This summer a nice person at YakPak sent me a backpack to try out. It's sturdy, the bright pattern makes it stand out, it has zippered pockets and bottle holding mesh pockets on the sides and the straps were wide enough not to dig in. Our trip to France this August was the perfect opportunity to use it as the kids' entertainment backpack. Now that we are home, my 1st grader uses it as her school backpack. The minute she saw it, she was like, "Ooooh! Can I use that???" It's about as big as she is, but in first grade you don't carry a lot of heavy things, and it's working perfectly for her :).