Back to School Shopping: The Coolest Backpacks Ever!

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From wearable art to Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle fantasy, we’ve found something for everyone.

by Guest Blogger Serena Piper

We all know that high school and college are times when what everyone else is doing or wearing has an influence on what you do or wear, even when it comes to backpacks, of all things. The North Face backpacks and stereotypical leather messenger bags are popular choices, but if you’re looking for something more unique, here are the coolest ones I’ve found.

If they seem a little out of your price range, then enter our Summer Snap-off today for a chance to win a $1,000 Back to School shopping spree! Submit up to three of your favorite summer photos, and one of these backpacks could be yours.

1. Buzz Backpacks

If you appreciate design and wearable art, you need to check out the Buzz backpack. These are by far among the nicest looking backpacks around. Shoulder-slung to distribute the weight evenly across your back, they’re made of silk – silk! – and boast plenty of zippered pockets and hidden compartments for pens or a cell phone. They’ll also work for the yoga-goer needing to store a change of clothes, or even as a carry-on for that summer trip to Cancun.

$60 on Athleta.

2. The Meiosis Backpack

via Yanko Design

This unique backpack was designed by Davidi Gilad of the Shenkar College of Engineering and Design in Tel Aviv. Made of mesh fabric overlaid by a grid system of three-dimensional polygons, the Meiosis (in biology, a type of cell division) is perfect for heavy toting and might just satisfy the secret fantasy you still harbor – come on, you can’t hide from us – of being a Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle. There isn’t an official release date for this bag, unfortunately, but if you’re really interested, keep your eye out!

3. Voltaic Switch Solar Bag

If you’re a total techie and like to carry around your laptop – or your Kindle, your smartphone, whatever – this bad boy might be your match made in heaven. It will charge all of your electronic gadgets using two solar panels that generate power in sunlight. For example, one hour in sunlight will fully charge your cell phone. Can you say eco-friendly?

$129 at Voltaic Systems.

4. Built NY Large Laptop Backpack

Specifically designed to hold any 12–17 inch laptop, the Built NY Laptop Backpack is both water- and stain-resistant. Don’t worry, there’s extra room for a textbook or notebook.

$30 at Amazon.

5. iPhone Wallet

A friend of mine bought one of these when she got her iPhone and she gets compliments on it all the time. The wallet has slots for all your credit cards and cash, and snaps closed so you know everything in it is safe and secure. A lot of different stores have these available and they come in a variety of different colors. Check out Amazon first for the best deals.

Happy Hunting, and enter the Summer Snap-off today!

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One Response to Back to School Shopping: The Coolest Backpacks Ever!

  1. Smackbasket says:

    What is the iPhone wallet doing on a list of backpacks?