The Lucky Bums Dragonfly 15 is designed for kids 9 and up, but reviewers say it's actually the right size for a kindergartener and just large enough to carry a kindergartener's supplies. It's extremely comfortable, but it gets average scores for durability.
Sized for kindergarteners. The 915-cubic-inch Lucky Bums Dragonfly 15 is advertised for kids between ages 9 and 14 -- basically elementary and middle school. However, almost every review on Amazon.com and eBags.com warns that this bag is too small to carry older students' school supplies. Reviewers on both sites say you can't fit a large binder in this pack; one eBags.com reviewer says her first-grade daughter's 1-inch binder -- with nothing else added -- is an extremely tight fit.
However, another parent on eBags.com points out that this bag is just big enough to fit standard-size folders, and it fits a small child's frame well. Those who take the Dragonfly 15's size into account before ordering -- or who decide to use it as a minipurse or toy bag -- like its two compartments, and we didn't see any complaints about the two stretchy water bottle holders, which can be a concern on backpacks.
Very comfortable -- if it fits. The Lucky Bum Dragonfly 15 receives very good scores for both comfort and safety in a series of independent tests. Owners agree that it's lightweight and comfortable, saying their kids like the waist belt and sternum strap because they "make things more snug." (Experts say hip and sternum straps can help ease the strain of a heavy backpack on a child's back and shoulders.)
A couple of other reviewers say they like the back padding on the Dragonfly 15; its external bungee also has reflective loops on it for increased visibility.
No real track record yet. Although the Lucky Bums Dragonfly 15 scored very well in independent tests of comfort and safety features, it netted only average rankings for several types of durability, including its water resistance. The only user who comments on durability says, "I was a little leery of the rip-stop material because it's thinner than regular nylon on other packs I'm worried it won't hold up as well. So far so good, though."
This is our top pick for kindergartners even though it's advertised as large enough for kids ages 9 and up. If your child doesn't need to carry more than a couple of full-size folders (or if you want a minipurse), reviewers say this pack is very comfortable. They also like the waist and sternum straps and reflective strips.
Excellent ConsumerReports.org tests the Lucky Bums Dragonfly 15 in its backpack review. The kids' pack is rated on comfort, durability, construction quality, rain resistance, convenience and safety features.
Review: Backpack Ratings, Editors of ConsumerReports.org, July 2009
Very good About 10 reviewers leave feedback for the Lucky Bums Dragonfly 15 on eBags.com, a site where it's not at all unusual for a backpack to have more than a thousand reviewers. All of those who do comment say they'd buy the pack again, and they give it an average rating of 4.5 stars out of 5. Parents say its size is perfect for elementary school students, and they also like how its back panel is padded.
Review: Lucky Bums Dragonfly 15 w/ Dragonfly Embroidery, Contributors to eBags.com, As of Sept. 2012
Good There are only a few customer reviews for the Lucky Bums Dragonfly 15 on Amazon.com. They give it a 3.3-star average score, saying it's well-made, but it won't fit a 3-ring binder well (if at all). One reviewer says that it's "way too small for an 11 year old," despite being advertised for ages 9 to 14.
Review: Lucky Bums Kid's Dragonfly 15 Backpack, Contributors to Amazon.com, As of Sept. 2012