Rated 5 out of 5 by Parent2 Holds up great
We bought this backpack for my son when he started Kindergarten. He is now finishing up second grade. He took it to school every day, and he even used it for swim practices and as a weekend bag. The backpack still looks great, wears well, the zipper has never gotten stuck, the material is "hole-free", and the straps are still cushiony. The red color is fabulous, and the monogram is still as sharp as the first day he wore it. I just talked with LL Bean, and they said the backpack you would order today is the exact same as the one I bought three years ago.
May 23, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by BushidoWalker Still withstanding my kid's abuse
My daughter has used this bag for 6 months now, and it is usually around this time that I have to purchase a replacement. She is tougher than her old man on her bags and luggage and this back pack and her lunch bag are still in great shape. Both items have many compartments and are very well thought out.
October 2, 2014
Rated 2 out of 5 by rb1234 No water-bottle pocket
Roomy, water-proof material, broad and well-padded straps. But NO water-bottle pockets. This is a deal-breaker for an elementary-school backpack. I have to get another backpack...
September 4, 2014
Rated 2 out of 5 by bdianne No water bottle pockets
While this is a well-made backpack, it doesn't have outer side pockets for water bottles. For children this is a must, and backpacks made by the cheapest of companies include these pockets. Today my son's water bottle leaked throughout the inside of this backpack. It looks like we will have to buy another backpack elsewhere. Very disappointed.
August 28, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by supermom66 It really IS that good!
I purchased this backpack for my son when he was entering the third grade. He has just started his 8th grade year & I've never allowed him to purchase another backpack. Why would I? This one STILL looks practically new. The only signs of wear are some marks/scratches on the reflector tape. We purchased it in a digital/camo pattern available at the time- so he hasn't outgrown it. It is the standard size so it hasn't become too small. Unlike other backpacks I have purchased for my 3 children, there have been no broken straps or zippers. He carries it daily & I have washed it many times. I guess I'll let him get a new one for HS. But I doubt if he'll really NEED to do so--& I'll strongly suggest to him that it needs to be an LLBEAN backpack.
August 22, 2014
Rated 4 out of 5 by Margauxsmom Great bag but no water bottle pocket
I love this bag and it's the perfect size for my third grader but it does NOT have any side water bottle pockets, which is a big problem for us. I'm worried about putting the water bottle in the front pocket where it may leak.
August 14, 2014
Rated 1 out of 5
by PackPrincess Beware of the monogram
I ordered this and love the pattern. We had my daughter's name embroidered on it. When I received the item, the color given by the website doesn't show up and it's so small that it's barely legible. I'll have to take it somewhere locally to have it fixed before school starts. It's very disappointing as I think the bags are great.
Overall, I'm very disappointed this year.
August 3, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by Mommyof3AL Nice Quality
Very nice quality backpack.I bought two of these in different colors and had them monogrammed and they are wonderful. My kids are very happy with them and so am I!
July 29, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by Tqueen1308 GET YOURS NOW!
i just bought my 6 year old daughter her first LL Bean backpack for 1st grade. i ordered it on a Monday and by Wednesday afternoon it was at my door :) talk about FAST SHIPPING. Nice and durable material and very true to its color. WORTH EVERY PENNY YOU SPEND!!!
July 23, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by BoysInTheHouse 6 years in, and still going
I have two boys, entering 6th and 4th grades. They have each had one of these backpacks since kindergarten. So 6 and 4 years in, they are still going strong. It is very durable and they love them.
Last year, just for a change (not because anything was wrong with the one he had), I bought an off-the-rack backpack and it tore within a few months. So he was back to using his trusty LL Bean pack. Now my oldest is entering middle school and I'm looking at the bigger backpacks available. He is 11, but given they last for years, you really have to consider the lifetime of the backpack and the age/stage he will need down the road.
The only negative of this backpack is that it doesn't have water bottle pockets.
Positives: water resistant, reflective, lightweight, durable.
July 22, 2014