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I'm a teacher and my current, beautiful Zatchel is just too big and heavy. Looking for a backpack that will enable me to transport a whole set of books (ours are all A4) easily plus some other bits and bobs. Not one with a laptop pocket as I don't use one - need a big space for books.
Not looking for sporty or quirky - need to leave that to the kids! I quite like some of the leather ones on ASOS but can't spend £150 and the straps look a bit flimsy.
I did consider one of those wheely boxes but my classroom is up a flight of stairs and we don't have a lift, so I'd rather put the heavy stuff on my back.
And I like both the leather and, strangely, the spotted backpacks on this page, but I've had two Fatface bags in the past which haven't lasted long before bits of them broke, so something similar from somewhere else might be good: www.fatface.com/page/search?q=backpack
I love a dark denim Herschel on for hauling stuff, it is sturdy but not heavy. COS and Rains are also worth a look. My daily backpack is a gray € 3.95 nylon one from Decathlon, it is weightless and blends with my outfits.
I have a Kipling backpack for travelling and it's fantastic - light, strong, a mini tardis. Plus you can wash them so they're very low maintenance. Amazon often do really good deals, or if you're near an outlet village like Bicester you will be able to get a bargain. Please remove the stupid monkey key ring though, what's that all about