The Best Backpacks for School


The Best Backpacks for School

Whether you’re getting ready for the school year or shopping for a little one in your family, we have the best backpacks for every age! Browse our top backpack picks for little kids, middle schoolers, high schoolers, and college students! We carry brands like The North Face, Nike, adidas, and JanSport so you can trust the backpack you get will last over time. 

Best Backpack for Kids

Best Backpack for Kids

The Under Armour Scrimmage 2.0 Backpack is a great choice for elementary students. This kids’ backpack has a durable water-resistant coating from UA Storm Technology and padded HeatGear® shoulder straps for ultimate comfort. Two zippered main compartments have plenty of room for school books and even a lunch box, while a padded technology sleeve holds additional essentials.


The adidas Classic 3 Stripe Backpack is another good school backpack for kids. This adidas backpack comes with a cooler pocket in the front for snacks and a spacious main compartment to fit books, lunch boxes, and more. A side side pocket provides a convenient place for storing a water bottle while the padded straps allow for comfortable carrying. The variety of colors available for this backpack makes it perfect for both boys and girls! 

Best Backpacks for Middle School

Best backpacks for middle school

The JanSport Superbreak Backpack is an affordable choice that doesn’t sacrifice storage or a cool look. This JanSport Backpack is a great choice for middle schoolers with a variety of colors available. The padded back panel on the JanSport Superbreak makes heavy loads easier to carry while the side water bottle pocket offers a convenient way to stay hydrated. Complete with a front utility pocket for organization, the JanSport Superbreak Backpack is ready for whatever the school day brings.


If you’re looking for a step up from a traditional backpack, go for the The North Face Jester Backpack. This backpack is a great option for middle school students because it has spacious storage, a laptop sleeve, and two mesh pockets for holding water bottles and other small items. The North Face Jester Backpack also comes in a women’s-specific version for an improved fit! 

For middle school students who play sports, the Under Armour Hustle Backpack is an excellent choice. This Under Armour backpack includes a large, gusseted laundry/shoe pocket at the bottom making it the perfect backpack for school and practice. If your middle schooler is looking for an athletic look, the Under Armour Hustle Backpack is the one for you.

Best Backpacks for High School

Best backpacks for high school

The adidas Prime V Backpack has plenty of storage for high school students to keep their assignments organized. This adidas backpack is ideal for high school because it has two main zippered compartments with plenty of room for books and other gear. Also, there are small zippered pockets on the backpack for storing small items like phones, keys, and more. With LoadSpring™ padded shoulder straps, the adidas Prime V Backpack will provide comfort and excellent storage.


Athletes can’t seem to get enough of the Nike Hoops Elite Backpack. This Nike backpack is a great choice for school and practice with plenty of storage. A large, ventilated compartment is great for storing shoes or wet clothes after practice while a zippered foil pocket keeps your drinks chilled. The Nike Hoops Elite Backpack also has plenty of room for school books with a spacious main compartment and smaller storage areas for your valuables.

If you’re looking for our top recommendation for a high school backpack, check out The North Face Recon Backpack. This backpack for high school can also be used for travel or outdoor adventures. The padded mesh panel and lumbar support on this backpack allow for breathable comfort while carrying. The sternum strap with whistle buckle and removable waist belt keep this North Face backpack secure for longer carries while a large main compartment holds your books, gear, and more. Complete with a front compartment for internal organization and a fleece-lined valuables pocket, The North Face Recon Backpack has everything you need for high school and more.

Best Backpacks for College

Best backpacks for college

The Under Armour Recruit 3.0 Backpack is one of our top picks for college students. This backpack from Under Armour has an abrasion-resistant bottom panel for carrying heavy loads and a bottom shoe and laundry pocket that is great for storing gear for the gym. This Under Armour backpack also has a water-repellent valuables pocket to keep your things safe, a laptop pocket for your technology, and a spacious main compartment for books and more. 


The Patagonia Refugio Backpack is another great choice for college students. This backpack for college students has two main compartments and a front stash compartment to easily access your items. Both a computer and tablet sleeve keep your technology safe while the Airflow mesh shoulder straps and back panel provide carrying comfort. This backpack also comes in a women’s-specific version for a slimmer fit!


Our best pick for a college backpack is the The North Face Surge Backpack. This backpack from The North Face also comes in a women’s-specific version for those looking for a slim fit. The college backpack is designed for heavy loads with a flexible yoke and injection-molded shoulder straps. The large main compartment can easily carry books and binders while the external fleece-lined pocket keeps valuables safe. For the best of the best, go with this backpack from The North Face!

We know choosing the best backpack can be overwhelming with so many options. However, when you shop at SCHEELS, you can rest assured our SCHEELS guarantee has your back. No matter the price, everything you buy at SCHEELS is guaranteed satisfaction or your money back. So buy your next backpack with confidence and get ready for a great year!