College Backpack Guide

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A good backpack is a college wardrobe staple. You’ll spend a decent amount of time on campus going from place to place, so a backpack is a necessity. You need something reliable that will hold all the things you need to carry while you’re running around all day. Your choice of backpack also says a lot about your personal style, so you want to find one that is not only useful but fashionable as well. 

While there are tons of options out there when it comes to backpacks, there are a few things you should consider when thinking about buying a new one. Functionality, comfort level, durability and design, are just a couple of important factors that can make or break a backpack. Nothing is worse than lugging a big, uncomfortable backpack around campus all day long!

If the idea of looking through tons of backpack designs and styles is a bit overwhelming, VALLEY is here to help. VALLEY has developed a list of some of the most highly-rated and most-used backpacks for college students. 

The North Face Borealis Backpack

The North Face is one of the most common backpack brands to see on college campuses. Not only are there tons of styles and designs for students to choose from, but The North Face backpacks consistently rank high in terms of durability and overall quality, making it a great pick if you want something that will last you all four years. It also has tons of convenient pockets that will hold everything you need, from your water bottle to your phone. VALLEY recommends the Borealis style for its comfort level and accessibility and its bungee storage system, which provides extra security.

Herschel Supply Co. Classic Backpack

This classic backpack by Herschel is one of the most well-known backpack designs in the world. The basic and well-made style makes it perfect for anyone who wants a simple, no-frills backpack for school. The company thought of students’ needs when designing the classic backpack, including a big compartment for books and other supplies, a laptop sleeve and a phone pocket. The classic backpack comes in over 20 colors and features a fun engineer-inspired striped fabric on the interior.

Fjallraven Kanken Backpack

The retro backpack design from Swedish brand Fjallraven has been around since the 1970s, but a recent release from the brand includes the addition of a much-needed laptop pocket. The backpack is made of heavy-duty Vinylon fabric that makes it water-resistant and lightweight. The minimalist design also features top handles, making it versatile enough to carry around when your back gets tired. With over 55 colors to choose from, you’re bound to find one that you love.

JanSport SUPERBREAK Backpack

If you’re looking for a simple, classic backpack, JanSport is for you. The super-lightweight design makes it perfect for walking around campus all day, and the readily accessible two-compartment design makes it easy to find what you’re looking for. JanSport backpacks come in a variety of colors and styles, but VALLEY recommends the SUPERBREAK design, which features padded shoulders for added comfort and a side water bottle pocket to ensure you stay hydrated throughout the day.

Dagne Dover Dakota Backpack

Dagne Dover is gaining recognition for its sleek and uncomplicated design. The sporty yet stylish use of neoprene makes it perfect for anyone who needs to carry around their gym clothes as well as their school supplies. The use of neoprene also makes this backpack water-resistant, perfect for all those times you accidentally get stuck in the rain without an umbrella.

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