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Dear AsKA Mom/Mum, I am looking for a good randoseru for my son, but we live in the US. I have no clue about what size to get for him (he is starting school, 5 years old, 50 lbs) or what questions I should be asking. Do you know of any place to get one? P.
Thank you for your inquiry! We went to our pool of Moms and Mums to get their expert opinions, and boy did they have a lot to share! So of course, in true and typical mother fashion, we not only have ideas about where to get your own randoseru, but we have some additional opinions about the type to purchase.
As per locating/ordering your own randoseru, here are a few recommended sites to check out:
And now, if we may, a few suggestions as per price and quality:
N.W. pointed out that “They don’t generally come in different sizes as such – but they are adjustable. There is a slight difference in weight between them all but you are talking grams rather than pounds! They have them on Amazon.com and you are looking at anywhere from around $100.”
A.M. thought that a good randoseru “will set you back between 250 and 300 dollars, anything under I’d question quality, anything over is just esthetics (different stitch colour, pearl, studs, motifs, embossing and the like).”
T.S. differed from the others, pointing out that they’ve “not paid more than 1man (about $100) for each of our three and all have held up well (third one has only made it to third year so far, but the others were fine for 6 years). Importantly, in Japan, is that they come with 6 year warranties. Nephew’s bag strap broke and they sent it in to be fixed, even though no-one had bothered with filling in the warranty form, and it came back with the strap and all the little hooks and things fixed, and scratches repaired too – looks great now. He is in year 5 and it has had a lot of use up until now. So, check to see if the US based options come with warranties as well.”
C.O. agrees about the importance of checking for a warranty, especially as kids can make anything new, look old, in a matter of days.
Some additional advice from C.O. is that hers was “30,000 (about $300) and good back support was a priority for us as my son has a long, uphill walk. Like others have said, black and navy are popular for boys – the more unusual colours might seem cute in first grade, but a sixth-grader might not feel the same way, so standard colours are safest in my opinion.”
A.O. would also like to point out that getting the larger/deeper sized might be a good investment. “Kids have *so much stuff* to lug back and forth! Our oldest always looks like a vagabond with at least 5 extra bags hanging off her landoseru or over her shoulder. Of course, some of the stuff has to be carried separately (the art set,the shuji set, water bottle, etc) but it’s great if the PE/pool bag, shoes, apron set, recorder, etc, etc all fit inside along with books and pencil case.”
On a final fashion note…J.F. pointed out that recently leather is out, and Clarino is in, especially with the rainy season over here in Japan, so keep that in mind as well. A.M. agreed with Clarino, and added that it was much more lightweight, a very important consideration with all the books students have to lug around.
Well, we certainly hope that the motherly advice given here will help you find a randoseru at a good price with excellent quality.