Rated 4 out of 5 by Mamabean2 Returning...Again
We purchased two Super Deluxe Book Packs in 2013. In 2014 we returned one of them and had it replaced. They work great until about the second semester when the seams begin to rip out of the bag at the top. Both of our boys only use the bag for school books, which are heavy. They love the bag so we are returning them and will try one more year to see if they have been improved enough to handle the weight of the textbooks.
July 2, 2015
Rated 4 out of 5
by Ela1 Best Improvements to a Classic (so far)
I've owned three Super Deluxe backpacks from LLBean... the first generation (which was made of canvas material), the second generation, and now this one, the third with all the newer amenities, including a laptop sleeve, inner pockets for folders and utensils, and improved back/strap padding.
I am absolutely impressed with this backpack. The previous ones were (in my opinion) not up to par because it lacked decent padding for the back, shoulders, and (of course) a laptop. This new one fixed almost all of my complaints and then some. I love the inner pockets that allow me to separate my folders from my binders, and my spiral notebooks from each other so they don't clasp together. Furthermore, it's much more comfortable to lug around my heavy items.
As a college student and future grad student, I believe this is the best backpack on the market if you have to carry many books, items, and a laptop on an everyday basis. I intend to keep it for the years to come.
That said, there's still room for improvement, namely:
(1) the mesh cup holders need to be longer and tighter, because my water bottles are constantly falling out.
(2) the material needs to be waterproof! this was the problem with the last generation, but not the first. I have to be careful when it rains because of the important electronics/papers I have inside. I have temporarily fixed this issue by covering my backpack with a bag or sometimes using a hydrophobic spray (that campers use on their tents, etc). It would be better if they used more waterproof material next time.
(3) Removing the headphone port hole from the backpack, because it allows (rain) water to get in.
All in all, it's good to know that LLBean still listens to its customers and made the necessary upgrades. I look forward to seeing what's next. Signed, a loyal customer.
May 16, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by PracticalStuff Excellent Backpack
This backpack is great! Quality is amazing and my daughter was so pleased with it. (And that is saying something!) It will grow with her which is why we purchased this version so it will hold a laptop when she needs to carry one for school. We all love the functions but also that is isn't too bulky as she is petite. Shipping was so fast too!
April 15, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by csteuck Great BIG bag
I have had LL Bean backpacks in the past and decided to get one for my son who is going to high school. We decided on this pack because of its size, and it does not disappoint! Huge backpack for all the binders, books and notebooks that school requires.
April 2, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by FrugalMaineiac So far, so good
Purchased for a freshman son, this backpack is big enough for all of his books and papers and the stuff kids tote around. The separate compartment for the computer was the right size, the depth is good for some of the bigger items, and the straps are comfortable. Also the mesh water bottle pockets are big enough for the large Nalgene, which is useful during sports. Since a non-Bean backpack didn't stand up in the last 7 months, we have high hopes that this one will see him through the next 3+ years.
April 1, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by Buffywalt Wonderful
All 3 of my children now have these backpacks(each one a different style). I still have mine from 1990 and it is in great shape and made it around the USA and back to me(took 15yrs as I lent it to a friend with 4 sisters). Love these backpacks as they are very well built.
March 25, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by 1224Dun Durable, minimally stylish, and comfortable.
Get this bag. That is all I need to say. The material looks cheaper but is actually very strong.
March 18, 2015
Rated 2 out of 5 by pcox104 Cheaper materials
I've used LL Bean backpacks for nearly 20 years. I had friends who were using these bags in 1st grade. I could tell after receiving this backpack in the mail that the materials and craftsmanship were not up to par with my other LL Bean backpacks (or luggage). I grabbed my old LL Bean backpack that I'm currently using, and sure enough, the padding is less all around in the new bag, the straps are thinner, the canvas is thinner, and there is a weird piece of plastic in the back (which, for having a laptop pocket, you'd think you want more padding, not less).
Overall, this bag feels like the old bag with a bunch of corners cut. It's worth about $39, not full price at $59.
March 9, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by Neeshopper Great backback!
This backpack is well made and has many features that I like such as padded shoulder straps, sleeve for laptop/tablet, water bottle holders and it is able to hold many items. It is bigger that my Deluxe Bookbag which I also like. I will be using this for a cross country trip this spring. Quite pleased with purchase.
March 7, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by jobug1972 Perfect backpack for my high school son!
Over the years, we have purchased numerous backpacks that have lasted only a couple of years each. A friend recommended that we order from LL Bean, so we did. Since my son has to carry all of his books around with him all day, he needed something very roomy, so we ordered the Super Deluxe Book Pack. It arrived very quickly and is very durable and big!! My son transferred everything over from his old backpack and still had room to spare. He also said the straps are very comfortable and he is very pleased with the extra pockets his new Super Deluxe Book Pack has. I am certain this backpack will carry him through the rest of his high school career! I wish we had ordered from LL Bean years ago!! I would recommend this backpack (and have actually done so already) to anyone who is in need of a high quality, larger backpack. We are beyond pleased!! Thank you, LL Bean!! :)
March 4, 2015