Back to School Bag Guide

Back to School Bag Guide

Part of getting ready for a new school year and new sports season is making sure you have all the gear you need to win in style. And that means a new school bag. With so many different styles and colors to choose from, it can be hard to find the bag that’s right for your sport and for your look. We’re breaking down our top three favorite backpacks, mini backpacks, gymsacks, tote, duffels, crossbody bags, and kids’ bags to help make the decision easier. 

Back To School Bag Guide Backpacks

Backpacks

Obviously, when it comes to school, the most popular type of bag is the classic backpack, but there are so many varieties within this category from basic to decked out. To help you choose, here are our top three favorites as well as a list of some common features that you’ll find on many backpacks so you can identify the technology and know exactly what you’re getting.

Nike Hoops Elite Pro Backpack

While this backpack is designed for basketball players, it’s loaded with a ton of great features that make it the perfect choice for everyone. The bag has a sleek design and a duffel-like opening so you can set it down flat while looking for your workout clothes or textbooks. There’s a laptop sleeve, water bottle storage, and a ventilated pocket to keep sweaty items separate from the rest of your gear. Shop it here.

The North Face Jester Backpack

This do-it-all backpack is built to carry everything you need while keeping you cool and comfortable. It comes with a floating padded laptop sleeve, secondary compartment with zippered areas for pens and pencils, a front elastic bungee for external storage, and two water bottle pockets. It also features compression molded shoulder straps and a padded mesh back panel to ease the strain of carting around school supplies and sport gear. Shop it here.

adidas Originals Utility 4.0 Backpack

If you want the classic functionality of a backpack, but with a more unique look, this is the bag for you. It’s on-trend camo print and cord-lock and hood closure will help you stand out in the halls while keeping all your gear secure. This bag also has two water bottle pockets, an interior laptop sleeve, and ear-bud and charger storage. As an added bonus, this backpack is made from 100% recycled polyester. Shop it here.

Back To School Bag Guide Mini Backpacks

Mini Backpacks

If you want the school aesthetic but a little more stylized, try a mini backpack. These look like regular backpacks, but as the title implies, they’re smaller so you won’t find as many tech features on them and you won’t be able to fit as much inside. So, if you normally carry all your textbooks to and from school, this might not be the best choice for you. But, if you’re focused on style, here are our three favorite mini backpacks for this year.

Nike Brasilia JDI Mini AOP Backpack

With a see-through outer shell and allover print, the Brasilia Mini Backpack packs a big punch for such a small bag. It has two side mesh pockets, water-resistant construction, and two roomy zippered compartments for your essentials. Shop it here.

adidas Originals Santiago Mini Backpack

You can’t deny the appeal of the classic adidas Trefoil. On this mini backpack, it’s front and center, with additional branding across the top. This clean design is the perfect complement to all your school fits, and the webbed shoulder straps and multiple zippered pockets are perfect for comfortably securing all your must-haves. Shop it here.

Nike Just Do It Mini Backpack

This school year, vow to be bold, even down to the smallest details. The Nike Just Do It Mini Backpack is the perfect accessory for carting around your keys, wallet, and other small essentials. Its bold colors and thermoplastic material will pop in the halls or when you’re out with friends, and adjustable shoulder straps and top haul loop make it super easy to grab and go. Shop it here.

Back To School Bag Guide Gymsacks

Gymsacks

Gymsacks are as simple as bags get. They’re super lightweight and easy to throw on, but they rarely have pockets or any other tech. Usually, it’s just a single pull string compartment to put everything in. If you like minimalist style and carry very few items, this could be an option for you. They’re bigger than a mini backpack, so you could probably fit a small laptop or tablet in it, but, because of the simplicity of design and material, you’ll want to make sure you put your electronics in a padded case before putting it in the bag. Here are our three favorites.

Jordan Air Drawstring Gym Sack

You can’t go wrong with the Jumpman. This gymsack is designed to hold an extra pair of clothes and small workout essentials, and it has a side zippered pocket for more secure storage. Shop it here.

adidas Alliance II Sackpack

This gymsack packs a little extra punch, thanks to two side mesh pockets and a front zip pocket to hold your valuables. It comes in a wide variety of colors, and no matter which one you choose, you’ll be rocking the classic athletic Three Stripes. Shop it here.

Nike Brasilia Gymsack

When you want to grab your workout or class essentials and go, simplicity is key. The Nike Brasilia Gymsack has everything you need and nothing you don’t – with three storage areas and a reinforced bottom to protect your gear. It comes in multiple colors to match your personal style. Shop it here.

