The JanSport Big Student Backpack lacks some of the features found on pricier packs, but reviewers say this simple, roomy backpack is one of the best picks for older students. JanSport also has a great reputation for durability. The Big Student's carrying capacity is too much for the younger crowd (experts recommend that they carry no more than 10 to 20 percent of their body weight, and some say 5 to 10 percent), but for high school and college needs, this is a great choice.
Very roomy for lots of gear. The JanSport Big Student Backpack's 2,100-cubic-inch capacity is divided between two large main compartments, a smaller front utility pocket, and a zippered front stash pocket. Parents and students say they can store anything they need for high school or college in this pack, with room left over. It doesn't have a built-in laptop sleeve (although you can fit one in there), but it does have a single water bottle pocket. Owners say that the various pockets are a big help for keeping all their school supplies organized, including books, clothes, lunch and a laptop.
A balance of strength and comfort. Most reviewers praise the JanSport Big Student Backpack, but we found some comments on both eBags.com and Amazon.com that the ergonomic shoulder straps are stiff and uncomfortable. Other reviewers say that the straps soften up as you break them in. We also found a few comments that the back padding is a bit thin. However, the Big Student receives thousands of positive user reviews, and most say it strikes a good balance between strength and comfort. There is no hip belt, but that does not seem to affect the wearer's comfort.
Highly durable. The JanSport Big Student Backpack -- which is made of 600-denire polyester, is considered virtually indestructible. A number of reviewers say they've had their backpack for years, and use it for a variety of purposes outside of school. Many owners comment how well it holds up to the rigors of travel. The JanSport Big Student comes in dozens of colors and styles and JanSport packs all carry a lifetime guarantee. Customer service gets good reviews for being helpful and responsive.
JanSport Big Student Reviews
The JanSport Big Student receives more than 6,600 individual reviews at eBags.com, and 96 percent say they'd buy this backpack again. Most reviewers give the Big Student a thumbs-up, but there are a few quibbles with the various pocket sizes, with some wishing for either larger or smaller compartments.
Review: JanSport Big Student Pack, Contributors to eBags.com, As of August 2015
More than 2,000 owners give the JanSport Big Student a rating of 4.6 out of 5 stars at Amazon.com. Most praise the pack's value and durability, and love the huge selection of colors. Some say it's not a good fit for smaller children and they've had to put it up for a couple of years.
Review: JanSport Big Student Classics Series Daypack, Contributors to Amazon.com, As of August 2015
3. Sports Authority
The JanSport Big Student backpack earns an overall rating of about 4.5 stars out of 5; 100 percent of owners would recommend it to a friend. Reviewers say the Big Student is roomy, durable and comfortable. Its many fabric options also earn praise.
Review: JanSport Big Student Backpack, Contributors to SportsAuthority.com, As of August 2015