Solid ClassMateŽ Small Backpack
Great quality...holds up well! After 3 years it still looks like new!
I purchased a backpack and coordinating lunchbox very similar to this(same brand, just a different color) in July 2010 for my son to begin kingergarten with. We will retire this backpack only because we need a larger one for him to begin 3rd grade. The backpack and lunchbox still look practically brand new. He has carried both to school for 3 years. I washed both in the washing machine during Christmas breaks, spring breaks and summer breaks (although I'm not sure the directions say you can) and they still look great! You pay a little more upfront, but in the long run these backpacks and lunchboxes are a much better quality than what you buy in other stores and save you money in the long run! Monogramed name has held up well and all zippers, pouches, mesh pockets, etc...are still working!
July 17, 2013
Broken Zipper Pulls
Like a couple of the other reviewers have mentioned, the zipper pulls on this product do not last long. The first one on the main compartment broke around a month into school. I told my son to just use the second zipper. Well, this week, that one broke, as well. Thankfully, I had already ordered some very similar pulls from a different website, & I was able to replace them both yesterday.
The backpack itself (minus the zipper pulls) seems to be very good quality, & the embroidery looks very nice.
I'm just disappointed in Land's End for producing a product with sub-par quality. My son had a similar but smaller backpack from Land's End in Preschool, & we never had any problems with it.
November 15, 2013
Both zippers broken after only two months.
I second someone else's complaint about the zippers. I was completely happy with this backpack?look, feel, weight, and size?until today, when the second zipper broke. Now both zippers have broken on the main compartment, and my 5-year-old is unable to zip and unzip the backpack. I will be returning it and hoping LE gives me credit. I would not recommend this product unless the zippers are changed.
November 12, 2013
Everything and more!
We ordered the red with mango trim in the small size for our Pre-K'er. He proudly marched into the classroom for his first day today to rave reviews. Roomy, durable, and so cute with his initials and the "'peace" sign. Super fast delivery and great service as always. One note: you have to phone in to have the peace sigin embroidery work added--can't do that online.
September 3, 2013
My son was so excited to get this pack. He showed it off to the principle and counselor at meet the teacher. He does not complain about packing it himself and carries it out the door with pride. The fabrication cannot be beat. It is thick durable material and no flaws have been found.
September 3, 2013
My son is starting kindergarten, and I wanted a sturdy bag that was comfortable (we have purchased a L.E. back in the past for preschool, so I know it will hold up well!) I love this bag! I love the fastener across the front that keeps his back pack from sliding off his little shoulders. I also love that there is a fastener on the bag to attach his lunch box to! Very happy with this bag!!
September 2, 2013
Great looking quality bag
You want the kids to have quality school supplies at a fair price. These are great bags, but please do not increase the price!,,, they are worth it at the 30% off sale price, but not more. Please keep prices AND quality great for families!,,
August 31, 2013
Excelent, sturdy backpack & lunchbox
We've purchased many, many backpacks & lunchboxes over the years and finally discovered the Land's End ones. They last year after year and look as good as new, even after several years of rough usage. These were purchased for our little grandson who starts kindergarten this year. We expect them to last him through elementary school. Land's End backpacks are the only ones we will buy. They're more expensive than department or discount store ones, but you'll only have to buy them once!
August 31, 2013
THE LAST BACKPACK I GOT MY GRANDKIDS LASTED 3 SCHOOL YEARS. iN FACT IT IS IN GOOD SHAPE EXCEPT FOR THE DUCK TAPE ON THE HANDLE WHERE THE PLASTIC COVER SPLIT. It is nice to have their names on them for the kids and the teachers. The strap across the chest hooks are nice for the little ones. Easy to secure too. I am sure I will not be disappointed
August 31, 2013
Poor Quality Product
After using Land End packs for years, we chose this pack for the start of kindergarten. Didn't last one day. The pulls on the zippers are the absolutely worst design I have ever encountered on a pack from any manufacturer. Clearly this was not tested at all, let alone with children in mind. One gentle tug and the nylon 'clip' holding the paracord zipper pull released. There is no way to open the pack.
Complete waste of my time ordering this inferior item. Strongly recommend you DO NOT buy this unless you are willing to replace the zipper pulls at your own expense.
Thank you Lands End. Great way to start the school year. In future why not make these in the USA? I'll be glad to pay you 40% more...
August 16, 2013