Solid ClassMateŽ Medium Backpack
I ordered the same backpack for my daughter 2 years ago. The zipper broke so thanks to Lands End's amazing return policy, I returned it and ordered the star print. I agree with others that say this new bag is so flimsy compared to the one I got 2 years ago. Im thinking Im going to be using Lands Ends fantastic return policy again for this one. Im very disappointed.
August 23, 2014
Not the same quality as 3 years ago
I have a small LE backpack that I bought for my daughter when she was 4 and it has a padded bottom and is lined throughout. It is very durable and has held up for the past 4 years. I bought her a new one this year in the medium size and it is very flimsy in comparison to the old one. The bottom is so thin I can see through it and the sides are just as bad. One sharp object in that pack and it's going to be toast. I will be keeping it because my daughter loves the star print but next year I'm getting a different more durable brand for the same price.
August 18, 2014
Going into its second year
Bought this and matching lunchbox for my daughter before she started kindergarten last Sept. It was used everyday during the school year and still looks very good. I just bought one for my rising kindergarten son and plan to continue using this one for first grade for my daughter. I suspect that she will need the larger one beginning in second grade or so.
The size on this one was generally good. Occasionally she would have a lot fo things and we would need to attach the lunchbox to the outside as it would not fit but that was not too often. We liked the side pocket and would put her waterbottle in there often.
My daughter is happy with the look of the purple one and likes the embroidered initials and the embroidered flower.
We have been happy after the first year if use and hope to get a second yr of use from it.
August 9, 2014
2 year buying this bag
My daugther started with a small. Fabulous bag, lasted all school year and so far through out camp.
Washed it several times, the bottom has gotten a bit worn out, but its been to the stable alot this summer. Moving to a medium, hope it lasts just as long!
August 5, 2014
Cute, but poor quality.
I had high hopes for this backpack and another that I ordered for my other daughter, but the quality is lacking. I can't imagine it will last the whole year. The bottom is so thin it is almost transparent. Not what I thought I would be getting. Compared to the other backpacks we have had this just doesn't appear sufficient and we will be returning to find something that will last.
June 20, 2014
Well made backpack
This backpack is very well made. I can always count on Land's end bags to be top quality. The zippers are even covered in a way that will prevent long hair from getting caught in it. I expect these to last my kids for years. We don't use them on a daily basis though.
June 15, 2014
Durable and good looking
So far, so good. We love this backpack. And though I thought the monogramming we paid for was unnecessary, turns out, we need it. Every kid in school has these great looking bags and if we didn't have a distinguishing ID, we'd get someone else's homework.
October 8, 2013
Seam came apart. Seam allowance too short
Used for 3 weeks and the seams are coming apart. The backpack was never close to full.
Love the design of the backpack and the patterns but the quality is lacking. Appears that in trying to cut costs the seam allowance was too short. Can't testify how customer service would have handled as they are now out of stock. I'll have to sew the seams myself. Purchased through LL Bean in an attempt to get a quality backpack that would have lasted.
October 7, 2013
Side pocket netting disintegrated
I hope that my experience with this pack is an aberration, but I am disappointed in the quality. I ordered two for my daughters and within two weeks, the netting of the side pockets -- where we kept water bottles -- developed holes on both packs. Lands End will gladly take them back and I would be willing to reorder, hoping that mine just came from a bad batch, but now the print versions are not available. Other than this problem, I love this pack. Just the right amount of roominess for a 1st and 3rd grader. I also love that our rectangular lunch boxes fit in the outer compartment.
October 1, 2013
grand daugthers purple present
I just want to say that I went to LL Bean looking for a back pack and found a much better one at land's end. I purchased this for my grand daughter and she loved it. Can't say enough good things about it, just perfect.
September 16, 2013