Solid ClassMateŽ Large Backpack
This backpack was picked out by my 10 year old son who can be quite brutal on his stuff. He was pleased with the size, color and fastener that clips at chest level.
August 9, 2014
Awesome, survived 3 years of middle school
I bought this backpack for my son when he started middle school, I'm a little nervous now buying another one given all the zipper complaints, so I hope they've fixed that problem, since I'm about to buy him another one for high school. He actually could get at least another year out of the one he has, but he just really wants a new one, it's no longer the cleanest it could be! But all the parts have held up (and this is the kid who goes through at least 6 string bags a year... Lands' End, please make a string bag that will last more than 2 months and lots of us will buy it!) I'm also buying a wheeled one for my younger son, whose 5th grade backpack weighed a third of what he does, because I've been so happy with this one. I've found any backpack purchased from the "back to school" selection doesn't usually make it through the first semester, so to have one that's lasted so long is great.
July 29, 2014
Would have been good for 3 yrs...if my son hadn't spilled so much milk in it!
Going on 3rd year, unfortunately my son didn't seal his milk bottle enough times that I cannot get the smell out. Would have been fine other than this, and he's pretty rough on stuff. Although, I do very much agree with others that the pack would be much improved with easy pencil storage- netting, more inside pockets, something like that.
July 14, 2014
Broken zipper and broken zipper pull.
I wanted to love this pack and hoped to have it for years. My son's previous pack lasted three years. This pack lasted 18 months. The main pocket zipper broke. The secondary pocket zipper pull broke. The pack still looks new (son was really good about taking care of pack). Truly disappointed in the backpack's durability.
July 13, 2014
I bought LE because I wanted my son to be able to carry the backpack for many years. He carried it 1st grade and part of second grand and the zipper ripped out. I returned the backpack and got a gift card to try another style.
July 5, 2014
Does not appear to be the best quality
My son has a backpack from a similar type store for 3 years so I'm comparing his old one to this one. This Classmate feels really thin and does not appear that it will be able to put up with all a backpack goes through a school year. LE does not show a picture of the inside of the front pocket. It has NO netting for pencils or anything, it's just an open space which is really inconvenient for kids to keep anything organized. Why would a backpack not have netting in the front pocket? The zippers also feel a bit cheap but only time will tell (other reviewers said the zippers break). My son really wanted embroidery and I really should not have agreed to embroidery because I can't return it. I also purchased the matching ez wipe lunchbox which has been our favorite for years and it still appears to be above average quality. Love the ez wipe lunch box but I can't say I would recommend the backpack.
July 1, 2014
This backpack did not make it through the school year. The zipper broke and my daughter could no longer use it.
We ordered the purple one for her with a monogram and piece sign with matching lunch bag. It is cute and she loved it but the zipper did not even last for an entire school year. Hoped with the personalization we could get longer use out of it.
May 16, 2014
Great backpack except for the zipper. I have purchased all of my kids these backpacks when they start kindergarten. The only problem I have had with this one is that the zipper broke in April of the school year...it was brand new in August. I had another backpack from that the zipper also broke but it was a little older. Otherwise, good backpack, bad quality for the zippers.
April 28, 2014
Frayed Chest strap
i too was hoping this backpack would last a couple of years. Our chest strap frayed after two and a half months. My son is in 3rd grade and has a moderately heavy load. I can no longer get same color and now have to look for a new backpack in November! Company was good about return however. Taking it to my nearest Sears store.
November 13, 2013
PERFECT ... EXACTLY what we were looking for!
We've used the same pack for 4 years and couldn't find one that was not all straps, 30 different pockets and weighing 10 lbs empty. This IS the PACK to GET! It's lightweight but strong and roomy for my 4th grader. It has room to grow and will last for a couple of years because it's not "kiddy". We got the blue with orange accents and it's lovely. We also got the matching lunch box and it's the BEST EVER and worth every dime!
September 10, 2013