Rated 5 out of 5 by Fromthehighdesert Wonderful for Smaller Framed Children
I ordered this print in the Original Backpack for my son last year. I then ordered two of these plus backpacks as gifts for larger elementary children. When they arrived, I had my son try one on for size. While this pack has a larger capacity, due to its design, it fit my son so much better than the Original. I couldn't justify buying another backpack for the same school year, so I decided to wait until stocking up for next year. I'm sorry that there isn't a greater selection this year, but that's okay. My son liked the pattern very much. My only suggestion is to NOT have it monogrammed as we made numerous attempts at monogramming these bags. But, due to the pattern, the monogram needs to be PERFECTLY centered or it stands out like a sore thumb. L.L.Bean was wonderful at the returns, though. Very happy with the customer service.
June 10, 2015
Rated 2 out of 5 by sandiegomomof5 too small!!!
I bought the Junior Original for my Kindergartner last year, and the size was fine. As a birthday gift I bought him the Original Plus to finish out first grade. What an unpleasant surprise to find that this bag is nearly the SAME EXACT SIZE. I feel foolish for spending this kind of money on monogramming a backpack that would be better suited for his little brother entering kindergarten. In the future I will look for a MUCH LARGER backpack and skip the monogramming.
February 25, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by Faynomenal BEST Backpacks EVER!!!
I bought each of my kids (I have two) one of these backpacks 3 years ago and they are still showing no wear and no rips. They are amazingly sturdy. My kids don't treat them gently either. They'll stuff them with anything and everything and drag them across the ground. I used to buy a new backpack every year until I got these. I am so impressed with them. I also got the matching lunch kits and they are just as sturdy and in just as good shape. Thank you LLbean. I highly recommend them to anyone.
November 21, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by Fromthehighdesert The Best Packpack for Kids!
Last Christmas I purchased the Original backpack in this print for my, then, five year old son. A gift for Christmas, the purchase was to eventually replace a well worn Junior backpack which ended up lasting three years of being dragged, thrown and stomped on. I was so impressed with the bag, that this year I decided to order two more as Christmas gifts for two brothers, one in red and one in blue. As L.L. Bean was sold out of one of the blue in this print in the Original, I ordered two of the Original Plus instead. Wow! I'm impressed! I wish I had ordered this one for my son last year. It would be perfect for all his needs, i.e., the side mesh pocket for a water bottle, the extra zippered compartment for a change of clothes and a little shorter [not much] for his torso. And, I'm sure the brothers will get many years of use no matter how rough they are on them as the material is super thick. My only problem now is, how do I justify purchasing another backpack for my son as his Original is in pristine shape and will probably last another two years [at least]?
October 16, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by Karin1344 1 bag, 2 kids - finally need an upgrade
We bought this bag when Claire, my oldest was in kindergarden. She used it until 4th grade and we gave it to my then preschooler, Laura. She is entering 2nd grade and we need to upgrade only because Laura needs something larger (different school, more homework). In past years I kept thinking.. this year we will need to get a new bag...and every year have been proven wrong. 9 years with two not-so-gentle girls who walk home everyday in all types of weather. The best school investment we have made.
August 9, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by Solnyshka Best Backpack, 2 generations of LL Bean fans!!!
My daughter is now getting her 2nd year out of this backpack. It has held up well, with little wear. It's nice to be able to pass on the tradition I grew up with to her. 20 years later and LL Bean is still making fantastic products. Her matching lunch box held up, but received more abuse. A little cleaning and it will be like new again.
August 3, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by Amk1824 back for childhood.
We were extremely happy with our backpack purchase. He got to pick a cool design that looked like a navy blue wave/camo combo. It has multiple compartments and feels really sturdy. He demolished his original backpack bought in a department store so we knew we needed a higher quality bag. We found it. We were originally afraid that it might be a touch a big for my kindergarten kiddo but he handles it just fine. I also love the lifetime guarantee. I know we have the bag that will take all the way through elementary school.
January 8, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by SophieR Sophie's backpack
As usual, the backpack is sturdy and well-designed. Sophie is five years old and will make excellent use of this item. These are the best backpacks in the world. No doubt it will receive years of hard wear going to and from school and general daily use.
January 2, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by Redheadedmom Just the right size
Not to big for a slightly built 8yr old girl. Not to tall, but able to drop a 2 1/2 inch-three ring binder in with no trouble at all. That was our goal. We would recommend this highly. Little girls like this print and her 13 yr old sister thought it was cool, too!
December 13, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by NoCal2013 Love L.L. Bean!
I bought the original book bag plus in July 2013 and my daughter was ready for the year. Now that it's December 2013 I decided to wash it up. Well, for whatever reason the strap broke that held the shoulder strap to the backpack. I called up L.L. Bean and immediately was told they would send out the same bag as a replacement since the item was defective. I'm returning the defective item and I'm so happy they are replacing it! I knew their products were worth the extra money and this proves that my decision to purchase from L.L. Bean was worth it! I will be buying another one in a year for my other child since they have proven they stand by their products.
December 9, 2013