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10 Backpacks For High School

10 Backpacks For High School

The hunt for a perfect bag can sometimes be difficult. It’s all a balance of finding the right shape, style, and size to suit a bunch of varying study needs each day. We’re here to make the shopping process a little bit easier with our selection of 10 backpacks for high school that look awesome and are super comfortable.

Eastpak Padded Pak'r

The Eastpak Padded Pak'r was first released in 1976 and is still going strong. Its simple shape features one large compartment that’s great for storing books and binders and a smaller front zipper pocket is handy for items like a wallet or phone. This bag comes with thick padded shoulder straps and a padded back panel which makes it comfortable to wear around school all day.

Buy the Eastpak Padded Pak'r from Eastpak.

Burton Kettle Backpack

Anyone who carries a laptop to school every day will be really pleased with Burton’s Big Kettle Backpack. The spacious main section includes a padded laptop sleeve but also has heaps of room for lots of other school necessities. The Big Kettle offers tonnes of organisation, including a bunch of small pockets, pen dividers, and a key clip. It’s one of our favourite backpacks for high school because there’s plenty of room for textbooks and a change of sports clothes.

Buy the Burton Kettle from Burton.

Crumpler The Proud Stash Backpack

The Proud Stash is a wonderful school backpack for smaller kids. There’s enough room for a few books and a pencil case, as well as some snacks for the day. Its compact shape ensures that only the essentials are packed which helps to relieve the shoulders from carrying heavy loads all day. The Proud Stash can also double as a useful little pack for weekends at the park or at friends’ houses.

AS Colour Field Backpack

For a simple carry-all bag that’s lightweight and spacious, grab an AS Colour Field Backpack. Its minimal style will suit kids who don’t like bells and whistles. There’s an internal laptop sleeve inside the main compartment, a generously-sized front pocket, and strong YKK zippers.

Herschel Dawson Backpack

One of the best backpacks for high school is the Herschel Dawson because it’s so convenient to use. There are no zips on this bag and the main entry is accessible via a drawstring closure and a magnetic buckle strap. This makes it really easy to grab out textbooks and pens quickly at the beginning of each lesson. The two large front pockets also feature a magnetic closure, making smaller loose items quickly reachable in a rush. There’s also a laptop sleeve inside the main section which holds up to a 15″ device. The Dawson is available in a bunch of fun and bright colours to suit every kid’s style.

Jansport Right Pack

Jansport released their Right Pack Backpack 20 years ago and it’s still one of the brand’s most popular bags. The classic American heritage aesthetic is simple, stylish and never dates. The Right Pack comes in a variety of cool colours, including some really vibrant options that are excellent for big personalities. The main cargo section is spacious and can easily hold all of the high school essentials including textbooks, a water bottle, a lunch box and still have room for a sports uniform. The reinforced suede padded base protects items at the bottom of the bag, which is helpful for hard classroom floors and concrete playgrounds.

Buy the JanSport Right Pack from Rushfaster.

Herschel Classic Backpack

No fuss and maximum practicality is the best way to sum up the Herschel Classic Backpack. As its name suggests, this daypack is a simple everyday carry option that can comfortably transport all the high school essentials. The silhouette of this bag is slightly slimmer and longer than traditional backpacks so it’s particularly great for taller kids. The roomy main compartment has more than enough space for a few thick textbooks, food, water, and a warm school jumper on winter days.

The North Face Jester Backpack

For those who are after maximum protection and organisation, the North Face Jester is the ultimate choice of backpack. A floating padded laptop sleeve sits in the main compartment and is elevated from the bottom of the bag. This ensures that a computer never touches the ground and protects devices from drop impacts. There are plenty of separate compartments including pen dividers and two water bottle pockets that help to keep gear neatly arranged. What makes the Jester one of the best backpacks for high school is the unique FlexVent™ suspension system that alleviates pressure-point strain, neck and shoulder pain. This bag is really comfortable to wear every day, even with the heaviest of loads.

Buy The North Face Jester from Rushfaster.

Jansport Superbreak Backpack

This is an ideal backpack for kids who want to make a bit of a statement with their school bag. The Superbreak is available in a really fun range of colours and prints that really stand out in the school yard. This bag has a wide opening which allows for easy access to books, pens, calculators, and whatever other goodies might be inside. The back of the Superbreak is padded down the middle to provide some nice cushioning throughout the day. The extra-strong webbed haul handle means that there’s no issue grabbing the Superbreak off the ground by the top of the bag to quickly look for things during class.

Sandqvist Kim Ground Backpack

This beautifully simple backpack perfectly blends Swedish minimalism and practicality. The poly/cotton fabric makes the bag lightweight and also really easy to clean. The main section boasts a padded laptop sleeve that will hold up to a 13″ device. There’s also a lightly padded tablet sleeve in there too. The Kim Ground comes in classic black, navy and grey but we love the fun and vibrant yellow colourway.

Take a look at our fantastic range of bags at Rushfaster to help you along with all of that back-to-school shopping this year. We’ve got you covered with a huge variety of backpacks for high school that will suit everyone’s personal style.

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