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he's pretty rough on things -- but probably no worse than ...
on November 27, 2015
It's November and my 14 year old son has already managed to blow out the zipper on this binder. Granted, he's pretty rough on things -- but probably no worse than the average boy. He carries his binder to and from school in a messenger bag or back-pack (he recently switched from the former to the latter) so it is protected from the elements and bus ride. I think most of the wear and tear comes from in-school use and packing it pretty full of stuff.
I just took these photos for this review and see that the zipper is completely gone from one side (looks like the stitching came out. The rings are distorted and the exterior is pretty scuffed up. I'm starting to wonder if someone sat on it or if suffered some other form of adolescent abuse!!! The boy's going to have some explaining to do when he gets home later. The replacement might come out of his allowance! His 11 year old sister has the same binder in purple and it is holding up pretty nicely because she's gentler with her things.
Last year's binder (the same model) made it through most of a school year with my son -- but was shredded by summer. So these things are not indestructible and I wonder if there is a planned obsolescence so you have to buy a new one every year!.
Anyhow, I am buying another just like it (except in blue rather than black -- to save $5) because he needs a functional binder. He really likes the features of this binder with the accordion file on the left (front) cover with a pocket for every class, the zipper compartment and the 3" rings. I would like it if there was a binder of high enough quality to last until graduation -- but alas, I think that is a pipe dream!