Print FeatherLight? Medium Backpack
will make it through the school year but that's it
My first grader is particular when it comes to prints and doesn't like licensed characters or sports. We bought this to replace his smaller garnet hill backpack. He LOVED the colors, print and style. The size and weight was perfect for his petite frame. It holds a three ring binder, spiral notebook, library books and the matching soft sided lunch bag with ease. The front pouch is perfect for tall insulated thermos. The thermos fits in the side pouch, but the stainless steel is heavy and makes the bag uneven. In the front, it is easy access and fits perfectly. Great features, but we ended up disappointed. The way the clips and elastic are situated, make the bag difficult to zip up and down. One zipper ended up breaking the first week of school. We've made it halfway through the year and I think as long as the one zipper remains functional it will make it through the rest of the year.
January 9, 2015
Good Quality, comfortable for a kid to carry on their back
My son likes this backpack it looks very comfortable on him. Pretty sturdy. Only thing I don't like is the net pockets on the sides, I have had problems with those before, I'm hoping they hold up and don't rip...
September 16, 2014
Less than 2 weeks of use & zipper has already broken
The backpack looks great & I was really happy when I got it for my grandson who is starting to move out of the diaper bag. It's just the right size for a few pull-ups, an emergency change of clothes & a couple of toys. I thought it might last until he goes to pre-school. But, since the zipper pull has already broken from just occasional use by my adult daughter, there is little hope for it lasting like the backpacks I usually get from L.L.Bean. My older grandson has been using his L.L.Bean backpack everyday for school for 3 years & counting. I'm really disappointed.
September 15, 2014
My son still has the first backpack I bought him 2 years ago which has lasted through grades 3 and 4 and summer camps! It is still fine but he wanted a new design for grade 5 so I have purchased another one. They are very sturdy and built tough which is what we need.
August 31, 2014
I bought the Classmate Medium Backpack three years ago and it was the perfect size and it lasted two whole years of little boy roughness. I purchased this one for the current year and it's too small for a trapper keeper in it! Once we get the trapper keeper in it there's no room for library books or anything else. Not impressed with the "lightness" of it either, it feels the same as the old one that was cheaper.
August 24, 2014
Great weight with dual compartments for seperating. My son loves the exta clips to attach his lunch bag and/or secure pack around his chest.
Great lightweight yet durable.
August 15, 2014
I have a slightly different version of the Featherlight that was ordered in 2011 to replace my son's 1st grade backpack that had broken after <1 month. The backpack has been fantastic! It's now Summer 2014 and time to replace it, as one of the zippers has started to fail and the mesh front pocket (now replaced with something sturdier, it seems) has gotten a few holes. This backpack has been thrown, drug, and who knows what else in the almost 3 years my son had it, and it has survived amazingly well. It looks almost perfect on the outside, which is amazing considering mine had light gray trim.
July 28, 2014