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L.L.Bean Rolling Deluxe Book Pack Review

By: Kelly Burgess on July 18, 2017

Bottom Line

The L.L.Bean Rolling Deluxe Book Pack is an extremely durable backpack with some nice touches to make your student more visible when walking on dark mornings. Many adults also love it, though, for commuting or other activities.


  • Large capacity
  • Contoured shoulder straps
  • Extremely durable
  • Comfortable to walk with


  • Sticky handle
  • Zipper can jam
Our Analysis

Breaking it down


Well organized and spacious. The L.L.Bean Rolling Deluxe Book Pack has two main compartments, as well as a smaller front compartment and a tiny stash pocket. Reviewers say they use it for everything from middle school to college. Adults often use it for carrying materials for their business or hobby. Expert testers with Good Housekeeping say the handle sometimes sticks, and there are complaints from users that the zipper catches in the flap of fabric meant to cover it; one owner solved the problem by cutting the flap off. The Rolling Deluxe has a compression strap on either side to help cinch the load down. A few say it's too large to fit in their child's locker or that they'd like an exterior water bottle holder:


Versatile, but best on its wheels. At about 5.5 pounds, the L.L.Bean Rolling Deluxe Book Pack is about average weight for a rolling backpack, but it's significantly heavier than a pack without wheels. Kid testers with Good Housekeeping say that it's "extremely comfortable to walk with." Tuck-away padded shoulder straps are contoured for extra comfort and we found a couple of comments from those who like the ability to carry it as a regular backpack in highly congested areas, then switch right back to pulling it when space allows.


Expect it to last for years. Reviewers say that the L.L.Bean Rolling Deluxe Book Pack's fabric is tough, with abrasion-resistant ballistic nylon on the pack's bottom. A few owners comment on the zippers, which seem to be a weak point; those who asked L.L.Bean to fix the problem say they quickly received replacements or repairs. There are no complaints about the wheels, which is something that can't be said about many other rolling backpacks. It comes with a lifetime warranty.

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