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A Millennials' Guide To Choosing The Right Backpack

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How to choose the right back for your custom needs in college

Opening their doors in a suburb just north of Detroit twelve years ago, Flymode had one mission – to showcase the hottest apparel and streetwear brands to the local, style-conscious consumer.

Fast forward to 2015, and the mission is still very much the same, but on a larger global scale. Evolving from a small local shop into an exclusively online retailer for the last 7 years, Flymode continues to set the trends worldwide.  

Featuring everything from core skate brands such as DC Shoes and DGK to streetwear giants like Crooks and Castles, Diamond Supply Co. and Staple, Flymode continues to provide their growing clientele with more options for the fashion-minded urbanite. Recent brand additions include Reason, FairPlay LA and Defend Paris, just to name a few.

Fashion, however, goes way beyond whatever graphic T-shirt you choose or what snapback you decide to wear.  Cutting-edge style can intersect with practical concerns.  One of them for today’s trendsetters on college campuses worldwide is: How do you carry all your books, laptops, tablets and all sorts of other gear around town in a way that still looks dope?

No one understands this real-world challenge like Flymode, and during this and every back-to-school season, they’re here to tell you that you have more options today than ever before. Virtually all the top-selling brands on their roster feature backpacks, totes, laptop cases, purses and other handy things to help you transport all your gear securely and ergonomically while still maintaining your cred out there.  These include selections from Neff, Etnies, Sullen, Paul Frank, Tokidoki, Harajuku Lovers, Enjoi, and many more.  

Sprayground started in New York a few years ago, hitting the scene with their graffiti-inspired designs.  Proving that carrying stuff around doesn’t have to be boring, they’ve grown into one of the biggest street culture backpack companies around and expanded their catalog to provide backpacks for every taste and walk of life.  From cannabis-inspired designs like their “American Diesel Flag” model and their 420-friendly collaboration with Madzilla (see photo above and keep reading for a chance to win a Madzilla x Sprayground backpack courtesy of, to their officially-licensed cartoon themes such as Spongebob Squarepants and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, to their collaborations with iconic artist Ron English, there’s literally a Sprayground for everyone and Flymode has you covered with their extensive selection.

Looking to make a statement but flashy, colorful images aren’t your thing? Founded in Libby, Montana and proudly handcrafting their products there to this day, Epperson Mountaineering is one of America’s oldest and most-respected backpack manufacturers. Taking inspiration from classic climbing backpacks of the 70’s and 80’s, each piece is expertly assembled at their Libby factory with durable cordura, leather and other premium materials to get you through whatever your day may bring you, whether in the woods, on the slopes or simply around town.  

Fall somewhere in the middle in terms of what you’re looking for in a backpack? Flymode still has something for you! Remember those brands mentioned at the beginning of this article? They stock backpacks from those brands as well as many others, so you can always show your love for Famous Stars and Straps or Supra, or choose new arrivals from Focus Spaced or Indispensable Bags.

If you’re off to Burning Man, Coachella or another festival, Flymode will help you pack with their hand-picked range of weekend-ready functional bags tailored to each additional need. Notable selections include Bench’s “Packable” (collapsible) overnight pack, the “Camel Back” Hydration Pack by Sprayground, the Legendary “Mayor Duffle” by Flud (a sneaker collector’s dream) and Fi-Hi’s “Voltron” Stereo Speaker Backpack for rocking out your favorite tunes on the go without headphones!  For the eco-conscious traveler, Urban Kraft’s line of eco-friendly, tech-friendly, tear resistant and water-repellent packs and bags represent the bleeding edge of contemporary, minimalist design and elegant functionality. 

Whatever the need, brand choice or style preference in a backpack or other bag, Flymode’s got your back with their extensive selection, knowledgeable staff and excellent customer service. Visit now for a chance to win a Sprayground backpack during their annual Back To School Giveaway. Just click HERE for more details and your chance to win!

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