Rated 5 out of 5 by BBmom2 Even my son hasn't broken this one!
Got this for my son around January. His 1st backpack only lasted a few months of school (Kindergarten). He used this the rest of last year and now a few months this year and it still looks BRAND NEW. He loves all the little pockets and I'm thinking this will last him a few more years. Totally worth the money, has already paid for itself by not needing replacement.
November 13, 2013
Rated 4 out of 5 by Jerseybeanie Not just for kids
I bought this pack for my commuting- to carry lunch, my papers, books, etc. The smaller compartment in the front is great for a makeup bag, phone, wallet, etc. It is actually quite roomy and suitable to a petite adult. The padded straps are very comfortable. I tried a smaller back but the straps were too short (LL Bean-- please characterize backpacks by height and torso length, not by age). The only negatives are the pouch in the front. I am considering sewing on a snap but it really should have come with some type of closure. The color choices are very limited. I was reluctant to order the red but it is not too loud and the gray and black with the red make an attractive combination. The reflective piping in front and back offer additional safety to the bright color.
October 6, 2013
Rated 4 out of 5 by bayoumom Almost Perfect
This is a really great backpack. It's just the right size for my 4th grader to carry everything he needs and the zipper compartments are useful and appropriately sized. It's sturdy and it fits him well. The only thing that I would change is the outside mesh pockets. They are not tall enough for a decent sized water bottle. Our bottles fall right out when you sit the back pack down. And the mesh does seem a bit flimsy feeling, though so far they have held up.
August 21, 2013
Rated 3 out of 5 by AndyCanada Not for Canadian winters
This backpack is awesome, except for the open pocket on the front. It collects rain/snow.
August 21, 2013
Rated 4 out of 5 by 2Boys4Me Nice backpack, but...
My son used this backpack all through Kindergarten and summer camp and it has held up well, with one exception. The mesh pockets on the began ripping about halfway through the school year. Nothing larger than a standard size water bottle or small stainless bottle has been put in those pockets.
August 1, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by melissakc Perfect for elementary age kids
Finally we found the perfect backpack! My daughter used the Junior Original for kindergarten and 1st grade but needed a bigger one for 2nd grade. I was looking for one that had two main compartments and a place for her water bottle but was not gigantic on her. This is just the right size--plenty of room for folders and books, her lunch bag, her pencils etc., as well as a great spot for shoes on days when she wears her rainboots to school or a jacket or sweatshirt. I like that the shape is more thick than long, so she can carry quite a bit but it's not overwhelming on her frame. I think she'll be able to use this for many years. I also would like to add that this is the 3rd backpack we ordered for the fall, and (as always) LLBean was terrific with customer service. The first backpack we ordered was the Deluxe, mostly because of the peace sign print, but it was HUGE on her, and I didn't realize it had no water bottle pouch. Next we tried a competitor's backpack, and compared to LLBean it was downright flimsy! I was really disappointed and knew it would not last for years like this one will. I think I'll just stick with LLBean for backpacks from now on!
July 30, 2013
Rated 4 out of 5 by LLBeanLovingMomof3 Perfect size! Imperfect colors...
This backpack is perfectly sized. We just moved to it from the deluxe backpack, which was too large for my 9 year old. When that one was full it pulled down her back and was very uncomfortable and looked ridiculous.
COLORS - PLEASE make this in more colors! A solid feminine color such as turquoise or darker pink would be great. My girls don't like to share the same prints and neither one likes the pink diamond print which only leaves one to choose from. Unfortunately this means we will likely shop around at other stores for the second backpack. Quite bummed about that!
July 22, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by JJJJJJJJJJ Great for Summer Camp
8yo boy loves this back pack for summer camp. Light weight, cool, comfortable and more than enough room for everything he needs including lunch box. Bought it after seeing it in store and comparing it to others. Cuter and nicer in person.
July 19, 2013
Rated 4 out of 5 by Vicki2622002 Lasted the entire year
Decided to buy this for my son because the previous year he had 3 backpacks fall apart or rip out on him. He was only in the first grade and took back and for to school a binder and a change of clothes. We decide for grade 2 we would try this out and it lasted all year and we are planning to use it again next year. I just wish they had a plain pink or purple one for my daughter as she does not like the current patterned ones and this one does not have a girly option, that is the only reason for 4 stars instead of 5 stars.
July 1, 2013
Rated 4 out of 5 by AlaskaMother Great backpack - wish you could put a name on it
This is a great backpack for young kids. Generous size to fit a lot of things, but not too big.
I have only 2 suggestions to improve it:
I'm disappointed the monogram only allows for 3 characters. Most backpacks this size allow for a short name, which is a nice touch for young kids.
I love the girls' prints, but had to look elsewhere for my boy. It would be great if LL Bean could provide more than just camo as a boy option.
June 25, 2013