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Best Backpacks for 6th Grade Boys

Updated on July 31, 2013

Best Back Packs for a Boys in the 6th Grade!

As a parent I am rejoicing at the fact school is just around the corner! (Hallelujah!!!!!)

My son enjoyed the first month or so being out of school. After that he started saying "I'm bored, there's nothing to do." He has slowly gotten tired of the video games and cartoons. He has played every online game he can think of. Yes, my son is a video junkie! Playing games is what he enjoys!

My son is one of the few children who actually does enjoy school!

If you are a parent of any school aged child you will be in need of a good, sturdy backpack for your child to carry all those books and supplies around in.

My best advice is to purchase a good backpack which can hold up to all the abuse your child will be giving it during the school year. As a mother of a soon to be teenage boy, I know how tough boys can be on a book bag. Over the years we have tried several, only to be disappointed by most.

Your child needs a good book bag to carry which will sit properly on their back and not cause undue injury to the back.

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The Importance of a Good Book Bag for Middle School

Middle School can be a difficult time for many children. They are still young and child-like in so many ways but they try to act older and more mature. This is a time when everything is changing. They are realizing their place in the world and they want to show it to everyone!

Sending your child to Middle School with the wrong backpack can have a negative effect on the Middle School experience. Your child could be picked on, called names and completely have their new self condience destroyed by one innocent mistake such as a "kiddie's" back pack. This may seem trivial to us as parents but a back pack is an important decission for a child at this age.

When my son started Middle School it was difinately a new and horrifying (to some extent) adventure for both of us.

Neither one of us realized the ramifications of heading off to Middle School with a new "Spongebob" back pack. "Spongebob" was a really huge hit at the time. He spotted this adorable book bag in the store and wanted it and of course being the loving and giving mom that I am I said OK.

When he showed up at Middle School that first day with his new "Spongebob" back pack he was picked on and called a "Baby", along with several other inappropriate names.

Kids at this age, in Middle School, can be very mean and insensitivey, no matter how the school systems try to spin it. Bullying does happen and it happens often.

You will want to make sure your son heads off on this new adventure in becoming a teenager with a Middle School appropriate book bag. He will not want to show up with a book bag which looks childish or babish. He will want to have a backpack which will represent him, something he likes and something which will be strong enough to hold up for the school year at least. No parent wants to buy a second or third backpack before the school year is finished.

This lens will help you decide which is the "Best Backpack for a 6th Grade Boy"

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Backpacks for 6th Grade Boys

I have found these backpacks to be strong and sturdy! My son now uses a JanSport. JanSport come with a LIFETIME Warranty!

JanSport Big Student Classics Series Backpack - Forge Grey
JanSport Big Student Classics Series Backpack - Forge Grey

JanSport products come with a LIFETIME warranty! This could be the very last backpack you EVER have to purchase!

 
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Backpack Choices

With so many book bags, backpacks, satchels and other book carrying choices out there, it is hard to find the right one for your child.

My son started carrying a JanSport backpack shortly after that first traumatic day of 6th grade. He has been using the SAME book bag ever since.

JanSport bags come with a LIFETIME warranty, so if anything happens to it all you have to do is send it back and the they will repair it, replace it or send you a refund. This is a huge money saver in these economically trying times.

There are several other very good backpacks out. I do not personally know of another backpack manufactor who has a Lifetime warranty that is why I would recommend JanSport. You will just need to make sure it is a color and design your child will LOVE because it may be the last backpack you ever purchase!!

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JanSport Warranty Page

This link will take you directly to the JanSport warranty information page. I am telling you this is Amazing! Before purchasing my son's JanSport backpack a friend of mine told me a story. Her daughter who is the same age as my son recently started carrying a backpack her father used when he was her age. The zipper had been broken for years, so they filled out the warranty form and sent it back to JanSport. Just a short period of time later JanSport sent the back pack to them with the zipper replaced. They did not have to pay a penny for the repair and they were not required to have the original receipt.

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Other Tips on Picking the Correct Backpack for your Middle School Boy

Not only is the look important but you will also want to make sure the backpack fits your child correctly. The Best Backpacks for 6th Grade Boys will need to have adjustable straps due to the fact many 6th grade boys are going thru growth spurts at this time, they could grow a few inches in just one year.

Today, schools are sending so much work and so many books home that a child has to carry a backpack that weighs a lot. The proper fit is important to not cause undue injury to your childs back.

Make sure you child understands that when he is carrying the backpack he needs to have both straps on his shoulders. The use of one strap can cause one side to the body to bear the weight of the backpack and everything in it. When both straps are worn the weight is distributed evenly.

The backpack should also be worn over the strongest part of the middle back muscles. It should not be down around the tushie. It should rest evenly on the middle of the back. The shoulder straps can be adjusted so the backpack rests correctly. The straps should not be too loose and the backpack should not extend below the lower back.

Your child should only carry what is needed for the day in a backpack. A backpack should not weigh over 10 - 15% of the child's body weight. The heaviest items should be closest to the back with the lighter items to the outside.

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Videos on Backpack Safety

These video show the importance of a properly fitting backpack!

Children's Healthcare of Atlanta backpack tips for children.

About.com tips for the perfect fit for a child's backpack.

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Do you or your children have any BACKPACK stories? If so, let us know what they are.

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      Michelllle 3 years ago

      I love it when we can use a backpack year after year.

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      DeeRight 4 years ago

      @BaptismalGownsP: I will do some research on LL Bean and add it to this Lens. Thanks for letting me know the great experience you had with them!

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      BaptismalGownsP 4 years ago

      Our family swears by the LLBean backpacks. Since my sister has older children, she found their quality to be the best - especially for boys. I purchased an LLBean backpack for my son in 4th grade. After using it a full 2 years, the zipper happened to break. I called LLBean to try to get a repair or replacement (I heard they had great customer service). Since they couldn't replace it with a similar style, they refunded my entire purchase price! I felt really guilty, but they insisted! We went straight out and purchased another LLBean backpack in a bigger size. I can't say enough about their quality AND customer service. They are the best!!!

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      avaroberts888 4 years ago

      Enjoyed your Lens! Will tell my daughter to read! Thanks

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      DeeRight 4 years ago

      @anonymous: Be sure to check out the JanSport backpacks they are a great value!

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      I've had all kinds of trouble finding a good quality backpack for my kids. Thanks for this lens.

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      DeeRight 4 years ago

      @paynui: I know. Backpacks take a lot of abuse!

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      paynui 4 years ago

      I am amazed that they last as long as they do. My grandsons use them for all kinds of rough activities.