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The best ... back-to-school packs

Fat Boy
This heavy-duty nylon pack won’t “easily abrade, tear, or let in water if caught in the rain.” Available in 13 patterns.
Price: $30
Contact: Highsierrasport.com

Super Deluxe Book Pack
In addition to lots of pockets, this oversize pack has an “extra-tough bottom” and “padded, curved straps” that
reduce carrying strain.
Price: $50
Contact: LLbean.com

Wit
This lightweight backpack earns “high marks” for comfort, and its secret rear pocket is “ideal for keys, money, or a cell phone.”
Price: $70
Contact: Eaglecreek.com

Apex Pack
This pack “keeps it simple,” with one big compartment, a separate zippered section, and a front organizer pocket. A “cushy back and thick straps make it comfy.”
Price: $50
Contact: LLbean.com

Lands’ End MultiTask
This pack has plenty of pockets, but none are “overly specialized,” which is “good for a high schooler who finds too-structured features impractical.”
Price: $39.50
Contact: Landsend.com

Source: Good Housekeeping

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