Our Favorite Vans Backpacks

  • October 13, 2020
  • / By Keith Terrell
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If you’re looking for the best go-to backpack, then the iconic skate style Vans backpacks are an excellent option. Renowned for their iconic skate shoes, Vans also manufactures backpacks with a stylish, skate-inspired vibe that you will not get in any other backpack brand.

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Built to be thrown around the skatepark, Vans backpacks have an extremely durable build, not to mention extremely affordable price tags, making them perfect for everyday use, work, travel, or school.

While there are loads of options and models to choose from, in this article, we have rounded up some of the best Vans backpacks on offer.

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Vans Boys' Old Skool II Backpack

Best for Kids

Vans Boys Old Skool II

Vans Classic Realm Backpack

Best Unisex Adult

Vans Classic Realm

Vans SNAG Backpack

Best Multi-Use

Vans Snag 

Vans Realm Plus

Best Women's

Vans Realm Plus

Vans Skates Backpack

Best Skatepack

Vans Skates 

Vans Off The Wall Ranger

Best for School

Vans Off the Wall Ranger

If you want a simple backpack with a no-frills design, then the Vans Boys Old Skool II Backpack is a great choice. Perfect for school-going kids, the pack is also great for adults wanting a backpack for travel, work and simply to take out on errands.

Vans Boys' Old Skool II Backpack

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Specifications

  • Dimensions: 17” x 4” x 14”
  • Made of 100% polyester
  • Polyester lining
  • 22-liter capacity
  • Zip closure
  • Main compartment
  • Front zippered pocket with organizer
  • Padded shoulder straps
  • Padded back panel
  • Top carry handle

Benefits

Now, your child can head to school or the skate ramp in style with the classic Vans Boys Old Skool II backpack. Made of 100% polyester, the backpack has a large main compartment for your books and other gear. It has a zippered pocket in the front with an internal organizer that allows quick access to your stuff like ID card, pens, etc. 

The backpack has padded shoulder straps and a padded back panel that maximizes carrying comfort. And, the webbed top grab handle allows you to carry the backpack in your hand. The 22-liter capacity backpack sports a Vans branding in the front. Available in a range of cool colors, styles, and designs, your child is sure to love the Vans Boys Old Skool II backpack.

Pros

  • Comfortable to carry
  • Durable backpack
  • Lightweight
  • Worth the price

Cons

  • Smaller than expected
  • Does not have a water bottle pocket on the side

Verdict

If you want a good backpack for your child, then the versatile Vans Boys Old Skool II backpack is definitely worth considering. With plenty of storage and pockets for all your child’s stuff, the backpack is among the best all-round packs that you can buy.


Vans Classic Realm - Best Unisex Adult

Looking for a good everyday backpack? Then, the Vans Classic Realm backpack is worth considering. The durable backpack has lots of space to hold all your gear and allows you to go about your day with all your stuff safe and secure in the easy backpack.

Vans Classic Realm Backpack

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Specifications

  • Dimensions: 16.75” x 12.75” x 4.75”
  • Capacity: 22 liters
  • 100% cotton backpack
  • 100% polyester lining and trim
  • Front organization pocket
  • Zippered main compartment
  • Interior laptop sleeve
  • Front organization pocket
  • Embroidered Off The Wall logo
  • Top carry handle
  • Adjustable shoulder straps

Benefits

Made of 100% cotton, the Vans Classic Realm backpack has a trim and lining made of 100% polyester. The 22-liter backpack is very roomy and has ample storage space. The backpack has a zippered main compartment that has a sleeve for your laptop.

The backpack has a front organization pocket for all your smaller stuff. The backpack is equipped with ergonomic, padded shoulder straps and a top grab handle, which makes carrying the pack easy and comfortable. The interior back panel of the backpack has a debossed lining. The Vans Classic Realm backpack is a great combination of durability and style.

Pros

  • Sturdy and durable backpack
  • Plenty of pockets for storage
  • Spacious backpack
  • Trendy and stylish design

Cons

  • Quite expensive

Verdict

Now, you can carry all your gear in style with the Vans Classic Realm backpack. The classic backpack with the embroidered “Off the Wall” logo in the front has plenty of pockets that are sufficient to keep your well-organized on the go.


Vans Snag - Best Multi-Use

Make sure you’re all geared up for your next adventure with the Vans Snag backpack. The medium-size backpack is multifunctional and is perfect for daily needs. The rugged backpack is an all-round backpack ideal to carry to school, work, travel, or on your outdoor adventures.

