Jansport Big Student Backpack

Welcome to the review of the Jansport Big Student Backpack

Jansport Big Student Backpack

  • lots of pace

  • tough

  • multi-compartment

  • multi-pocket
  • no special compartments for gadgets

  • shoulder straps only, no sternum, waist and compression straps

A Bag For Big Loads

This backpack will give you 34 liters of space. I've seen military backpacks at 25 liters and big hiking packs can come in at 70 liters. So one way to look at it is you get half the space of long-range hiking packs. That's lots of space.

The Big Student is designed for someone who will pack the bag in the morning and go out for a full day of activities- maybe college or high school coursework and extracurricular work or a dayjob and the gym.

Bottom line. This is meant to take in lots of stuff

A Tour Of The Pockets

You'll get two zipped main compartments. Both are sizeable enough so that if you have two different activities lined up for the day (school/gym), you can keep the stuff for each activity separate.

Three external pockets. One is a small zipped pocket.

Jansport Big Student Backpack quick access pocket

The other is a larger-pleated pocket.

Jansport Big Student Backpack organizer pocket

This pocket has a pretty extensive organizer area. There's even a space for your cellphone.

Now, if you need quick access for bigger items like a pocketbook or map, you should be looking at this pocket right here:

Jansport Big Student Backpack deep pocket

This one is a deeper quick access pocket.

Toughness and Comfort

Jansport Big Student Backpack back panel and shoulder straps

In line with it's simplicity the Jansport Big Student gives you sturdy S-shaped shoulder straps to help distribute the load.

A big part of the appeal of this bag is its reputation for toughness. It will be there for ou day after day after day.

Jansport Big Student Backpack being worn

Comparing The Jansport Big Student

The Jansport Big Student Backpack vs. the Ibagbar Vintage Canvas Backpack


If you choose the Ibagbar Canvas Backpack over the Jansport Big Student you will be giving up significant space in exchange for more storage options.

From 34 liters of space in the Jansport Big Student you'll get 25 liters of space in the Ibagbar Canvas Backpack.

The Ibagbar Canvas Backpack has nine pockets in addition to the main compartment- including a laptop pocket for 15 inch laptops. This compared to the 3 pockets of the Big Student in addition to two main compartments.

Toughness and comfort are on par with both bags getting complements for being easy on the shoulders and durable.

The Jansport Big Student Backpack vs. the High Sierra Loop Backpack


In terms of space, the Big Student and the Loop run neck-and-neck, with the Loop giving up only a liter in space to the Jansport Big Student.

What the High Sierra Loop brings to the table is a strong slant towards outdoor activities. The Loop is designed to serve you in school or the office during the weekdays then to go hiking with you during the weekends. You'll get features like compression straps for lashing that extra blanket to the bag and a monster hook you can attach items to for use in the trail.

That said, both the Jansport Big Student and the High Sierra Loop do not have a dedicated space for your laptop.

The Jansport Big Student Backpack vs. the Everest Backpack


The Everest Backpack offers you the simplicity of the Jansport Big Student in a smaller package. The Everest is a 20-liter backpack as opposed to the 34-liter Big Student.

You only get one main compartment instead of Jansport's two. You get a front pocket with organizer and two three mesh pockets, two of which can hold your drink.

The Everest is a good choice if you don't need the size and sturdiness of the Jansport Big Student.

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