Rated 4 out of 5 by BigDaddySr Almost great but concerned
The design, size, and accessibility are all fantastic. I use the bag for travel maybe a half dozen times a year. The hooks attaching the netting have come loose. If the bag was used continuously I would be less concerned, but that is not the case. I am sure L.L. Bean will stand behind it.
May 21, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by missylee007 Wow
My teenage son has an inconveniently located locker at his high school. He is forced to carry all of his items with him all day long. Luckily he is a strong lad, as this backpack weighs in around 34 pounds (yes 34.) However, he is able to carry this weight around because of the ergonomic design of this backpack.
The way in which this pack functions in it's available pockets and strong zippers works well in conjunction with the padded backing resulting in a great pack.
Worth every penny, we are ordering another for his brother.
May 11, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by 12oclock Great backpack
I have used this backpack for the past (5) five years from a bus ride down the boulevard to the laundry room and up and down the bike path in Lake Tahoe. Comfortable with (20) twenty pounds in the backpack on my back from a (15-20_ mile bike trek. The padding in the backpack is great and comfortable and I would recommended this pack to everyone that carries a lot of stuff.
Three(3) laptops, (2) two Toshiba (15.3) inch and one Net book (10.2) a long with supplements, clothes iPod, iShuffles, books, food and many other items.
In the pouring down rain and on a hot summer day at (6000ft) the pack held true and lived up to what is described by the manufactures.
The price is great for a students budget and the results are fantastic.
Thank you LL Bean.
May 3, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by Jutyna backpack forever
I bought this backpack for my son 8 years ago (when he was still in middle school) and as of today still looks and works like i purchased this couple months ago .
The quality of this product is amazing .
When i asked him if he wants me to buy a new one for collage (i'm also king of tired of the color since i have been looking at the same thing for some many years) he told me no since the once he has is like new.
April 30, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by LivetoRun Awesome Backpack
My son has had this backpack for 3 years. One of the straps is finally ready to come off, but I have zero complaints. My son has carried over 50 lbs of books and any number of binders in this backpack since he got it. The bottom compartment for "clothes" holds more textbooks. He does not have a locker so his whole school life is in this backpack. He will tell you he has never not been able to get one more thing in it as it is an endless pit of acceptance. I agree when I look at it. There is simply is NO other backpack that can meet and withstand my son's needs...let alone meet and exceed his needs for the last 3 years. Historically, he would go through 2-3 heavy duty backpacks a year, not 1 backpack in 3 years. Thanks Mom for getting it for him!! Although I have heard of people returning their LL Bean backpacks when they break, I will gladly be paying for another one because their lifetime guarantee is if you are "not satisfied." I cannot even begin to utter those words. This backpack has been a Godsend and has performed admirably under extreme duress. We will be having a memorial service for it when its replacement comes.
March 29, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by Drawingbeader Still goin' strong
My son loves this backpack, and it is surviving going back and forth between U.S. and U.K.
February 25, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by NcubsX3 Perfect!
This backpack has been absolutely perfect for my 11 year old boy. We are half way through the school year and it looks like brand new. I fully expect he'll get several more years use out of this backpack, which is what I intended when I decided to spend so much. Pricey but worth every cent!
February 12, 2015
Rated 2 out of 5 by mommakat12 My son's ripped
my son used his as a schoolbag for 5 months but it ripped at the seam on top. He doesn't carry textbooks, only a binder and notepads. I am exchanging it so I hope it was a fluke and the next one lives up to LLBean standards.
February 3, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by Wjagreen Great Bag
Once I received the bag, I was very happy with size of the bag. The number of compartments was great. The bottom part of the bag that holds the shoes is amazing. It is big enough to hold my size 14 shoes. I use the bike to ride to work and It has worked wonders. It is spacious enough to keep a change of clothes, lunch, and my shoes as well as various other thinks such as my hand warmers, walllet, towel and sketch pad I always carry with me. It fits all of this comfortably and I still have space to add more if need be. The bag is very reflective, while on the bike it increases my visibility tremendously. I have rode through snow, sleet and rain and all of my contents on the inside have remained dry, even after an hour ride.
January 28, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by GIndy Sturdy pack
My son carries 35 lbs+ books in his pack every day, throughout the (high school) day. We don't expect regular packs to hold up. This one has been fine, although within the first week, all of the knobs that hold the outside cord fell off. With a full load, you have to be careful about zipper end placement. If the zippers meet at a corner, they open while being carried and things start to fall out.
Also, the description says room to spare, and that is definitely not the case. My son's lunch is squished every day, and the seams on the pack are strained. Halfway through the school year, I am watching a few corner seams for possible fraying, as they are stretched and exposed.
We are hoping it will last for two years, though I am anticipating needing a new pack each year.
January 28, 2015