Rated 5 out of 5 by ACBagGirl7 Super Deluxe Pack
i work at client sites mostly - this backpack is essentially my mobile office/desk so i have to carry a lot on a daily basis. i got violet chalk and it is a little darker shade than the picture, and its not a bright purple, which i like since i am using the bag for work instead of school.
the pack is very large and it does stick out on your back a good bit so be careful when turning around and maneuvering in crowds. i have a 15 inch laptop, 2 portable monitors (size of the laptop and a little thinner), notebook, misc papers, all cables and power bricks, pens/supplies, headphones. i also bought one of the discovery lunch boxes from llbean and it fits in the thinner middle pocket. plus there is room for more - could definitely include a jacket, more papers, notebooks, probably even another laptop. there is a flat pocket on the outside of the laptop pocket which was a nice surprise - i use for my mouse pad. the felt/padded pocket is hanging in the largest compartment opposed the laptop compartment, not in the front. side mesh pockets hold bean canteens (one each side) and a soda plus umbrella, for 2 things in each pocket. if you want to put small things in the larger pockets, get some organizer bags, otherwise it will all fall to the bottom and get smushed.
with a pack this big, if you fill it full, it's going to be heavy, just can't get around that, but i routinely walk over a mile a day carrying it (combo of standing, stairs and sidewalk) and find it comfortable. it'a pretty light when empty since made of nylon, so that the pack itself isn't adding much to its full carrying weight. straps and back panel are comfortable for lighter and heavier loads. i do have my doubts about the little lift strap on the top, it doesn't feel sturdy and i saw the other review about it breaking, so i am curious how it will last. i like the lift straps on the turbo transit better, higher quality. the material seems like it will hold up and i like the bigger zippers, plus the fact that the bottom is black will hide dirt and stains from use. i do agree with some other reviewers that the material is thinner than the packs i purchased for school back in the day, BUT i don't think its a less quality and has held up on the quad pack and turbo transit that i also have (used the turbo transit for approx 1-2 years before buying this pack for a change of pace). i hate the waist strap on all backpacks in general and don't use it, will probably cut it off shortly. love the monogramming options.
suggestions for llbean - more color options please, add a separate section/zipper for the laptop compartment itself (allows for easier access in and out of the pocket), change the thickness/quality of the lift strap, consider compression straps so that for smaller loads, the pack wouldn't stick as far out, add more flat organizer panels in front of the larger pockets for supplies/cables, add more reflective material than just the 2 pipings on the front pocket for those of us walking near traffic.
all that said, i think its a great pack with TONS of room for school/work/travel, nice pockets and organizing features, personalized monogramming. it's a mid price pack as well, you get a lot for your money i think. plus with the llbean repair/replace guarantee for life, can't go wrong.
August 27, 2014
Rated 3 out of 5 by VirginiaParent Excellent with one glaring problem
My daughter uses the Super Deluxe Book Pack, Print as her everyday backpack for school. For the most part, we are very happy with it - except for one thing. The external mesh pockets are too short! My daughter carries a water bottle in one and a mini-umbrella in the other and they are ALWAYS falling out. If the mesh pockets were taller, it would make an enormous difference. If this feature is not revised, we'll be looking elsewhere for the replacement backpack.
June 11, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by Jewel08 A great backpack!
I love this backpack. It is stylish and durable. A great buy!
May 8, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by LLBeanlasts Backpack
Very satisfied with product. Comfortable, and lots of room for carrying items.
March 26, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by wheezy backpack
I use this for a week-end away and it holds everything. Great price and quality for this backpack...I LOVE LL BEAN!!!!
March 10, 2013
Rated 4 out of 5 by mookoo Paisley Super Deluxe Book Pack
Bought for 12 y/o daughter and she's received many compliments on the design. It holds all she needs for school and the exterior pockets for beveridge/water bottles are very useful
March 6, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by anita51 No more back problems!
I bought this back pack for my daughter who has back problems. She loves it. Most comfortable back pack she has ever used. No more back pain! She will be headed off to college soon. Now I have one less thing to worry about.
Thanks LL Bean
February 22, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by cagreen Great backpack!- Glad we bought it!
Bought this for my daughter who is in 5th grade. She has a lot of books and she did not like using a rolling backpack. I knew she needed something sturdy, this fits the bill! She likes the pattern and it fits her just fine, not too large on her back. This backpack is so roomy she has plenty of room for her books! Thank you LLBean!
February 12, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by Padded So good, I bought two of them!
I have two daughters, one in nursing school and one a sophomore in college. Bought one of these for the oldest and the youngest liked it so much she had to have one too. My college student called me yesterday just to say, "Mom, I have to tell you: I LOVE this backpack!" (She's never raved about anything I buy, so this is quite the compliment.) She said, "No matter how many books I load in it, it sits so comfortably on my shoulders that the weight doesn't seem heavy at all!" High praise from a very over-indulged child, I must say! I ordered the embroidered name on them, and it looks really nice. Nursing student said she's had compliments as well. Very nice product, I can tell they're going to last a good long time. :)
January 22, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by cpemberton2 Plaid pack is far more attractive than online.
This is a top quality bag as I always expect from LL Bean. What I wasn't sure about was the appearance of the plaid bag. It didn't look too attractive on the website, but it was on sale, so I took a chance. It looks much better than it does in the photo on the website. Great bargain.
January 9, 2013