Back in Black: The 7 Best Totally Opaque Backpacks for Student Rebels

Students Against Clear Backpacks: 7 Black
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* Students are being forced to wear clear backpacks after Parkland shooting
* Rebel with a totally opaque backpack
* Options at all price-points

Black backpacks are cooler than ever, especially with the clear backpack controversy  that ensued following the Parkland high school in Florida. The rebellious look is being utilized by all kinds of brands including Fjällräven, Urban Outfitters, and High Sierra.

If you’re looking to snag a versitile piece of luggage (and make a statement), check out our favorite totally opaque backpacks below.

1. High Sierra Opie Backpack

For just $25, you’ll be hard-pressed to find a better backpack than this High Sierra Opie. It’s made of a durable polyester, and features a padded back panel for all-day comfort.

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2. UO Faux Leather Backpack

Urban Outfitters gives the regular black backpack a more grown-up look with vegan leather and a minimal design. It’s just the right size for most students, with enough room for books, a laptop, and a snack.

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3. BRINCH Backpack

If you need a roomier bag that won’t fall apart after heavy use, this BRINCH backpack is a good option. It has a big middle pocket, a 17-inch laptop sleeve, and plenty of exterior pockets for quick access.

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4. Bolang Nylon School Bag

Bolang’s nylon backpack is a great no-frills bag you can take anywhere. It’s super comfortable with an ergonomic design, padding, and airflow holes.

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5. Baggallini Laptop Backpack

This sleek backpack from Baggallini features rain-resistance, which (as you know if you’ve ever been caught in a downpour) is a huge plus.

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6. Fjällräven Kånken Big Backpack

Fjallraven’s minimal, vintage-inspired bags have made them the hottest backpack brand of the moment. However, their signature Kanken backpack is slightly small for school supplies, so we recommend this oversized version.

Men's Backpack Fjallraven Image courtesy of Urban Outfitters


7. Fjällräven Kånken No. 2

Another larger version of the Kanken is this one with black leather trim. It also comes in a handful of other stylish colorways, but we recommend black for the most rebellious look.

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