We really can’t believe that 2016 is drawing to an end so soon. Before we know it, it’ll be time to get the kids ready and raring for all the back-to-school madness again. Are your littlies starting kindy for the first time? Or maybe your children are all grown up and about to head into their final year at school? No matter how small, tall, young or old, we’ve rounded up our picks of the best school backpacks that are perfect for all classrooms.


The North Face – Borealis Backpack

A great school backpack that also doubles as a fantastic weekend adventure bag. The North Face Borealis is chock-a-block with a tonne of practical features. It features two spacious zippered compartments that are great for older kids who need to carry a lot of textbooks each day. The back panel is also heavily padded, providing premium comfort and support for heavy loads. We’re also big fans of the criss-cross bungee cord at the front of the bag, which provides quick access to things like a bike helmet or a towel for swim class.

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Herschel – Classic Backpack

Classic by name and classic by nature, this simple school bag comes without any bells and whistles. The clean silhouette is fashionable and modern while still having a heritage feel. There’s nothing complicated on this bag, just a spacious main chamber for books and binders plus a small front pocket to stash all personal items. The Herschel Classic Backpack is available in a great range of colours to suit every school kid’s personal style.

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Patagonia – Kids’ Refugio Backpack

This is one of the best school backpacks for younger kids. The pint-sized version of Patagonia’s popular adult Refugio pack, this durable kids bag features an internal organiser for pens and pencils, as well as a handy name badge on the inside. Constructed from a thick 450-denier recycled polyester, the Refugio will stand the test of time, even after being dragged along the school playground. A heavily padded back panel and padded shoulder straps ensure that your little ones are carrying their school gear in comfort.

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Topo Designs – Daypack

An excellent pack horse for days in the classroom, the Topo Designs Daypack is understatedly cool. Made in Colorado from a durable 1000-denier Cordura, this school bag is strong and robust. We think that the slim and narrow silhouette would be perfect for all the taller high school students. Built for the modern learner, an internal laptop sleeve has plenty of space and can hold up to 17″ devices. We love the colourful trims and accessories on this pack, which add some bright and fun details to the bag.

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JanSport – Reilly Backpack

Pockets galore. This school backpack will keep items conveniently separated, making things easy to find from class to class. There’s so much room inside this bag for textbooks, a laptop, lunchbox and a water bottle. The Reilly is surprisingly spacious without ever feeling too big and bulky. The tan leather trims add a sophisticated touch to the backpack and the contrast bottom panel is a nice design detail.

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Herschel – Kids’ Settlement Backpack

A tiny backpack for all the tiny tots – the Kids’ Settlement bag is a mini version of Herschel’s popular adult style. We think it’s one of our best school backpacks because the Settlement comes in lots of fun colours and prints that younger ones will love. With a roomy main chamber plus a small front pocket for loose bits and bobs, it’s a practical choice for smaller students that will definitely stand out in the playground.

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Incase – Icon Pack

The Incase Icon Pack is an organisational powerhouse that will keep all your study gear neatly packed. The bag has tonnes of dedicated storage space for tech equipment plus a sizable main compartment for books, pencil cases, and school lunches. A 15″ laptop sleeve keeps a computer safe and secure, as well as a dedicated plush-lined phone pocket which minimises scratches on devices. The Icon Pack is fantastic for the more disorganised kids, with plenty of special slip pockets that keep school equipment neat and tidy.

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JanSport – Superbreak Backpack (Black Label)

Students who love a bit of fun and colour will go mad over the latest Black Label Superbreak range from JanSport. The brand’s classic backpack has been updated with a fresh selection of colours and prints. These are on our list of the best school backpacks because they’re vibrant, interesting and a good size for all the essentials. The Superbreak is a practical and lightweight carry horse, with space to accommodate several textbooks, notebooks, a large binder, lunch and a warm jumper.

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Status Anxiety – The Void Backpack

Simple, fashionable and sturdy. Made from a super heavy-duty canvas fabric, The Void backpack will keep all your important school gear safe and sound. We love the contrast leather and metal trims which add subtle coloured accents throughout the bag. The diagonal zippered front pocket is also really handy, small enough for loose items but also large enough for a medium-sized notebooks if needed.

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Eastpak – Padded Pak’r Backpack

A backpack that was originally released in 1976, the Padded Pak’r has just recently celebrated it’s 40 year anniversary. Its military-inspired construction guarantees that each Padded Pak’r is strong and reliable. This is a bag that’s perfect for shorter students as it tends to be a bit fuller in width and shorter in height. We really like its somewhat quirky shape, still simple and traditional but with a signature Eastpak twist. If your kids prefer their gear understated and straightforward, this bag is an excellent choice.

Best School Backpacks Eastpak Padded Pak'r

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We remember the days when the best part of going back to school was getting a new backpack. A new year calls for a new style and we think that our roundup of the best school backpacks for 2017 will have the kids smiling every day in the playground. Shop our entire backpack range at Rushfaster for some more back-to-school inspiration.

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