The backpack isn’t just for students anymore. According to Teen Vogue, the backpack is a "Spring Fashion Top 10." With so many companies that manufacture backpacks it can be confusing when trying to select which brand to purchase. I’m here to solve that problem for you.

One brand that sticks out for us is Yak Pak, which has been creating durable and water resistant bags for 20 years. But the best part is that they offer a lifetime warranty on all of their bags. Every backpack also features an easy access zippered front pocket, Yak Pak logo zipper pulls, reinforced straps and seams, and a padded back panel. Yak Pak backpacks are sold at boutiques and popular retailers around the country including Journeys, Hot Topic, and Spencer Gifts. The backpacks allow you to be fashion forward without breaking the bank; the bags retail between $25 and $45.

"At Yak Pak, backpacks just happen to be our specialty. We’ve pioneered the trend in bringing fashionable prints to the backpack market, thus transforming these bags that were once simply schoolyard staples into a fashion accessory that’s meant to be more than carried…it’s meant to be worn!" said Yak Pak spokesman Katie Murphy. "Yak Pak has consistently provided stylish and savvy consumers with innovative items to simplify the chaos of daily life, including purses, messenger bags, diaper bags, backpacks, laptop sleeves, and accessories.”

So last month, Yak Pak launched a new line that includes soft-sided coolers, lunch bags, reusable hydration bottles, insulated hydration bottle sleeves, and market and beach umbrellas. The new line will be available as soon as the warm weather arrives — so very soon, we hope.

For their 20th anniversary, Yak Pak put out a collection of “upcycled” bags are environmentally friendly, long-lasting, and affordable. Most of the bags in this collection retail for less than $35.

"Upcycling is the practice of transforming disposable materials and giving that material new, more meaningful life,” said Murphy. "This imaginative and eco-friendly achievement launches Yak Pak into its third decade, where it will continue to push the artistic boundary of bag design and strive to create a wealth of environmental and social opportunity to help solve serious problems."

Stephen Holt, founder and president of Yak Pak, came up with the idea of starting his own business while hiking in Lake Nam Co, Tibet; the term "yak" comes from the herd of yak that graze Lake Nam Co. "Our logo was actually inspired by the imprint that a yak’s hoof leaves," explains Murphy.

Currently, Yak Pak offers 57 swatches for all of their bags. Check them out online.

About The Author

Tara Rufo is a longtime Blast Magazine contributor and one of the editors of Bombshell.

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