A hardshell backpack is just what it sounds like. Instead of being constructed with soft cloth or leather, it has a monocoque ABS shell.

Hardshell backpacks were designed to stand up to the rigors of many different activities. There are models catering to extreme sports athletes, hikers, motorcyclists, world travelers, and women looking for the next big trend in fashion.

These backpacks can protect your electronics from impacts and water damage, prevent your books from getting mashed up or dog-eared, provide lumbar support, and help you fit in with that stylish stormtrooper crowd.

Weighing in around 3 to 4 lbs, prices range from 50 up to 200 USD. Some manufacturers include:

If you are sick of your books getting bent all to hell, ask Santa for a hardshell backpack.

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