Guide to Choosing a Winning Backpack

Has this happened to you? Your child had another “backpack-pull” at school today and broke the strap – again. Or perhaps the zipper jammed or simply broke – for the last time. Looks like it’s time for a new boys or girls backpack again. Maybe the nearby department store will still have some decent ones left in stock in the style and size they like.

On the other hand, it may be wiser to put a little more thought into it this time and look for something that will last longer.

I’ve been there – and can say from experience that a little research can go a long way towards producing a durable pack that will last. Simply looking out for a few quality features is all you really need to do in order to save from repeating this scenario again anytime soon.

Save time, money and hassle, not to mention your child’s back…

Durability is a must for children’s packs – they can be tough of them. I’ve seen them dragged, thrown and dropped. Look for a strong canvas material and be wary of other materials that can be easier to tear. If a manufacturer is confident in their product they will usually off a limited, lifetime warranty. Strong, supportive shoulder straps and good, heavy-duty zippers are a must in a quality pack.

Comfort and proper pack sizing:

Consider your child’s size and weight and purchase something age-appropriate. To be more accurate, measure his or her torso length along their back rather than their actual height. This would be from the bony part of their lower neck (7th vertebrae) down to the upper part of their hips. Fortunately, kid’s packs are quite adjustable so you needn’t dwell too much on accuracy. Determine just what needs to be carried but be careful not to oversize as this will lead to the temptation to overload.

Place a strong emphasis on a comfortable fit. Not only will your child appreciate it, but it’s more likely to be “worn instead of dragged” after a long day at school. Another way to help keep it on their backs is to…

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