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High school backpacks that promise to carry the load

Cross this one off the back to school shopping list.

“School bag in hand she leaves home in the early morning” – Mama Mia! Get them out of the house a little earlier with a backpack that delivers their academic needs.

The school backpack can be the make or break of the morning and afternoon commute. With a large enough load that comes with the stress of the nine to three day, worrying about a strap coming loose or the bottom of a bag breaking in is something that best be avoided.

Investing in a good quality backpack may be the difference between a mental breakdown or a morning breeze. To help you find a backpack that serves your or your child’s every need this school year, we have rounded up the top bags available to shop.

Read on to find a backpack that is suited to your budget and need for functionality. 

Adidas 4ATHLTS backpack
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Adidas 4ATHLTS Backpack 


Whether a high school veteran or at the beginning of the journey, this backpack from Adidas offers all of the essentials to keep organised this academic year. Worthy of noting is that padded laptop compartment which may save many tears come technology hand in. 

Key features:

  • Measurements: 63 x 29 x 18cm
  • Recycled plain weave
  • Side slip-in pockets and external zip pocket
  • Padded laptop compartment 


The North Face Women's Isabella 3.0 backpack
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Women’s Isabella 3.0 backpack

$180 at The North Face

Supporting the modern day explorer is the mission at The North Face, and that extends to the voyage that is scouting the school grounds. Plus, when your backpack looks as sleek as this who wouldn’t want to sport around all corners?

Key features:

  • Measurements: 50.8 x 29.2 x 17.8cm
  • Padded laptop sleeve
  • Internal pockets and external quick access compartment 
  • Weather protected material 


Herschel supply co retreat mini backpack
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Herschel Supply Co retreat mini backpack in seagrass

$136 at ASOS

If old-school charm took backpack form we think it would look something like this one from Herschel Supply Co. Fitted with leather closings for extra security, storing books and stationery essentials will be a breeze. 

Key features:

  • 29.2 x 11.5 x 22.9cm
  • Adjustable straps
  • Internal sleeve and external pockets 
  • Padded back 

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Quicksilver schoolie 2.0 backpack midnight navy
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DC Backsider Core Backpack in Green

$69.99 at Myer

Travelling from sand to school, or maybe school to sand? This surf inspired carry bag is designed with ample space for both the swimmers and the stationery. 

Key features:

  • Measurements: 44 x 32 x 23cm
  • Main compartment 
  • Laptop compartments 
  • Two side pockets and one front pocket 

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JanSport SuperBreak plus backpack
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JanSport superbreak plus backpack

$69.95 (usually $99.95) at THE ICONIC

Designed with low impact materials, you can’t miss out on the quality at JanSport. Adding a pop of colour to the standard uniform has never been so simple.

Key features:

  • Measurements: 44 x 33 x 32cm
  • Available in 27 colourways 
  • Padded laptop sleeve
  • Water bottle pocket
  • Front zip 


Under Armour Hustle 5.0 backpack
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Under Armour UA Hustle 5.0 backpack

$70 at Under Armour

Rain, hail or shine – Under Armour has you, or more likely your backpack covered. Designed with UA storm technology you or your child can rest assured that those oh so important loose papers remain water-damage free. 

Key features:

  • Measurements: 50.8 x 16 x 32cm
  • Water resistant UA storm technology
  • Breathable mesh padded back panel
  • Soft-lined laptop sleeve


Nike Brasilia 9.5 training backpack
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Nike Brasilia 9.5 training backpack


It seems as though every second student has the running bug, and for that very reason Nike created the Brasilia 9.5 backpack. Revolutionising the way to athletic success, Nike has made the transition to the field all the more possible with features catering to growing athletes. Designed with interior compartments to store school essentials, and clips and exterior pockets for sporting needs, this bag does it all.

Key features:

  • 46 x 30 x 18cm
  • Large external zipped compartment
  • Internal compartments
  • Padded and adjustable straps


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