It’s a wonder there haven’t been more songs about backpacks since the one we all sang along to on Dora the Explorer. Backpacks hold all of the essentials of college life. Forget a briefcase full of cash; your backpack is worth more with your small fortune of textbooks in there. And what would proud, basic girls do without backpack’s mesh side pockets to hold their monogrammed coffee tumblers? Plus, your backpack has probably been the treasure chest that hid your booze collection from your RA while walking to a BYOB get-together once or twice.
The two outermost pockets on this pack give it a distinctive look, so you probably won’t be getting it mixed up with other students’ backpacks. Because of their extreme exposure, these pockets are easily accessible for neat freaks to keep their smaller items separate from each other. Plus, the two front pockets make on-the-go essentials that much more accessible.
What’s a college backpack without a laser pointer readily accessible to annoy your boring professor? Oh… that’s just me? “One-strap it, two-strap it, or no-strap? No brainer: two-straps. Who likes shoulder aches from one-straps or arm aches from heavy books? Not I,” Spelman College sophomore Janae Lyttle said. How about four straps instead? On long days, wearers will appreciate this pack’s waist strap and sternum strap, which help distribute weight to relieve the shoulders.
None of the three color schemes are particularly exciting, but special pockets for water bottles and other gear more than make up for any blandness.