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Backpacks: Ratings of Sources

Total of 9 Sources
1. BabyGizmo.com
Aug. 11, 2012
Best Preschool & Little Kid Back To School Backpacks
by Elisabeth Meyer
Our AssessmentMeyer 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.
2. Babble.com
Not dated
Babble Best Picks: Kids Backpacks 2011
by Michelle Horton
Our AssessmentHorton, a prolific product reviewer for Babble.com, recommends 10 backpacks for kids. Reviews are based upon her personal experience and research. Skip Hop Zoo Packs and Pottery Barn Kids Mackenzie are two of her top picks for kids big and small. The review does not compare the backpacks to others on the list.
3. Backpacks101.com
Not dated
North Face Borealis
by Editors of Backpacks101.com
Our AssessmentBackpacks101.com calls itself a site for hiking backpack reviews and comparison, but various users, experts and editors review backpacks for students as well. Reviews are thorough and usually include both written and video reviews. Unlike many sites, the video reviews are stand-alone reviews by owners. The reviews also include comparisons to other packs.
4. EBags.com
As of July 2013
Best of the Best 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.
5. Amazon.com
As of July 2013
Backpacks
by Contributors to Amazon.com
Our AssessmentAmazon.com cross-lists backpacks in multiple categories; standout models have a 4.5-star or better rating after 30 or more reviews. The two major exceptions are the JanSport Big Student Classics Series Daypack (which has nearly 400 reviews and a 4.6-star average rating), and the North Face Recon backpack, which has only about 18 reviews but a 4.9-star average rating.
6. Good Housekeeping
Not dated
Best Kids' Backpacks
by Editors of Good Housekeeping
Our AssessmentIn its backpack review, Good Housekeeping tests 32 packs and evaluates each one on comfort, practicality and durability. Only six packs score the highest rank given in this roundup. Analysis is balanced and includes tester feedback, but the backpacks aren't rated or compared to each other; commentary is very limited for those models that don't receive a grade of A. It's an older source, but still relevant.
7. Good Housekeeping
Not dated
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.
8. Cozi.com
Not dated
The 4 Best Kids' Backpacks for School
by Contributors to Cozi.com
Our AssessmentThe editors of Cozi.com ask their Facebook followers to chime in about which kids' backpacks are most durable. The fans choose four backpack brands (L.L.Bean, Land's End, JanSport and The Children's Place), and Cozi.com editors include quotes from parents saying how many years their kids' packs have lasted. It's unclear exactly how many people responded to the survey, but the Cozi.com Facebook page has more than 65,000 likes.
9. Parenting
Not dated
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.
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