Reviewed for High School, 2008

Crestone Backpack

Duffel bags and rolling luggage serve a purpose, but when it comes to toting stuff quickly and comfortably while on the move, nothing comes close to a true backpacker's backpack. Your high school kid may not be the hike-and-bike type, but all teens have this in common: they're about the pick up, move on, and seek adventure, whether it means going to college, traveling abroad, or just taking an extended weekend away. With all the standard amenities such as removable hood and foam back and hip padding, this baby also features the all-important side access zipper for digging for buried clean underwear, a zippered sleeping bag compartment, and quick-draw side water-bottle pockets. A must for anyone hitting the road of life. (The North Face, $209)