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Whether heading to the gym or class, you need to bring more than just yourself. Built for creators on the move, an adidas backpack gets your stuff from point A to point B without compromising function for style. Features like padded shoulder straps keep you moving in comfort while laptop compartments and water bottle pockets keep your things organized and easily accessible. Versatility is the name of the game with performance backpacks. Carry your kit or take off for the weekend with an adidas sack pack featuring webbing shoulder straps that cinch closed to keep things compact. The Gym Sack can be worn as a shoulder bag and has a pocket for stashing your keys and phone. Built for durability, adidas gym bags protect your things from the game to the locker room and feature large main compartments for your gear and additional pockets for the extras. Rooted in sport, adidas Originals backpacks are ready to hit the streets. Roomy main compartments with separate laptop sleeves and zip pockets keep everything readily at hand in bags like the NMD and National backpacks. When all you need are the essentials, throw your phone and shades in a crossbody bag, which can be slung over the shoulder or worn as a hip bag. A mini backpack acts as a sporty handbag alternative. A compact, convenient way to stash your small stuff on the go, minis pack all the function and durability of a full-sized backpack.
This test doesn’t yield hard and fast rules for how long the coolers will last. We performed the test this way so all the coolers faced the same conditions, and to get a rough idea of how long ice will stay frozen. In addition to the ice retention test, we brought the coolers on weekend camping trips and hikes, days at the park, and weeknight barbeques. Hikes ranged from 1 to 3 miles in wooded, rooty, and rocky terrain. The camping trips were typically car camping with minimal hikes to the campsite. The coolers frequently moved from outdoors, indoors, and in cars. Editor’s Note: We reviewed the Icemule Boss after the initial ice retention test, hence its exclusion. Which Cooler Is Right for You? Backpack coolers strike a niche in the cold-storage market that puts portability at the forefront. Whereas other coolers feel bulky or require two people to carry, cooler backpacks are easy for one person to carry. That said, hard-sided coolers will almost always hold ice longer than soft-sided coolers. And if you’re camping for more than 3 days in one spot alone, we suggest a hard-sided cooler. They are rugged, you can sit on them, and they hold ice for a very long time. On the other end, soft-sided coolers emphasize accessibility. That’s part of the reason this review didn’t emphasize ice retention, as it’s not the sole factor in choosing a cooler. If you’re going for a day trip, consider the Orca or Corkcicle. For weekend camping trips, try the Hydro Flask, YETI, Icemule, or Cordova. And for hot extended weekends, the OtterBox is your best bet.
If you have to carry a clear bag, a mesh bag will be more comfortable and harder-wearing than a plastic one. Who it’s for: Some schools require students to carry a clear backpack for security purposes. Depending on your school’s particular rules, this could mean either mesh or plastic, but we found mesh backpacks to be more comfortable and harder-wearing than plastic ones, so they're a better option if your school allows them. Why it’s great: The JanSport Mesh Pack is well-made, comfortable to carry, and holds a substantial 23 liters of gear. The bag’s stitching is clean, and throughout our stress tests the seams remained secure, showing no signs of fraying or splitting. The polyester straps were among the thickest on the clear bags we tested, which makes this bag more comfortable to wear over a long day. The Mesh Pack is constructed of a fine mesh that has a tight enough structure that pens and bobby pins aren’t going to poke through the holes, and it weighs less than a pound.
Unlike a plastic backpack, this won’t stiffen or potentially crack in the cold, or stick to your back on a hot day like a leftover inflatable couch from 2003. This bag is also backed by JanSport’s lifetime warranty. Pockets and organization: The JanSport has very little in the way of organization—the main section has a small hanging pocket where you could stash a wallet or keys. Other than that, it has only a big zip pocket on the front of the bag. It also lacks side pockets for water bottles. Flaws but not dealbreakers: Beyond the lack of organization, mesh backpacks have no padding, so you’ll feel every jostle and bump as your books dig into your spine. This bag doesn’t have a laptop section, so you’ll need a laptop sleeve to protect your computer if you need to carry one. Because the bag is mesh, if you get caught in a rainstorm, all of your belongings will be soaked, so keep a careful eye on the weather.
These bags are designed for transparency, so you won’t have privacy for anything you’re carrying that you don’t want everyone to see—though many schools will allow a small purse or clutch for toiletries. If you can’t carry a mesh bag, this is the best plastic option we’ve found: it’s a spacious, well-organized, and tough (for plastic) bag with a 23-liter capacity. If your school (or other venue) requires a clear plastic backpack rather than a mesh one, the best option we found was the K-Cliffs Heavy Duty Clear Backpack. Compared with the JanSport Mesh, its shoulder straps are less comfortable (though they’re still better than those of other plastic backpacks). Bear in mind that plastic bags are sticky against your back in the heat, become stiff in the cold, and can even crack in extreme temperatures (but this one didn’t in our testing). The K-Cliffs also doesn’t have a comparable warranty to that of a well-known company like JanSport. But if you do need to use it, the K-Cliffs is the most comfortable plastic backpack we tested. It handled heavy weights and cold temperatures the best, and its seams and zippers held up to repeated use, where other bags sometimes split or came apart. This bag has two mesh side pockets for stashing drink bottles or a small umbrella, and one front zip pocket with internal mesh pockets and loops for pencils.