Boy's school bag for secondary school

(53 Posts)
Vulgar Mon 01-Aug-11 11:32:38

Following on from the girl's school bag thread . . . what is a good bag for a boy going into year 7?

I suggested a rucksack but was met with a snort of derision. I think he fancies a vinyl messenger style one but what makes/designs are on trend the thing to have for boys at secondary? DS is a bit unworldly and also a bit quirky and probably doesn't want to stand out too much <massively overthinking this>

takeonboard Mon 01-Aug-11 12:34:06

I don't know but am watching your thread carefully as i need an answer too........ The school uniform is easy but the things we choose are a minefield - shoes, bag, pencil case, winter coat - will he /I choose the "wrong" thing and face ridicule and years over misery over a bag/pencil case/ coat/shoes or anything else!
<I am massively overthing the whole thing!!>

takeonboard Mon 01-Aug-11 12:35:07

I am overthinking so much that I can't spell it!

roisin Mon 01-Aug-11 13:01:48

IME boys aren't so precious about their bags. ANIMAL bags are quite popular at our place and mainstream sports logos - adidas, Nike, Puma, etc.

I would recommend getting a haversack style:
1) because it's better for his back
2) because some schools insist on them.

Don't be tempted to get a bag too big, as then they don't sort their gear out and just lug EVERYTHING around all week, which is hard work and things tend to get mislaid. Much better to have a reasonable sized bag and sort it out every night.

EdithWeston Mon 01-Aug-11 13:15:36

Another vote for a backpack.

Mine remain loyal to the surf brands, which (like the big sports brands) seem a "safe" choice.

Vulgar Mon 01-Aug-11 13:17:50

Good tips Roisin! I can imagine that he won't sort out a huge bag because he's lazy like that <looks at own overstuffed handbag despairingly>

Think I have already lost the battle with the rucksack tho'!

takeonboard - The school coat thing. We've been told he just needs a black/navy coat to go over the blazer. Now as I've bought the blazer massiveon the large size, it needs to be roomy. I found a black wool mix duffle jacket in Next. Not as long as a traditional duffel, more like a donkey jacket. He seems quite happy with it but it will only take a disparaging comment from someone on the the bus and who knows!

Mine have used Animal rucksacks lately. Word of warning though: these are big enough to carry all school books in, so my sons do so and everything gets ripped and creased beyond imagining.

Don't sweat too long or hard on the coat - if they are anything like mine (and the entire school) they won't wear it, even when it is pouring with rain or snowing.

PS Could someone point me in the direction of the girls' school bag thread please? My dd is starting secondary in Sept and I don't think she will agree to an Animal rucksack so I need some alternative ideas. Thanks.

Vulgar Mon 01-Aug-11 13:27:22

Thanks Vulgar smile

takeonboard Mon 01-Aug-11 21:28:01

Thanks, I will look at animal rucksacks, are you sure rucksacks aren't a no-no? (PFB moi?) And I won't sweat too much over the coat.........
but as you say vulgar it will only take 1 remark, I don't know who is more afraid of that me or him! and sorry for hijacking!

mardymoo Tue 02-Aug-11 11:15:49

nike bag and cheap water proof coat with a hood . They dont do unbrellas . And a cheapy coat so no big problem if it gets borrowed.

mardymoo Tue 02-Aug-11 11:16:10

or superdry bag from next .

moanymum Wed 03-Aug-11 17:17:00

My son is really fussy over fashion etc and has insisted on the vinyl style bag with strap - like the old fashioned Dunlop/Adidas ones. His is Mackenzie as it was bigger. And most of the boys here wear Superdry jackets, which pleases me as although they're quite expensive they seem quite sensible! Fortunately he doesn't need to wear a blazer - I'm not a fan as Scotland has too much rain - never seems to be a "blazer" day!

CrosswordAddict Wed 03-Aug-11 17:28:10

Add a cheap bag from tesco/Sainsbury (2,99) with drawstring handy for small kit on days when they have gym/dance whatever.Black or pink. My DCs have just given it the thumbs up and they are 13 now so very full of savvy (they think!)

bellavita Wed 03-Aug-11 17:41:41

I already have Ds1 going into Yr10 and DS2 will be going into Yr7.

Ds1 already had the Gola/Addidas messenger bag, so Ds2 wanted one.

I would not stress about the coat thing, but I am not sure a duffle type coat will go down well?

