We love kids, we really do. But we also know kids and they aren’t always the most responsible with their belongings (especially when you’re on vacation). Things get lost, damaged, or just don’t stand up to the rigors kids put them through. Brands that make items geared toward kids know this too—and they’ve got the warranties and guarantees to prove it. Whether it’s backpacks, bikes, or sunglasses, these nine brands will ensure the cash you lay out for kids’ gear is money well spent.
Jansport has been making high-quality, rugged backpacks for more than 50 years. They’ve since added fanny packs, laptop bags, and lunch bags in every color under and pattern under the sun. A lot has changed since they sold those first packs, but what hasn’t changed is the quality. And Jansport stands behind that history with a lifetime limited warranty on every bag they sell. If your child’s bag becomes defective because of a manufacturing defect, Jansport will repair or replace it free of charge.
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Thousand makes helmets for cyclists of all ages, but their kids’ helmets are protective and personalizable. Each helmet comes with a pack of removable, reflective stickers so kids can ride in style. They’re also fully-adjustable and made with a no-pinch buckle. Over everything, Thousand values your child’s safety. If your child is ever in an accident and their helmet is damaged, Thousand will replace the helmet absolutely free.
WeeFarers makes stylish sunglasses for pint-sized fashion icons. Reminiscent of the iconic 1980s style, WeeFarers come in various sizes made to fit kids ages 0 and up. Your kid can stay with basic black or choose from a variety of fun colors in both polarized and non-polarized styles. Because kids have a tendency to lose or break their belongings (shocking, we know), WeeFarers will replace misplaced or damaged sunglasses for a full year after purchase.
L.L. Bean has been a staple for the school-age set for decades. From backpacks to rain gear, lunch boxes, snow boots, and everything in between, L.L. Bean’s classic style and skillful workmanship just can’t be beat. Life happens, though, and L.L. Bean’s products are backed by a satisfaction guarantee. If you are not 100% satisfied for any reason, you can return your item within one year of purchase for a full refund. After that, a limited warranty kicks in that covers material or craftsmanship defects.
Camelbak’s water bottles and hydration packs are designed to withstand everything the great outdoors can throw their way, but kids are experts at breaking the unbreakable. Luckily, Camelbak’s “Got Your Bak” lifetime guarantee covers pretty much any issue outside of improper use or regular wear and tear. If you do find yourself with an item that isn’t covered under warranty, they also sell replacement parts that should get you back on track.
Timex’s kids’ watches are easy to read, comfortable, and most important, completely adorable. Digital and analog styles are available and some designs feature Timex’s popular Indiglo light. If your child manages to lose or break their watch, Timex’s worry-free replacement plan has them covered for a full year after the original purchase date. You only cover shipping for the replacement item.
Cat & Jack
Cat & Jack is one of the newest and trendiest kids’ clothing brands to crop up on Target shelves (and online). They’ve got tops, bottoms, dresses, sets, and school uniforms for everyone from babies to big kids. Besides cute clothes, they’ve also got one of the best return policies around. Cat & Jack clothing is guaranteed for a full year. If it rips, snags, or tears within that time, you can return it to Target for a full refund or exchange. Just be sure to hang on to your receipt.
Trek makes bikes for kids who are still tackling training wheels and those who are already mastering mountain bike trails. A good bike is a worthy investment, and Trek can make you feel more comfortable about shelling out all that cash with their lifetime warranty. As long as you take good care of your bike (normal wear and tear, corrosion, and improper maintenance aren’t covered), Trek frames are covered against defects for as long as you own them.
Dabbawalla Bags are made from sustainable, earth-friendly materials and come decorated with your kids’ favorite things like animals, spaceships, and cupcakes. The backpacks are designed for preschoolers and early elementary students, but all kids will love Dabbawalla’s lunch bags, purses, and tablet carriers. This small business stands behind their product with a one-year warranty that covers any defective bags.
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