Rated 4 out of 5áby tenderpaw High Durability
I'm very content with how well my son's backpack has survived since we acquired it in the Fall of 2012. If it suddenly fails now that I've submitted a positive review, I might return it because it was comparatively expensive and it hasn't been mistreated. The initial cost was higher than for previous brands that seemed decently made until something broke, yet not needing to replace it in a year and a half has helped bridge that gap. It has been a relief to not need to replace a backpack in a hurry or resuscitate one in hopes it will last the year or until another can be conveniently gotten. This one shows no major signs of wear, and it's roomy enough to meet his increasing needs for taking things to and from school. I debated the monogramming a bit since it seems more of a luxury option than a necessity, yet I would opt for it again as it has made it easier for him and for teachers when it sometimes goes to different rooms. I did opt for stylized initials as opposed to his name as I don't want strangers being able to call him by name from reading it. It would get 5 stars if it had been a bit more affordable. I doubt I would have invested in it if it weren't guaranteed by such a reputable company.
February 24, 2014
Rated 2 out of 5áby Amber2005 Worked excellent for a few months..
We got the original plus backpack for our kindergarten age son. The extra pocket worked especially well for when he needed to bring snow gear for recess, etc. He used the backpack for almost two months before there was a hole in the seam of the one of the pockets. The color we had originally purchased is no longer available online either. :-/
January 10, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5áby BosoxMama Perfect for Preschool and beyond!
I LOVE this backpack for my preschooler. Was concerned would be too large but it's not and fits everything he needs for school (outfit, lunch box, papers etc). I am very happy we did not get a smaller "preschool" size backpack because it wouldn't have fit everything and would not be used for grades to come. I can see my son using this for many years and he loves it! We went with the monogrammed green one to be a little different. Also, love that the bottom is black and not all green because it hides the dirt from putting on the ground, dragging etc.
November 10, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5áby Dotsby Love this backpack
I purchased 2 of these about 6 years ago. At the time my youngest was in preschool and my eldest was in 3rd grade (age 3 and 7). They use these backpacks for everything from school to trips to Grandma and Grandpa's, and for toys to take on vacations. They have been dragged through puddles and across the driveway on the way to the bus. Prior to purchasing these backpacks, I would have to purchase 2 new backpacks every 6 months or so.
These are well worth the money. They are spacious, durable, and almost water proof. The only negative is the zipper occasionally gets stuck on the zipper cover, so move the zipper slowly :)
If you want a long lasting back pack, this is the one.
July 30, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5áby OneAwesomeMom 2nd year report
Looks like my son will be using this back pack AGAIN this coming school year. It still looks brand new after 2 years! My son is 9 and rather big & tall for his age. This is a good fit for him and will continue to be. I am just blown away at how well it is holding up- honestly it doesn't even seem dirty. BF's kid's destroyed 2 packs in the same time. Ha! My only complaint is that the monograms colors available didn't contrast enough to be very visible against the dark color we chose. Perhaps that isn't true now. Luv LL Bean!
July 17, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5áby bribri11 Very Reliable
I've been using this backpack for six years now, from 4th grade to my freshman year of high school. It is very durable, pretty waterproof, and long-lasting. Although it you kid of can tell I've been using it for years because it's a little dirty, but I guess that's inevitable with a bright lime green backpack. The only reason I'm getting a new one next year (the Super Deluxe Book Pack) is because no one has the same backpack for six years (I will still use it) and the front section has been dirtied by sharpeners coming loose and pencil markings.
This backpack is very high quality. It's a great buy! I just wish it came in more colors, like it had years ago when I first bought it.
May 21, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5áby buybread Great Pack
I purchased this pack for reffing and it is just the right size. Can fit all my rulebooks and reffing accoutrements plus have room for a few extra pieces of clothing in the separate compartment. Really needed a water bottle holder (tired of leaving all those water bottles at the field), so this pack is just perfect. I also like that it will sit upright.
March 28, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5áby WWWWW great for kids - even small ones
I got this for my son when he started kindergarten - It is only 1/2 inch longer then the original junior and it is 1 inch shorter then the original. It fits him fine and he only has it on when he walks into and out of school. The best thing is the extra middle pocket which we use for his lunch bag and in the winter his hat and gloves. This keeps his school books and papers dry and clean. The depth (width) of this backpack is wonderful - you can fit a lot in it - other kids need to carry their lunch bag in their hand or smash it into the papers. I even bought one for myself to use for family outings.
March 9, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5áby momof42013 Great bag
I have purchased 2 of these bags the first one 6 years ago and my son still uses it everyday it is still durable no holes or even a zipper broke yet!!! little scruffed up but still a lot of life left to this bag, the 2nd one was purchased for my daughter 4 years ago her's is still going great too!! no issues with rips or broken zippers just normal wear to the surface I plan on purchasing 2 more in the next 2 years for my younger 2 children, My older 2 have had there bags since kindergarten and I have never had to purchase another bag definitely a product worth the price!!
February 16, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5áby blue000 Great upgrade for my first grader!
This has plenty of room for the snow-pants, boots, lunchbox and her school folder and book which is why we needed to upgrade. My daughter loves her ice blue bag. This bag is fabulous. No complaints.
February 6, 2013