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BACKPACK REVIEW

Wildkin Olive Kids Wild Animals Sidekick

Sidekick Backpack

Wildkin

Attractive pack with a spacious front pocket; good for casual use.

MSRP:  $29.99 (typical retail $25)

Mfr. Recommended Age:  3 - 10 Years

Capacity:   Very Good

Organization:  Good

Comfort:  Good

Fit:  Good

Quality:  Very Good

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THE SCOOP

The Fun​

  • Spacious front pocket

  • Good price

The Frustration

  • Minimal padding

The Specs  

 

Capacity: Very Good

12"W x 15"H x 7"D

A nice-sized bag. It fits a folder, a small notebook, and a couple books inside. The Sidekick narrows toward the top, though, so the top corners of picture books and standard-sized folders press against the sides. 

 

Organization: Good

The main opening of this bag doesn't have any additional storage compartments. But the front pocket is quite long and includes four additional compartments. The big problem with this one is that it lacks a side pocket for a water bottle, which is a miss if the pack might be used for sports or outdoor activities. 

Comfort & Fit

 

Comfort: Good

This pack has minimal padding on the shoulder straps and across the back. The sizable front pocket helps distribute weight but it doesn't have a front strap to take some of that weight off the back and shoulders.  

 

Fit: Good

This backpack was too long for a 4-year-old, 42" child to wear comfortably (one of our testers dramatically fell to the ground to demonstrate just how oversized it is). Once a child has grown into it, this pack still fits well at the 48" end of the spectrum. If you're considering the Sidekick, we recommend holding off until the child is closer to five.  

Quality: Good

The pack arrived in good condition and the zippers worked well. The interior lining is a little flimsy. 

Conclusion

 

The minimal shoulder strap and back padding keep the Sidekick from being one of our top picks for school, but it's a nice option for casual use (especially if you catch it for under $20). It's got a spacious front pocket and comes in a variety of cute patterns. 

THE PRODUCTS

Sidekick Backpack 

Wildkin

 

MSRP:  $29.99 (typical retail $25)

Mfr. Recommended Age:  3 - 10 Years

 

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