Rough and Tumble
Anakin's mom said she already had to wash the backpack since it smelled of the river (I hope none of my Test Drivers went overboard testing out their backpacks!). She was very happy to report that it washed up easily and remained in excellent condition.
The Bells and Whistles
Jenna's mom loved the attached, organizer pouch because she thinks it will keep Jenna from losing her lunch money.
At first Jenna and her mom were glad to see that the ClassMate StudyHaul Lunch Bag clipped onto the outside of the backpack, saving room inside the bag for more school supplies, but once they had the bag fully loaded and the lunch bag attached, it hung too low on Jenna's small frame. Jenna is on the small side and Anakin didn't have any problems with this.
Anakin's mom was also happy to see the reflective, safety strips and glow-in-the-dark zipper pulls on both the bag and the lunch bag. She said this is especially important on winter mornings, when kids wait for the bus in the dark.
Anakin took his Lands' End backpack on a nice long Test Drive, and boy-oh-boy did he test it. After hours and hours of hiking, he really appreciated the lightness of the backpack. He said that it's so light he's renaming it his "spacebag." His mom, who was at first skeptical of the lightweight material is now a fan. She liked the comfort features, the safety bonus of the reflective strips and glow-in-the-dark zippers, and the sturdiness of the backpack. She said overall it is an "awesome, awesome bag."