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Best backpacks for school in 2020

Best backpacks for school
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Looking for the best backpacks for school? You've come to the right place. Back to school sales are at their peak and retailers are offering all sorts of deals on the best backpacks for school. 

A good backpack can safeguard your laptop, textbooks, smartphone, and just about anything you place inside it. It should also be rugged enough to withstand extreme weather and everyday wear and tear.  

Most students are still uncertain what the school semester will look like, but a good backpack can also be used outside the classroom. So whether you're heading to class or searching for an all-purpose backpack, here are the best backpacks for school.

Best backpacks for school 

Best backpacks for school — Razer

Buy a Razer Blade, get free messenger bag @ Razer
Through August 2, buy any Razer Blade laptop and get a free Razer messenger bag via coupon "FUTUREJULRZR". That's a $49 value and one of the best freebies we've seen from any PC manufacturer.  View Deal

Best backpacks for school — Nike

Nike Tanjun Backpack: was $55 now $29 @ Kohl's
The Tanjun line takes its name from the Japanese word for simplicity. The stylish backpack features multiple handles for different carrying options. While most stores sell it for $55, Kohl's has it for $29.99.View Deal

Nike Auralux Sonder Backpack: was $75 now $59 @ Kohl's
If you want a Nike backpack with minimal branding, the Auralux Sonder is for you. It can fit up to a 17-inch laptop and has a ventilated mesh back panel to enhance airflow. It's one of the best backpacks for school you'll find. View Deal

Nike Youth Gymsack: was $35 now $22 @ Amazon
Small and light, the Nike Gymsack is ideal for those times you need to carry clothes or wide objects. There are no special compartments or zippers. Instead, the backpack features a drawcord for easy access to your items. It's $13 off.View Deal

Nike USA Women's Backpack: $37 @ Amazon
Whether you're a fan of Rapinoe or Morgan, show your support for the women's national soccer team with the Nike USA Women's Backpack. It features a laptop sleeve, main compartment, and padded straps, making it one of the best backpacks for school. View Deal

Nike Vapor Power: was $70 now $54 @ Kohl's
The Vapor Power backpack features a double exterior to help safeguard your items from the elements. It has a padded laptop sleeve and a show compartment for additional items. View Deal

Best backpacks for school — The North Face

Jester Backpack: was $68 now $44 @ Moosejaw
The North Face Jester backpack is the ideal campus backpack. It has a 30 liter capacity, a padded 15-inch laptop sleeve, and a front organization pocket with mesh water bottle holders. View Deal

Women's Jester Backpack: was $68 now $47 @ Moosejaw
This streamlined North Face Jester Women's backpack features a 28 liter capacity, a padded 15-inch laptop sleeve, a front organization pocket, and mesh water bottle holders. Various colors and capacities are on sale from $47.99. View Deal

Recon Backpack: $98 @ Zappos
The 30-liter North Face Recon backpack is ultra-durable and boasts improved suspension for all-day comfort. It features plenty of compartments and pockets to stash away your gear. Mesh water bottle pockets help you stay hydrated while you're on the go. Large, but comfy, it's one of the best backpacks for school. View Deal

Borealis Backpack: was $88 now $53 @ Mountain Steals
The classic 28-liter North Face Borealis backpack features an updated suspension system. There's also a padded main compartment, a tablet sleeve, and a dedicated 17-inch laptop sleeve to protect your gear. It's now 40% off. View Deal

Kaban Backpack: $129 @ The North Face
Made of ultra-durable, water resistant 900D polyester, the North Face Kaban backpack is virtually indestructible. It features a 26-liter capacity and has a dedicated sleeve to protect laptops up to 15 inches. View Deal

Women's Pivoter Backpack: $79 @ Backcountry
The 27-liter North Face Women's Pivoter Backpack features a roomy main compartment with a padded laptop sleep. The front compartment has a padded tablet sleeve along with additional organizational pockets. Snag one from Backcountry for just $79.View Deal

Isabella Women's Backpack: $85 @ Nordstrom
The North Face Women's Isabella backpack is a streamlined 21-liter capacity women's backpack. It offers a zippered front panel and a dedicated 12-inch tablet/laptop sleeve in the main compartment. View Deal

Best backpacks for school — adidas

adidas Utility Team Backpack: was $57 now $49 @ Amazon
From game day to the classroom, the adidas Utility Team Backpack is perfect for students who practice sports. The large backpack provides tons of space for books, clothes, and more.View Deal

adidas Women's VFA Premium Backpack: $54 @ Amazon
Perfect for just about any scenario, this backpack has a padded laptop sleeve, exterior mesh compartment, and dual water bottle pockets. It's one of the best backpacks for school if you're a fan of adidas. View Deal

adidas 3-Stripes Backpack: $45 @ adidas
This everyday backpack is designed for all your tech needs. It has a laptop sleeve, media compartment, and side pockets for storing things like backup batteries and cables. View Deal

Louis Ramirez

As deals editor at Tom’s Guide, Louis is constantly looking for ways to avoid paying full price for the latest gadgets. That means price checking against multiple retailers and searching high and low for the best deals to bring readers. A born-and-bred New Yorker, Louis is also an avid swimmer and marathoner. His work has appeared on Gizmodo, CNET, and Time Out New York.