Rated 4 out of 5 by 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 5 by 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 5 by 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 5 by 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
Rated 5 out of 5 by GauchoheartBearblood Perfect for petite women
I saw this on 2 a Day and loved the red. I am 5' 1" and ordered this for myself. It is perfect for my frame. Great quality. Love the water bottle pocket on the side.
May 13, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 Makes Me Wish I Was In School!!!
This is our third L.L. Bean backpack purchase! We bought 2 Carryall Daypacks for our girls last year, (one in Kindergarten and the other in Preschool), because they wanted a more "mature" look. Both backpacks are still brand new after a year of cramming homework, tons of library books, lunchboxes, extra clothes, and everything else they had, but my Kindergartener needed something a bit bigger for 1st grade. This backpack will meet her needs though her academic career!!! I really wasn't expecting it to be so spacious. She can fit everything she needs in it, and it is still extremely lightweight. The only thing that is a very minor issue for us is that the hook to hang it up on is not reinforced like the one on her old Carryall Daypack. I really wish we could have kept that feature, however, we will be buying another one for our other daughter when she goes to 1st grade. As for the outside pocket that is open, we use that to store her jacket or extra uniform clothes, and it works out perfectly.
May 1, 2015
Rated 3 out of 5 by Baglady55 I had to return the Explorer Backpack
I needed a medium sized backpack for day trips to Chicago, or shopping trips. I saw the Explorer backpack and ordered it in turquoise on sale. It's made well, a nice size, and has a handy organizer pocket. But, the front outside pocket is "open" with no zipper and it's a complete waste, because anything you put in may slip out #as happened to me when the bag tipped over on its side#. My biggest complaint, though, are the outside mesh bottle pockets! They are HUGE! So huge, in fact, that a normal bottle slides right out when the bag is not completely upright. Very inconvenient. Even 2 bottles, in one pocket, are not a tight fit. Sent it back.
December 3, 2014
Rated 2 out of 5 by Chris208 Disappointed in Quality
This was my first LL Bean backpack purchase and I splurged assuming the quality would hold up for years. They are advertised as going from K-6 and up still 'looking like new.' I bought this one for my kindergartener, and within 3 months the hang loop has 90% frayed and torn out of the bag. He brings home one plastic folder with a few sheets of paper in it, and I send his snack in it as well. That's literally all that it has held lol. They hang their packs on hooks outside the room at school, and they are down low so there isn't any tugging either. I do love the various compartments this pack has, however I could not recommend. If he were to have to carry actual books and heavier objects I would be worried about seams pulling as well.
December 1, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by luckycat525 Excellent backpack for elementary school
Perfect backpack for kids - My daughter used it for all of 2nd grade and she's using it again this year. There are enough compartments to keep things organized and pockets for water bottles. Also, the black bottoms keep it from looking dirty. I wish there were more print color options for girls so I can buy one for my younger daughter next year!!!
August 19, 2014
Rated 3 out of 5 by MaineGirlinCA Want to love it - but the quality is lacking
I have purchased two of these for my daughter and I have been very disappointed in the quality. Specifically the "hang loop" at the top of the backpack. Maybe it's a California thing - but at our school the kids hang their backpacks on hooks outside their classroom. The first one we had the loop lasted less than six months before ripping out of the backpack. This was for a second grader who was not storing heavy textbooks - or anything really in the the bag while it was hanging. I assumed that there was a flaw with the specific backpack we purchased, so I replaced it with the same one.The second one made it through a school year - but will not likely make it through the next one as it is already starting to fail. We like everything else about the backpack, but given how they are used at our school, this is a major issue. I grew up in Maine and had the same LL Bean back pack from Middle school - college with no issues so I'm super loyal to the brand, but I hesitate to replace her current backpack with any other Bean backpack because they all seem to have this same construction flaw.
August 9, 2014