Rated 4 out of 5 by LakeStevensGrandma Looks good so far... one week into school year
This backpack was purchased for the first year of middle school because it is larger than most others and my grandson needs something lightweight. He's carrying his supplies around for 6 classes because there are no lockers for storage at his middle school. He also has to carry his trumpet all day, as well. He needed a good, strong, lightweight backpack so he can haul a 3 ring notebook, a daily journal, 6 composition notebooks, pens, pencils, highlighters, a scientific calculator, and strap his trumpet case to the backpack so he doesn't forget it. After one week of school, he's holding up and the pack is, too. I'll try to remember to update this review at the end of this school year. We're not into bad weather.....yet.....when he'll also have to carry parka, gloves, hat and other winter gear. Stay tuned.
September 12, 2015
Rated 4 out of 5 by mostlydissatisfied The color isn't right...
The backpack itself seems great--I'm sure my son will get a ton of use out of it. But the color doesn't match what's on the screen, not even close. On my computer, this print looks like an acid green--and since the color is called "vibrant zest" that seemed about right. But it just arrived, and it's yellow. Which isn't a bad thing necessarily, except that my son's favorite color is green, and that's why I ordered this particular backpack. He's ok with it, but definitely disappointed. Maybe Lands End should use more specific color names? (PS apologies for my nickname! I must've chosen it long ago when I logged on to complain about a specific item, never imagining I wouldn't be able to change it...)
September 2, 2015
Rated 3 out of 5 by Fergmelk Sturdier than most
My kid is NOTORIOUSLY rough on backpacks. This backpack is the first to survive a whole year with him. Usually seams bust out on him sometime in February or March.
That said, I really wish the bottom was reinforced better. This made it a whole school year, but it does have holes in the base and bottom corners. Not the seams, but the nylon material itself.
Based on other reviews, when I selected this backpack last year, I really did expect it to last more than one school year.
August 21, 2015
Rated 4 out of 5 by JRGFC Ok Backpack but could be better
I like the color, the material feels like it can withstand regular 'kid everyday use'. I like the separate padded section and a separate middle section with two sections to help organize notebooks, all good. The zippers look like they could last, like the last 4 backpacks I have. However, the front section/pocket with a zipper is a bottomless pit! In past years this same backpack had a small section with a zipper and a pouch to carry pens, or other small things plus a key holder all great! Why change that? That was perfect! Please consider going back to that or some other way to organize the small things school age children must carry!
August 14, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by BigBarbara Nice backpack
My grandson needed a larger backpack for 4th grade books. He was still using a LE rolling backpack that was too small and the seams were coming apart from him stuffing large textbooks into it. This backpack can hold all of this books and extras. We are very pleased. He did not want to give up his rolling pack but this one impressed him.
February 2, 2015
Rated 1 out of 5 by CrucianGal Sternum strap comes off: Major design flaw!
This is our second FeatherLight; the first one lasted from Kindergarten through 4th grade! My son picked out a print and I had it monogrammed, thinking it would last from 5th grade through middle school. Well, after only a few months of wearing this nice, new backpack, my son lost one of the two pieces of the sternum strap. IMO, the adjustable sternum strap which "keeps shoulder straps in the perfect position for comfort" is an essential feature of this backpack and one that my son was used to using in elementary school. These are designed to slide up and down for proper positioning over the years, but why in the world would Lands End make it so that the strap can slide completely off?! If a child loses the sternum strap (or even half of it), it's useless. To make matters worse, LE does not offer replacement sternum straps. My recommendation to those considering this backpack: it is excellent in every way but please find some way to prevent the sternum strap from sliding all the way off the backpack. For those of us concerned with safety, comfort, load balance, etc. this is a significant design flaw to consider.
January 22, 2015
Rated 4 out of 5 by Sebas very nice! my son love it.
It has a lot of space and good quality.
November 28, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by Momx3inMN Large and Light
This is the second of these backpacks I have purchased, the first being for my older son when we realized that the contents/binder needed for middle school didn't fit in his prior LE backpack (that lasted 4 years). We purchased a different one locally from a name brand manufacturer, but it was heavy EMPTY! I love that this backpack isn't adding much to the already impossibly over the top amount kids have to schlep to/from school. Now that they have a school issued chromebook, there is safely room for that in addition to the binder and papers.
November 23, 2014
Rated 4 out of 5 by ElizabethB Overall it's a sturdy, well constructed pack.
I thought the backpack would be wider than it is. The length is great, but depth is lacking. Overall it's a sturdy, well constructed pack.
September 30, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by JackyS Enough room
We had issues last year with being able to put a 3 in. binder and books into my son's pack. He would get so frustrated with it at times for he felt he either had room for the books or the binder, not both. This pack has solved the problem. There is room for his binder, 2-3 books (even a thick math book) and his lunch bag. The benefit of having a strap across the chest is great; the straps don't fall off his shoulders.
September 13, 2014