Back To School Bag Guide Tote Bags

Tote Bags

The most purse-like fashion option is a tote bag. They’re big enough to fit everything you need and feature a few separate sections like a small accessory pocket and laptop sleeve. The biggest difference with this bag is that it’s not quite as hands-free. Since it doesn’t have dual shoulder straps, you can either put it on one shoulder or just carry it in your hand. Here are three great options.

Jordan Flight Essential Adjustable Tote

Legendary Jumpman logo? Check. Removable shoulder strap for multiple carry options? Check. Coated zipper pulls for durability that will last all school year? Check. The Jordan Flight Essential Tote is a triple threat. Shop it here.

adidas All Me Tote

Sport and style go hand in hand with the functional adidas All Me Tote. This bag is made from premium air mesh and has adjustable straps so you can carry it as a crossbody, over your shoulder, or by the handles. Multiple internal pockets let you organize everything just the way you like it. Shop it here.

Nike One Tote

This bag is the one to fit all your needs – from class to practice and everything in between. This versatile tote bag features a large main storage area, water bottle pocket, and elastic bungees for external storage. And it comes in two great neutral colors to complement your school fits and your workout style. Shop it here.

Back To School Bag Guide Duffel Bags

Duffel Bags

A small duffel bag can be a great option for student athletes. Most come with a long strap that you can wear crossbody to keep your hands free. When people picture duffels, they often think of big, bulky bags, but they come in many smaller sizes that can be perfect for athletes who don’t want to carry multiple bags to school. With a duffel, you’ll have enough room to store your school items as well as your gear for practice. Here are our top styles.

Nike One Duffel

Just like the Nike One Tote, this duffel bag combines sporty style and functionality in a way that can’t be beat. A vented compartment is great for storing sweaty clothes after practice, and a zippered shoe compartment and magnetic pockets provide plenty of storage for your school essentials and workout must-haves. Shop it here.

adidas Defender IV Duffel

This durable bag has front and end zippered pockets, dual carry handles with padded grip, and a shoulder strap that you can adjust or remove to meet your needs. The dimensions on this version are 11.75″ H X 20.5″ L X 11″ W, but it also comes in a medium size if you need extra space for practice clothes and shoes. Shop the small duffel here and the medium duffel here.

Nike Brasilia Duffel

With an array of color options and the classic Nike Swoosh, the Brasilia Duffel is a great option for student athletes who need to grab everything and go. It features a dual-zip main compartment, zippered outside pocket for small essentials, and a show compartment to keep everything clean and dry. The dimensions on this bag are 20″ L x 11″ W x 11″ H, but it’s also available in a medium size if you need more space. Shop the small duffel here and the medium duffel here.

Back To School Bag guide Crossbody Bags

Crossbody Bags

If you’re looking for a stylish way to carry your daily essentials, a crossbody bag might be the right choice for you. Small and lightweight, these bags won’t work for all your school supplies or sports gear, but they’re perfect for your keys, wallet, chapstick, phone, and other small items. Here are three picks we love.

Nike Heritage Hip Pack

With a main compartment and smaller accessories pocket, the Nike Heritage Pack will keep everything organized and easy to reach. The strap has a buckle closure, and can be worn around your waist, across your body, or over your shoulder. This comes in a bunch of colors and is the perfect finishing touch to your everyday look. Shop it here.

adidas Originals National Festival Crossbody

With over 100 5-star reviews, this bag can’t be beat. Its unique design features a hook-and-loop fastener so you can attach this to larger bags and backpacks and a customizable strap for when you want to wear it solo. It comes in three colors and features the iconic Trefoil front and center. Shop it here.

Jordan Jumpman AJX Crossbody

Elevate your look to legend status with this synthetic leather crossbody. A zip closure and back pocket for your phone leave plenty of room for all your essentials and an adjustable strap lets you wear it your way. This bag comes in white or red for a vibrant pop that’ll turn heads. Shop it here.

Back To School Bag Guide Kids' Bags

Kids’ Bags

Even the youngest student athletes need great options for carrying their school and sports gear. We’ve got a variety of bags sized just for them and designed to meet their specific needs. Here are three of our favorites along with a tip to make sure you’re carrying your gear safely.

Pro Tip:
If you find yourself hunched over to ease the weight of your bag, consider lightening your load. Kids younger than 13 shouldn’t carry more than 10% of their body weight, while kids 13 and older are okay carrying up to 25% of their body weight.

