How to Choose the Right Backpack for You: Our Backpack Favorites for 2014

Choosing a backpack for school can feel as daunting as navigating a new school year. However, by asking the right questions and figuring out what you need, you will by hitting the hallways with the right pack in no time.

Some questions to ask yourself before you shop:

1. How heavy is your workload?

If you’re a grad student or new high school freshman, you want to know how much weight will be going on your back daily. This will help you determine what kind of backpack support you need.

2. Will you need to carry your laptop?

Many backpacks make our technology lives easy with built in laptop sleeves and other pockets for tablets or music devices. This is something to consider when choosing your backpack.

3. Do you participate in sports or work out regularly?

Perhaps you like to workout after class, or you have early morning football or volleyball practice. Backpacks are tools to help carry the components of everyday life. Many modern backpacks make space just for active lives: pockets for wet clothing, extra straps for skateboards, breathable fabrics to keep the body cool and the backpack fresh. The answer to this question will guide you to the right backpack!

4. Are you a traveler?

The same pack that carries your books could be carrying your necessities for a trip abroad, a weekend camping with friends or even a rugged work week with all your technology gear. No matter what kind of traveler you are, there are backpacks designed for your needs.

We asked our very own staff members at SCHEELS what their favorite backpacks were for the upcoming school season. Let’s see what they recommended:



Screen Shot 2014-08-08 at 2.54.37 PM1. For the everyday student:

(Comes in many colors and in men and women fits)

  • Classic BackPack (Come in many colors and men and women’s cut!)
  • Optimal comfort and support
  • Tech friendly – 15” laptop sleeve included

“The North Face Recon backpack is awesome, and it will last forever!” – Mackenzie S.

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Screen Shot 2014-08-08 at 4.26.49 PM2. For the involved athlete:

(Comes in many colors)

  • Unique design with pockets, openings and zippers
  • Sporty look and function for the active
  • Includes separate wet clothes and dry clothes compartments, a shoe compartment and cooler pocket

“This one is great for athletes!” – Ryan M.

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Screen Shot 2014-08-08 at 3.08.44 PM3. For the ultimate tech adventurer

  • Includes lightweight water- and crush- resistant Joey™ T55 power supply to provide three and half full battery charges or several days worth of partial charges
  • 17” neoprene sleeve to keep your laptop safe
  • Multiple pockets are connected to the cable system, allowing for optimal technology storage and recharging

“Joey T55 power supply gives you the power you need to charge laptops, tablets, MP3 players and phones.” – Anne B.

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Screen Shot 2014-08-08 at 3.10.30 PM4. For the one on the move:

(Comes in many colors and in men and women fits)

  • Rugged and Durable for those on the move
  • Known for space and storage with two complete sleeves in the larger pocket
  • Bungee cords allow for more space

“I tend to be tough on my backpacks, and this one is very durable.” – Ryan M.

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Screen Shot 2014-08-12 at 2.31.30 PM5. For the extreme sportsman:

(Comes in black and smolder)

  • Multiple storage spaces: padded laptop sleeve, room for books or clothes, mesh side pockets, and a fleece lined sunglass pocket
  • Skateboard carry straps to tow your skateboard
  • Insulated cooler pocket for food on the go

“Great for skateboarders since many of their packs have straps to hold a board.” – Jorden N.

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Screen Shot 2014-08-08 at 4.32.46 PM6. For the working traveler:

(Comes in black and monument grey)

  • The lie-flat 17” laptop neoprene pocket allows you to hustle through airport security checkpoints faster since your laptop doesn’t need to be completely removed from the pack.
  • Includes lightweight water- and crush- resistant Joey™ T55 power supply to provide three and half full battery charges or several days worth of partial charges
  • The  Joey™ T55 can be removed to charge other devices in other packs.

“I love the fact they have a lifetime warranty on the covering manufacturer defects.  I also like the fact that they have a very paddled laptop compartment to protect your computer/tablet.  They also hold up very well even when you are hard on them!” -Jorden N.

