I hope these young men realize the weight they carry on their shoulders.
How Heavy Can a School Backpack Get?
The amount of stuff kids haul around on their backs has increased over time, leading manufacturers to make backpacks with more ergonomic features to help avoid injury. Some kids carry all their books, a laptop and other electronics all day due to limited time between classes. Many schools also are doing away with lockers because of security concerns. L.L. Bean's biggest 'back-to-school' pack, the Turbo Transit II, holds as much as a small
dorm refrigerator, the company says. Photo: llbean.com A loaded backpack shouldn't exceed 10% of a child's body weight, according to recommendations from the American Occupational Therapy Association Inc., a professional group that sponsors a National School Backpack Awareness Day each fall. That means, for instance, a 100-pound teen should only be hauling 10 pounds. In reality, the average child carries about 22% of his or her body weight, according to the American Chiropractic Association. That's more than twice the recommended amount.
The fastest growing backpack by sales at L.L. Bean Inc. this back-to-school season is the Turbo Transit II. It's the retailer's largest daypack—measuring 2,400 cubic inches, about the capacity of a small dorm refrigerator—with a separate compartment at the bottom that allows a child to store a change of clothes or shoes.
"It's a really valuable tool, like a car trunk," says Pam Jones, senior designer of the travel division at L.L. Bean, which specializes in outdoor equipment. The pack is nicknamed the minivan at the company because of its capacity and versatility, she says.
The Turbo Transit II back pack also features:
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