Nike Young Elemental Backpack

This backpack is the perfect fit for a young student athlete who needs to organize all their gear. It has a removable pencil case for easy access in class. There are also multiple zip pockets to hold school books, gym clothes, calculators, and everything else you might need. Padded shoulder straps keep you comfortable in the halls, on the bus, and back and forth from practice. Shop it here.

Nike CR7 Backpack

For an athletic look that doesn’t sacrifice storage space, go with the Ronaldo-inspired CR7 Backpack. It’s got bold design elements, a large main compartment, and a zippered front pouch for smaller items. The back panel and shoulder straps are padded, so you’ll stay comfortable even when you’re loaded down with homework. Shop it here.

Nike Futura Jumbo Lunch Tote

Who wants a boring brown bag lunch when you can keep your food fresh and cool in an insulated tote from the Swoosh?? It’s the perfect size for lunch and snacks, and its soft shell design means you can easily fold it up and fit it in your backpack when it’s empty. Shop it here.

Back To School Bag Guide Sports Bags

Sport-Specific Bags

If you need a bag built specifically for your sport, we’ve got you covered there, too. We’ve got options with compartments for your basketball or volleyball, baseball bats and helmet, wrestling shoes, and more. 

Best Kids’ Running Shoes

Best Kids’ Running Shoes

There’s never a bad time to upgrade your kicks game. Whether you’ve run your current shoes into the ground or just looking for some more comfort when you run around, Eastbay has your back with a wide selection of the top running shoes for kids. Take a peek at our guide to some of the best shoes we have from the top brands.

Nike Air Zoom Tempo Flyknit

Whether you’re already hitting the track or just racing your friends down the street, the Nike Air Zoom Tempo is the perfect shoe. Their patented Zoom Air technology uses pressurized Air and tensile fiber to give you that springy sensation with each step. The translucent Flyknit upper makes sure you’re locked in without squeezing your style.

Saucony Ride 13

Run in comfort when you’re rocking the Saucony Ride 13. With a compression molded EVA midsole and a contoured FORMFIT footbed protecting your legs from getting sore you’ll be on your feet longer. A rubber outsole and lugs will help your shoes last longer and ensure no slip ups. It even comes in a bold color scheme to help you really make a statement.

Asics GT-1000 9

These were built for the future track star in you. They feature all the same tech as the adult version, such as Flytfoam, GEL, and DuoMoax. These will keep you light on feet, offer supreme cushioning, and provide max shock absorption so that you can hit the track earlier and stay later. The synthetic fiber upper allows your feet to breathe so you can run harder and play longer.

adidas Ultraboost 20

The Ultraboost has become one of the most popular shoes over the past several years thanks to its sleek design and impressive cushioning system. The sock-like fit and flexible support are all thanks to the four-way stretch mesh that makes it one of the most comfortable shoes available. It’s also one of the smartest shoes. It features FORMOTION that adapts to the ground, ensuring a smooth run, and miCoach provides technical feedback after each run.

Under Armour HOVR Sonic 3

Fly around the track and yard in the HOVR Sonic 3. Lightweight and perfectly cushioned, these shoes are perfect for everyday wear. HOVR foam and ENERGY WEB compression mesh work together to provide a responsive feel with each step. The Microthread upper gives you a snug fit and is also designed to dry quickly in case they get wet.

Nike Air Zoom Pegasus 37

Nike always comes through with the best combination of tech, comfort, and design of their shoes, and the Pegasus 37 is no exception. Zoom Air tech uses pressurized Air to give you bounce in each step, and their soft foam adds lightweight cushioning for a more comfortable fit. The sleek, clean design looks good no matter how you wear it and is sure to snag some compliments.

Top Kids’ Track Spikes

Top Kids’ Track Spikes

Spring is practically here, which means outdoor track season. It’s almost time to get out there and set some new PRs, but first check your gear. Last year’s spikes probably don’t fit anymore, so check out our top three recommendations below and then hit the track to begin training.

Whether you’re shopping for yourself or you’re shopping for a kid, the first thing you need to know is the basics of track spikes and how they should fit. If you’re already familiar with buying spikes, you can keep scrolling, but if you’re new to the sport, take a quick look at our fit guide before you start shopping.

Nike Zoom Rival S 9

A Nike Zoom Rival S 9 track spike in the laser crimson/white/black/university red colorway lying on the track.

First up is the Nike Zoom Rival S 9, designed for events from the 60m to 400m, including hurdles and long jump. With an aggressive traction pattern on the outsole and an updated eight-spike plate that digs into the track, these sprint spikes will propel you to victory.

adidas Sprintstar

An adidas Sprintstar track spike in the glory blue/signal green/core black colorway lying on the track.

