Solid ClassMateŽ Medium Backpack
Everything they need!
I researched backpack options for a while, trying to find the right one for my 1st grader. It needed to be lightweight, have a couple of different zippered sections and a water bottle holder, and be available in blue (his favorite color). Oh, and durability was essential! The pack arrived a couple of days before school started and he loves it. It's the perfect size for him with some room to grow. He's 45" tall - about average for a 1st grader. I love that Lands' End packs are simple but customizable with monograms and icons. The backpack holds everything he needs - folders, workbooks, lunch bag (though you can also attach this on the outside), and in winter I'm sure a not-too-bulky coat will fit in it as well. I didn't think the chest clip would be that useful but my son loves it because it helps the pack to stay on his back/shoulders. I am also very impressed with the Lands' End replacement guarantee, not that I think we'll need it. I'd highly recommend this to anyone with an early elementary age child.
August 4, 2014
Our son just started kindergarten, and this backpack is perfect. It's just the right size (he is tall), well made and we got it embroidered with his name - he loves it!
September 14, 2014
Another great product from Lands' End
My son loves his monogrammed backpack and matching monogrammed lunch box.
September 14, 2014
This backpack is the perfect size for my 2nd grader
As the 2nd week of school concludes this backpack is serving my son well. It has a lot of space and we love the mesh side pocket for his water bottle, no more spills "in" the backpack. When the pack is full he likes to use the front clip to help ease the weight. Overall, we have no complaints at this time.
September 12, 2014
Quality is not the same as previous years
I bought my boys lands end bags two years ago and raved about them. They still look great. We decided to buy them new ones this year and the quality is not the same. The mesh water bottle holder has already ripped on one of them and it's only been used two weeks. The bottom of the bag is not the same as before either and I'm sure it will tear soon. Totally dissapointed, especially since I always recommended Lands End backpacks to my friends. Unfortunately we live in Canada and it's a hassle to return or exchange.
September 12, 2014
great school backpack for younger kids!
My oldest son used one of these for several years and the only reason I bought my younger one a new one of these and didn't pass it down was b/c my older son had ripped the water bottle netting in a few spots and I wanted my son to have a new one for first grade. Its a great backpack for younger kids! It doesnt' swallow them up and I love the large water bottle holders on the side - it easily allows for a small kids camelback but its tall enough for a large 24 oz bottle as well. I had some issues with my older son's new large backpack from LE that we just bought- the water bottle holders ont he side are much shorter in the large bakcpack than in this medium classmates one! The bottle holders for this medium backpack are so much better. It does make a difference- my older son can't even use the water bottle holders in his large backpack b/c the tall bottle falls out, whereas he wasily carried a tall 24oz bottle w/o issues in this medium size one.
September 9, 2014
Great lightweight backpack.
This is our second backpack from L.E. (Lasted 4 years!) The new zipper is easy to use. Old one had fabric that got caught.. The fabric is lighter weight, but still great quality.
September 8, 2014
Thinner than expected.
I am really disappointed in this backpack. I purchased a smaller backpack for my son from another company that is the same 600 denier but that brand's material for the body is much more rugged and durable. The top handle on this bag feels too thin in the sense that I think it could break easily. The overall material just feels flimsy. I would return this but I already paid an exorbitant amount for standard shipping and after the return shipping cost, I may as well keep it.
September 7, 2014
over all a great backpack, but...
I bought this backpack last winter for my then kindergartner because he needed more room for snow pants, a lunch box and binders. My son and I are both pleased with this backpack, but I noticed after a few months of use, the elastic part of the chest strap looks "wavy" like it was over stretched and fraying (as was stated by another reviewer). That is disappointing, as the rest of the backpack is great and is holding up well. I hope you can resolve this issue before I buy one for my up coming kindergartner next year.
September 1, 2014
The color and name on the backpack turned out great!
I was not expecting a medium backpack to be as small as it is. I was also shocked at how weak the bottom of the backpack was. Not sure if it will last the school year.
August 26, 2014