First-graders go to school with large and bright satchels, and senior students already get by with a light, half-empty backpack, where there are fewer notebooks than gadgets. Our review will guide parents in finding the right backpack for their child, depending on their age.
The best satchels for grades 1-4
Primary school students need rigid frame backpacks – satchels. They are comfortable, distribute the load evenly and can withstand rough handling. However, after a year or two, they still lose their former gloss, and the parents again set off in search of a new backpack.
SCOUT Genius Padded Satchel
The Scout Genius is a complete set of accessories that a younger student will need. It includes: a backpack, two pencil cases and a comfortable bag with a shoulder strap for sportswear.
The satchel itself is closed with a voluminous top flap with an adjustable magnetic lock. There is a place under it for an insert with a timetable, another plate with empty columns is in the pencil case.
The main compartment is divided by partitions and is a convenient organizer. Spacious front and side pockets are fully zipped.
The complete bag also has additional closable pockets on the outside. And the pencil case is equipped with a variety of rubber loop-holders that hold pencils, a pen, a ruler and an eraser with a sharpener.
- orthopedic back with ideal load distribution;
- the presence of a chest strap and a belt for fastening at the waist (can be removed);
- an abundance of reflective elements;
- full set;
- additional bag keeps its shape well;
- several colors for boys and girls.
Scout Genius weighs slightly more than recommended for first graders – 1.25 kg. But it must be borne in mind that this is the mass of the entire set with a jam-packed pencil case and a sturdy additional bag. A good purchase for the parents of a future student, who have no time to collect everything they need for school in parts – with such a set, you don’t need to buy anything except notebooks.
STEP BY STEP Ранец Butterfly Dancer Light (129335)
A purely girl’s satchel is well thought out and has a short back – just right for a little first grader. There was no need to sacrifice capacity – the German manufacturer simply made the backpack more convex and voluminous. It looks unusual and a bit vintage, especially when combined with a beautiful 3D applique and numerous pendants.
The model has a rigid bottom with an expressive profile and large supports. The internal space is divided by partitions into three main compartments with an organizer. A rather large front pocket-pencil case is intended for writing utensils.
- ergonomic design with molded backrest;
- well-organized interior space;
- the presence of reflectors;
- sewn-in carabiner;
- Convenient magnetic latch that closes automatically.
An excellent satchel for a fragile little girl, which will fit everything you need – the best gift for the beginning of the first or second grade.
PIXIE Crew (PXB-18)
A very light backpack made of thin fabric, despite its small declared capacity (only 10 liters), easily fits all textbooks and notebooks of a junior schoolchild.
There is only one inner compartment, with a purely symbolic additional pocket. But on the outside there is a large front pocket and two side nets of a rather dense weave.
The bright design is complemented by an unusual mosaic panel that comes with the kit. With its help, the child will be able to decorate his backpack with new patterns at least every day or just have fun between lessons. There is also a brochure, which contains two hundred drawings for a sample. The “pixel” panel glows in the dark, acting as a reflector.
- very light (320 g);
- the presence of a chest strap on the straps;
- several bright colors: for boys, girls and unisex;
- reflective panel;
- mosaic for the entertainment and development of the child.
- thin walls;
- plastic belt anchorages are not credible.
If orthopedic backpacks are too bulky and heavy for your first-grader, and you are not far from school, it makes sense to buy such a lightweight version. The model is also suitable for preschoolers who attend preparatory classes.
The best backpacks for grades 5-8
With the advent of new school subjects, the child has to carry more textbooks with him. We already need lightweight, but still strong enough and roomy models.
BERLINGO ранец Expert Cat on the moon
A delightfully fashionable backpack with an embroidered sequin pattern and an equally shiny heart charm. The model has two internal compartments, with the largest also divided by two tall folding partitions. The smaller compartment houses a real organizer with a zippered pocket and a carabiner.
The backrest is made up of several pillows of various shapes, thanks to which it clearly follows the contours of the back and distributes the weight as evenly as possible. Conveniently positioned chest strap ensures a perfect fit and does not pinch your chest.
- cool design;
- very durable fabric with water-repellent properties;
- mesh inserts on the back and shoulder straps;
- high-quality tailoring;
- there is a pocket for the phone;
- hard, waterproof bottom with legs;
- zippers with double sliders.
- not the lowest price, but the backpack is definitely worth the money.
In terms of its characteristics, this backpack is suitable for elementary school students, but for them it is visually too large. But on girls of grade 7-8, such a stylish thing will look much more appropriate, causing envious sighs of friends.
LEGO Freshmen Ninjago «Energy», 3в1
The LEGO ergonomic backpack comes with a small lunch box, for which there is a separate pocket. The rigid bottom and orthopedic backrest ensure the correct distribution of the load on the student’s spine. An interesting solution is the lumbar cushion, which simultaneously serves as a secret pocket for important little things (money, card, travel card).
