|By: Darlene B.|
It’s almost that time again!
It happens every year. First you can’t believe that the kids are out of school for the summer. Then before you know it they’re heading back! Besides the usual school clothes, notebooks, and pens and pencils, one major item that almost every kid needs each year is a backpack. It doesn’t matter if they’re in middle school or starting college, students need something solid for lugging their books, laptops and everything in between.
Fortunately, we found some great backpacks at eBags, and picked out three for you based on customer reviews, rather than price. (This seems to be one area where skimping will just put you in the position of replacing the bag by mid-semester.) Each of these has a customer rating of 10 or close to 10. (P.S.- all bags qualify for free shipping!)
The Bellino Backpack has an unusual shape, but that’s exactly what makes it stand out. The canvas bag is accented with dark brown leather and has padded shoulder straps for added comfort. Zippered front and side pockets provide plenty of places to tuck away pens, keys, cell phones and calculators. This smart-looking bag would work for a boy or a girl, and you can get one for $99.99.
Next up is the Mobile Edge 17.3” Premium Laptop TrackPack. Love the checkerboard pattern which, again, would work for either sex. This bag will carefully hold your laptop in its Superior SafetyCell protection compartment. And there’s even a media pocket with a headphone SoundPort, and plenty of pockets inside and out for phones, CDs and portable games. It’s only available for a limited time, but right now you can pick it up for $84.99.
Last but not least, the DAKINE Factor Pack is a great bag at a great price. There are a number of colors and patterns available, even one that’s about $10 less because it’s a discontinued shade of blue. This standard backpack is perfect for school but could do double duty on a hiking trip or bike outing. Plenty of zippered pockets, a side mesh pocket, and even a fleece-lined compartment for your sunglasses are key features of this simple bag. At just $44.95, there’s bound to be one that suits your kid’s taste.