best backpacks for boysLoad up the kids and point them toward the bus, because it is back-to-school time very, very soon. Of course your cool little dudes are going to need a fantastic backpack to schlep all those books, pencils, notebooks, and high tech thingamajigs around with them constantly. This year, instead of blending in, why not have your guy stand out in the crowd?

These five awesome backpacks for boys will guarantee your kid will make a splash using only what's on his back.

 

1. Spiketus Rex

Dinosaur loving kid or not, this rad Spiketus Rex Full Pack ($60) will send out the alert that your kid, and his backpack, need to be taken seriously. Bonus: You will not lose this in a pile of packs after school.

best backpacks for boys2. Boys' Frog Camouflage FeatherLight Backpack

Whether cutting them up in class or putting them down their sister's shirt, boys love frogs. Combine the camo and frog look into one cool backpack, and you've got a winner. Lands' End will also monogram that Frog Camouflage FeatherLight ($23.50), of course.

best backpacks for boys3. Beatrix Alexander Backpack

What kid doesn't want to represent with robots? No kid, that's who. This Alexander pack ($52) will impress fellow students and hipster teachers alike.

best backpacks for boys4. Milkdot Top Kat Backpack

Your kid is a star and should not be afraid to show it. Throw this Milkdot Top Kat pack ($39.95) on his back, in lime or tangerine, and everyone will get the picture, immediately.

best backpacks for boys5. Osprey Jet from REI

One of the most trusted companies in backpacks, REI makes even the kid stuff look serious. This Osprey Jet pack ($45) will last way beyond the school year, and your little dude will want to rock it for much longer than a couple of short semesters.

Bonus #6 -- Mystery Pack

Don't forget to hit up the "high fashion, low prices" stores to shop for name brands at a discount. Burlington Coat Factory is chatting about their hot backpacks, so head to a store and see what you can scoop up for your hip kid.