Vans SNAG Backpack

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Specifications

  • Dimensions: 18” x 11” x 6”
  • Capacity: 24 liters
  • Made of 100% polyester
  • Large main compartment with an organization pocket
  • Front zippered pocket
  • Interior laptop sleeve
  • Side water bottle pocket
  • External bungee storage system
  • Embroidered logo patch

Benefits

Made of 100% polyester, the Vans Snag backpack is rugged and durable. Inspired by the outdoors, the backpack has ample storage to carry all your gear. The 24-liter backpack has a large main compartment with an organization pocket that can fit all your essentials.

The Vans Snag backpack has a zippered pocket in the front for additional storage. There is a bungee storage system in the front that allows you to store extra gear. The backpack also has an interior sleeve that fits your laptop.

There is a mesh side pocket for your water bottle that helps to keep you well hydrated during your adventures. The embroidered Vans logo patch in the front adds more style to the backpack.

Pros

  • Sturdy and rugged backpack
  • Stylish design
  • Plenty of storage space
  • The bungee system in the front allows you to store your extra gear.

Cons

  • Comes only in one size

Verdict

Perfect for everyday use, the Vans Snag backpack is roomy and offers ample storage space for all your essentials. Perfect for hikes, travel, or even school, the rugged backpack keeps you all ready for your next adventure.


Vans Realm Plus - Best Women’s

Looking for a cool backpack that will complement your fashion style? You’re sure to love the Vans Realm Plus. The 27-liter backpack offers plenty of space for all your everyday stuff.

Vans Realm Plus

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Specifications

  • Dimensions: 17.75” x 13” x 5.75”
  • Capacity: 27 liters
  • Made of 100% polyester
  • Main compartment with laptop sleeve
  • Front pocket with organization
  • Open side pockets
  • Faux suede trim and bottom panel
  • Adjustable padded shoulder straps

Benefits

Made of 100% polyester, the Vans Realm Plus is a cool backpack that is rugged and durable. The 27-liter backpack is very roomy and has ample storage space for all your gear. The backpack has 1 large-size main compartment that has a laptop sleeve where you can fit your laptop or tablet comfortably.

The backpack has a front pocket with an inner organization for all your smaller stuff and open side pockets to put your water bottle or umbrella. The Vans Realm Plus backpack has a very stylish design with faux suede trim and bottom panel. The backpack features padded shoulder straps that make it very comfortable to carry the pack.

Pros

  • Cool design
  • Plenty of pockets and storage
  • Comfortable to carry around

Cons

  • None

Verdict

The novelty backpack has a stylish design and is available in cool and attractive designs and styles that you can choose from to match your style. The Vans Realm Plus backpack is sure to make you the envy of all your women friends.


Vans Skates Backpack - Best Skatepack

Perfect for the skater dude, the Vans Skates Backpack will make you stand out in the skatepark. Also, great to carry along on your travels, to work, school, or on outdoor trips, the Vans Skates Backpack is truly versatile.

Vans Skates Backpack

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Specifications

  • Dimensions: 17.9” x 14” x 3”
  • Made of 100% polyester
  • 2 zippered front pockets
  • Padded straps
  • Padded back panel
  • External double skateboard straps
  • Laptop compartment
  • Water bottle pocket

Benefits

Made of durable polyester material, the Vans Skates Backpack has all the features you need to keep your stuff secure and protected in all conditions. The backpack has a roomy main compartment that is padded to keep your laptop or tablet safe, 2 zippered front pockets for all your essentials, and external side pockets for your water bottles.

The skatepack has double straps to carry your jacket, skateboard, etc., so that you don’t have to carry it separately. The backpack features ergonomically-designed padded shoulder straps that maximize carrying comfort.

The backpack has a woven Vans “Off the Wall” logo patch that adds to the looks of the pack. Overall, the stylish and cool Vans Skates Backpack is perfect to carry to the skatepark, school, work, travel, outdoor adventures, or wherever you go.

Pros

  • Skateboard straps make storing the skateboard very convenient.
  • Stylish design
  • Strong and rugged
  • Versatile backpack

Cons

  • None

Verdict

A fantastic choice for people who are active, the Vans Skates Backpack is perfect to take with you wherever you go. Equipped with extra straps to carry your skates or yoga mat, the stylish backpack is a great buy.


Vans Off the Wall Ranger - Best for School

The Vans Off the Wall Ranger backpack with the camo design is a stylish backpack that’s sure to make you look cool at school. The 22-liter backpack is very roomy with plenty of pockets and compartments to store all your school essentials.

Vans Off The Wall Ranger

Source: vans.com

Specifications

  • Dimensions: 16.5” x 13.5” x 6"
  • Capacity: 22 liters
  • Made of 100% nylon
  • One main compartment
  • Drawstring closure
  • Laptop sleeve
  • Zipper compartment on the hood
  • Zippered pocket in front
  • Side pockets for water bottles
  • Polyester lining
  • Padded shoulder straps
  • Top carry handle
  • Logo patch

Benefits

Made of 100% nylon, the Vans Off the Wall Ranger backpack is water-resistant and keeps all your books, electronics, and other stuff safe and protected. The backpack is sturdy and durable with ample storage compartments that can accommodate all your essentials.