The side water bottle net is drawn with a drawstring for a secure fit. Inside, everything is also well organized, although there is only one compartment: there is an organizer for notebooks and a key holder. The model weighs 900 grams.
- universal design;
- orthopedic mesh back;
- two large front pockets;
- straps with chest closure;
- hard bottom with large legs;
- there is a name tag sewn inside.
An excellent backpack for students in grades 5-6 is suitable for everyone, but the heroes of Ninjago, of course, will appeal to boys more.
ACTION! Backpack AB111614.9
A simple, but practical and convenient backpack holds 16 liters, so with the increase in the number of textbooks in the 5th grade, the problems “They don’t fit!” will not arise. Padded sides and a double slider zipper allow you to fill it to capacity if necessary and close it securely.
For notebooks and office supplies, there are separate pockets with their own fasteners, which is much more convenient for a grown-up child than an organizer inside the main compartment. Mesh bottle pockets are provided on the sides.
- fairly lightweight;
- mesh back with good ventilation;
- wide S-shaped shoulder straps almost along the entire length;
- strong seams;
- the presence of reflective inserts;
- affordable price.
Girls who have moved into grades 5-6 (if they like bright accessories) will love this backpack. Of course, there is nothing outstanding, except for the design, in it, but the thing turned out to be reliable, practical and convenient – so that the parents will also be satisfied.
The best backpacks for high school students
In adolescence, children already gravitate towards stylish and at the same time comfortable things. They no longer look at bright children’s backpacks, paying attention to models that are more similar to sports or urban ones.
WINNER ONE Рюкзак 408-8
A teenage backpack is suitable not only for school, but also for walking around the city, as well as for weekend trips. It has two inner main compartments and 5 additional pockets. In one of the large compartments, a convenient organizer is made and a carabiner is sewn onto which you can attach a bunch of keys.
The main feature of the model is the USB port, placed on the side, for charging or connecting mobile devices. The front panel, imitating MOLLE mounts, will especially appeal to young men.
- high quality zippers;
- reinforced lines;
- chest brace;
- the presence of a transitional USB port;
- Breathable back.
The military design and non-marking colors will appeal to young men more. To be completely honest, this backpack will suit absolutely everyone (active adults count as well). Girls, on the other hand, can choose it because of its functionality and convenient internal organization, regardless of the color.
BRAUBERG Backpack Fall (225518)
A really large backpack of 30 liters is what an active teenager needs. Dense textiles without unnecessary inserts make it lightweight. The strict gray color scheme suits both boys and girls. There are no orthopedic pads on the back, but they are practically absent on any adult backpack for the urban environment.
There are three large compartments inside. Outside, there are two side nets with elastic bands for drinks and a small pocket that can fit a wallet or some trifle like packing napkins.
- very roomy;
- discreet and versatile design – for guys and girls;
- side straps for volume adjustment;
- low cost.
- no other colors available.
If your child still has a section or extracurricular activities in some circle after school lessons, such a roomy backpack will definitely come in handy. It will fit textbooks with notebooks, a uniform, and a lunch box with a snack.
Which school backpack is better to buy
When choosing a backpack for an elementary school student, first of all, pay attention to the rigidity of the structure and orthopedic properties. First graders do not have to carry textbooks with them, and publishers are now trying to make paperback books. But there are also folders for work and notebooks, which feel very uncomfortable through the thin back.
It is important that the backpack for the child correctly distributes the load, otherwise you can very quickly ruin the posture of the younger student and provoke problems with the spine. Podiatrists recommend choosing backpacks that have:
- dense pads on the back, creating an anatomical relief that repeats the correct curvature of the spine;
- waist belt – it transfers part of the load from the shoulders to the hips;
- wide curly shoulder straps with soft pads;
- additional lock at chest level for a snug fit of the backpack to the back.
It is important that the backpack fits the child along the length of the back, otherwise all these useful additions simply will not work as they should, and no orthopedic effect will be obtained.
Despite the rather cumbersome and complex design, the backpack for primary schoolchildren should also be lightweight (the weight of an empty knapsack up to 1 kg is considered the norm). But it’s still better to roughly estimate what the full load of the bag will be. If there are too many things, it is better to abandon the orthopedic structure in favor of a lighter one, so as not to overload the shoulders and back.
In middle and high school, kids no longer want to carry the toddler-oriented square backpacks, but the adult backpacks still don’t fit. That is why many manufacturers have switched to the production of smaller backpacks – with all orthopedic additions, but without a rigid frame.
As for the materials of manufacture, they must be durable, resistant to abrasion and not allow moisture to pass through. In expensive backpacks, the latter is achieved by using a special water-repellent impregnation. Also, the product can be rubberized from the inside. Lightning must also be protected from rain – by flaps-visors along the entire length.
The internal organization of a school backpack is important, but many children (except for the especially neat and pedantic ones) simply do not use all these organizers and additional compartments. Already in high school, it is better to pick up a backpack that has 1-2 large outer pockets and an inner compartment, simply divided by a partition. It will be more convenient for a student to use such a thing.