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Screen Shot 2014-08-08 at 4.42.48 PM7. For the active woman:

(Comes in many colors)

  • Zipper compartment at the bottom to carry your workout shoes
  • Ventilated back compartment with a padded laptop sleeve for up to a 15.4” screen
  • Plenty of front space for custom embroideries

“I love the zip-open compartment at the bottom that can carry my workout clothes or shoes.” - Jeanne R.

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Screen Shot 2014-08-12 at 2.27.57 PM8. For the sophisticated alternative:

(Comes in black and pewter)

  • Padded laptop sleeve Fits most 15″ laptops
  • Adjustable padded shoulder strap
  • Internal organizer pockets

“This is great for someone who wants a sophisticated take on a backpack.” – Jeanne R.

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Find your Perfect Fit


The waist to hip difference has nothing to do with body weight. It is a specific measurement solely dependent on the curvature of your body type. Here’s how to find your unique measurement:

First, stand with your feet together and measure around the fullest part of your hips and bum. Be sure to keep the tape measure parallel to the floor.

Next, measure around your natural waistline, the smallest area and natural crease of your waist. Again, be sure to keep the tape measure parallel to the floor.


Now, we’re going to do some math!

Hip MeasurementWaist Measurement = Waist to Hip Difference


Now, use your specific number to find your perfect fit based on the Silver Jeans Co.™ Waist to Hip Difference

If your Waist to Hip Difference is…

10 inches or greater, your fit is SUKI

Between 7 and 10 inches, your fit is AIKO

7 inches or less, your fit is TUESDAY


If you want to determine the perfect rise for your body type, you can either base this off of a pre-existing pair of jeans, or you can base this off of the Silver Jeans Co.™ recommendation for your body type.

The first way is to find your favorite pair of jeans and measure from the top of the waistband to the bottom of the crotch seam. Based on that measurement, you can select the best rise for you:


Between 9 ⅛” and 11”   High Rise

Between 8” and 9”           Mid Rise

7 ⅞ and under                 Low Rise


The second way to determine your ideal rise is to pair it with your body type. For the Dew Drop or Pear body type, the Silver Jeans Co. ™ recommends high-rise because it prevents gapping and keeps everything in place. You will know you’re the dew drop or pear body type if your hips are slightly larger than your bust and you have a fuller booty and thighs in comparison to your upper body.

For the Hourglass or Balanced body type, the recommendation is to stick with mid-rise because it creates the perfect balance for your body. You will know if you are the hourglass or balanced body type if your bust and hips are almost equal in size and you have a defined curve at your waist.

Lastly, for the Straight or Rectangle body type, the low-rise is recommended because it will help to create the illusion of curves. You will know that you are the straight or rectangular boy type if you have narrow hips and are basically straight from the bust down to the hip.


Scheels 2014 Back to School Commercial

Before you head back to school, get you back to school fashion at SCHEELS


Scheels Youth Sports Commercial 2014

Here’s to everyone who believes in competition and good sportsmanship.

Lace them up, take the field, have fun, and play.


Looks for Back to School: Leggings



Back to School fashion is a perfect time to treat yourself to a new fall wardrobe!  Looking for the perfect pieces to add to your collection?  Look no further!  Scheels has exactly what you need to head back to school in style.  Our current favorite?  Patterned Leggings!

If you want to stand out a bit more, and show off your personality, these colorful and patterned leggings will do the trick!  Available in many different prints, there is something everyone will love!

Here are three fabulous looks for back to school.  All are casual, comfortable, and perfect for walking around campus all day.  Patterned leggings are a fun addition to your fall wardrobe.  Featuring a fleece lining, these leggings will also transition perfectly into winter.

If you love an athletic look, but want to wear it to school, here is a great outfit idea.  A casual cowl neck yoga top pairs wonderfully with leggings.   This bright tote is excellent for carrying textbooks around campus.  And there is no better way to complete your vibrant ensemble than with these pink Sperry’s.



