Get Ready for School With One of ACK’s Top 4 Backpacks

The best gear not only performs well on the trail or on the water but also meshes with your everyday life. For students getting ready for back to school, a perfect example of this would be your backpack. Investing in pack that performs well on the trail and on the way to your classroom is a great way to kill two birds with one stone and save money while you’re at it! Check it out as we go through the Top 4 Backpacks for the Gear Savvy Student this fall.

Top 4 Backpacks - Thule Sling Pack
Thule Sling Pack

Thule Crossover Sling Pack

The Thule Sling Pack is an old favorite for students looking to keep things simple. Made with water resistant, durable fabrics and sturdy aluminum hardware, it’s ready to take anything you can throw at it. Plus, with it’s sleek, low profile design & ventilated back, it’s perfect for cyclists and light trail running. The one drawback this pack suffers from is its lack of space compared to other day packs, however it makes up with it’s interior compartments geared toward keeping you organized. It even has a protective sleeve for your laptop. Of the four packs, the Thule Sling is the least built for being on trails and more set up for urban use.

Top 4 Backpacks - Columbia Drifter II Backpack
Columbia Drifter II Backpack

Columbia Drifter II Backpack

Next on our list is the Drifter which comes from a brand we all know and love very much here at ACK. The Drifter comes packed with all the features you need for serious day tripping  and features Columbia’s Backdraft ventilated back panel and their Omni-Shield water-shedding exterior. It is equipped with a removable hip belt for heavy loads, extra strong straps & a rugged exterior making this pack perfect for short weekend trips on the trail as well. During the school week,  it has plenty of internal organizer pockets, a padded 15″ laptop sleeve & an electronics pocket.

Top 4 Backpacks - The North Face Recon Backpack
The North Face Recon Backpack

North Face Recon Backpack

Well organized &  well designed, the Recon is a 29-liter day pack favorite that functions great outdoors or on campus. While it’s on the pricier side, it is jam packed with features like a stow-able waist belt, iPhone compatible pocket and a padded laptop sleeve that doubles as a pocket for your hydration bladder. It even includes a cleverly placed hose port. One downside to this pack would be it’s lack of ventilation making it a much better fit for lighter adventures around town or commuting to the classroom. If you are looking for a durable & organized pack for urban adventures – this is one for you.

Mountain Hardwear Lander Backpack

Last but not least, the Lander pack is more ready for the trail than the classroom, but it can certainly handle both. It is constructed with tough, durable 210D HexRip and 420D nylon panels to ensure a long life on the trail or off. What’s nice about the Lander is how much thought was put into the design to keeping the wearer comfortable. It has a fully padded back panel, shoulder straps and weighs less that most similar day packs. Like the Recon, the Lander is equipped with a multi-use laptop/hydration bladder sleeve as well as plenty of internal organizers for gear & school supplies.

Top 4 Backpacks - Mountain Hardwear Lander Backpack
Mountain Hardwear Lander Backpack