Jansport Skagit Rucksack - Black
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The mens Skagit rucksack is a 30 litre backpack designed for outdoor use, hiking and backpacking. It has EVA shoulder straps for a breathable feel against the skin and has a padded back panel for comfort. The Jansport Skagit backpack has many compartments to keep you organised on the move.
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I bought this backpack about a month ago. When I first opened it, my initial impression was one word: CHEAP! The backpack is made of a thin, plastic-feeling material, the zippers are plastic and feel flimsy, and the straps are just foam padding with a mesh (mesh! not even fabric) covering.
However, after using this backpack as a school and overnight bag for about a month now, it's holding up surprisingly well. I still think it feels kinda cheap, but it's pretty sturdy as well.
The design of the backpack is very basic. One HUGE compartment, and one fair-sized outer pocket. The outer pocket can fit a light sweater easily. It also has organizer pockets for pens and such. The main compartment is tall enough to fit a widescreen laptop, and has yet to fail me sizewise--I've fit everything I've wanted to, no problem.
If I remember to, I'll come back in a few more months to update my review (it'll have some outdoor experience by then too), but at this point in the game, I would buy this backpack again. Great price, functional, and sturdy enough so far.
I've had this backpack for 6 months now. While I still think the material feels cheap, I can say that it's pretty sturdy and resilient.
The backpack's size is both a blessing and a curse. The main compartment is ridiculously large-- I can fit a widescreen laptop, a pair of shoes, two pairs of jeans, and four shirts, just in the one compartment. However, it's not so great when you have very little to carry. If you put in just a textbook, it "sinks" to the bottom and flops around. Same with notebooks. You really have to fill it a little to keep everything in place.
Comfort-wise, I'd put this backpack as average. I've definitely worn more comfortable and supportive packs, but this one's not the worst. If you're looking for a backpack on a budget, I'd definitely recommend it, but if you've got money to spare, maybe not.
I have only used it yet for small day trips, hikes, and one trip to Niagra Falls. Thus far it has failed to impress me with how much it can fit and how comfortable and light the straps feel even in 110 degree weather-not to mention, the quality of the zippers and material has impressed me. Though it lacks compression straps on the side to accomedate smaller loads, I plan on only using it when I need to take a lot of stuff, so it doesn't bother me much.
I would say this is a great pack for an intermediate to avid backpacker.