Rated 1 out of 5 by canuckmum this one falls apart
We have had your book bags for years but this messenger bag can't stand the daily teenage girl use. Too bad. Won't buy another one and it has put us off trying other bags of yours--we'll still buy the book bags but that's about it.
Sorry LLBean but you missed with this one.
June 17, 2014
Rated 3 out of 5 by Lindasmom Returning
My daughter likes this bag it's roomy and nice pockets but I'm returning it because the seam by zipper is tearing. I've read some reviews now that say others have had the same issue. Wish it held up better. Returning and getting a super deluxe book pack back pack. Hoping that holds up as well as our last 2 back packs. They seem indestructible
March 25, 2014
Rated 3 out of 5 by JLAS Not as expected
This is a nice roomy bag, lots of pockets for storage. We've had to replace two of these bags now because they are tearing at the seams. We purchased in August and had to get a replacement in October and now we're working on getting a third bag in March. My son is only in 6th grade so, the bag isn't being abused by over sized books, etc. I wouldn't recommend the bag, the only benefit is that customer service and getting a replacement was seamless and no hassle at all. I give it 5 stars for service, 2 for the bag itself.
March 8, 2014
Rated 2 out of 5 by TCTC could use a couple of tweaks
I found a couple of issues when trying out this messenger bag and unfortunately, they are annoying enough for me to return it.
The buckle closures on the flap are cumbersome enough that I can see myself not using it, but as I live in a crowded city, I want to close my bag securely. I wish this bag has velcro closure for the flap. I also wish there is a keeper for the shoulder strap "tail". Right now the excess strap just hangs and flaps around.
November 22, 2013
Rated 4 out of 5 by Edamommy We're on bag #2 - love it!
My daughter is in 4th grade. Last year, she was into the solids, and this year into prints. Last year we had this bag in a medium and this year we have the print large.
Both bags are great. Last year's bag is now mine, and this large print bag is roomy enough for the ridiculous 3" binder she has to tote to and from school.
My only small issue is that the strap on the print/large model is very twisty. THe other bag is not. So, it twists up and twists into the shoulder strap, which is a little annoying. I would also like a detachlable or more adjustable strap.
But, we have not run into the same quality issue that other writers have mentioned. No rips or other issues. The material on the print does seem 'lighter' than the solid, but both are very durable. Don't get monogramming if you get the print unless you specify a high-contrast thread - ours is barely visible.
October 24, 2013
Rated 4 out of 5 by CanadianBean great bag
My daughter has been using this since halfway through the last school year.
She loves it. It still looks great enough to use this year.
Only negative is that the strap is a little long for a child her size, she is petite.
I was going to shorten the strap by sewing it but she deals with it ok.
Pink swirls are a hit with her.
September 6, 2013
Rated 1 out of 5 by DisneyMama Ripped on the 6th day of school
I ordered this bag in medium for my daughter to use for elementary school and she is very careful with her belongings; her original plus backpack from kindergarten still looks like brand new. This messenger bag only held a folder, lunch bag, water bottle and a pencil bag- no heavy books. On the 6th day of school we noticed the lining ripped away from the black trim on the front of the bag, between the snaps. Of course the color is sold out and we have the matching lunchbox; now we are looking for a replacement messenger after the start of the school year and all the good colors are sold out. We own so many bags from LL Bean from backpacks to adventure duffles and this is the first time I have been disappointed in the quality.
September 5, 2013
Rated 1 out of 5 by mystic2780 Would not recommend
I bought this bag for my daughter who just started middle school. I was disappointed when I received it.. I expected it to be a durable, rugged bag but I noticed right away that the quality seemed very poor and the material was very thin and flimsy. Other than not fitting her needs I would not order this backpack again because of the poor quality.
August 12, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5
by Catsndogz Unbelievable quality & durability
I purchased my LL Bean Messenger bag almost 25 years ago. They weren't even called Messenger bags back then. Since that time I have dragged this bag around the world. I lived in the jungle in Costa Rica, moved across the ocean to Hawaii and traveled all over North America. My LL Bean bag carried my most valuable things. I recently took a trip to Hawaii to revisit... the airline had severe luggage restrictions so my LL Bean bag was my carry-on and was so stuffed, I was worried it might finally split. Never happened! This bag is not even scuffed and except for the cat hair on it, looks like I bought it yesterday. Nothing you can buy today compares with the amazing quality and durability of this bag. Whatever they want to charge for it is well worth it. I highly recomend LL Bean to you.
August 10, 2013
Rated 4 out of 5 by Trottahead Love it!
Love the bag! I over load this think & have no problems. I only gave it 4 instead of 5 stars because I though the material should be a little thicker.
July 11, 2013