Whether it be for college, school, commuting, or even work, a decent quality backpack is a must. It needs to be lightweight, yet strong enough to carry all of your books, or essentials, and it must look good and have an air of uniquity about it. We all know that it feels awesome when you have something that other people don’t have. So, starting with our list, we present to you the Top 5 College Backpacks for Under $100.
1 – The North Face Jester
The North Face has long been known for their excellent quality when it comes to everything from winter wear to hiking boots and their latest, The North Face Jester, will not disappoint either.
Constructed entirely from lightweight and yet, durable Polyester, the Jester only weighs an astonishing 910 grams (2 lbs) and it features 2 spacious compartments. One compartment is a designated laptop sleeve that measures in at 11.96” x 13.97”, while the other can be used for anything from textbooks to simple everyday carry essentials.
To ensure that you have optimal comfort, The North Face Jester offers a FlexVent suspension system with compression-molded shoulder straps and a padded air-mesh back panel for breathability.
The North Face Jester is a unisex bag that can be purchased in a variety of colors.
BUY – $60
2 – Herschel Little America Backpack
Herschel has been a top forerunner when it comes to backpacks that have a classic style combined with functionality and a definite sense of style that is seldom found elsewhere.
The Herschel Little America Backpack also features a 100% Polyester design but has features additional Nylon for the internal lining. The entire backpack measures in at 20” high x 12” wide and has a 14.5” shoulder drop.
If you were concerned about your laptop, it can easily fit a 15” laptop via the padded sleeve that’s attached to the back panel and Herschel also raised the sleeve so that your laptop doesn’t smash against the ground if your inserting it while the bag is on the ground. It also features one external pocket for small items and closes via a magnetic snap buckle draw strap.
The entire bag has a 23.5L volume and can be purchased in a variety of colors.
BUY – $99.99
3 – Timbuk2 Uptown Travel Backpack
Timbuk2 has brought out a large variety of backpacks and camping gear in the past and not once were we disappointed.
Even if it meant that you were to travel cross-country while commuting, the Timbuk2 Uptown Travel Backpack was made for the job.
This backpack features a fabric and Nylon construction that is both breathable and lightweight. Contrary to the Herschel, this backpack uses zippers for closure. The entire backpack measures in at 19.5” high x 11” wide and also features a 14” shoulder drop.
The Uptown Travel Backpack also has a laptop sleeve that can easily fit a 15” MacBook and, another unique feature of this backpack, is the fact that it has a Crush-proof and tricot-lined top pocket for your phone or sunglasses, as well as a side pocket for a water bottle or umbrella.
To top it off, the Uptown Backpack also features a large compartment that can fit anything from a change of clothes and shoes to all your college or school text books.
This backpack can also be purchased in a variety of colors.
BUY – $89.95
4 – Burton Annex Pack
Burton, much like the Herschel, has a unique style of their own that definitely sets you apart from the rest. Somewhat of a hiking bag that hits the 50/50 mark between fashion and functionality, the Burton Annex Pack is a must have for any college student or commuter.
This backpack also features an extremely lightweight 100% Polyester design which weighs in at only 2 pounds and has an impressive 28L capacity. Overall the Burton Annex Pack measures in at 20” x 10.5” x 7”.
An interesting feature of this backpack is also the fact that it has both an external and internal accessible padded laptop compartment that measures in at 18” x 10” x 2” and it also has an added tablet sleeve that measures 11.5” x 7.5”.
This backpack also has an adjustable webbing system that allows you to attach a jacket, yoga mat, or even sleeping bag.
The Burton Annex Pack can also be purchased in a variety of colors and comes with a Lifetime Warranty.
BUY – $89.95
5 – Under Armour Storm Recruit Backpack
With a name like Under Armour Storm Recruit, it brings about thoughts of Star Wars and all of us already know how awesome Star Wars is. Well, the Under Armour Storm Recruit Backpack definitely did reach our awesome list.
This backpack features a 100% Polyester design but with the addition of the super cool UA Storm technology that gives it an exceptional element-battling and excellent water-resistant finish. Essentially, it will keep your goods safe.
The bottom was designed to take punishment and features a tough, abrasion resistant panel while the laptop sleeve, that can hold up to a 15” laptop, was engineered to be soft and protective.
The front valuable pocket also features water-repellent properties to keep your wallet, phone and other valuable safe and for total comfort, the Storm Recruit features adjustable, padded HeatGear shoulder straps.
The Storm Recruit features 1 interior slip and 4 exterior pockets and comes with a zippered enclosure system.
You can buy this backpack in a variety of styles and colors.
BUY – $64.99
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