The Lands End Classmate Backpack is an extremely durable and worthwhile backpack. I purchased one for my son 4 years ago, and we are still using it every day as a school backpack!
I am amazed at how wonderfully this backpack has held up to the everyday wear and tear of lugging heavy books around. I've probably washed it 2-3 times each year, just to get the school dirt and germs off of it, and it always freshens up like new.
Structurally, it has 2 big compartments for books, etc, and a smaller pocket in the front. It also has a reflective stripe. It's washable, as I mentioned before, which I think is a key feature!
The backpack is guaranteed, so if I ever had any problems with ripping, etc, I could send it back for a refund or replacement. Lands End has amazing customer service.
Believe it or not, we're planning to use this backpack again next year for a FIFTH school year! Definately worth the money for this backpack. The item number is 17950-1A68 if you want to go to LandsEnd.com and check it out.