Rated 2 out of 5
áby bethyboops73 Hasn't held up
This backpack is very roomy and has plenty of space; however, it hasn't held up to the LL Bean standard. We bought it 18 months ago expecting it to last my son through high school. After one month, the front zipper wouldn't work. After 6 months, it started to tear at the top. Now, 18 months later, the fabric is frayed and torn on the side and the top.
I am going to try to exchange for a different style in the hopes that the replacement will have more longevity.
January 20, 2016
Rated 5 out of 5áby Pumelo Sturdier than the user
My 7th grader needs to carry a lot of books around. Too much, to the extent that he pulled a muscle However, the backpack remains in great shape after 4 months of heavy use. I wish the school would allow roller packs but I guess there is not enough space in the lockers to stow them.
My only suggestion is the water bottle pocket is not deep enough to hold a 24 oz bottle. A 16 oz bottle is not enough for him. I know that because of the position of the zippers, the mesh pocket does not have a lot of length for its position, however, LL Bean may consider adding a strap and buckle above the mesh pocket to secure the bottle.
January 15, 2016
Rated 5 out of 5áby MadisonMommy Great backpack!
I bought this for my son to replace another L.L. Bean pack. The one he had been using since kindergarten is still in terrific shape but as a 6th grader it no longer fits all of his books!
This bag is sturdy with lots of compartments. He especially likes the side pocket for his water bottle. Hopefully he will be able to use this one through college!
December 25, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5áby SeminoleFan Best backpack for my son
This is the third LLBean school backpack that I ordered for my son. He went through his elementary school with the regular size LLBean backpack, middle school with the deluxe, and is now going through high school with the super deluxe backpack (always with his name logo on them). Every time he moved up to the next size, we did so only because he needed more room for his ever expanding lists of things to carry. LLBean school backpacks are the best ever for kids (especially for boys who handle things roughly) - they are so incredibly durable.
December 24, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5áby My3TeenSons Most durable backpacks EVER!
I only buy backpacks from L.L.Bean for my three sons. The Super Deluxe Book Pack is well-made, spacious, practical and extremely durable.
December 16, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5áby wehavelotsofstuff holds everything
Great backpack with lots of nifty pockets. Allows my son to put too much in but that's what he wants
November 4, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5áby Rachel29918 sturdy,durable,delivered in a timely mannee
The bookbags are durable. They can hold alot of books. Haven't seen any signs of wear unlike other bookbags. Well worth the money and arrived on time as promised. Highly recommend this product
October 29, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5áby smokymountainhiker7 Holds everything, never strains under weight.
I spent more time than I should have, probably, deciding which backpack to buy. I decided on the super deluxe backpack in the dahlia color. It's a very pretty purple. I'm not a student anymore, but I like to use backpacks for traveling, and I wanted one that would hold enough for a week-long trip. I can fit six or seven books in the middle pocket while the main pocket is stuffed with a DSLR and zoom lens, at least seven outfits, and a laptop. The front pocket has an organizer and holds a lot...I keep writing utensils, a backup hard drive, my phone, and all my charging cords in it. On the very front, there are two zippered pockets and they are actually functional--the pockets are deep and can hold a wallet or even a small notebook or travel map. The drink pockets on the side are a little short for carrying a plastic water bottle (they topple out unless you put a couple in there to hold one another steady), but work very well for my large metal canteen I carry. I have filled this thing so full it barely zips, and the straps and fabric hook at the top never have struggled under the weight. I consider that the mark of a very good backpack. I had my first L.L. Bean backpack for 12 years, and replaced it just because I wanted something new. It is still functioning and I passed it on to a younger person in my family so it can get many more years of use. I know that this backpack will have just as long a life.
October 4, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5áby bing16h Comfortable
My daughter says it has a lot of padding and is very comfortable. Has lots of room and she can fit all her stuff in it. She would recommend this to a friend.
September 26, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5áby LongtimeBeanFan20 BIG, well-designed backpack
Middle schoolers in my area no longer get lockers, so we tried out this extra large backpack. Our student is average height and loves all the room and features. There's a lot of variety in height and strength in middle school, so it might be too much for some. Considering how much you can stuff into it (and how heavy it could get) the well-placed padded straps are much appreciated.
Also important - the water shedding material it's made of. Haven't tested the reflectivity feature, but that's a good idea too.
I would love to see a waist/hip cinch like you see on hiking backpacks to distribute the weight more evenly and keep the pack from moving when the wearer runs, as kids do.
September 23, 2015