Chambray is also an easy pairing with any outfit.  Paired under a heather blue sweatshirt, with a beaded necklace, this tank gives a more polished edge to the ensemble.  These leggings are predominately black and white, so adding color with your shoes and bags is a fun way to finish off your outfit.  A simple red fossil tote will carry your laptop around in style.

eun8FnJcoQVzjSe9qRYTk04ahriVERxuShboXhrmw_UFor more of a relaxed bohemian look, an abstract Aztec print legging, with a slouchy oversized sweatshirt will do the trick.  The subtle stripes at the hem of the sweatshirt is an effortless way to mix patterns, as the color matches perfectly with the leggings.  It is important to pair the right top underneath the sweatshirt. A collared tank shows that you know how to pull an outfit together, and keeps the relaxed feel with the tied waist.  An ankle bootie and large bag achieve the ideal mix of fashion and function.

Show us how you style your new leggings on Instagram @ScheelsSports with the tag #ScheelsStyle.
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Back to School Fashion

The first day of school, no matter what grade or age, is always exciting.  Choosing this outfit is just as thrilling, and important to leave a lasting first impression.


This ensemble is perfect for a first day of college!  A simple white blouse with a bit of sequin detailing provides a refined look, but with the sleeves rolled up, helps make it more casual.  This top will also translate well into the professional workforce once you graduate!  To style this shirt appropriately for school, a sleek pair of dark skinny jeans is perfect.  Loafers help illustrate your taste for the classics, and this flat shoe is excellent for walking around campus.  A simple cross body bag in a dark color will carry all your necessities, and fits nicely into your backpack.  All in all, these simple pieces will combine flawlessly together, and help build your wardrobe for the workforce after school.


Show us your first day of school outfit on Instagram @ScheelsSports using the tag #ScheelsStyle.



Jeans: 7 For All Mankind





Fashion and Function for Your Run

Marathon season is here!

Shop Scheels to make 2014 your best summer of running and fitness yet!

If you are preparing to run a race, whether it be a 5k or a marathon, we have the clothes for you.

Kim shows us a functional and fashionable option for running.

These patented CW-X Stabilyx Running Tights offer muscle and joint support and increased circulation, giving you a more comfortable run and a faster recovery. Sporting this lightweight tank will help keep you cool, and has a hidden zip pocket for keys, MP3, etc. Layering a jacket is great for your warm-up, as well as keeping you dry in all kinds of weather.

Scheels experts can help you find the shoe right for your foot. The new Asics Kinsei provides the latest in running technology, while adding a pop of color to your ensemble. Complete your look with bright sunglasses and a matching water bottle. You will be stylish and outfitted like a true runner. Show us what you love to run in, on Instagram, using #ScheelsStyle.


Crazy Summer Colors

PrintedLeggings1Printed leggings are a refreshing addition to any wardrobe. Each of these Front Row Society leggings tells an individual story from the artist who created them.

Choose from 6 different exciting prints: Breakdown, Invalid-Input, Wind, Geo-Glitch, Urban-Native, and Retro-Pix.

Pair with a simple top and bright shoe or bag, and you’re ready to go! 

Show us how you style your printed leggings on instagram @ScheelsSports, with the tag #ScheelsStyle.


Current Obsession: Gold Sandals


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Chic Patriotism


Show your patriotism this Memorial Day weekend, in style!  

No matter what the weather this Memorial Day weekend, enjoy your outdoor activities with class.

Shorts, Bermudas, or pants, paired with an equally patriotic top, will complete your celebratory attire. Finish with an adorable pair of flats, and you’ll look chic for any outing.

SHOP these items below!

Columbia shirt

Billabong top

Billabong clothing

Bermuda shorts

Blowfish shoes

Blowfish shoes

Blowfish shoes

American flag scarf

Neff sunglasses

Oakley glasses

Neff sunglasses