Both of mine wear Superdry coats - you can buy these online or many of the trendy shops have them. They are around £55.

CrosswordAddict Wed 03-Aug-11 17:45:18

Careful with the coat! I should wait until your child sees what the others wear then follow their lead. Kids don't like to be trend-setters ime.
He won't need a coat in September anyway cos it's always a heat wave as soon as the kids go back to school wink

wakeupandsmellthecoffee Thu 04-Aug-11 19:14:02

mine wears the cheapo coat on rainy days and superdry coat on other days .

Mine has the messenger bag (I didnt know it was called that )and a superdry canvas bag ,
He has three draw string bags for sport stuff . I have avoided all football team bags as not all kids support the same team and his bag might go missing if another kid supports a rival team .

rhondajean Thu 04-Aug-11 20:30:04

Be grateful its not a girl....

The "thing" here is to have a Pauls Boutique bag and a Superdry jacket but DD1 is starting secondary and doesnt really like either so its been traumatic....and expensive - all through primary Ive ordered the school regulation winter raincoat and no more than £20 on a bag but this year its cost me a fortune!

Lizzywishes Sat 06-Aug-11 20:15:29

Gola is what they all like to have round here.

Greenshadow Wed 10-Aug-11 22:55:51

We have DS2 going into yr 12 and DS3 into yr7 and both are more than happy to have rucksacks. Don't even seem fussy about the make.

Main thing they look for are things like somewhere to put a drinks bottle - far more important than the type or make of bag!

Greenshadow Wed 10-Aug-11 22:57:23

Is it mainly the cities that have adopted this messenger bag thing? We are small town and fashion doesn't seem that important here (or not in the sense of copying everyone else).

inkyfingers Thu 11-Aug-11 12:30:35

Messenger style seems to be older boys, younger ones all have rucksacks which is much better for their backs. Echoing the others - cheap ones don't last more than 1 year and they may want new design by then anyway. Mine is fussing about his Dr Who pencil case he's had for years at primary and now saying he needs a new one as it's babyish sad. I've suggested wait a few weeks in case he has to see what everyone else has. He's normally a confident kid, so hoping this isn't a biggie for him.

EllenJaneisnotmyname Thu 11-Aug-11 23:46:50

Rucksacs still fine in my DS's school, Animal ones are popular. For coats, just a cheap waterproof one that will be light enough to live in their bag, but will never be worn! Even in the height of the snow he just wore a hat and gloves with his blazer, and took the scarf off that I had insisted on, just down the road. grin

spiderpig8 Fri 12-Aug-11 16:48:46

They all seem to have GOLA bags
remind me of Benny Green on Grange hill

murkysan Sat 15-Jun-13 10:41:01

In my experience if you give boys of this age a large backpack they will just keep all of the school books in it rather that learning to plan for each day. The messenger style bags provide an ideal size for books and PE kit. My sons have two types one from the Paul Frank range the other is a TV themed bag. We found a large selection on the web at

Roshbegosh Sat 15-Jun-13 10:49:07

In this part of north London they all have nike or Adidas bags. I hate all this label stuff but it is a big deal to them.

DS1 is 13 and fairly 'cool'. He insists on a backpack with padded straps, which he wears on both shoulders. He usually carries 5kg, often more like 8kg, and he walks 1.5 miles each way. On PE / games days, the rucksack is full to capacity and it's 30L.

JenaiMorris Sat 15-Jun-13 11:19:35

Mine too, Three. A messenger bag just wouldn't be big enough, anyway.

They don't wear coats. Wait and see what everyone else wears, when it hits -10°.

Ds1 started in Year 8 with a messenger bag but is now in Year 9 and has an Animal rucksack. No coat-that's not the done thing. hmm

SoupDragon Sat 15-Jun-13 11:28:43

Mine have the Superdry messenger type bags. They also use a black Animal backpack when they need a more practical bag or, in D1's case, have a broken arm which made the messenger style awkward.

Coat wise, they are happy with black ski jackets. DS1 also has a Superdry windcheater type.

A lot will depend on whether he has the use of a locker at school - DSs both do.

Good point about lockers Soup. DS has one at his current school but not at his previous one. So lugging about a rucksack, PE kit, stuff for cooking and a coat not great. sad

JenaiMorris Sat 15-Jun-13 11:38:22

No lockers at ours. And yes, cooking is always on a PE day grin

JenaiMorris Sat 15-Jun-13 11:41:25

And lunch of course, I forgot that.

