Rated 5 out of 5 by natesmommy06 My favorite backpack...EXCEPT
I LOVE this bag! I received it my freshman year of high school. Used it all through high school, & college. It has been on airplanes, Greyhound bus, to camp, on my honeymoon, hospital bag for my 4 babies, and now my daughters use it for an overnight bag, I am too selfish and sentimental to let my oldest daughter to use it for school though, so off we go to LLBean to buy a new one.
EXCEPT: There is no water bottle pocket. When I was in high school, that was not really a big deal. I am 30 now so that was about 15 years ago. But my kids carry their water bottles everywhere. All the kids at school bring their water bottles to school. So naturally, my 4 year old daughter does too.
My newly 3rd grade son has a Critter backpack. We love that one! I was sad to see that it was discontinued. I am now looking at the Discovery backpack for my daughter. That one has a mesh pocket on the outside and she really likes the butterfly on the outside. We will get the lunch box to match.
All in all, I still love this bag. BUT I would love to see it updated with a water bottle pocket.
July 23, 2015
Rated 2 out of 5 by SmithC Monogramming is TINY
This backpack is made to last. But I am very dissapointed with the monogramming! IT IS TINY! I chose the Block Style Font. My childs name is JACKSON. Its a longer name,but the monogramming is so tiny, you can't even see it!
I also bought a lunchbox, the font is bigger on the lunchbox than on the backpack!! Very dissapointed in the monogramming dept.
July 22, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by PattyfromDearbornMI the backpack that never dies!!
My daughter is a senior this year and has had this pack since Kindergarten! I cannot believe she wants to see if she can get through all her years of school with the same pack. The whole family is amazed and we have about 5 of these packs for day trips, sleepovers, etc. Highly recommend this pack to anyone. We will be getting her a new pack for college :)
July 20, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by LizzyPA Still going strong after 3 years
I purchased this backpack for my son when he was entering kindergarten, knowing that LL Bean would stand by its product if we ran into problems. He just finished 2nd grade and the backpack is still in great shape. This is saying something, because my kiddo is HARD on his things. The backpack has been filled with rocks, dragged in the dirt, and thrown around. The reflective tape is looking a little worn, but overall the backpack is still going strong and will last us another year...at least!
It isn't a huge backpack, but has room for his usual school stuff - a folder, a library book or two, his lunchbox, a sweatshirt, and a small toy or container if he is bringing something for show & tell.
July 17, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by AKMOM4 Great pack!
I purchased this pack for my son when he started kindergarten. Six years later this pack hardly shows any wear and tear. I recommend buying darker colors (to hide the dirt) because this thing is going to last you a long time!
July 13, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by Mraiford26 Love these backpacks!!
I first bought an L.L. Bean book pack when I was in middle school in the early 90s, the deluxe. I had one through all middle school, and got a new one for high school simply because I wanted a different color. Both bags held up wonderfully!! I just received the second original book pack I've bought for my daughter, who is in second grade. I bought the first one when she was in pre-k and it still looks great, but she wanted a new pattern this year. This book pack is the perfect size for elementary school and withstands years of abuse, being thrown around the bus, slammed down in classrooms, toted back and forth to school and Girl Scouts and gymnastics, it's awesome! We bought the matching lunchbox this time so I am excited to see how well that works!
July 7, 2015
Rated 1 out of 5 by FamLLBean Uncomfortable straps (rough, stiff & hurt neck)
We were so excited for this backpack to arrive and when it did, we *could not believe* how incredibly uncomfortable the straps felt! The straps hit too high and actually rub up against your neck rather than rest on your shoulders. The straps themselves are far too rough and stiff making the bag very uncomfortable to carry. We have been very happy with all of our purchases at LL Bean over the years. This purchase; however, was a big disappointment.
July 1, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by Barnum Issue Resolved With Great Customer Service
These back packs are awesome! I am in Canada (Ontario) and I have continued to spend the little extra on duties/exchange rate to buy these back packs for my kids (now age 5 and 8).
For the first time ever I had an issue with my 8 year olds back pack and I just finished having a live chat with a customer service rep. I bought the pack in May 2014 and here it is June 30, 2015 and the seam has come loose from fabric just above the front zipper.
Karl, the online chat customer service rep, was awesome and returning this backpack was not an issue even 13 months after the fact (AND it was monogrammed too). I can order another and use the return paperwork in the new shipment to return the damaged pack for a full refund on product and duties.
These bags are awesome as I said and stand up to everything. Product AND service is worth it! Sizes are convenient too for what the kids need to bring back and forth to school at that age.
June 30, 2015
Rated 4 out of 5 by Elena Still without water bottle pockets...
I bought this backpack first time 6 years ago when my oldest child started Kindergarten. The only negative is absence of water bottle pockets. Nobody uses pencil holders in the backpack but everybody brings a water bottle to school!
Since then I wanted to buy this backpack on a couple of other occasions for my other kids when they started K but decided against it only due to the lack of these side pockets. Today I came to buy a backpack for my youngest and the issue persists after all these years. Many reviewers have pointed it out and sadly LLBean chooses to ignore.
June 29, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by sbbest Just what we needed...
I purchased my daughter's first and only backpack from LLBean when she started kindergarten, this fall she starts the 4th grade. We also purchased a matching lunchbox which is also in great shape. We now homeschool but she still carries both almost daily. We have had no complaints or problems with the zippers or pack. It washes well and looks brand new when clean. We loved her backpack so much, we ordered her brother one last year when he begin kindergarten. At this point the only reason we would think about replacing them is to get larger deluxe model to carry more books.
June 17, 2015