Rated 4 out of 5áby AJMcK Great except for 1 thing
My son used this back pack for all of fourth grade. It held up well and looks practically new except for one thing - the top "hanging" handle is fraying and pulling off on one side. Besides that, it worked well for him this year. Enough space and pockets to keep things organized. I'm not crazy about the front pocket being open - he liked to stow his library books there and I was always afraid they would fall out.
July 25, 2016
Rated 5 out of 5áby Tracylyn Great Backpack
This backpack has lasted kindergarten through 2nd grade. We could contine to use for 3rd grade but we needed a little more room. Great price for a quality backpack.
July 15, 2016
Rated 5 out of 5áby LSAJML Great bag, need more color options
I bought the blue for my son a couple years ago and it still looks new. I love it! Not many backpacks have the water bottle pocket on the sides, that's a must for us in Arizona. My only complaint is that I want one for my daughter who is starting school this year, but the colors are all very boyish. It only comes in blue, green, and orange. Even the patterned ones are green. Would love a pink or purple option!
July 7, 2016
Rated 5 out of 5áby SchnauzeringAround Going on 3 years
We ordered this backpack in the red camo print for my son about 3 years ago when he started 1st grade and he's in 4th grade now. He is in his 3rd school year of using this backpack and I can say I think this has lasted like iron, he tends to be rough on items and this backpack takes all the wear and tear you can give it and still looks like new. It washes great, Most of the time I wash it about once a year unless there has been a spill and it requires another washing. But I can not say enough positive things about this backpack. I ordered the jr backpack for my daughter and it's still working well, she is on 2 years for hers but the reflector material is starting to scrap off but he's is still looking pretty good. I do wish they had more prints in this backpack and aren't planning on retire it. We especially like how the lunch box fits right in the front. It makes it very convenient.
December 20, 2015
Rated 1 out of 5áby semal OVERPRICED for Canadian customers
Canadian customers beware -- these prices are in USD and you have to pay duty. It's not clear anywhere on the website, checkout process or even on the invoice that the currency is USD.
I ordered this for my daughter, got the monogram (+$8). The shipping and handling was $16.53 (higher than estimated during checkout). The total cost was $64.48 USD. At the time of my purchase, this equaled $87.78 CDN--only realized this when checking my credit card statement. This bag is certainly not worth $90!! Luckily my daughter hadn't used it yet.
And now about the bag itself:
I bought this for my 5.5 year old -- she's tall for her age. It's a very large backpack -- too big for her to walk to school with. If it had a chest strap it might work better, but without one the straps fall off her shoulders. It would obviously fit lots of things, and would probably be fine if your [kindergarten/gr 1] child takes the bus and doesn't have to wear it for very long, but certainly too big for a 5/6/7 year old to carry for any amount of time. It's actually bigger (and the straps wider apart) than my own backpack.
Definitely returning this. Very disappointed with LLBean and will not order from them again.
September 3, 2015
Rated 4 out of 5áby MACinMA don't judge colors by photo
The butterfly pattern shown online looks like a white background with blue and turquoise butterflies, but in real life, the background is light green and the butterflies are shades of green. My daughter still likes it, but I think it looks better in the picture.
August 25, 2015
Rated 4 out of 5áby Piddle So far, so good!
I bought this backpack after extensive research from other brands and also with other styles of LL Bean packs. After looking at return policies and reviews on other brands, you just can't go wrong with choosing LL Bean. I did have to weigh all the options between their Original, Deluxe, Deluxe Plus, Discovery and Explorer packs. I have a very petite 6 yr old daughter entering into first grade and every backpack she tried on in the stores was just huge on her. I needed a pack that would fit her body correctly but also fit plenty of items and that she would still be able to use storage wise at least through 3rd grade. I also wanted a pack with 2 large main compartments so that I can separate her lunch from her books and also had outside mesh water bottle holders. This pack met all of our qualifications, not too big- not too small, seems good quality, the Monogram came out great and she can definitely use for a few years for school. When her schoolwork out grows the pack I will upgrade to the Deluxe Plus pack and this Explorer pack will be excellent for traveling. Once she has put this one through the ringer the first few months of school I will update my review with how it's holding up.
August 18, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5áby EMMM Great backpack
My 5 year old daughter loves this backpack - we bought it for kindergarten. Plenty of space and secure compartments. She loves the purple sweetie bird print as well.
August 5, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5áby Elena Practically perfect in every way!
My son has been using this backpack daily for the past 2 years. It still looks like the day we received it in the mail! Plenty of room (compartments) for everything a 3rd grader needs to carry. We appreciate the mesh pockets for water bottle - something that's still missing in LLBean's Original backpacks... I have no doubts that this backpack will last till middle school - well worth the money and time I otherwise would have spent looking for a new one every year.
June 29, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5áby MainiacinGeorgia Awesome Backpacks!
I bought my daughters backpacks like these (I'm not sure it's the exact same model because it was a long time ago) when they entered kindergarten. They are headed into 8th grade this year and are still using them! They have held up beautifully. I offered to buy them new ones when they hit middle school, but they were happy with what they have. Given the fact that they are fully loaded on a daily basis and even the zippers have held up, the quality has been nothing short of fantastic.
June 3, 2015