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Backpacks for Teens

Updated on October 4, 2014

Getting it Just Right

Choosing just the right backpack is a difficult decision when you're a teen. Just think. you will be seen carrying it all year, in school and out. As the mother of four and the grandmother of seven I have spent time researching the various aspects of choosing just the right back to school supplies and I had no idea there were so many things to consider. I have put together some of the important aspects of choosing just the right size and style for school aged children. .

Important message for parents:

There are backpacks, and then, there are the right backpacks- read on to see all the 'right' backpacks and pick your favorite.

photo by Viktor Nikitin |

High Sierra Fat Boy Backpack (Black)
High Sierra Fat Boy Backpack (Black)

Great color, won't show the wear and soil!


For the Teen Boys - Most popular!

These backpacks are perfect for the teenager and very popular with the boys I have talked to. The important fact that these guys should be aware of is not to sling that backpack over one shoulder, wear it with both straps as it is designed to be used. The one strap over the shoulder may look cool but it is very strenuous on your back and shoulders and with all the books and computers being carried today it can cause future damage.

According to Harvard Medical - Guidelines for proper use of a backpack.

  1. Don't overload the backpack. Your child should not carry more than 15%-20% of his or her weight.
  2. Heavy items should be placed close to the child's back.
  3. Wide, padded shoulder straps will help to prevent the straps from digging into the shoulder.
  4. Make sure your child uses both shoulder straps to prevent lower back pain and muscle spasms.

High Sierra Fat Boy Backpack
High Sierra Fat Boy Backpack

Weighing in at under two pounds this backpack is slightly larger than most and carries pretty much everything. There is even a special pocket for your MP3 player with headphone port.

This backpack has turned into one of the top favorites for teens and college students who carry loads of books and other necessities throughout the day - has VERY GOOD reviews.


High School and College Student Favorite

Weighing in at under two pounds this backpack is slightly larger than most and carries pretty much everything. There is even a special pocket for your MP3 player with headphone port.

This backpack has turned into one of the top favorites for teens and college students who carry loads of books and other necessities throughout the day - has VERY GOOD reviews.

Important Fact

According to the California Physical Therapy Association:

A backpack loaded with school supplies and books should not weigh more than 15% of the student's body weight.

Preventing Back Pain When Using a Backpack - in children and adolescents.

Price is not always the most important factor when selecting your child's backpack. There are several factors to consider when selecting a backpack for the school year and just because one is expensive does not mean that it is the best choice.

Here are some of the factors to consider when buying that backpack.

  1. Larger teens backpacks start at about 1,500 cubic inches of storage space to be useful and can even start at 2000 cubic inches when there are many items to carry.
  2. Well padded shoulder straps and padded back straps are one of the best features of a comfortable backpack.
  3. Some waterproofing is a nice feature to keep the books and homework from getting wet when running from the bus to the school.
  4. The right size is important. According to the consumer resource center, " Packs are sized by torso length, not overall height, and knowing your torso measurement can help you get the right size. Measure from the bony bump at the base of your child's neck (your 7th cervical vertebrae) to the top of the hipbones. " This measurement will help you to select the size that will be comfortable for your student.

For the Girl Teens

Teenaged girls, like my granddaughters, love the style and colors of these. Not only are there backpacks made with color and style but comfort and ease of use is important too. This backpack is perfect for any teenage girl to use.

More Important Information

A load is too heavy if your teen is struggling to put on or take off the pack, has poor posture, complains of pain when wearing the backpack, and has any tingling or numbness in the arms.

National Safety Council

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Know How to Choose and Use Your Backpack

Here's Why..........

More than 79 million students in the United States carry school backpacks.

More than 2,000 backpack-related injuries were treated at hospital emergency rooms, doctor’s offices,

and clinics in 2007.

It is recommended that a loaded backpack should never weight more than 10% of the student’s total

body weight (for a student weighing 100 pounds, this means that the backpack should weight no

more than 10 pounds).

In a study on the effect of backpack education on student behavior and health, nearly 8 out of 10

middle school students who changed how they loaded and wore their backpacks reported less pain

and strain in their backs, necks, and shoulders.

Thanks to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission for these facts.

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    • aesta1 profile image

      Mary Norton 

      7 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      When I was principal of a school, I used to hate seeing kids with loaded backpacks.

    • Mamabyrd profile image


      7 years ago from West Texas

      My little ones will be starting preschool next year. I'm not sure what style of backpack they will choose.

    • Cari Kay 11 profile image


      7 years ago

      We tend to like the High Sierra brand.

    • shawnhi77 lm profile image

      shawnhi77 lm 

      7 years ago

      Really wonderful lens with a great balance of information and sales.

    • CoolFool83 profile image


      7 years ago

      Great list of backpacks.

    • Lyra Kua profile image

      Lyra Kua 

      7 years ago

      I loved using backpacks when I was a teenager. My bag had wide straps so it was very comfortable carrying it around.

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      7 years ago

      Nice lens (love the cartoon at the end). My youngest son seems to have more and more books to carry around with him as he progresses through school.

    • Camden1 profile image


      7 years ago

      It takes my kids forever to find just the "right" backpack for school. They usually end up with a Jansport, but we have to look for quite some time each year.

    • rob-hemphill profile image

      Rob Hemphill 

      7 years ago from Ireland

      You've got a great selection of packpacks here. Something for everyone.

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      7 years ago

      yeah its true these days due to bag weights teen back pains is's essential to choose bagpack wisely

    • SailingPassion LM profile image

      SailingPassion LM 

      7 years ago

      Backpacks are so important to distribute the weight they have to carry around at school. A shame though that they are so out of fashion here in the UK at least. Pleased to say that my daughter uses one, but she is the only one in her year and is known as the little tortoise. Not sure how much longer she will use it though. Proud of her for looking after her back as she is in her last year of high school and so nearly there.

    • Elsie Hagley profile image

      Elsie Hagley 

      7 years ago from New Zealand

      Hi! That's some collection of Backpacks for teens. Great Job.

    • CoolFool83 profile image


      7 years ago

      Some very cool backpacks.

    • Ardyn25 profile image


      7 years ago

      Lots of great have a good eye!

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      7 years ago

      I realy like this lens, great job!

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      Shelly Sellers 

      7 years ago from Midwest U.S.A.

      My son carries way too much in his backpack and he doesn't weigh much! Thanks for the tips!

    • Kailua-KonaGirl profile image


      7 years ago from New York

      Short & Sweet. Nicely done lens with aouple of good tips for mother's of teens. *Squid Angel Blessed* and added to "My Squid Angel Blessings for 2012" in the "Fashion & Beauty » Bags & Purses" neighborhood. In fact, yours is the 1st lens to be featured in this category this year! Whoohoo!


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