Rated 5 out of 5 by LongtimeLLBeanpersonfan MORE colors needed
Still waiting for more colors to be added to this line of back packs. Great bag with limited color selection. I have an OLD navy blue one that I use on the weekends but do not want another navy blue, or any shade of blue for a bag I can use during the week. And I'm not a red or faded purple kind of gal. LL Bean used to have a great deep green back pack, that would be a nice change.
September 29, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by catznjazz Never Buy Anything Else!
I bought my daughter one in the 7th grade and she carried it in college. I have bought one for each of her girls, too. You can pay more, but you will never beat the quality.
September 27, 2015
Rated 4 out of 5 by Morning Great backpack for JK
I bought this backpack in the shark print for my little guy heading into JK, also had it monogrammed (he has a 3 letter name so it worked well!) I love that the monogramming thread is very monochramatic with the rest of the colours on the bag, which makes it easy for him to identify his bag but not easily visible to strangers. The print is amazing and the quality seems great. He is very happy with it, and the size is perfect for his LL bean lunch box, change of clothes, water bottle, books and notes from school. One star off for not having an external water bottle pocket - this small design improvement would make this product excellent.
September 21, 2015
Rated 4 out of 5 by MansfieldMomma Great Durability, Needs Bottle Pocket
My son's first LL Bean backpack lasted him through pre-school and kindergarten. When he hit first grade, we got him this backpack and it is still in great condition going into third grade. It seems to repel dirt and grime and is super durable. My only complaint is the lack of a side pocket for water bottles. As others have mentioned, I have to put his water bottle in the main compartment where it will inevitably leak on his folders. The Deluxe Plus backpack is too big for his frame. Please LL Bean! Give us a bottle pocket on the side so we don't have to buy from a competitor to get the size and features we need!
September 17, 2015
Rated 4 out of 5 by IowaMomofThree Good backpack, but lacks convenient feature
I bought this backpack in the orange/camo color for my son when he entered kindergarten. The backpack is a good size for him, but unlike every other backpack we've ever had (including the cheaper ones from the big brand stores), this L.L. Bean size does not have the outside cup/bottle holders.
This may seem trivial, but with the school district pushing kids to bring in reusable water bottles for their desks, I have to instead put his full water bottle in the small front pocket, and it gets the interior all wet.
I'm just surprised that this high quality backpack doesn't have this feature.
September 15, 2015
Rated 3 out of 5 Want to love it...
Love the shark pattern, love LL Bean, love the size.
Two complaints- it should have a pocket for a notebook/folder.
Also, the zipper has gotten stuck numerous times (on the canvas part itself. Right note, it's stuck open, so my son can't use the pack. Kind of sad about that. If I return, then I will have to buy another backpack to use in the interim. Grrrr....
September 3, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by RvnclwMom Best backpack for young kids
I had the deluxe backpack all throughout high school and college and it held up beautifully. I bought the original back pack for my son 5 years ago when he started 1st grade, and he's still using it in middle school--it is in excellent condition (aside from normal dirtiness from every day use). My second son also received his in 1st grade and it has held up perfectly over the last two years. I'm now ready to buy my daughter's backpack and it's a no-brainer to get her the LL Bean original as well. Despite being used to carry books with pointy edges and frequently packed to capacity, my sons' backpacks are still free of holes or thinning. The straps are comfortable on their shoulders and can be adjusted easily as they grow. There are sufficient pockets and pouches for an elementary school child, although I do agree with other reviewers that a water bottle pouch would be a nice addition to the design. I will definitely be buying the deluxe backpack when the time comes that they need more space!
September 2, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by Juliet096 Best Book bags EVER!
I have bought 3 of these bags in the past few years and planning on purchasing a few more. My youngest will be using the bag her sister used for the last two years, and it still looks new! They like to swap and switch each year. The price is fantastic and they really do last forever.
August 22, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by hgott Excellent Backpack
I bought this backpack four years ago for my daughter to use in Kindergarten. She is now entering 4th grade and has moved onto the Deluxe Backpack, however the original one has been passed onto my neice and it's still perfect. With a good washing, it's ready for another (5th) school year. Awesome product!
August 20, 2015
Rated 3 out of 5 by rrchildress Please bring back the Original Plus!!!
The backpack needs a water bottle holder and an extra pocket for books. Basically the Original Plus design was perfect, but they discontinued it (WHY?!?!) and we are stuck getting this style for our younger son. The Deluxe plus would be a good alternative for older students, but all of the "Deluxe" styles are too big for a kindergartener, and they all have annoying straps meant to go around the child's waist, which is comical...my children barely tie their shoes, they certainly don't take time to buckle themselves into their backpack, so all those straps do is drag on the ground, hang out of the car door, and get caught in doors of their locker cabinets.
August 20, 2015