It has plenty of interior space to fit large text books and even a small laptop. The bags we considered range in style from more ergonomic and spacious bags that will hold a huge volume of books and work as a daypack for weekend trips, to smaller bags that sacrifice some utility for aesthetics. This backpack weighs in at just over 1. The liter capacity is very big for a school backpack.
Cotton also stains easily, so the dark-colored versions will mask but not hide dirt. A liter pack with a super simple design that will work in almost any situation. The Herschel Heritage Backpack is a sleek backpack with a classic and simple design. The Herschel gets the job of a backpack done, but is more fashionably versatile than many other bags thanks to its clean lines and simple form, and can easily transition from school to work.
Herschel makes the Heritage bag in two adult sizes—the standard 22 liters and the liter Mid-Volume —plus a kids version and two youth sizes, the regular and XL. A small, durable, and practical liter backpack with almost no padding. If you want a vintage-influenced backpack that will build up a patina over time, it may suit you. The main pocket is cavernous, and the zippered exterior pouch on the front is perfect for things you need easy access to, like phone chargers.
The Fjällräven has only a two-year warranty , but the bag should last well beyond that. One Wirecutter writer has had hers for four years, and it looks even better now than it did brand new—all the seams remain fully intact despite withstanding two years of toting textbooks around a college campus.
This simple, liter American-made bag looks great and has a lifetime warranty, but it lacks organization. If you like the idea of a simple, durable bag, but prefer a classic American style, the JanSport Right Pack may be the bag for you.
In continuous production since , the Right Pack is made of tough Cordura nylon with a suede-leather bottom and has a lifetime unconditional warranty to back it up—these bags are built to last. The Right Pack has a cavernous liter capacity that can swallow whatever you put in it, though if you overpack it, the bag will bulge noticeably. Read our full review of the JanSport Right Pack.
If you have to carry a clear bag, a mesh bag will be more comfortable and harder-wearing than a plastic one. Some schools require students to carry a clear backpack for security purposes. The JanSport Mesh Pack is well-made, comfortable to carry, and holds a substantial 23 liters of gear.
The polyester straps were among the thickest on the clear bags we tested, which makes this bag more comfortable to wear over a long day. The JanSport has very little in the way of organization—the main section has a small hanging pocket where you could stash a wallet or keys. Other than that, it has only a big zip pocket on the front of the bag. It also lacks side pockets for water bottles.
Because the bag is mesh, if you get caught in a rainstorm, all of your belongings will be soaked, so keep a careful eye on the weather. If your school or other venue requires a clear plastic backpack rather than a mesh one, the best option we found was the K-Cliffs Heavy Duty Clear Backpack. But if you do need to use it, the K-Cliffs is the most comfortable plastic backpack we tested. It handled heavy weights and cold temperatures the best, and its seams and zippers held up to repeated use, where other bags sometimes split or came apart.
This bag has two mesh side pockets for stashing drink bottles or a small umbrella, and one front zip pocket with internal mesh pockets and loops for pencils. Like the mesh backpack, it lacks back padding, laptop protection, and privacy for anything you might not want your classmates to see. Read our full guide to clear and mesh bags. Smart organization and lots of room make it a standout for its affordable price, though minimal padding makes it less comfortable than our top picks.
But this bag is a bit of an aesthetic snooze, and its lower price is evident in its rough nylon and lack of little touches. The inch laptop sleeve is padded but so wide that almost any modern laptop you put in it will swim around. The bag also feels much boxier than more ergonomic bags we looked at.
The heavy padding on the back panel hugs your body. As a result, it runs hotter than any other backpack we tested and left testers with sweat-drenched backs.
The wide-set straps are padded all the way to the top of the bag and comfortable but can be a problem if you have a smaller frame, as they can slide off and wedge themselves under your shoulders—the bag lacks a sternum strap to keep them together. Like all AmazonBasics products, it carries a one-year warranty.
For the original version of this guide, we focused on high-capacity bags around 30 liters , that could hold inch or larger laptops, had well-ventilated back panels, and came with waist and sternum straps and a wide array of pockets—including water-bottle sleeves.
For a update, we added some better-looking but still practical bags from our guide to laptop backpacks. The North Face Hot Shot has unconventional pocket designs that, though great for hiking, feel less useful on campus.
The Hot Shot has a C-shaped front pocket that you can unzip almost all the way, which felt like a recipe for losing whatever you store in it. It lacks the smaller organizational pockets designed to hold wallets, sunglasses, and electronics that students may want to access without fishing around the clutter of the main pocket. With an unsculpted back panel, it seems as if it would run much hotter than the Quad, and its higher-quality material makes it more expensive than the AmazonBasics bag.
It also lacks the external pouch of the Quad, having a daisy chain instead. We think a pouch is more useful. It also offers unremarkable aesthetics, an inferior handle, and fewer organizational features. The Osprey Parsec was one of our picks, but was discontinued by the manufacturer. This bag has airy, cushioned straps, which make even a hefty economics textbook feel like a paperback. We respect your privacy. You can change your cookie preferences to enable comments.
You can also send us a note or a tweet , or find us on Facebook. Opt out or contact us at any time. Why you should trust us Who this is for A large, practical bag: Bean Quad Pack A techy, well-organized backpack: Incase Icon Backpack For gym and class: JanSport Mesh Pack For the student on a tight budget: There are other pockets for small stuff storage and a water bottle pocket. The zipper pulls are industrial thick for long lasting use. The bottom of the Drifter II Backpack is water resistant.
This backpack gets a lot of very good reviews, but it does come in a little heavier than most of our other picks at about 2. It is made of polyester and weighs about 1. This backpack is also available in more than 40 different colors and patterns. The High Sierra Fat Boy backpack is an inexpensive bag that provides great functionality and the very large storage space of 2, cubic inches. The back panel is padded for spinal comfort. This backpack has five interior pockets and it is completely made of polyester.
Choose from multiple colors. It has a laptop compartment that can hold most 17 inch laptops. The pocket design is systematic, to make the most use of space for all of your stuff. There is plenty of room for your books, keys, earphones, cell phone, water bottle and more.
The lining is water resistant. It has plenty of interior space to fit large text books and even a small laptop. Multiple side pockets can store small objects. This backpack weighs in at just over 1. It has a simple design that imitates natural leather. It is not waterproof. This North Face Vault Backpack is available in multiple colors and patterns. Despite being recommended mostly for outdoor sports it is quite a good backpack for both college and high school students.
The straps are compression molded. It comes in 18 colors. This JanSport Big Student Backpack is a favorite among high school and college students with thousands of highly positive reviews. It has 2 main compartments for your books. There is also has a front pocket with an organizer for additional storage, and also a great place for your music player.
It has a headset cord port.
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