The 22-liter backpack has a main compartment for all your textbooks, registers, etc. that has a drawstring closure. It also has a laptop sleeve for your laptop or tablet. The backpack also has a zipper compartment on the hood and a zippered pocket in the front for all your valuable stuff.

The backpack features two side pockets for your water bottles and the padded shoulder straps make carrying the pack very easy and comfortable. The backpack features a Vans “Off the Wall” logo patch on the front.

Pros

  • Lightweight backpack
  • Perfect size
  • Lots of convenient storage
  • Stylish and good-looking backpack

Cons

  • Comes only in one size

Verdict

The Vans Off the Wall Ranger backpack is guaranteed to make you cool and stylish. The trendy backpack is quite spacious and offers a lot of room for all your stuff and at the same time, it’s the perfect size for you to carry around comfortably all through the day.


About Vans

Based in Santa Ana, California, Vans is owned by VF Corporation and is a leading manufacturer of shoes, apparel, accessories, and backpacks. Originally called Van Doren Rubber Company, Vans specializes in shoes for today’s extreme sports.

Vans manufactures skateboarding shoes, snowboarding shoes, BMX shoes, and other varieties of shoes. Vans also produces a wide range of apparel like hoodies, t-shirts, socks, and accessories such as watches, backpacks, etc. Vans products are synonymous with quality and they are sturdy, comfortable, and stylish.

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Vans History

Paul Van Doren dropped out of school when he was 14 years old in 1944. His fascination for horses landed him at the race track, where he earned his nickname, “Dutch the Clutch.” Rena, Paul’s mother, disapproved that he was not in school and did not have a job and forced Paul to take up a job at Randy’s, a Boston shoe manufacturer, where she worked.

Initially, Paul’s job involved sweeping the floor and then he started making shoes. Over the next 20 years, Paul grew up the ranks at Randy’s and became the Executive Vice-President of the company. Paul was then asked to turn around the Garden Grove factory of Randy’s in California, which was losing around a million dollars every month.

Paul along with his brother James and their families moved to Anaheim to run the factory and managed to turn it around in eight months. Paul decided to start his own company in 1966 and along with his brother, James, Serge D’ Elia, and Gordy Lee, opened The Van Doren Rubber Company.

They decided to manufacture shoes and sell them directly to the public without retailers. They built a factory to manufacture shoes in Anaheim, California, and a retail store that was only 400 sq. ft.

The company opened, offering only three styles of shoes in a few colors, priced between $2.49 to $4.99. On the first day, 12 customers purchased deck shoes, which are now called “Authentic”. And, if a customer wanted shoes other than what they had, they would be asked to return later to pick up their order.

The next one and a half years saw the opening of Vans stores practically every week and soon they had 50 retail stores operating under the name Van Doren Rubber, although the shoes were being called Vans by customers. 

In the early 1970s, with the growing popularity of skateboarding, Vans released the Era line, a red and blue shoe developed by professional skateboarders, which made Vans the preferred footwear for skateboarders. The original Vans skateboard logo was designed in the 70s in Costa Mesa, California by Mark Van Doren, the son of James Van Doren at the age of 13.

In 1979, Van introduced slip-on shoes that became extremely popular and it became a national favorite when Sean Penn sported checkerboard slip-ons in the comedy, Fast Times at Ridgemont High. In 1984, Vans was in debt and Paul filed for bankruptcy. In 1988, the Vans company was sold to McCown De Leeuw and Co, in 1988 and the company was called Vans Inc.  

The company grew with an inventory of 200 shoe styles, 70 retails stores, and 4,500 outlets. In 2004, Vans decided to merge with VF Corporation of North Carolina.

Today, Vans is associated with many sporting events and the company sponsors several snowboarding, motocross, surfing, and BMX teams. The company has also been the main sponsor of the Vans Warped Tour, a rock festival since 1996. Now, after being in the business for over 50 years, Vans sells more than $400 million worth of shoes every year.

Vans Backpacks

A backpack is such an integral part of our lives that we often just forget how important a backpack can be. Be it for work, travel, school, hiking, or backpacking, a backpack is an important accessory to keep all your precious stuff safe and secure. And, what better if along with being sturdy, durable, and reliable, the backpack is stylish and good looking too.

And, when you’re buying a Vans backpack, you can be sure of getting all this and more. The best things about choosing an iconic brand like Vans is that you’re sure that just like Vans shoes, the backpack you’re buying is going to be of the highest quality, apart from the fact that you have a huge range of designs, styles, and colors that you can choose from making you trendy wherever you go.

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