one of the zippers stuck and off track once which I'm sure we can fix. The only reason I'm back here looking for another one is so he can have a different design for Summer Camp for years to come too.
May 19, 2015
Rated 3 out of 5 by northnjmom Almost perfect
I bought this pack for my son before school started, it was on sale for a great price. The bag has held up very well, it looks practically new! My issue is the zipper. It gets hopelessly stuck daily and is very frustrating when my son can't get it open or closed.
April 14, 2015
Rated 4 out of 5 by Jules721 Durable back pack
LL Bean back packs are very durable and have great organization. The only negative it there is no water bottle holder.... Please add a water bottle holder and this bag would be perfect!
March 12, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by Momisbusy Holds up, looks like the picture
My 10 year old son loves the back pack. He uses the belt to balance heavy loads in it and it is comfortable. It is not juvenile at all; I would carry it if I needed a backpack. Zippers have held up for an entire school year and the pack looks brand new even though it goes through a 4th grader who rides the bus and throws his pack on the ground to chase about anything that moves. We personalized it and the embroidery is sturdy and neat.
March 8, 2015
Rated 1 out of 5 by annaygu No Water Bottle Holder
I wish I had read the reviews carefully before we bought this bag pack. My son loves the print, but we really need a water bottle holder.
February 27, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by Momx4at35 Amazing quality
I ordered a new backpack for my book loving 8th grader this week. After carrying the same LLBean backpack since 2nd grade, it finally got too beat up, and I suspect that she just wanted a style that reflected her teenage self, not her 8 year old style. People ask why I would spend so much money on a back pack for my child for school. This is actually a bargain. Just divide the cost by the 7 years we have gotten out of it, less than 10/year. The 20 - 30 dollars you will spend in another store, for a backpack that, if you are lucky, will only last one school year, is a much bigger expense.
Thank you LL Bean, for making such a great product.
February 21, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by MominMT Great, high-quality pack - 1 minor suggestion
We got this pack for our first grader after struggling to cram all she needed for school into her LL Bean junior pack (which she still uses frequently, just not for school!). This bag is durable and has well thought out pockets and compartments. My daughter can fit her school folder, some small books, lunch box, gym shoes, snowpants, hat and gloves, etc. all into this bag. I love that it has so much room, and I know she will continue to grow into this pack (it is recommended for kids 10 and up). My one suggestion is to add cinch straps on the sides to tighten down the load when the backpack is full. The bag is so roomy, if it isn't full, it would be nice to be able to cinch it so things wouldn't bounce around inside and to simply make the bag take up a little less space! Obviously, it's quite large for our 7 year old to carry, but I think even bigger kids might appreciate being able to compress the bag, so to speak, when it doesn't need to be expanded to full capacity. Overall, thought, a great bag that will last for years!
February 4, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by Margaritalover Indestructible!
Bought these for my kids FIVE years ago and they are still in AMAZING shape...much to my kids' dismay. They are bored with them, but that's too bad! They look like new after a soak & a scrub and can handle serious book weight. LOVE THEM!
January 31, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by aeh55 Sturdy and tough
Very sturdy backpack. Holds a lot of books and takes the rough handling
January 29, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by manchu84 Very tough and roomy!
This is the second one of these backpacks that we've ordered for our daughter to use at school. She loves 'em! The first one lasted about 3 years and she carried EVERYTHING in it! All her school books, notepads, day planner, gym clothes and electronics. She was really rough on this thing and one of the straps finally broke. There was no hesitation to get her another one of the same, they are well built and can handle the abuse!
January 22, 2015