Double Zip Backpack
Still prefer the retired Bookbag
Like a few other reviewers, I prefer the retired Bookbag and I got this double zip backpack as an alternative because it was close in size to the Bookbag. It's a nice backpack - so worth 3 stars - and it holds a lot. I would recommend buying it for a nice travel bag. But here are the drawbacks - especially as compared to the Bookbag:
1. it's hard to zipper - really does take 2 hands to close
2. there are no organizer pockets on the inside - just the one small zipper - this is my main complaint
3. the front pocket is too small to hold much of anything and too hard to zip and unzip to use as a quick wallet area
4. it's just not as cute or as stylish in shape as the Bookbag - love the elastic tops on the side pockets of the Bookbag!
So maybe if enough of us keep writing to VB about how we want the Bookbag back, they will bring it out of retirement!
November 17, 2013
Overall it was okay
I got this backpack for Christmas last year (while I was a freshman). Now I am a sophomore and it has ripped in three place right behind the handle, under both straps (top of strap), and underneath where the strap connects to the backpack (at the bottom of the strap). I carried what was essential to me every day:
4 composition notebooks
1 one inch binder with paper inside
1 pencil pouch with roughly thirty pencils
1 daily planner (medium size)
Some index cards
and every now and then a text book
I am still using this back pack but I am upgrading to the campus size book bag by VB. I loved this back pack and I will continue to use it for other purposes. I am disappointed because of the rips and tears in my product. Although the rips and tears are very minimum and can probably be repaired with ease, I suggest using this back pack for either middle school, clothes, or any other activities besides heavy materials.
November 10, 2013
Great backpack for any age
I used this backpack over the summer while I was a camp counselor and it worked great. I was able to fit a small first aid kit, jacket, binder with activities, Lunch Bunch, Turn Lock Wallet, pens, pencils and an extra pair of shoes with room left in the bag. It held up extremely well and has lots of life left in it, even after being thrown about and dirtied up by the kids.
October 13, 2013
I have this backpack in Heather and the pattern is stunning!!! I love the nice deep purples perfect for some one like me who loves to "stand out from the crowd'. Its perfect for school, its just the right size although it is sometimes hard to fit my Vera lunchbox and my textbooks. Also once my water bottle had spilled and thanks to the wonderful fabric on the inside cleaning it up was a breeze!!! Overall its a great backpack but if you make it just a little bigger it would be perfect!!!
October 11, 2013
Perfect for 7th grade
I purchased this backpack in "Sun Valley" and it's amazing. I have only had those backpack for a couple of weeks but I am in love with it it can fit the following:
3 1 inch binders
Pre algebra textbook
3 subject spiral note book
1 subject spiral note book
1 3 inch binder
3 composition books
3 red pins
3 blue pins
2 glue sticks
1 band book
Glasses cleaner spray and towel
This backpack fits a LOT many people say this doesn't fit anything they are wrong and I can fit everything I need and I recommend it to anyone anyday!
September 27, 2013
This bag is absolutely perfect for middle school! You can fit just about anything you need for school, and get the extra plus of looking super fashionable along the way! This bag is also great for trips! It holds so much! Even my clothes! I am also very happy about the pattern and the pop of color! I got this bag in English rose, and I have gotten so many complaments! Vera Bradley certainly doesn't disappoint!
September 8, 2013
Fits a lot
I just got my backpack two days ago and I am in love with it. Some people say that it doesn't fit much but I disagree. You just need to know how to make the most out of all of the pockets. I am a freshman in high school so I have a lot of work and the backpack still fits it all. When I got the backpack I was able to transfer everything that was in my jansport backpack(which is pretty big) into the new one. I was able to fit a 1 and a half inch binder, 3 spiral notebooks, 3 folders, a composition notebook, a 400 page book, my planner, my kindle, a graphing calculator, a medium cosmetic, and some expo markers. So don't listen to the reviews that say it can't fit much, you just need to make the most of the space.
September 1, 2013
Great for school...
I bought this style backpack in Summer Cottage in early July 2013 but I just got my school supplies and just filled it. It fits 3 1-inch binders, a medium sized trapper keeper, one notebook, and the book I'm reading for school now. Even with those things there's still room in the front and back pockets for more. It's a beautiful bag and I can't wait to use it throughout the year. The only thing I worry about is that the straps will break. Hopefully they last... at least until December so that I can get it in another pattern for Christmas. I really like it and hope they don't discontinue the style
August 31, 2013
I prefer the retired "Bookbag"
I got this to replace my old VB Bookbag, it was a backpack that was about the same size as this one. The front pocket on this one doesn't hold as much. The zippers are crescent shaped and are a bit awkward to open and close. You have to have full use of both hands. The pockets on the sides of the Bookbag were a little bigger and the tops were elastic. I could put my sunglasses in one and a water bottle in the other and it held them securely. The ones on this style are not elastic and things fall out. I'm going to search for a retired Bookbag. I won't get this style again.
August 13, 2013
Great for 10th grade!
I love my double zip in limes up! I just got it and it is perfect! I put all my pens and pencils (around 20) in the front pocket! then in the middle pocket I have 2 large textbooks, 3 workbooks, and 5 folders. Also I have my calculator and pencil case in there. Then in the back zipper pocket I have two small notebooks! It is perfect! I love it!
August 12, 2013