Once the school shoes have been chosen, the school bag is the next most important purchase because it needs to be sturdy enough to put up with being loaded up with everything from packed lunches to PE kits on a daily basis. Enter our fantastic ClassMate Backpack. As with all our kids’ stuff, it’s designed with kids in mind. So it’s ready for whatever they throw at it – or even where they throw it!
Made from durable 600-denier polyester, with a reinforced base and sturdy straps, it’s up for the challenge! But it’s not all boring practicality, it comes in a fantastic range of funky colours and prints too (to help it stand out on the cloakroom floor).
We put one through its paces to see just what it was capable of in a typical school week…
8.30am Monday: Ready for the first cycle to school of the term. Backpack has new pencil case, school books, packed lunch, PE kit and water bottle in it, and there’s still plenty of space. Straps sit securely in place and are comfy thanks to foam padding. Back panel is padded too for extra comfort.
5pm Tuesday: Swimming lesson after school. So swim kit is in the bag, along with all school stuff, plus a snack in the outside pocket. Bag gets dropped on changing room floor, but thanks to the reinforced, water-repellent fabric, everything stays dry inside and there is no marking on the fabric.
3.30pm Wednesday: Friend Molly left something at school when she went home, but there’s plenty of room to take it and give it to her at dance class later. Talking of which, dance shoes and clothes are comfortably inside.
9.30am Thursday: School trip today, so extra clothes needed and wellies, as well as a packed lunch, snacks and all the usual school books. But that’s no problem with the ClassMate, there’s room for everything and more, and it’s comfy to carry too.
5pm Friday: Bag packed for sleepover at Katie’s house. PJs, teddy, toothbrush, change of clothes and even favourite board game are in!
What you have to say about them:
Best backpack for kids – online reviewer
“My kids LOVE LE backpacks. I love them because they are so tough and carry all of their school items without a problem. Straps are wide and comfy, especially when they are packed full of school stuff. Excellent buy.”
My daughter loves it! – online reviewer
“Very pretty backpack, large compartments, and very sturdy!”