Gear + gadgets: Backpack for a super hero

SuperME Cape Backpack
SuperME Cape Backpack

Why should your little one wear a backpack designed for mere mortals, when she can don one that reveals the super hero she/he really is?

Introducing the SuperME Cape Backpack. Unzip the hidden pocket at the top of the spongy nylon pack, and out flows an attached big bright satiny cape. Another pocket holds, natch, a matching mask. Among some 10 color schemes and themes are a black, gray and yellow Ninja Graffiti Cape Backpack, a pink and black/white striped Zebra Cape Backpack and a green and brown camouflage motif Safari Cape Backpack.

The SuperME logo — a cartoon kid face with wings and a mask, embellishes each cape, as well as the included Velcro patch. It’s all in the name of fun and make-believe, meant to make kids feel a little more powerful (there’s an anti-bullying subtext that junior may or may not perceive).

Oh, and despite the dramatic flourishes, this backpack is well-equipped for mundane tasks, with a zippered main compartment, adjustable padded back straps, a mesh side pocket for a water bottle and a big fold-over flap at the back with dual plastic snap-buckle-closure straps for securing cargo, and attaching additional gear. What a neat way for young travelers to have fun while hauling.

The cape and mask stash inconspicuously when junior is undercover — or the ranking adult says so. These are designed for children ages 2 to 6, but a red SuperME cape’s got my back as I write.

SuperME Cape Backpack is $39.90 at