JanSport Wasabi Backpack, Mammoth Blue
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- Laptop friendly daypack with 1800 cubic inches of organized carry capacity for daily use
- Ergonomic Air Core shoulder straps; fully padded back panel
- One large main compartment; front utility compartment with organizer
- Dedicated side-entry compartment fits a 15-inch laptop
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Top Customer Reviews
draft pencil in pencil slot (can't carry in pocket due to tip that can easily bend or break), two pens (shape fine), calculator, pulse clicker, iPad (SECOND FRONT POCKET)
Macbook (like 1 inch thick), 2 notebooks, small texts books. (MAIN)
BINDER (like 3 inches thick), slim binder (under 1 inch)
It's a comfortable load, with the padding meant for the laptop, well, it's used for my back. Hell, I have my laptop in one of the foam cases anyway... you know, in case I get hit by a car or something.
I was a little taken aback when this backpack arrived today. It's got all the familiar Jansport details - a quality zipper, a top handle, padded shoulder straps, a mesh water bottle pocket, a small zipper on top for ipod headphones, and a side zipper for a laptop. But the material is stiff and thin and I wonder if it will last. Our other Jansport backpacks were made of much thicker, more flexible fabric. I was also sad to see that this backpack is made in China.
Jansport offers a lifetime guarantee on their backpacks, but only for defects in workmanship. Straps tearing or seams splitting because of books inside or from tossing it into a bus seat aren't covered.
I'm giving this backpack four stars because it's a great size, has great features, and because of our past experience with Jansport products. I'll adjust the stars up or down after she's had a chance to use it and lets me know how it holds up.
I started looking at the models they currently have out via their main website and looked around to see what the online retailers had for sale. One of the hardest things about bag shopping online seems to be the availability of pictures. One picture of the outside case really doesn't meet ideal of what the products primary purpose is of carrying and organizing stuff. So I started by searching based on aesthetics and provided information and really liked the "Wasabi" variant.
I liked the simple look and color scheme. It was going to be an upgrade in main pockets (3 + laptop cavity). It has the mesh net on the side for bottled drinks.
Actual hands on review:
Straps are comfortable. It has a full length zipper on the left hand side for the laptop cavity. My 11.6 inch netbook with neoprene sleeve is swallowed up with plenty of room to spare. The main pocket cavity fits my two giant text books with room to spare for another one plus notebooks. The smaller main cavity is spacious enough to hold smaller books and guides and contains my only gripe about this bag.Read more ›
Just a note to all, although it says it has a dedicated 15 inch laptop sleeve, this doesn't fit a 15 inch laptop easily. The laptop slot is a side zipper behind the main component pocket. Mine is 15.6 inch, to be more precise, and I had a hard time fitting it in at first. But it definitely is possible to fit a 15 inch laptop in the laptop component, by first inserting it vertically, then turning it horizontally slowly. It takes a little time, but it can definitely fit. I prefer to put the folders/binders in the laptop slot, and just put the laptop in the main component. Not what I expected, as I expected a labtop slot inside the main component with a sleeve separating it from the rest. But it still fits smaller laptops.
Overall it's a great backpack, looks pretty sturdy, and felt comfortable enough to go through a whole day. The only disappointment was the laptop slot, not what I was expecting, but I'm not very picky about backpacks, and it gets the job done, so that one laptop slot was not enough for me to lower it to 4 stars. If you don't really care about bringing a laptop, I absolutely recommend one.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I bought this item as I thought it was a good guilty brand and hopefully a good product.
After three months one of the straps fell off, making it useless to cycle with. Read more
I bought this bag on Jan 21st. One of the straps is already broken and the other looks like it is not that far off. What good is a backpack that lasts for a month and a half? Read morePublished on March 4, 2014 by Athena
I bought this about a year and a half ago...and I'm still using it! I bought it mainly for college, and it's done the intended job really well! Read morePublished on December 26, 2013 by Calvin Fenner
I bought this backpack for my daughter for 5th grade. She is now in 7th grade, and it is still holding up quite well, even though she packs it full with lots of heavy books almost... Read morePublished on December 4, 2013 by TexasMom
While I liked the backpack in the beginning, after a month of using it, the strap just broke!! I couldn't understand why because I don't carry much, just my iPad and 5 star... Read morePublished on October 16, 2013 by Sara
The shoulder strap broke off at the bottom after about a month of medium use. I'm highly disappointed in what I expected to be a long lasting backpackPublished on September 30, 2013 by VJ
Shoulder straps and handle ripped within 3 days. Very disappointed with the quality of this product - I won't be buying this brand of backpacks again.Published on August 30, 2013 by nmz502
I live in the city, and I needed a medium-size casual daypack that didn't give me the appearance that I was going on a hike in the woods. Read morePublished on January 31, 2013 by Aaron Fox
My son was given one of these backpacks as a gift 6 years ago from one of his classmate's Dad. He has been using this same backpack for school ever since. Read morePublished on August 28, 2012 by Georgia Girl