Sooo, PE kit, cooking stuff, books and pencil case, raincoat thing, packed lunch.

Ds seems alright though, despite my hand wringing before he started.

Ooh and a massive art project that doesn't fit in any sort of bag, and football kit for after school footy Jenai. wink

eatyourveg Sat 15-Jun-13 21:35:23

most of the dc I see coming off the busses are carrying bags like these

ashley69ly Sun 16-Jun-13 18:31:14

Might be worth walking past the school at the beginning or end of the day and having a look at the bags etc. I have a niece and nephew at high school in a different area of the country from us and it was only when i was speaking to their Mum that i realized how different the trends are in different places. At my daughters' school nearly all the girls wear trousers but apparently at my nieces school it's not the thing to do and they all wear skirts. The no coat thing seems to be pretty universal though!

LondonBus Sun 16-Jun-13 18:34:34

I got DS an Animal rucksack for Y7

We then had to buy a SuperDry messenger bag for Y8 (one per term, as they kept breaking, even though they cost £40)

Y9 has seen the return of a rucksack but only if it's the cool type. Apparently SkullCandy is cool.

MortifiedAdams Sun 16-Jun-13 18:36:46

Take a detour past the school at kicking out time with your ds and see what sort of bags are used?

LondonBus Sun 16-Jun-13 18:36:51

OK, and I just have to share this....I pass a super selective grammar school on my way to work, and one lad who looks about 15/16yo has a Cath Kidson rucksack.

I really can't figure out if he's so totally ubber cool that he gets away with it, or is an incredible geek who really don't care, and has just borrowed his mums bag.

MortifiedAdams Sun 16-Jun-13 18:42:38
JetJungle Sun 16-Jun-13 18:47:17

Fred Perry messenger bag is the pinnacle at DS's school. It has lasted very well considering how much stuff he carts back and forth (Yr 10). About &#65505;40 online.

JetJungle Sun 16-Jun-13 18:49:55

i.e. 40 quid!

SoupDragon Sun 16-Jun-13 19:07:23

LondonBus DSs have had two Superdry bags break. I just took them back and they were replaced with no quibble.

LondonBus Sun 16-Jun-13 19:43:33

I wouldn't dare return a school bag DS had broken, as I know what he does with his stuff!

invicta Mon 17-Jun-13 17:36:48

Mine has a messenger bag for books etc, and a rucksack for pe stuff.

LondonBus Mon 17-Jun-13 21:42:30

A messenger bag isn't big enough for books PE kit and lunch.

MortifiedAdams Mon 17-Jun-13 22:11:37

Most lads at my school carried a boot bag with their pe kit on pe days - who wants sweaty pe kit round their books? And pe is usuakky only on two days a week.

SonorousBip Tue 18-Jun-13 16:26:20

My DS, who is moderately cool but does not have particularly strong views, surprised me by telling me quite firmly that he wanted a messenger bag for Big School (obviously he does not call in Big School, but we do, which annoys him).

I noted that I thought a rucksack would be better (I bit back the words "more sensible") and was met with a look like this hmm.

I was entertained to see in the stuff sent from the school about uniforms and inductions it said "School bag - we will discuss this with you at the induction day". I will put good money on the fact that they will say "Your ds will tell you he wants a messenger bag but actually he needs a rucksack". smile

Will report back!

mimbleandlittlemy Tue 18-Jun-13 17:36:46

Marking place for your report Sonorous as this is causing more anxiety on my part than any other bit of the secondary transfer.

Well, I might as well fixate on something.

vess Tue 18-Jun-13 17:48:13

I got DS, 13, a Jansport Big Student (practical choice), let him choose the colour/pattern and he seems happy. It fits the PE kit (in a separate compartment) and all the books. He cycles to school, so a rucksack makes a lot more sence than a messenger type bag.

I've heard good things about the durability of Jansport bags, but haven't yet seen one with a pocket to keep a water bottle upright.

Just googled; the Jansport Big Student looks like it has a mesh pocket on one side for a water bottle. Does anyone have experience of how durable this is? We often find that mesh pockets are the first to go.

apatchylass Tue 18-Jun-13 18:07:05

Another vote here for Animal rucksacks. DS1 has had one this year and although he's used it every day and it's been chucked in the mud and dragged home by its straps, it looks good as new. It's fantastic quality. DS2 had a Minecraft bag from Asos that fell apart after one term and cost the same as the Animal one.

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