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Help - I'm looking for a good back pack

help im looking for good back pack

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#1 Tonto

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Posted March 22 2016 - 10:13 AM

I'm looking for a good back pack for my son. It's for carrying his books to & from school. He's in 8th grade.

The last pack I got him was this: http://www.voodootac...le-webbing.aspx

It lasted less than 35 days of use. :(
Both zippers on the main compartment have come off of one of the tracks. On the next outer compartment, 1 zipper has also come off a track.

Any ideas on a good pack that can last a little longer?

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#2 cu455

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Posted March 22 2016 - 10:21 AM

Send the bag back voodoo might fix it for you. I like buying The North Face or Jansport. They are very well made and if any zippers break or the bag rips they guarantee their products for life. I am pretty sure REI has a lifetime warranty on all their products.

Edit: There are a few bags in the REI outlet, which is their discounted section and they have a coupon code on the homepage for 20% off.

https://www.rei.com/...ank=rank_outlet
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#3 Rendar

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Posted March 22 2016 - 10:24 AM

5.11 Tactical COVRT18. I just got one for work. (I work in a school).

Thing will last for years. Buy once, cry once.

http://www.511tactic...8-backpack.html
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#4 Beaker

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Posted March 22 2016 - 10:25 AM

We've been buying LLBean for my kids (they're now in 4th grade). If they rip, they are replaced. If they outgrow them, you can get good $ for them on Ebay. There are also customization (initials) options too.
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#5 Destro

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Posted March 22 2016 - 10:25 AM

Hate voodoo tactical bags for heavy use. Had many bags by them bust at the seams and zippers rip, they are style over substance. I only use Camelbak now for hiking/bob (Maxpedition is good too), but that might be too expensive for a school bag but will last a lifetime (maybe a smaller model without the bladder with the right discount).

I agree with above that regular Jansport backpacks or LL bean backpacks are pretty decent (owned both as well, no split seams or busted zippers, but depends on the load, those books add up) maybe look into their lines. Good luck.

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edit: bought this LL Bean pack in Maine over a decade ago. Good value, would work great as a school pack if you don't load it up with college sized books (don't know what the kids carry these days). A classic HS/college pack.

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#6 COLLECTINGHEADS

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Posted March 22 2016 - 10:26 AM

www.maxpedition.com maybe overkill but there stuff is really nice and lasts a long time.
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Posted March 22 2016 - 10:40 AM

LL Bean makes great packs for school, and as said before they have a great return policy if the bag is damaged. When my kids were in school I always got the LL Bean bags. They will even embroider the kids initials on it (for a fee)
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Posted March 22 2016 - 10:49 AM

Oakley makes some good back packs too.
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Posted March 22 2016 - 11:12 AM

I have a relative who swears by (not at) Blackhawk. He beats it up pretty well. Uses it for work. Loves it! He actually had the same backpack when he was deployed in Afghanistan

http://tacticalgear....backpacks?bid=6
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Posted March 22 2016 - 11:13 AM

I have a high Sierra backpack I have been using for years at work it gets thrown in and out of a car everyday.I have been very impressed with its durability and it didn't cost a lot either.
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#11 Tonto

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Posted March 22 2016 - 11:23 AM

Send the bag back voodoo might fix it for you.


The bag is supposed to have a lifetime guarantee. I bought it from Amazon, but after 30 days, you're supposed to call VooDoo Tactical. I called them today & they said they only sell them, not manufacture & I would have to contact the manufacturer & also that I should call Amazon. I called Amazon, told them what happened & what Voodoo told me. Amazon then sent me a prepaid label to send it back for a refund.


I'm going to go take a look at the recommendations.

Thanks guys!
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Posted March 22 2016 - 11:33 AM

I've had a gray jansport backpack since 10th grade (16 years ago) it's been around the world with me. Lifetime warranty. Recently developed a small tear in the strap, I sent it in, they made it perfect again and sent it back to me. I'll have that backpack forever.
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Posted March 22 2016 - 11:45 AM

The voodoo stuff is of mediocre quality at best. My 13 commandeered a 5.11 Rush 24 from me three years ago. It still looks new and has some good organization. There's also room for a plate if you should choose to add one. ; )
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Posted March 22 2016 - 02:23 PM

Another for Oakley. Awesome customer service if you ever need it. I am an Oakley whoaaaa. If you don't find what you want on their regular site, then go to the oakleysi site.

This may work for your son.

http://www.oakleysi..../p/888896200694

Or this one if he needs bigger.
http://www.oakleysi..../p/888896203138

Si won't provide pricing unless you are a federal employee, armed services, or first responder. If anyone in your family qualifies, have them register. The pricing is ridiculously good on si stuff. I know their glasses through si (limited selections) is usually 40-50% off the same pair on the main site.

Their products are fantastic, well made, durable, etc. I've had a back pack from them for about 20 years now (never used it daily, but it's well made.) had an issue with my original after the warranty expired.....a cinch strap wouldn't cinch ....they replaced with a new bag immediately, no bs, no crying, and it was out of warranty. They are a fantastic company.


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Posted March 22 2016 - 02:47 PM

Swiss gear, back and forth on lirr for almost five years daily and still going.
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Posted March 22 2016 - 02:50 PM

I'll let you know soon about Maxpedition. My EDC commute pack for the last two years is a Condor II. Last month a section of the main zipper began to fail. Now I can't close it all the way without it getting jammed. Other than that the bag is like a tank. Never got any rain soaking through even without a pack cover.
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Posted March 22 2016 - 02:57 PM

I've had a Jansport leather bottom backpack for almost 40 years!
Granted, it's not used every day, but it's a sturdy, plain-jane, no frills pack that doesn't cost much, and isn't made of rip-stop.
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Posted March 22 2016 - 03:43 PM

nice thread so far, CLICK - followed.

some interesting bags mentioned so far.
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Posted March 22 2016 - 04:08 PM

LL BEAN? Might as well eat quiche.

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Posted March 22 2016 - 04:15 PM

REI makes some good packs. I still have my North Face Jester backpack from 13 years ago. Definitely put it through the ringer and still holding up strong.





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