FUL's Superstition may be a simpler sack (just one large compartment and a smaller pouch to hold all of your gear), but there are plenty of reasons to pick up our favorite budget bag for the elementary school set.
Kids are rough on their backpacks, so the designers of The North Face's Hot Shot crafted a bag that can take all sorts of abuse. The durable ballistic nylon survived being dropped and abraded, and proved water-resistant.
Freshman bag-maker Fül's Heart Breaker ($40) took the top spot among backpacks for younger kids. Its luggage-grade ballistic polyester won't easily tear or wear out, and its curved straps are well padded for comfort. In four colors. Ages 8-12. - GoodHousekeeping.com
This full-featured, full-size gear hauler for backpackers aged 10 and up offers an excellent weight to space ratio and plenty of comfort to keep young explorers focused on the outdoors day after day. Available at REI, Satisfaction Guaranteed.