Rated 5 out of 5
áby 2Old Budget travel pack: rectangular + sturdy + light
And colors for the traveler, too!
This bag makes a good "personal item" daypack for the same reason it is good for school books and binders: it is RECTANGULAR, not tear-drop shaped like most packs. The rectangular shape lets me use packing cubes, or bundle-wrap shirts and jeans together.
NYLON construction instead of cheaper, weaker, polyester means LONG LIFE. As attested to by kids abusing them with heavy books instead of light carry-on stuff!
+ 2/3 height laptop slot up to 15" laptop - the non-"Plus" model doesn't have one. I hope they start sewing this closed 1" above the ground to keep the laptop from hitting the floor on set-down.
+ Tablet pouch, not on non-"Plus" model - takes up to Mini-sized tablets, velour lined. Opposite laptop panel.
+ 2/3 height drop-in panel on side opposite from laptop (and under the tablet pouch).
+ Wear-resistant reflector panel (good for adults walking country roads!) has protective overlay with holes to prevent reflector abrasion.
+ Dual full-height compartments - overnight clothes in main, jacket in secondary.
+ Office panel in 1/2 height exterior-most compartment takes pens, phone, snacks.
+ Dual mesh water bottle slots are made of thicker material than competition; gusseted for plenty of room at the bottom, elastic band at opening. Probably more secure for gloves and watchcap than slick bottles, though.
Padding ONLY on the back panel helps keep weight down.
All in all, $50 worth of goodness almost matches $200 custom travel packs.
January 8, 2016
Rated 3 out of 5áby Vic88 Water bottle falls out of mesh pockets
I really like the rectangular size and shape of this backpack. I need the extra space to store a water bottle, but many water bottle shapes I try falls out immediately when the backpack is picked up. If you could re-design the mesh pockets to actually hold a water bottle properly that would make it perfect!
December 14, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5áby N8sMom So great, bought a 2nd one!!
Got the backpack for my son (starting high school) and bought a second one when we saw how great and sturdy the first one was (for my other son- also in high school).
I wish we had started the year with it. The (reebok) backpack he started school with began to come apart within a couple of weeks, 30 lbs. of books (seriously, we weighed it, and that wasn't all of them...) Anyway, when it arrived and he switched it out and we were both very please with the extra roomi-ness of it, comfortable straps and back.Very confident with its strength, quality and construction. What a great backpack!! I'm sure it will get both of them through all of high school, college and beyond!. :-)
November 18, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5áby Mjs117 Deluxe Back Pack
This is exactly what I was looking for. I had one growing up and so has my older daughter. Durable, spacious and great quality!
Great for Middle-College ages!
November 18, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5áby Jomen Sturdy backpack
I love this backpack for my kids who are in middle school and high school. They always have a very heavy load of books and this backpack, with all its compartments, is very rugged and can hold up with all of the heaviness! Only once did it break and L.L. Bean make good on their return policy, replacing it promptly and with no questions asked. I would feel confident recommending L.L. Bean and this product to any of my friends!
October 28, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5áby Monkeymom1170 Deluxe Plus Book Pack
Perfect size (avg 12 y/o). Large side pockets for water bottles.
October 25, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5áby CJTrav Almost perfect...
This is the second LLBean deluxe back pack for our family. The first is 5 years old and is just barely showing signs of wear and usage. All zippers and buckles are still in great shape and reliable. The newest one appears to be of similar quality and sturdiness. But the bottom seems to be made if a different material that makes more static electricity. My dog snuggled up to both packs and only the newest one came out covered with dog hair. But that's not a real problem. A sternum strap would bump it up to perfect so I made my own out of spare buckles and webbing. I recommend EVERYONE get several of these back packs!!!
October 21, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5áby walker1964 Great backpack
Heavy duty, great quality,and plenty of room! Would definitely recommend this backpack. Perfect for keeping things organized. Great for teachers that have a lot of books/accessories to carry!
October 14, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5áby 0523 Great quality, nice features
Very high quality and inside features of the pack are very helpful when organizing school supplies and the like.
October 7, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5áby Dad6Girls Good size
I purchased this backpack for my 8 year old daughter and she absolutely loves it. Functionality and color were the key takeaways for her. I like it because it fits her well and balanced the weight instead of the shoulder bag she had prior. The monograming is also a huge plus. It adds a nice personal touch.
October 7, 2015