How To Choose The Right School Bag Or Backpack

Text by: Altitude Sports Editorial Team

Burton, Dakine, Fjällräven, Herschel Supply Co., JanSport, Sandqvist, Topo Designs. How To Choose The Right School Bag Or Backpack

You know it’s time for back-to-school when supplies are flying off the shelves, and the school bags with all the latest features and styles are on display. With so much variety to choose from it can be easy to lose sight of what you need from your school bag so here are a few simple tips to help you pick the backpack that’s right for you.

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Finding The Right Backpack Size

The first step when shopping for a school bag is picking the right size. A larger bag may fit more supplies and gear, but if you fill it too much, it may lead to back pain and other issues. If it’s too small, you might not have enough room. The best thing to do is try the bag on and make sure it’s the right size, compliments your body shape, and feels comfortable.

Herschel Supply Co.

Little America 

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Herschel Supply Co.

Montauk Dawson 

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Herschel Supply Co.

Heritage 

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Pockets And Features

Think of how much gear you plan to carry and whether specific pockets and features are necessary. If you have a laptop, you may want a backpack with an internal laptop sleeve. Some laptops are larger so you’ll want a bag that fits yours.

Having a laptop sleeve in the main pocket is great, but having an additional pocket on the front is even more practical. These pockets are great for storing small things like lip balm, house keys and USB sticks. Think of organization and functionality; look for features that will make your gear easy to find.

Some bags will have a side pocket or mesh side pouch to accommodate a bottle. Easily accessible water can be handy when you’re on the move.

Jansport 

Sac à dos Big Student – 34 L

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JanSport

Black Label Superbreak 25L

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JanSport

Hatchet 28L

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Padded Straps And Back

If you’ve got a longer school commute, a comfortable backpack is necessary. Having padded straps and back padding helps to eliminate stress. The durability of the straps will dictate how much weight you can carry in the backpack. It’s better not to overpack, or you risk damaging the bag.

For additional support, some larger backpacks come equipped with waist straps. These can be handy if you are looking for extra support. They can also remove some of the weight on your back that causes slouching and bad posture.

Dakine

Campus 33L

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Dakine

365 21L

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Dakine

Wndr 18L

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Backpacks VS Shoulder Bags

Wearing a backpack isn’t ideal in warm weather and can be a hassle on busier commutes. Busy buses and metros are why some people prefer a messenger bag or shoulder-strap style bag. They can be easily removed and cause less build-up of sweat.

Although convenient, these bags don’t offer the best posture support. Carrying a heavy bag on one shoulder all day long can put excessive strain on your shoulder and slightly shift your body’s balance. For some, this might be a good reason to choose two straps.

Fjällräven

Kånken 16L

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Fjällräven

Rucksack No. 21 Medium

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Fjällräven

Sac à dos Räven 28

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Pay Attention To The Small Details

When you’re in the shop browsing school backpacks, take a look at the zippers and the stitching on the bag. You want to make sure the zippers are going to be sturdy but also easy to open and close. For stitching, take a look at the spots where fabrics meet to ensure the quality is good and will not rip under too much weight.

Another important feature that you should look for on all backpacks is a buckle to adjust the length and tightness of the shoulder straps. See how easily they can be adjusted and how well they stay in place.

Topo Designs

Klettersack 25L

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Topo Designs

Sac à dos Light – 15L

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Topo Designs

Rover 20L

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Colours And Patterns

This one is more subjective but is worth considering. It’s always fun to get a funky backpack that lets your personality shine through and sticks out in a crowd. Wild colours and crazy patterns are great on clothes because you can change them often. A backpack is more of an investment, so if your fashion choices tend to change quickly, maybe stick with something more neutral. You might also want to consider the fact that lighter colours get dirty more easily, so if you’re the type that likes a clean bag, or likes to get messy, we would suggest darker shades and colours.

 

Burton

Day Gromlet 15L

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Burton

Tinder 2.0

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Burton

Annex 28L

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How Is The Accessibility

If you’re bringing along your essentials, make sure the backpack opens wide enough to access them. Being able to grab your laptop without taking out all your books will save you a lot of time. In most cases, a top-loading backpack or a backpack with a full zipper gives easier accessibility.

Thule

Subterra 23L

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Thule

Lithos 20L

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Thule

EnRoute 23L

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Pack It, Zip It And Go!

Once you’ve settled on a backpack that fits all your needs and looks great, you’re ready for back to school!

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There is 1 thoughts on this article titled “How To Choose The Right School Bag Or Backpack”.

  1. nice designs and colors, any type of bags can change our look. The bags can change the perspective of others towards us .Some type of bags like saddlebags, Bike side bags, tail bags, bike tank bags can change bike look

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