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Best Backpacks Under $50

Updated December 2018
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  • 23 Models Considered
  • 7 Hours Researched
  • 1 Experts Interviewed
  • 252 Consumers Consulted
  • Zero products received from manufacturers.

    We purchase every product we review with our own funds — we never accept anything from product manufacturers.

    Why trust BestReviews?
    BestReviews spends thousands of hours researching, analyzing, and testing products to recommend the best picks for most consumers. We buy all products with our own funds, and we never accept free products from manufacturers.
    BestReviews spends thousands of hours researching, analyzing, and testing products to recommend the best picks for most consumers.
    BestReviews spends thousands of hours researching, analyzing, and testing products to recommend the best picks for most consumers. We buy all products with our own funds, and we never accept free products from manufacturers.

    A backpack can easily cost hundreds of dollars, but sometimes, you don’t want anything fancy. In that case, you can find a quality, attractive backpack for under $50 to meet all of your needs. These tend to have simple designs with less organizational pockets than you might find on a more expensive model. Some backpacks under $50 that have laptop compartments can fit a computer up to 17”. Others have a USB port and room for a battery pack for charging devices on the go. Not all backpacks under $50 are durable enough, though, to withstand frequent travel. Padded straps are still standard on these less expensive backpacks, but additional comfort features like a padded back or a sternum strap may not be part of the design.

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      Editor
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      Web Producer

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