Rated 5 out of 5 by sg12 4 Year and Still Going!
I bought this for my daughter as she was starting Kindergarten and she has just finished 3rd grade. She has used this backpack for 4 years and it is still in fantastic shape! I was honestly hoping to get 2 years out of it, but we have gotten 4 and we are still going. After the 2nd year (and each year after) I have asked her if she wants a new backpack, but once I run hers through the washing machine hers pretty much looks as good as new and she hasn't wanted a new one. I almost feel guilty that it has held up as well as it has, but I have given her the option of a new one...a new L.L. Bean, of course ;)
She is not at all "easy" on this, it gets drug, thrown, you name it, but there is not a single hole. The only noticeable wear I can see after 4 years is a few of the letters from the L.L. Bean logo have peeled off and a little of the reflective piping has worn away (and she could have peeled both the letters and piping herself). Nothing else, the backpack itself is in perfect shape.
I've read a lot of negative comments about the side mesh pockets... They have actually worked perfect for my daughter. Her school sells the mini water bottles for lunch and those fit perfectly. The side zipper pockets hold her glasses case very well. No complaints at all, I have a 2nd one waiting for when my son starts school next year!
June 29, 2014
Rated 4 out of 5
by JHBopinions Almost perfect for my young grade schooler
I bought this for my daughter ( Her choice: she liked the blue with dolphins! ) two or so years ago. She has used it for kindergarten and first grade. We intend to use it until she needs a bigger one! The only complaint I have is that the mesh pockets on the outside, advertised as good for water bottles, are actually too shallow to hold a water bottle. I have sent them in there with her before, and when she arrived at her destination, the bottle had fallen out. They don't even fit a standard child-sized reusable bottle, or a 16 oz Poland Springs type! The shape of the mesh pocket isn't ideal for holding anything rounded, and if there is anything in the zipper pocket that the mesh is sewn into, there is even less room.
June 27, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by AHOMEBOUNDSHOPPER RETURN for CHALLENGED Adults!!!!
PLEASE bring back your wheeled Critter Backpack!!!
As an adult person with MS, this is the ONLY backpack that
is managable for me to use on my own! The wheels
and the multiple external pockets are so very valuable....
It is very unfortunate that you have discontinued carrying
this item-- both the wheeled and standard Critter Backpack styles!
THANK YOU for developing such a perfect product!
May 24, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by aprilj303 High quality backpack
My son has carried this backpack for three years now and it looks as good today as it did three years ago. The fabric is stick crisp and the colors are bright. The threading on the embroidery is pristine. The zippers are tight.
We are very pleased with this backpack. Highly recommended!
August 20, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by CentrevilleMom Great pack why discontinue it?
We bought our 1st bag when my DD started K and she is taking it to 3rd this year still in perfect condition. My other 2 DD also have them and I am so sad that my sons will not get to use this bag. They have really held up and the lunch box is a great addition. Hope they reconsider and bring it back.
August 16, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by VaMomOfThree excellent elementary school bag
Washes great! This will be the 5th year my son has carried his critter pack. Worth the money! Lots of space.
August 15, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by CarpMom The One That Lasted
I am sad to see them discontinuing this bag. We have had one for four years and there are only a few small holes beginning to form despite it being dragged around and overfilled. Before this we went through a few backpacks a year. It is a good performer.
August 5, 2013
Rated 3 out of 5 by ACAmom Shark critter backpack
We have a old critter pack from LL Bean which has the embroidered tarantula on it. I have to tell LL Bean to please go back to the old design. The old zipper pulls were nice,the older style also had a full zipper. The design on the old bag was much nicer. My son wanted a change and that is why we got the shark bag. I do love the LL Bean backpacks and the Great service they have. Please consider the old critter backpack design.
July 30, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by swimgirl1209 teacher/grad student/swim coach loves this bookbag
I received this backpack in the summer of 2004 ... right before I went back to school as a teacher and a grad student. IT FIT EVERYTHING!!! Laptop, 2 - 3 large and heavy textbooks, Binder, 2 five subject notebooks, long planbook with tons of plans and towel and bathing suit to boot. I still use it today ... school, beach, day trips, roadtrips, travel abroad, national parks, and to disneyworld ... it holds everything!!! Zippers still work great, velco still sticks. I have washed it once or twice due to dirt.
July 27, 2013
Rated 4 out of 5 by SuperMomShopaholic Llbean makes the best backpacks!
I bought 4 of these for my kids 6 years ago when my oldest was in Sr Kindergarten, we still have them all, and they still look new! My grade 6 son has decided he needs something bigger so we're looking to upgrade to the super deluxe pack which I expect will last the rest of his educational career. The only thing wrong with the critter packs is that they're small so kids outgrow them which seems crazy 'since some of my friends buy their kids new backpacks every fall! Keep up the good work LLBean!
July 24, 2013