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Backpacks: Ratings of Sources

Total of 8 Sources
1. EBags.com
As of August 2015
School Backpacks
by Contributors to eBags.com
Our AssessmentThis retail site claims to be the biggest retailer of bags of all kinds, and it has a huge number of reviews for many backpacks. Each pack is rated for appearance, organization and value, and the site also indicates how many owners say they'd buy it again. This is a great resource for finding out how these backpacks perform in real-world conditions, as the reviews tend to be thorough and detailed.
2. Amazon.com
As of August 2015
School Backpacks
by Contributors to Amazon.com
Our AssessmentAmazon.com carries hundreds of backpacks, both unisex models and those that, by color or style, are targeted specifically for male or female consumers. They also carry backpacks for any age, from tots to adults. The most popular backpacks get hundreds or even thousands of reviews, and better than 4.5-star ratings.
3. Sports Authority
As of August 2015
School Backpacks
by Contributors to SportsAuthority.com
Our AssessmentSportsAuthority.com carries a wide range of backpacks, with a focus on those that can do double-duty as daypacks or for other outdoor activities. While there are not as many overall reviews for each product, they are helpful broken down for an overview of input in several categories, such as appearance, comfort and capacity. Reviews also tend to be detailed and thorough.
4. Target.com
As of August 2015
by Contributors to Target.com
Our AssessmentTarget.com is a popular destination for school supplies and they carry a good variety of school backpacks, especially cheaper, character-themed packs for younger children. There are fewer overall reviews here, though, as well as fewer "classic" backpack brands, like North Face and JanSport.
5. LLBean.com
As of August 2015
by Contributors to LLBean.com
Our AssessmentThe drawback to L.L.Beam.com is that they only carry one brand of backpack: L.L.Bean. However, it's a brand that is iconic in backpacks and this is the only site to get customer reviews for how these packs perform in real-world use.
6. Good Housekeeping
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Best Kids' Backpacks
by Editors of Good Housekeeping
Our AssessmentGood Housekeeping evaluates 48 backpacks with a series of hands-on tests to simulate real-world wear and tear, as well as to judge capacity. They also ask children to assess the packs for comfort and convenience. They select six backpacks as the best models, although there's no discussion of packs that didn't make the top ranked list.
7. Parenting
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Best Backpacks for Kids
by Christina Vercelletto, Sabrina James and Alina Soler
Our AssessmentThe authors round up the best backpacks for kids of all ages, but the reviews are extremely brief and it's not clear if they are based upon personal experience or are just a roundup of brands. There also is no comparison to other packs or suggestions for alternate choices.
8. BabyGizmo.com
Aug. 11, 2012
Best Preschool & Little Kid Back To School Backpacks
by Elisabeth Meyer
Our AssessmentElisabeth Meyer lists 12 of the best backpacks for children up to 7 years of age. The reviews, which are fairly brief, are based upon her personal experience. She also compares the backpacks in each category -- ages 2 to 4 and 4 to 7 -- with each other, noting the pros and cons of each. She notes features such as fit, organizational capacity, ease of use, comfort and style.
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