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Recommend a school bag/rucksack for a 13 year old (year 8) boy - It must have really good straps as his bag weighs a ton!
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JohnnyBee · 21/01/2019 21:23

ok, maybe not a ton, but 3/4 of a stone and it's a mile walk to and from school so something to disperse the weight evenly is important.
It might be good to have one where the straps can be connected together at the front ... though that might be deemed uncool!
Preferably something quite plain and durable ... willing to spend £30 or £40 if neccessary.
Any thoughts?

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BooksAreMyOnlyFriends · 21/01/2019 22:23

North face backpacks are excellent. Probably nearer the £50 mark but very durable so should last a while.

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Sugarhunnyicedtea · 21/01/2019 22:30

My son has Adidas or Nike. Have you asked your son? In our school the ones that clip together at the front are a huge no but pretty much anything else is fine

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MinorProphet · 21/01/2019 22:34

Jansport are very very good.

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listsandbudgets · 21/01/2019 22:49

DD had one from Superdry. She had one last year as well and they seem pretty tough Really she didn't need a new one this year but she begged.

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AtleastitsnotMonday · 21/01/2019 23:06

Another vote for Jan Sport or north face

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ComfortablyGlum · 21/01/2019 23:24

My Yr 8 DS had a Superdry one when he started Yr7 - it was one of their more expensive ones (but I had a voucher so not too bad!) and 18 months later it’s as good as new. It can weigh a ton some days with all his books but there is no wear on it at all. Very impressed and I’d certainly buy another when (if!) this one eventually wears out.

My other boys had mostly Nike or Adidas but they rarely lasted a whole school year. My yr11 actually got a Superdry one recently as he was so impressed with his brothers one.

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ilovespinach · 22/01/2019 06:38

I just bought DS a Nitro Hero rucksack (you can find them on Amazon). Very impressed with it quality wise and it looks cool. We went for the dark grey/ green version.

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Onlyaprawn · 22/01/2019 06:45

My boys have both got Under Armour backpacks - the oldest's was bought in Year 7, he's now in Year 10 and it's still going strong.

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BBInGinDrinking · 22/01/2019 06:52

We usually go for a hiking-type rucksack with good padded shoulder straps, and in a dark durable colour. Another thing that helps is to choose a waterproof or at least water repellent one, to help keep the contents dry. We've also got an Under Armour one, which is roomy, durable and water resistant, although one part of the logo did start to peel off after a year of heavy use. The other thing is to get him to be ruthless about clearing his rucksack out daily, leaving anything he doesn't need at home or school.

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JohnnyBee · 22/01/2019 14:38

Thanks for the replies. Does anyone have links to the specific bag/rucksack that you have mentioned?

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IncyWincyGrownUp · 22/01/2019 15:04

I use a regatta hiking one. It’s shower proof on its own, and has a hidden cover you can pull off for when it’s utterly heaving down. It’s grey with green zips, has padded straps, and is generic enough to pass unnoticed in day to day wandering.

It was £20 I think.

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KittyMcKitty · 22/01/2019 15:06

My daughter has a Kånken- very sturdy and she says v comfy.

www.fjallraven.co.uk/equipment/kanken/

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MinorProphet · 22/01/2019 15:22

We've had to remove this post as it contains a live link which we don't allow.

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JohnnyBee · 23/01/2019 13:58

Thanks everybody.
The Jansport ones look good.
Any other links to bags/rucksacks you've been happy with?

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TheVanguardSix · 23/01/2019 14:01

DS (16) has used his North Face throughout secondary (he’s in year 12). Also his Jansport was given to him when he was 7 and he uses it now as his photography bag. I had a jansport in high school in the States which I wish I’d hung onto.

Definitely Jansport or North Face. Jack Wills is also great. DS has a Jack Wills for his art. It’s a good size.

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