Rated 5 out of 5 by Wisconsin05 Very durable
I don't usually write a review but I must say my investment in this bag is totally worth it.
I bought this bag when my daughter was entering 2nd grade. She will be in 5th grade this fall and this bag is still holding up. The wheels are working just fine - we roll it to and from school - in the mud and in the snow. The zipper does get stuck sometimes but nothing major. ( It did not break!
There is a little wear and tear but nothing major.
I am so happy with this bag and so proud to tell people
that I never spent anymore money on other school bags.
I bought my son a similar bag ( a little bigger) when he was in 1st Grade and he will be in 3rd grade this fall. That bag is still in perfect condition - and my son has been rough with it.
I am sure we'll keep using it until he gets tired of it - hopefully when he is done with 8th grade. :)
August 18, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 Best backpack ever...only one problem
My kids loved these, they have lasted for years.
I bought one for my son that lasted for a few years of grade school and all through middle school and still looked brand new. The only reason he stopped using it was because he outgrew it and needed to carry more books in high school.
Also got one for my daughter that has lasted several years of grade school, but now it won't fit in her middle school locker. It still looks brand new. : (
August 12, 2015
Rated 2 out of 5 by Zoeyshops Rolling backpack
I agree with other users that the negatives regarding this pack are the lack of a water bottle holder and zipper closure covering. My daughter forget to close her water bottle completely and twice we were left with wet books and saturated folders.
August 12, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by BOOMERETTE CARRY-ON
I purchased one of these several years ago to use as an airplane carry-on. It hasn't let me down yet. The 2 front pockets are good for easy access to reading & writing materials or snacks; the main compartment holds a light set of overnight necessities "just in case" I get stuck at some airport ! The wheels make it SO MUCH EASIER when I have to run for a connecting flight! The size is just right for the overhead compartment & the different designs are easy to find should you need to check it at the plane door. It has held up wonderfully. My ONLY COMPLAINT is that a purse doesn't balance when slung over the handle; it hangs. Others think it's great idea :) I may purchase another to better match my new luggage !
August 3, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by Renea Rolling Booksack
Great Item.. Daughter loves it..
August 3, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by ColleenMP Greatest rolling backpack I've had.
This backpack has served me probably for 4-5 yrs now and I am finally thinking of replacing it. I use it to bring everything I need to and from work every day from my car at the trolley station and then to my place of work and back again. I had worn out 2 previous rolling backpacks before-literally wearing the wheels in half-but the in-line skate wheels on the LL Bean bag have really held up. They have taken a beating as I'm constantly rolling over rough asphalt and tracks to my office and back to catch the trolley home. I wish I could replace those as the rest of the bag is in pretty good shape (except for the zipper on the main pocket which has two points where the zipper is not easy to close any more). I do see that the new bags don't have the mesh pockets on the sides and I have to concur with those comments that they did sag due to the pocket not being deep enough. Maybe in the future they can be added again only deeper. Definitely the right size to go on a plane or train and great for short trips. I'll gladly buy another of these bags in the near future.
July 15, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by HarpWoman Quality merchandise service & guarentees! Win/win!
I am so impressed with my shopping experience with the L.L. Bean company that I am taking the time to shout it to the world!! I purchased two Carryall Rolling Gear Bags and a Deluxe Rolling Bookpack long ago. After years of use the telescoping handle from the bookpack no longer functioned properly and there was a tear in a top seam. One of the wheels from the Carryall Rolling Gear Bag no longer rolled properly and was flipping from side to side making it a hassle to use. I am a working musician and use these great bags for my gear. I called customer service. They sent me a return shipping label and are replacing both bags free of charge. They are courteous helpful polite and positive. They care about quality and customer relations. They are a pleasure to deal with and I highly recommend this company and their products to everyone. You can not loose, win/win! Rock On L. L. Bean. I should write a happy blues song for them! Octavia BluesQuality merchandise service & guarentees! Win/win!
April 17, 2015
Rated 2 out of 5 by JLH1978 Love the idea of this, didn't work for us
Positive: The backpack is very sturdy and attractive. The handle works well and the idea is great.
Negative: It is too wide and stiff (due to the hard board in the back) for my daughter (who is 6 years old and only 42 lbs) to get on the bus and fit down the aisle so she can't use it. She also struggled to get the straps tucked in and they got stuck in the wheels and frayed (almost all the way through). It is really expensive.
March 3, 2015
Rated 3 out of 5 by cscaler Poor design, and I expected more
The wheels were smooth and I purchased the bag with the guarantee that L.L. Bean is famous for, which is what gained it the 3 stars that I am allowing in this review.
However, L.L. Bean could seriously rethink who they have as a designer or engineer of sorts for this bag line.
The straps have to be unhooked and tucked into a pocket every time you decide to use the rolling feature. A more user friendly design would have a mechanism where you could clip the straps up or back, quickly and smoothly, to transition from carrying it on your back to rolling. Nobody has time to bend down and unhook straps and stick them in a pocket, then get them back out and rehook them, especially if you're a business person or student on the go.
The lack of a water bottle pocket was disappointing.
There is also the zipper flap/cover. The hard structure of the bag that extends to the zipper at the top (for the main compartment) prevents that flap from being folded backward. Therefore, every time you try to zip the bag closed, the flap gets caught in the zipper on both sides unless you really turn an angle to it. It's similar to how the zipper flap gets caught on jackets.
The number of pockets/compartments on the front of the bag was moderate, but nothing special. Two slots to hold pens or pencils and a few small pockets.
On a positive (SIDE) note, my husband has had his L.L. Bean Messenger bag for over 15 years. It hasn't messed up hardly at all, and the quality is great. He has carried it every day.
February 11, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by 2Boys2Love Sturdy Backpack for Boys
This is an amazingly sturdy backpack, especially for boys. I ordered one 3 years ago for my now 12 year old and he has put it through a lot lugging tons of books around and going up and down stairs.
He picked the Green camouflage pattern. It was a cool pattern because its one that boys always want. The bad thing was when I needed to return it to exchange it due to a small tear, they discontinued the green camouflage. So I have not returned it for repairs :( - which is another awesome perk because they have a lifetime guarantee!! I cannot believe they discontinued such a common and popular color!! They added an orange camo style - which I purchased for my 8 year old, but I really really hope they bring back the green camo so I can order another one!!! BRING IT BACK PLEASE!!!
Would definitely recommend product and exchanges and returns are always easy with this company!!!
January 6, 2015