Rated 5 out of 5 by Andrew3239 Best Backpack I've Ever Owned
I received this backpack as a birthday gift just before entering my freshman year of high school. I had been begging my parents for it for years, and they finally gave in. This backpack has exceeded all of my expectations. I am graduating high school in less than a month, and this bag shows almost no signs of aging. It has withstood four years of honors and AP coursework being constantly lugged around, along with countless vacations and camping trips and overnight trips and trips to the beach or to a friends house or anywhere else you could imagine. There is nothing that this bag cannot carry. It is a must have for high school and beyond. I recommend it to every single person that gives me the chance. My future family will never own anything other than an LLBean Backpack.
May 5, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by Matliff Excellent pack
I have owned this pack for over 10 years.As an avid day hiker, camper, and active full time fireman, I use this pack daily to carry anything that I could get to fit in it from large rocks to my 15lb dogs. Ive used it as a carry-on overnight bag for planes and a change of clothes on overnight hikes. I'm looking to replace it because all the heavy duty things i have transported through the years has caused the waterproof lining to deteriorate. One of the best features is the "shoe/boot" compartment on bottom. It keeps my dirty shoes away from my clean clothes. I am buying the same bag for replacement. just wish they still had it in hunter green
April 26, 2012
Rated 2 out of 5 by Mom2HighSchooler Slightly Disappointed
The bottom of the main compartment wore a hole quickly into the gym compartment. I don't think the fabric is very durable to support the weight that is needed for the books. This back pack does not have a lap top compartment which can pose a problem with a high schooler that is required to bring a laptop to school. LLBean graciously exchanged the backpack for a different one with no problems what so ever! LLBean is awesome!
July 22, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by FussyStudent Great Backpack--only needs one additional feature
This is a wonderful backpack for busy high school and college kids who take their life with them for the day and afterschool activities. The only feature that would make it better is a laptop sleeve. With today's technology, many, many kids carry a laptop, a notebook or a combination product with them and a sleeve in the main compartment would be a welcome addition to this backpack.
BTW: The bottom compartment easily holds large men's athletic shoes, a t-shirt and shorts or a change of shoes in winter when boots are necessary.
July 22, 2014
Rated 3 out of 5 by Penmertz Holds a lot, doesn't take heavy use that well
I bought this last fall for my son as he was entering the 5th grade. I love that it held all of his books and notebooks. Also, LOVE the bottom compartment - it was a lifesaver for after school sport activities (clothes, gloves, etc).
However, I was disappointed that so many of the rubberized pieces on the outside fell off and the stretch cord did as well. I would have expected to get at least 2 years of use from this pack before experiencing these issues. I feel as though I need to buy another backpack for this school year as this one is in such rough shape.
July 13, 2014
Rated 4 out of 5 by LindaC one flaw
These are very roomy and extremely rugged back packs with one flaw. The anchors for the external bungie cords catch on things (lockers etc) and rip off. LL Bean, as usual, has been great about exchanginng them.
July 12, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by KKMP Lives Up To Its Name
After blowing through "Office Store" backpacks in weeks, I bought this for my high school son who carries the contents of his locker around. We have not needed another backpack and this same one is ready to begin the school year in the fall. Yea LLBean!
July 2, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by Mom1999 Great Backpack!
We purchased this backpack 2 years ago and are just about to replace it only because it's getting a little ragged around the edges. Previous backpacks only held up for a few months so we couldn't be more pleased with this one. My son fully loads this bag every day, he's not a big fan of lockers, and it held up beautifully. Zippers are still intact, the only thing that broke almost immediately was the crisscross straps on the outside and he really wouldn't have used them anyway. We never used the bottom compartment so I wish they made this backpack without it. Highly recommend it and we'll definitely buy another one.
July 1, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by babyirene Great School Bag
I bought this bag in 2012 for my daughter when she started middle school. She is hard on school bags. I thought the price was a little high, but it is worth it. This bag has stood up to all her abuse and is still in great condition. She even took to Europe last summer, when she visited seven countries. I threw it the washer and dryer and it looked new! It is a very durable bag. I love that it has room for all her binders and textbook. She never has to carry anything any more. I would buy another one!!
July 1, 2014
Rated 4 out of 5 by Rasco No Laptop Sleeve
I love the look, I love the fact that it is an LL Bean product which will mean quality and durability. What I didn't catch in the description is that it did not have a laptop pocket.
However, because it is LL Bean, they of course would accept it back, even though it had been monogrammed.
The on line chat with Sebrina was quick and painless. Thank you.
June 28, 2014