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The Best Backpacks for Boys on Amazon, According to Hyperenthusiastic Reviewers

Here at the Strategist, we like to think of ourselves as crazy (in the good way) about the stuff we buy, but as much as we’d like to, we can’t try everything. Which is why we have People’s Choice, in which we find the best-reviewed products and single out the most convincing. While we’ve covered cool back-to-school essentials, including the best backpacks for girls, here we’re zeroing in on the best backpacks for boys in elementary school, junior high, and high school, as reviewed on Amazon. (Note that reviews have been edited for length and clarity.)

For toddlers, preschoolers, and kindergarteners

Skip Hop Zoo Insulated Toddler Backpack Edi Elephant

“LOVE this backpack! It’s cute, and my son LOVES taking a backpack to ‘school’ every morning just like his big sisters. He even hauled it across the Chicago airport on his own at Christmastime, and he was only 18 months old! It’s just his size and fits a lunch box and a change of clothes perfectly, with room for a couple little toys, a pair of shoes, a lovey, or his winter hat, as well. Great quality with large zipper pulls, so he can zip it himself. Holds its shape well, so it’s easy for him to set it down and put things in it. Definitely a good buy.”

ArcEnCiel Kid’s Backpack

“I have never written a review on anything before. This was worth being my first! My kindergarten son had this the entire school year and it didn’t so much as fray. This served all his needs and even fit all the winter wear perfectly along with his lunch box and daily school stuff. He got many compliments on the style of this backpack also. I cannot say enough — wonderfully crafted; will buy from this company again.”

Wildkin 12-Inch Backpack

“Could not be happier with the quality and look of this bag. I purchased this almost 11 months ago; it is used daily and still looks brand-new. We use this bag to take to and from day care; it goes along on day trips and has been the perfect bag for a few flights. It easily holds a few coloring books, some crayons, and snacks as well as a change of clothing and a couple extra diapers, yet it is the perfect size for a toddler or small child. My 3-year-old has had no trouble carrying this around airports, up a few small mountains, and all around Yosemite on short hikes. I am amazed that this quality product is so affordable. You will not be disappointed!”

Yisibo 3D Dinosaur Kids Backpack

“It’s beyond belief how darling this backpack is. My 2-year-old grandson hasn’t taken it off since receiving it. He takes it to bed and my daughter-in-law has to sing a song to it. Hysterical. It’s very practical as well. It holds his thermos and lots of ‘stuff,’ clothes, books, toys, and snacks. It’s a winner!”

For elementary-school students

HotStyle Trendymax Backpack

“My 8-year-old loves the Lego-like design. He liked finding the ‘secret’ zippered pocket on the inside. It is big enough to carry his three-ring binder and lunch box inside the main compartment. His snack fits in the outside zipper pouch.”

Vbiger School Backpack

“This backpack has been amazing! My son is very hard on things and this bag has been going strong! He’s had this now for a few months and it still looks brand-new, which is hard to believe coming from something my 8-year-old boy uses almost daily. The zippers are strong and sturdy and the material is very heavy-duty, but lightweight. I love this and would definitely recommend this to anyone!”

Jinx Minecraft Creeper Kids Backpack

“My son absolutely loves this Creeper backpack. Definitely worth the price. It’s really heavy-duty and has a lot of extra room inside for all of his school supplies and homework. The inside of the front pouch having the TNT design is a really nice touch as well. He was super excited to see that little surprise when he unzipped it. The straps have great support and padding, so it’s comfortable for him to wear. And the zippers seem pretty durable. Would definitely recommend to any Minecraft fan.”

MAYZERO Waterproof School Bag

“My son loves his backpack. It’s durable, well-padded, and big enough for an elementary- to middle-school kid. He is very tough on backpacks, but this one has held up great. He even wore it while playing in the rain and nothing inside got wet.”

For middle-school students

JanSport Right Pack Laptop Backpack

“Outstanding backpack!!! Bought a JanSport when I went to college 20 years ago and passed it on to my son when he entered elementary school. Now that he is entering his final year of middle school, I bought him his own. The original is still holding strong with no rips or tears, and the zippers still work perfectly. The only difficulty with this purchase is deciding on a color.”

Under Armour Storm Hustle II Backpack

“I bought this for my eighth-grade son. It’s perfect and he loves it; it will work well through high school also. It is roomy enough for multiple books plus a safe and separate area for a laptop. He loves the color, style, shape, and logo positions.”

High Sierra FatBoy RVMP Backpack

“I bought this backpack for my middle-school son last year, and it lasted the full year without any damage. Not bad for a backpack that gets overstuffed with a ridiculous number of required books and binders, that gets carried around all day. My son very specifically asked for exactly the same backpack this year. This pleased me because it also happens to be a good price.”

For high-school students

Mancro Laptop Backpack

“My son purchased this backpack for use during high school. He loved it so much that he sold me on purchasing one for work and another for his brother. This has been a very comfortable backpack to use when carrying my laptop, several files and associated cords and earphones during travel. It’s very sturdy, comfortable to wear, and looks great! I would definitely recommend this backpack for men or women, and would buy it again in a heart beat.”

Swiss Gear Travel Gear 1900 Scansmart TSA Laptop Backpack

“Best backpack you could ever offer — has a lot of storage for stuff like books, folders, pencils, sharpeners, phone, tablet, laptop, camera, keys, chargers, clothing, shoes, makeup, two water bottles, snacks, etc. There are so many pockets and zippers. I was surprised by how much stuff this backpack can pack — more than what a normal backpack could. It is just like a small suitcase. Fits my 15.6-inch laptop but could fit, like, up to three laptops, two iPads, one phone. My shoulders or back don’t feel sore at all. I love that you could have your phone inside, connect your earphones to your phone, take out your earphones through a little hole and listen to music on your phone while carrying it in the backpack’s phone pocket. Great price!”

Herschel Supply Co. Pop Quiz Backpack

“This is a huge upgrade from my old backpack. At first I thought the product would be overpriced and just a name brand instead of an actual good product due to its popularity that was trending at the time I got it. However, it is super sturdy and has just enough sections for me to store all my stuff. The fluffy, soft laptop compartment is also very useful and perfectly fits my laptop. It has done me well in both high school and college, and I am still using it. I would definitely recommend this to other people.”

JanSport Big Student Backpack

“Absolutely love this backpack! I carry this around with me at high school all day with quite a bit of weight in it, and it holds up great! Lots of room for when I have to pack clothes and school stuff, and I love the convenient pouch on the side for drinks. Overall a great buy and worth the price!”

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The Best Backpacks for Boys on Amazon, According to Reviews