Rated 5 out of 5áby jmahrens Extremely pleased
I ordered this backpack at the beginning of the school year for my third grader. Through the year, this bag had been drug on the bus, thrown on the floor, stepped on, carried up to 10 books, and carried snowpants, boots, and a winter coat. After all this, this backpack looks like it has just come out of the package. My hope was that he would be able to get 2-3 years of use out of this backpack, and it looks like that is going to happen. Another thing I liked about this bag is that it is not advertising Spongebob or Super Mario or any other licensed character. Too often those bags sacrifice quality in order to advertise their character, and they rarely make it through the school year without a broken zipper. I am extremely pleased with this purchase and will be returning to LL Bean for backpacks in the future.
May 17, 2016
Rated 3 out of 5áby Sidney01 Didn't hold up.
My son loves his Deluxe Book Pack, but it is falling apart. We purchased it last July. The loop on top broke and the shoulder straps are about to detach. Although I am disappointed with the durability of this product, I am purchasing another one because my son likes the size and organization of it. With the number of books he carries, I am not sure another brand will be any better. I will give L.L. Bean one more try.
March 2, 2016
Rated 5 out of 5áby ErikP Great backpack
A great, spacious backpack for school. The adjustment straps help to keep the backpack comfortable, and the pack itself and the zippers (pretty important) are made of durable materials (though the reflector strip takes scratches kind of easily). As with all L.L.Bean products, the guarantee seals the deal, so to speak.
February 13, 2016
Rated 5 out of 5áby backpackmama Keep Coming Back!
We just bought our fifth deluxe bookpack. My oldest four got them when they started jr. high or high school, and they are holding up great! This one was purchased for a 4th grader who has been through several of the licensed character backpacks already. This one should last her all the way through high school, at least.
It would be perfect if it had a pocket on the outside for a water bottle, and sometimes the zippers get stuck in the flaps that cover them if the kids aren't careful. These are only minor complaints, and they are the best value for the price that I have found.
January 26, 2016
Rated 4 out of 5áby simous this is an "ok" backpack WITH NO CUP HOLDER!!!
i got this backpack for my child in 8th grade, it worked great, i have bought many backpacks from here before, but about half way through the school year the handle started coming off, the fabric on the inside has started pulling apart AND THERE IS NO CUP HOLDER!!! EVERY BACKPACK SHOULD HAVE A CUP HOLDER!!!, i bought another this year for her, it is working great so far, but there is still no cup holder...
January 25, 2016
Rated 4 out of 5áby UncleBeep Straps need improvement
Everything said here about the practicality and durability is accurate thus far. My only complaint is that it refuses to stay put on my shoulder. With all the updates made to other packs in the product line, a new and useful improvement to this pack would be to add the same anti slip material to the shoulder straps that you have on your briefcase shoulder straps.
December 27, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5áby BoogiesMommy A Keeper
I originally bought this bag for a Christmas gift exchange, but now that it came in the mail, I don't think I can part with it. I've never seen such a sturdy book bag, with attention to so many details. There is substantial padding on the back and the shoulder straps, and a reflective stripe on the front. Two compartments large enough for my laptop; even a slot to put my headphone through so I can keep my phone in the pack. I could go on and on... Best of all is the confidence I have in using it, knowing that I could always return it if anything goes wrong.
December 20, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5áby Selojora Lot of pockets
This backpack has a lot of pockets and useful issues - a holder for keys, a special hole for headphones, etc. For my kids pockets for bottles were not an important thing, they have backpacks with these special outside pockets, but still carry their bottles inside backpacks.
December 19, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5áby TrueBean The backpack that lasts
One other reviewer mentioned that they've been using this backpack for 30 years. I can attest to that fact. I remember back in middle school when my mom took me out to choose a new book bag for the new school year. All the other kids were buying this LL Bean backpack that year and were having their initials monogrammed onto it. It was all the rage. The kids loved it because of all the handy pockets to carry not only books, but also stationary, trinkets, and lunch. The parents loved it because it's an LL Bean product and they new it was reliable and would last, and would maybe be the only book bag they would have to buy for the rest of their school career. Twenty-something years later, I still have that backpack and still get use out of it. It's a little dirtier than it was all those years ago, but it seems like it still has another 30 years of life left in it. Not only does it still carry books and trinkets, but now it carries memories everywhere it goes.
November 18, 2015
Rated 3 out of 5áby Alison1 First time for this backpack
My son wanted to try a new backpack this year and we have had problems with zipper getting stuck! Should of stick with the original! customer service is great they exchange it for a new one!
November 16, 2015