I bought this for my daughter, she is in 8th grade and plays multiple sports. First would like to say that the backpack is very vibrant. We got the African Violet pattern, we got it monogrammed and it looks great. Second is the material is not the typical quilted cotton like most the VB backpacks, it is canvas. This was a plus for me because it is easier to clean and does not fade as easy. The most important thing about the backpack was the size. It is huge, there is only one big opening, so if you are looking for something to store your laptop or other devices, this may not be for you unless its already in a protective case. However, if you are looking for something that will hold a lot this is it. Several binders, books, clothes, and shoes fit into it. My daughter was able to condense two bags into this one. It also has a zipper pocket inside that is very big to store anything you may not want rolling around, like a phone or a tablet. Yes, it is big enough to get a small tablet in, the zippered pocket goes the width of the bag and almost the length of it. There is also two large pockets on the outside for storage. Keys, phone, money, etc... If you are looking for a backpack that doesn't have a bunch of dividers in it and need a lot of room, this is the backpack for you. A++++ on my list. As far as durability, I cannot comment on that yet as she has only been using it for a couple weeks, but so far it is holding up great.
August 5, 2014
When I first looked at this bag I was skeptical that it would do all that it claimed. After some looking around I decided to purchase it and I am glad I did. It holds all that I need for my job and more. My laptop slides right in with plenty if space to spare. The outside pockets are good for holding water bottles, keys or anything you would want with in easy reach. All in all I would say that this is one of the best purchases I have ever made from Vera Bradley.
August 27, 2014
LOVE this backpack!
It's so rare to find a backpack that opens at the top like a bucket. This is great. Recently took it on a weekend getaway and had plenty of room for clothes, toiletries, magazines, iPad, 8.5x11 notebook and a few file folders. The only improvement I would make is to the buckling mechanism. I would make one of the straps holding each piece of the plastic buckle mechanism a little longer. They are both so short that it takes a bit of coordination to connect them.
August 13, 2014