Explode out of the blocks with the adidas Sprintstar, designed for technical athletes racing in events up to 400m. The upper features Celermesh, a super thin mesh with an inner grid for a lightweight lockdown feel. A Pebax® plate in the outsole provides optimal energy return to launch you across the finish line.

New Balance MD500 V7

A New Balance MD500 V7 track spike in the white/black colorway lying on the track.

A new season means another chance to set records, and with the New Balance MD500 V7 those chances just got a little better. The lightweight mesh upper keeps your feet dry and fresh, and the six removable spikes lets you customize your run for the course.


Now that you’re set with new spikes, what about the rest of your track gear? Eastbay.com offers elite apparel and equipment from the best brands, so you can have your fastest season yet!

And did you know Eastbay has a Test Run Program? You can try out your new spikes to make sure they work for you. And if they don’t perform as you’d hoped, return them free of charge within 30 days of purchase. For more details, click this link.

Sneaker Valentines

Sneaker Valentines

Happy Valentine’s Day! Whether you’re a shoe lover wanting to give unique valentines, or you’re looking to impress a certain sneakerhead at school, you’ll LOVE our Eastbay sneaker valentines! View them below, and then click the “Download” button to print and share them with your friends.

Best Sports Gifts for Kids

Best Sports Gifts for Kids

There’s no age restriction on style, so we’ve complied a list of our favorite kids’ items from today’s top brands, made for tomorrow’s superstars. Browse through our Best Sports Gifts for Kids below to find all of this season’s hottest looks and performance gear.

Nike Therma Fleece Camo Pullover Hoodie – Boys’

Bring on the winter weather! The Nike Therma Fleece Camo Pullover Hoodie is made with Dri-FIT performance fleece, including a brushed fleece interior, to keep you warm and comfortable throughout the seasons.

Nike Air GX Pullover Hoodie – Girls’

Shine bright this holiday season. The Nike Air GX Pullover Hoodie features a shimmering metallic Nike logo and is made with soft French terry fabric for unmatched coziness.

Nike Air Force 1 Low – Girls’

Pay homage to a classic look that’s always fresh – the  Nike Air Force 1 shoes are a solid choice for almost any outfit. Made with a stitched rubber cupsole and leather upper, these sneakers provide premium comfort and durability. (Coming soon)

Nike Air Max Plus – Boys’

Treat your feet to a walk on the clouds. Now dubbed as somewhat of a cult classic look, the Nike Air Max Plus shoes offer an innovative cushioning system that provides comfort with every stride. (Coming soon)

Timberland 6” Waterproof Boots – Boys’

Protect your kids’ feet with the Timberland 6” Waterproof Boots. Whether it’s jumping through puddles, stomping in the mud, or just handling everyday wear and tear, these boots are designed with the same top-quality leather and sturdy construction that Timberland’s adult products are famous for.

Air Jordan 1 Mid SE

From the playground to the court, grade school never looked so good. The Air Jordan 1 Mid is the original statement-making sneaker and combines the classic “Wings” logo on the ankle with Nike’s iconic side swooshes to create the hottest retro look. Also available in girls’ sizes.

adidas Originals Adicolor Big Trefoil Hoodie – Boys’

Sometimes bigger is better. The adidas Originals Adicolor Big Trefoil Hoodie features an enlarged print of the classic trefoil logo and is made with comfy French terry material for a relaxed fit.

adidas Originals NMD R1 – Boys’

Rooted in three-stripe heritage, the adidas Originals NMD shoes are fashionable and functional. They seamlessly blend adidas heritage with the latest innovation in lightweight cushioning, so your feet can look good and feel even better.

Nike Futura Club Hoodie – Boys’

You can’t go wrong with a classic hoodie. The Nike Futura Club Hoodie is engineered with super soft fleece fabric to keep you cozy and fresh.

Nike Tanjun Backpack

Named after the Japanese word for “simplicity”, the Nike Tanjun Backpack makes storage easy. This backpack has padded shoulder straps for comfort and all the zippered compartments you need to stash your valuables securely.

Nike Dri-FIT Just Do It T-shirt – Girls’

Get the sporty style you want for gym class or practice with the Nike Dri-FIT Just Do It T-shirt. Featuring sweat-wicking technology and a loose fit for full-range mobility, this shirt is a must-have for any active kid. Don’t think twice about scooping up the T-shirt – Just Do It!

Shopping for other sports or styles? Check out our full list of gift guides here.