Top 5 Best Cheap Backpacks

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School time is back once again, and far too many students will be returning to class with a backpack already in tatters.

While there is nothing worse than having your backpack give out on the bike path, buying a whole new pack to carry a couple books can be a financial burden when living on a budget.

Thankfully, there are plenty of back to school sales on already affordable backpacks, which means you might have some leftover for all of your textbooks.

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1. Everest Double Main Compartment Backpack

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Everest’s Double Main Compartment Backpack is an affordable full-size pack with dimensions of 18 x 14 x 6.5 inches. Its two main pockets offer 23.9L of volulme, making it large enough to fit a 15.6-inch laptop and then some. The material is surprisingly sturdy considering the price, but this pack does not have as many pockets as more luxurious hiking packs. You will, however, find three front pockets for stashing items quickly, a front pocket organizer, and mesh water bottle pocket on the side. With all of these offers, this backpack is a great value, but those not needing two main compartments might favor the even cheaper Everest Luggage Basic Backpack.

Price: $22.43 (33 percent off MSRP)

Buy the Everest Double Main Compartment Backpack here.


2. Dakine Cosmo Backpack

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Dakine’s Cosmo Backpack is stylish, cheap, and compact at only 12 x 3 x 9 inches. At only 6.5L, this backpack will be better for carrying novels rather than massive textbooks, and better for tablets than full-size laptops. That said, it still has an organizer pocket as well as a main pocket, and a key clip for keys. Its zippers are sturdy, and its straps are padded and comfortable. If you are looking forward to a lighter class load this year, a smaller bag will be much more convenient to carry around.

Price: $21.99 (27 percent off MSRP)

Buy the Dakine Cosmo Backpack here.


3. Quiksilver Men’s 1969 Modern Original Backpack

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Another inexpensive choice for full-size backpack is Quiksilver’s 1969 Modern Original, a 26L pack with two large zipper compartments, two side zipper compartments, and a front organization pocket. The pack measures out to 9.4 x 17.3 x 10.2 inches, but is light weight and easy to carry with its padded ergonomic shoulder straps. Its cotton material is not as sturdy as other packs’ nylon designs, but the reinforced bottom makes this a durable pack nonetheless. It can carry a larger book load with ease, and still have room for a laptop, making this a solid pick.

Price: $20.72 (59 percent off MSRP)

Buy the Quiksilver Men’s 1969 Modern Original Backpack here.


4. Everest Canvas Rucksack

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The Canvas Rucksack from Everest is a stylish and rugged bag that is available now at 70% off. This 26L pack has a spacious main compartment with a no-nonsense drawstring closure, which can be a blessing if you’re used to zippers that easily get caught or break. The main compartment is supplemented by three outside pockets, which aren’t the best shape for fitting larger items into, but add a unique style to the pack. It is 12 x 16 x 6 inches, a light 1.4 pounds, and ready for action.

Price: $16.91 (70 percent off MSRP)

Buy the Everest Canvas Rucksack here.


5. Madpax Pink-A-Dot Mighty Bite

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Yes, Madpax backpacks are for children, and yes, everyone will be jealous of you if you have one. Even though it is a smaller pack at 6 x 5 x 4 inches, the adjustable straps of this pack fit an adult frame fine. Madpax does make a full-size version of most of their backpack designs, but if you don’t need to carry a large amount of stuff with you, the inexpensive kids’ version will work just fine.

Price: $18.08 (5 percent off MSRP)

Buy the Madpax Pink-A-Dot Mighty Bite here, or browse more Madpax packs here.


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