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JanSport Big Student Review

By: Kelly Burgess on July 18, 2017

Bottom Line

The JanSport Big Student Backpack is a simple, roomy backpack that is a top choice for older students. The Big Student's carrying capacity is too high for the younger crowd, but for high school and college needs, this is a great choice.


  • Roomy
  • Highly durable
  • Water-resistant
  • Comes in many colors/patterns
  • Four compartments/pockets


  • Straps may be stiff
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Breaking it down


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), 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.

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