Rated 4 out of 5áby MrsH927 Great! But could use a little more
We have loved this backpack. Purchased for my daughter in 2014. She was entering first grade and her current one could not hold a folder completely, this was the perfect size for her (although she is tall for her age).
Comfortable.. I never hear complains on comfort
Washes well..put through washing machine over Christmas, Spring, and Summer breaks- always came out clean and new looking.
Capacity..Holds her 1.5'' Binder, 2 Workbooks, 2 slim books. Plastic pencil case with room to spare.
Wear/Tear.. I read these reviews of people that have these bags for all of Elementary school.. ours has lasted 2 years. There are holes on the bottom side and need to be replaced. Maybe it is my child and her rough nature :/ but I expected for it to last longer.
Bottle Holder...or lack of. I knew this when i purchased it, didn't think it would matter then but it would be nice to have it.
Overall I would recommend this for the kiddos. I considered buying two more, one to replace my daughter's and one for my soon to be pre-K student. We decided to go with a different brand for the pattern selection. I still feel this is an excellent product and a great price for what you get. I've seen backpacks at local superstores for similar price and I know they could not last through a full school year.
LLBean, please consider adding a bottle pocket at this size, maybe having a selection with and one without the bottle pocket. :)
April 23, 2016
Rated 3 out of 5áby MommaKatie Disappointed in COLOR
We've been LL Bean shoppers for years now. We have four children (all rough boys) and wanted the best back packs for them! The LL Bean line is some of the sturdiest around. However, the color choices are less than appealing. One of my children was in need of a larger back pack for school (his junior size one is still in fantastic condition but is no longer large enough to meet his needs). He was SO EXCITED when we discovered there was a green option in the original size. When it arrived in the mail today we were both really disappointed. I guess we both assumed it was the same shade of green as his junior back pack, but it's more of a neon green/yellow. He'll use it because he has no other choice, but he's not very happy about the color. I'm not very happy either. I know in the grande scheme of things back pack color isn't the biggest deal, but when you have a little boy who wants to have his favorite color just like his brothers have theirs it really matters!! LL Bean needs to seriously consider getting better colors!!!!! I mean, seriously, no classic green in the back packs??? They don't even have the lime green they used to offer. Big bummer!
February 9, 2016
Rated 5 out of 5áby gracegirl Fantastic Bookbag
After buying two $10 or less bookbags within six months I was done with it!! This is an amazing bookbag. It is sturdy for the abuse my little one is going to give it. The straps are tough and padded and the inside of the bag is padded also. The colors are vibrant and beautiful and the reflective strip is a nice touch. I know some compained there was no other pocket for water bottles. However since there are three outer pockets, I am going against the others and saying I am fine with that. I have no problems with finding a place for the bottle. This is an amazing purchase and worth every penny it costs.
February 5, 2016
Rated 4 out of 5áby wyatt700 Sturdy backpack
This backpack is so sturdy. I can see it lasting for a very long time unlike most backpacks for the kids including high end brands.
The only reason I gave 4 stars is that I wish it came with a water bottle holder on the side.
November 11, 2015
Rated 2 out of 5áby eComProMom Bad zipper
Something about the material of this backpack makes the zipper get stuck constantly. There is a flap of material that folds over the zipper, and unless you fold it back you're going to end up with a stuck zipper. After loosening it numerous times, it finally broke and I have to return it. I purchased it on 9/11/15 and am returning it on 11/17/15.
The size is great for holding a lunch box, two snacks and 8x11 folders for a kindergartner's school work.
November 7, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5áby ehickey Awesome!
I bought this backpack for my oldest son when he was in 2nd grade. He used it and abused it right up through the end of high school, at which time my second son started using it. More use and real abuse and it has only now broken a zipper. With the weight of the books these kids carry today and the way these packs get thrown around, I wouldn't be surprised to have gone through 2 packs a year. Instead, this one lasted (and is still going-for the most part, although a bit worse for the wear) for almost 15 years.
This is only one of the reasons why I buy LLBean.
October 17, 2015
Rated 2 out of 5áby Kspeck No water bottle holder!!
Overall the backpack is fine - sturdy, cute design but there is not a holder on the side for a water bottle. It is so frustrating. All the kids brings water bottles to school. And unless you tighten the bottle just right they can leak - onto books and papers. Wish I could return but we've used it a bunch already. I thought this was a standard feature of backpacks these days.
October 13, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5áby achung23 Perfect backpack for the pint-er-sized student.
Our second grader is on the petite side of life. She had a need for a bookbag with some style and flair, but would be durable enough for the comings and goings of a 6 year old. We saw that ubiquitous LL Bean Deluxe backpack was an option, but it was much too large for her frame and her schooling needs. While a great backpack, she needed something a bit smaller but not as small as an un-useful tiny backpack. This fits the bill perfectly. She looks the look, and we love the quality of the backpack.
October 7, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5áby LongtimeLLBeanpersonfan MORE colors needed
Still waiting for more colors to be added to this line of back packs. Great bag with limited color selection. I have an OLD navy blue one that I use on the weekends but do not want another navy blue, or any shade of blue for a bag I can use during the week. And I'm not a red or faded purple kind of gal. LL Bean used to have a great deep green back pack, that would be a nice change.
September 29, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5áby catznjazz Never Buy Anything Else!
I bought my daughter one in the 7th grade and she carried it in college. I have bought one for each of her girls, too. You can pay more, but you will never beat the quality.
September 27, 2015