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Jansport Carson Outdoor Backpack (Blue Ridge)

4.2 out of 5 stars 23 customer reviews
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  • Adjustable aluminum frame system
  • Large main compartment with panel and top load access
  • Dual density hipbelt with breathable mesh stays dry and comfortable
  • Hydration sleeve
  • 4900 cubic inches storage; 35 x 14 x 10 inches
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Product Description

Going off the grid? Reliable and fully featured outdoor gear for trees, hills, trails, rocks, rivers, canyons, and everything in between.

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Technical Details

Brand Name JanSport
Item Weight 2.5 pounds
Product Dimensions 1 x 1 x 1 inches
Item model number TVV6
Color Blue Ridge
Number of Items 1
Manufacturer Part Number TVV64CH

Additional Information

ASIN B0047G5WGK
Customer Reviews
4.2 out of 5 stars 23 customer reviews

4.2 out of 5 stars
Shipping Weight 6.5 pounds
Date First Available June 12, 2010

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Color: Blue Ridge
This is my favorite piece of backpacking equipment that I own. I had used an internal frame for a while, but it never felt comfortable no matter how I packed the dang thing. After some research, I decided that I was going to try an "old school" external frame. Fortunately for me, there weren't many options so I went with the Jansport Carson 80.

Now your first thought may be like mine was "isn't Jansport the guys who make school backpacks?" Yes they are, but don't let that fool you. I like having plenty of extras with me, and considering we'll go backpacking during any weather conditions, it's nice to have space to stuff those extras. I've hiked this bag at a weight of 40lbs and did so with much greater ease and less fatigue than I have an internal at 20lbs. And did I mention that this thing is huge!

I've enjoyed it so much that my brother finally broke down and bought one himself. For the price of this bag, you just can't beat it. As for the comments about straps breaking; I've had mine out several times now and I have yet to have any problems with straps or buckles on this beast.

The only complaint I can have with this bag is deciding what to put in all that space!
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Just returned from a camping trip with the Jansport Carson and I am very impressed. I hiked with 50 pounds of supplies, but this pack is so balanced I could hardly feel it. Hiked 9 miles to camp without an issue.
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Color: Blue Ridge Verified Purchase
I backpacked as a kid and everything was external frame. If you look now nearly everything is internal. I figured that internals must have evolved over the past 20 years to be better. Boy I was wrong. I ordered one the largest internal frame packs that I could find (78l) and if you stuffed a sleeping bag into it, there was no room left for anything else. This turned out to be completely worthless.

I then went with what I knew was good. A Jansport external frame pack. Jansport's hallmark feature is front access instead of top access. Front access allows you to get to everything without digging everything out like you have to do with top access. This pack had both. The top access may be useful to grab something packed on top like a rain poncho.

The top pocket access is near the back of your head which seemed strange at first until I realized that you can lengthen the straps and let the top hang over the back which puts the zipper facing upwards. This lets you access without having stuff fall out. The top compartment is also on 4 straps so you can use it to hold a sleeping pad or similar object on to the top of the pack.
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Color: Blue Ridge Verified Purchase
This pack easily handles the 55 pounds I carry with it. I am a Scout leader and I have to bring enough stuff to be sure I have things the boys, for one reason or another, have left behind. It was a little tough to get adjusted, but once I had it right it has been great with LOTS of room.
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Color: Blue Ridge Verified Purchase
I have owned this backpack for years and it has held up to all of my concerns. It's relatively lightweight at 4lb 12oz and comfy, too. Waist strap, chest strap, two contoured shoulder straps.

PROS:
- PRICE. Try finding a comparable backpack with a lifetime warranty from Marmot, Osprey, etc. I bet you can't. Jansport stands behind all of it's packs for LIFE. At just above $100 this thing is awesome.
- SPACE. 80L supported by a frame makes it really easy to pack everything you need on long trips.
- HYDRATION POCKET. Right against your back, working as a pad and keeping you cool in the summer. Fits a 1.5L platypus if I remmber right. Also has two side mesh pockets that I leave small water bottles in to access on the fly.
- ACCESSIBILITY. Raining? Snowing? Open the bottom zipper to access your sleeping bag compartment or the sides to get your cookware without getting all the rest of your gear wet. I can fit my tent under the cap and my pad straps neatly to the bottom.
- CUSTOM. The top rail is removable if you don't need the added support. In fact, all of it is removable, interchangeable, and washable. Don't like the straps? Buy custom ones and hook them on.

CONS:
- NOT WATERROOF. This is water resistant, not water proof. It holds up well in light rain but after taking it on an alpine hike I noticed my gear inside was wet, despite the cinch style top under the cap. Now that I know this I will just line the important areas with a heavy duty garbage bag. Should be alright in light weather, though.

....This is really the only con I can think of. I really like this pack. Other experienced hikers will scoff at my outdated technology, but my gearc

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Color: Blue Ridge Verified Purchase
I love this backpack! It is a big pack, for sure, but it is well balanced so the weight doesn't drag me down. I'm petite, 5'2" and 115 lbs, but I hiked 38 miles with this pack on my back a couple weekends ago and was suprisingly comfortable. It takes a while to get the pack adjusted correctly, it does not come with a manual/guide and there are a lot of straps and bars that need to be adjusted (especially if you are short). Just take the time to play with it and figure out what works for you. Adjust the pack to where you think it is comfortable empty, then add some weight and re-adjust. The external frame kept my pack off the ground when I wasn't wearing it, and allowed me to carry all my gear comfortably. I'll never go back to internal frames.
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