Rated 5 out of 5áby Dulcenea Sturdy, spacious, good value
Well constructed with plenty of room, and with enough spaces for things that everything doesn't just get lost and crumpled up at the bottom.
March 8, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5áby Arbara Awesome backpack!
I absolutely LOVE this backpack. The entire layout is perfect. Pockets and spaces and compartments and little storage areas for all my needs. It took me awhile to discover all the zippers and features. This is one cool backpack. The gray color scheme is very classy. The zippers work smoothly. The material is durable. What a deal for the price!!
March 5, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5áby 1of3shoppers Well Made, Great Color
I purchased this for my 10th grader. It is light, well made and a great color. Yesterday, she commented about how much more comfortable it was then her other one. My 8th grader will be getting this backpack as well......as soon as she figures out what color she wants!
February 26, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5áby AcademiaDude A versatile backpack
Have had this backpack (blue) for 1 full year and I rate it as excellent. I upgraded from the LLBean Deluxe Backpack (a slightly smaller one) and really liked my new "taller," larger pack with the exception of the front pocket, which could have improved, easy-access mini slots/compartments for more pens, highlighters, and small items that could easily get "lost" in the roomy bottom area of the front pocket.
Otherwise, this is a very useful back for me in graduate school and beyond. I also use it to travel abroad, usually filled to the brim with personal items, books, and a 15" laptop. The pack is comfortable to carry and looks very sturdy in construction, particularly the straps (I'll have to continue to monitor the zipper, which is usually the first thing to go). The most fun features for me are the elastic pockets outside the bag; I use the side ones for water bottle and umbrella and the mesh pocket on the shoulder strap holds my iPhone that doubles as a flashlight when I bicycle in the evenings.
I just realised that I may have "fallen for" this bag. I'm on the brink of giving her a name. Any suggestions?
February 21, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5áby youngmom215 Great Bag
The bag is very nice. I was surprised it arrived so quickly. It has great padding and enough pockets for all of my stuff. I can fit my laptop and my binders. This defintely was a great purchase.
February 19, 2014
Rated 3 out of 5
áby CeallaighNYC It's okay but I miss my old one...
I had one of those L.L.Bean Aloha flower backpacks from 6th grade until the beginning of my senior year of college. It was awesome - lasted ten years and really fit an unbelievable amount of things. Although it has the same volume as this backpack, it seemed to be wider and not as deep whereas the North Ridge Backpack is deeper but not as wide. The width/depth is generally a preference thing, though.
The padding is pretty good. I used to get back spasms near the end of my old backpack's life due to where it laid and the amount of books I have to carry plus my job - it didn't have much padding. I've noticed a significant decrease since I got this one. I ended up getting the lime green which is nice and the colour it's advertised as. The side pockets for waterbottles are really convenient. There's a laptop pocket in the main compartment as well as a little pocket thing attached to that one and another one on the other side of the inside - sometimes I get books or folders caught on the pocket when trying to put it in. The front pocket is pretty big. The cords are nice - I've used them to hold my character shoes and I didn't have to worry about them falling out. There's also a little pocket on the top of the inside and a little one on the top of the front/outside that's perfect for an external hard drive. I try to not expose it to the elements too much but it's done pretty well in a little bit of rain and whatnot. I've never noticed anything on the inside get wet. The cell phone holder on the shoulder strap isn't big enough for an Android if that matters at all.
Generally I'd say it's a good backpack and will probably last because L.L. Bean rocks but I'm not sure it was the best choice for me.
I attached a picture of the inside. Like I said, there's a big laptop pocket. Attached to that (you can see a green line) is a little pocket for a folder/notebook, then another slightly wider pocket on the other side (other green line) and a pocket at the top with a zipper for a discman, phone, valuables, medicine/feminine products, etc. Hope this helps!
February 15, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5áby GuidoGirl Excellent Multi-Use Backpack
My daughters needed to replace their old LL Bean book bags. (They really are guaranteed for life!) Because of color choices and the desire to have a more versatile bag, each chose the North Ridge Backpack in a different color. They were a little disappointed that monogramming was not available on the new bags, but the features of the new bags quickly helped them get over that. My younger daughter has room for all of her folders and supplies (even her PE shoes). My older daughter likes that she can remove her school supplies and use it for trips and camp. She is a high school junior and is planning to use this backpack as her college book bag.
February 12, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5áby nanastudent Awesome bag!
I am returning to college after all my kids are grown & bought this bag for my books & supplies. This is THE BAG!! Love it. It has the perfect amount of room, very durable, and the color is vibrant. While there are lots of pockets & places for everything, it is also very comfortable to carry and not overly bulky. Absolutely perfect!
January 22, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5áby fitsfamily my 6th grader replacing his kindergarten backpack!
It all of a sudden became apparent that my 6th grader's LLBean backpack from kindergarten needing to be "upgraded". He could have continued using it as it was still in great condition but needed more space for everything. He loves his new NorthRidge backpack and was excited to start using it. The one drawback is that it could actually be a bit larger in the main area as his binders are very large but everything seems to fit well enough so far. I researched other brands and came back to LLBean for their great customer service and famous (and true!) guarantee. If this new backpack stands up for half of the previous one, we will be thrilled!
January 22, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5áby HollyTerrace So many ways to organize your stuff, tons of room!
I took this bag on a long weekend trip and was able to fit everything I needed inside. There are tons of compartments to organize and separate all your stuff. The straps are firm and supportive but super comfortable. For all the road trips and overnight excursions I go on, it's important that I have a backpack can stand up to everything I put it through and that Can hold all of my stuff. Definitely recommend.
January 13, 2014