At its core, the JanSport SuperBreak backpack is simple and functional, with two pockets large enough to carry everything an elementary or middle school student needs.
Holds more than you might think. Although the JanSport SuperBreak looks small, its 1,550-cubic-inch carry capacity puts it at the lower end of the medium size range. The manufacturer says the SuperBreak's one large compartment and smaller utility pocket can hold two to three textbooks, a large binder, spiral notebooks, paperback books, miscellaneous school supplies and still leave room for a bag lunch -- about right for the elementary and middle school crowd. Parent reviewers, posting on a variety of retail websites, agree.
Many kids are dubious about how much they can fit in their JanSport, then pleasantly surprised; sometimes they'll post a list of what they were able to fit into the pack, and we found quite a few postings from high-schoolers who still carry this pack and find it adequate. As one high-schooler posts on eBags.com: "I thought my items would not be able to fit but my backpack can fit a composition notebook, two 1-1/2-inch binders. A dictionary and a thesaurus, pencils, two calculators, a pencil case, etc., basically all the things I need."
The zippers on the pack seem to work well, although some wish the SuperBreak had more pockets or built-in organizers to help students keep their belongings straight.
Comfortable and stylish. Users seem to buy the JanSport more for style than comfort. It's available in 50 colors and patterns, and we found more than a few users on eBags.com who seem intent upon collecting a set of them.
However, many users comment on how light the SuperBreak is, and we found several comments on eBags.com from students saying it feels good on their backs and shoulders. One writes, "The straps are really thick and give full support to my back."
Living up to a strong reputation. In spite of JanSport's reputation for durable backpacks, we found a few complaints from owners about newer versions of the JanSport SuperBreak. However, nearly all of the concerns about durability are expressed before the pack is pressed into use; those who post after spending some time with the pack seem more confident. The pack is machine washable, something that's particularly useful with the lighter colors, which reviewers say show dirt easily. It is not waterproof.
JanSport backpacks in general earn rave reviews in Cozi.com's poll of about 66,000 Facebook fans. Cozi.com published comments that the JanSport packs in question have been in circulation for three years or more and are still going strong; the SuperBreak is covered by JanSport's lifetime guarantee. Reviewers say good customer service is another plus.
The JanSport SuperBreak is popular for its value and surprisingly ample cargo capacity. It's light enough for an elementary school student to carry, but large enough to fit everything a middle-school or high school student needs. The SuperBreak has an excellent reputation for durability and comes in a range of stylish colors and patterns.
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Very good More than 7,600 owners review the JanSport SuperBreak backpack, giving it an average of 4.5 stars out of 5 on all counts except organization. Some users post complaints about the small size and lack of padding and pockets, but about 95 percent say they'd buy it again.
Review: JanSport SuperBreak, Contributors to eBags.com
Very good Some of the more than 400 owners who rate and review the JanSport SuperBreak find the fabric thin and weak, but the backpack gets a 4.5 star rating overall for comfort, light weight, appearance and durability. Users also say the shoulder straps sometimes slip and are difficult to adjust.
Review: JanSport Classic SuperBreak Backpack, Contributors to Amazon.com
Very good Nearly 250 owner reviews of the JanSport SuperBreak give it a near-perfect average rating. A lot of the praise goes to the choice of colors and designs, which kids really enjoy. Some users say this backpack can be too big and uncomfortable for small children, and too small for older children.
Review: JanSport SuperBreak, Contributors to Zappos.com
Very good More than 50 reviewers on Altrec.com give the JanSport SuperBreak good scores for durability and quality. One parent who still has her own JanSport bag from the 1980ssays the quality doesn't seem to be what it used to be.
Review: JanSport Classic SuperBreak Backpack, Contributors to Altrec.com, As of Sept. 2012
5. Sports Authority
Very good The JanSport SuperBreak is one of the highest-rated backpacks on SportsAuthority.com, with about three dozen reviews. Reviewers say the SuperBreak is lightweight and comfortable, but some wish it had more pockets.
Review: JANSPORT Superbreak Backpack, Contributors to SportsAuthority.com, As of Sept. 2012
6. Luggage Online
Very good Nearly 100 customers rate the JanSport SuperBreak on LuggageOnline.com, giving it an overall score of 4.5 stars. They say it's a great buy and very comfortable.
Review: JanSport Daypacks Superbreak Backpack, Contributors to LuggageOnline.com, As of Sept.. 2012
Good Cozi.com polled their Facebook community of more than 66,000 fans about which backpacks are best. Although no specific packs are identified, JanSport is one of the four brands that received a lot of endorsements for lasting multiple years and still looking great.
Review: The 4 Best Kids' Backpacks for School, Contributors to Cozi.com, Not dated