Rated 4 out of 5áby wyatt700 Sturdy backpack
This backpack is so sturdy. I can see it lasting for a very long time unlike most backpacks for the kids including high end brands.
The only reason I gave 4 stars is that I wish it came with a water bottle holder on the side.
November 11, 2015
Rated 2 out of 5áby eComProMom Bad zipper
Something about the material of this backpack makes the zipper get stuck constantly. There is a flap of material that folds over the zipper, and unless you fold it back you're going to end up with a stuck zipper. After loosening it numerous times, it finally broke and I have to return it. I purchased it on 9/11/15 and am returning it on 11/17/15.
The size is great for holding a lunch box, two snacks and 8x11 folders for a kindergartner's school work.
November 7, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5áby ehickey Awesome!
I bought this backpack for my oldest son when he was in 2nd grade. He used it and abused it right up through the end of high school, at which time my second son started using it. More use and real abuse and it has only now broken a zipper. With the weight of the books these kids carry today and the way these packs get thrown around, I wouldn't be surprised to have gone through 2 packs a year. Instead, this one lasted (and is still going-for the most part, although a bit worse for the wear) for almost 15 years.
This is only one of the reasons why I buy LLBean.
October 17, 2015
Rated 2 out of 5áby Kspeck No water bottle holder!!
Overall the backpack is fine - sturdy, cute design but there is not a holder on the side for a water bottle. It is so frustrating. All the kids brings water bottles to school. And unless you tighten the bottle just right they can leak - onto books and papers. Wish I could return but we've used it a bunch already. I thought this was a standard feature of backpacks these days.
October 13, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5áby achung23 Perfect backpack for the pint-er-sized student.
Our second grader is on the petite side of life. She had a need for a bookbag with some style and flair, but would be durable enough for the comings and goings of a 6 year old. We saw that ubiquitous LL Bean Deluxe backpack was an option, but it was much too large for her frame and her schooling needs. While a great backpack, she needed something a bit smaller but not as small as an un-useful tiny backpack. This fits the bill perfectly. She looks the look, and we love the quality of the backpack.
October 7, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5áby 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 5áby 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 5áby 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 5áby 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 5áby 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