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Criteria To Use When Shopping For School Backpacks

By Chris Channing

Backpacks are a godsend for students that are expected to carry ten pounds or more in books each and every day. Backpacks today are created to support the heavy weight, but also allow the wearer to be comfortable. For the upcoming school year students should be looking for both qualities in their search.

It is considered to be popular to wear a backpack by only one strap over a single shoulder. The strain contorts the spine in an unsafe way that chiropractors do not recommend. Wearing both straps, and if present the third strap, is using the backpack as it was intended. In this instance it’s not the manufacturer that was at fault for poor posture, but rather the wearer who deemed it unnecessary to make use of the backpack properly.

When a smaller weight is to be carried around, a duffel bag is the better option. Duffel bags allow for more space, but not necessarily more weight. There is only one shoulder strap for the average duffel bag. Instead, wearers best use this bag by loading it with clothes for a gym class or a sporting event for their school.

When a fad is introduced, it isn’t always supportive of the student. One exception to the rule would be a clear backpack. The clear backpack is made of transparent material that is still able to hold heavy weights at a comfortable level. The biggest benefit is that students will never have to dig around in their bag to find something again- it’s easily spotted from the outside of the bag!

If you are able to test the backpack in a store before you buy it, examine the zipper and padding material on the straps. Make sure that the zipper is thick and durable- flimsy materials will break down in as little as twelve months. Also make sure the pads will do their job under heavy strain. Above all else, the bag should be comfortable.

Using a backpack for more than one purpose is something that should be foreseen. You may need a school backpack, but also think about what else it could be used for. An example would be to keep it as a travel bag for when you will be staying with a friend or go on vacation. You might also keep it as a sporting kit that keeps sporting gear, snacks, and drinks to refuel yourself during a sporting event.

Closing Comments

If done properly, you won’t have to purchase another school backpack for years to come. Follow the advice listed in finding a durable yet comfortable design that can be used in many situations. It will be the best money you ever spent, assuming you can find a good deal.

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Channing, Chris "Criteria To Use When Shopping For School Backpacks." Criteria To Use When Shopping For School Backpacks. 10 Jul. 2010. 7 Aug 2014 <>.

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Channing, C (2010, July 10). Criteria To Use When Shopping For School Backpacks. Retrieved August 7, 2014, from

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