Solid ClassMateŽ Wheeled Medium Backpack
Issues with handle
Within a month of my 4th grader using it this last school year, the handle would not collapse. It was such a pain to transport with the handles constantly upright. The rest of the backpack was in good shape and she was so disappointed that we can't use it anymore, but it's too much of a pain. I had expected this (pricey) pack to last us two years, and we couldn't even get through one semester!
July 20, 2015
Defective Handles - 2 for 2
We bought two of these backpacks - one for each kid - and both handles failed on us halfway through the school year. One backpack handle was permanently stuck in the up position while the other backpack's handle wouldn't stay up! Returning both with fingers crossed I get some kind of a refund since these were pricy for only lasting a partial school year.
July 5, 2015
I bought the medium wheeled pack for my daughter for 1st grade. That bag didn't make it through the school year, with defective handle and the fabric completely frayed at every corner. Land's End gave me a partial refund towards a new model, which I happily took, but now one trimester into 3rd grade and the fabric is shot all over the bag, the net pockets (which we never even use) are ripped, and the handle not only was hard to retract into the bag but now completely broke--the top came off the metal support on one side, making it useless. Why they don't reinforce the fabric along the bottom and corners of the bag, I don't know. It was really cute with her monogram and all, but not doing LE backpacks again. I've seen cheap nylon backpacks that are lasting longer!
December 11, 2014
Good backpack...great company
I have had the same issues with this backpack and the telescoping handle, it goes up fine, but difficult to lower. My daughter is in the second year of using it. These are otherwise very sturdy backpacks and usually I only have to buy a new backpack every 3-4 years for my kids. The reason I gave it such a high rating is that they will take back product and replace or refund at anytime! I just called and they are sending a new one out within a few days. I think the guarantee is worth it. Also, I can just take the old one back to Sears and they will return it for me. The next one I buy will probably not be a rolling one. But till then, I'm glad they have great customer service.
October 2, 2014
Handle will not collapse. Did not survive the whole school year.
Having the same issue as another reviwer with the handles. I thought my daughter was too rough until reading the other review. The handle will not collapse. This was half way through 3rd grade. It was a pain to trasport with the handles rasied. All other aspect of the backpack stayed intact. Will have to look else where for a rolling backpack.
August 28, 2014
I purchased this book bag 2 years in a row for my daughter..3rd and 4th grade years. The first bag I purchased for her 3rd grade year experienced a bit of wear and tear..the straps started to fray until I had to rig up pins and thread to keep it attached. Then, the handle broke on it so that we couldn't raise it up and down. I thought perhaps my daughter had been too hard on the bag, so I purchased another one for her 4th grade year...not as much wear and tear on this one but the handle broke on it again. I don't care what I did, I couldn't get the thing to collapse back into the bag. Finally, her dad stepped in and got it down but then we couldn't get it back up. She had too many books to carry on her back. After having the 2nd bag have the same issue with the handle, I will not be purchasing another bag from Lands End. I loved the style of the bag and the personalization but paying that much money for a backpack 2 years in a row and having it malfunction the same way...I can only conclude its not worth my money. It was pretty though...
July 31, 2014
Great school bag
Perfect size for my fourth grade daughter - holds her two inch binder plus accessories, light jacket, etc. wheels work great. Handle works smooth, she says even a kindergartner could figure it out!
September 15, 2013
Great bag but scoping handle hard to retract
The size of this backpack is perfect -- not too big nor too small. Having both the large and small compartments are perfect to keep things organized, and I like that there aren't a ton of tiny little pockets as things always tend to go missing in them or attract unneeded stuff. I also like that the straps can be tucked away when the bag is being wheeled, so that the straps don't drag on the ground. The back is padded a little so that when being carried on the back with the straps, you can't feel the handle through the bag sticking into your back.
My only issue is the scoping handle. It's very hard to get it to retract all the way as it is shown in the picture. I don't know if this is a defect on our backpack or is typical of the design, though we've had this same problem with other wheeled backpacks (non-Lands End) we've owned, so perhaps it is inherent in this type of bag.
As the other reviewer mentioned, the color is really nice in person.
August 19, 2013
My daughter is loving this backpack!
She is so excited to have found a smaller, wheeled alternative to the one she had last year! Thank you! Color is a lot nicer in person that it appears online--still I wish there were some prettier/ girlier options. A home run!
August 9, 2013