Between the laptop, books, tablet, water bottles, notepads, pens, phone, chargers, gym clothes and who knows what else, every student’s backpack is his or her lifeline. And on top of being useful, it has got to show off a person’s individuality; after all, it is the co-ed equivalent of a peacock tail.
So what are the key features to look for? Quality construction from an established brand is a good starting place. From there, you’ll want adjustable shoulder straps, plenty of pockets and perhaps a water-resistant coating. Then it mostly comes down to style. We’ve got you covered with these 10 hottest backpacks for back to school 2013.
For the colorful character, the Case Logic Berkeley Plus may be the ideal choice. Not only is it available in Anthracite (gray), Storm (blue plaid) or Twilight (purple plaid), this backpack sports all the pockets and compartments a student could need. A dedicated compartment for a 15.6-inch laptop zips up in the back, while an interior sleeve can hold a 10-inch tablet. In the lumbar support, a hidden panel can hold valuables that you’d rather not leave exposed when opening and closing, and the main compartment offers plenty of room for books and files. Best of all? Case Logic throws in a 25-year warranty.
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