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The only backpack I will get for my kids -update 2nd/3rd school year!
on December 30, 2010
After years of backpacks for my 2 boys that I've had to replace mid year, this is the only backpack I will buy anymore. It is the only one to stand up to the abuse my kids put their backpacks through. My 16 year old shoves every single book he has into this and takes it to classes. He never uses his locker so this backpack can and does hold it all. We have actually been able to go a couple of years here and there on the same backpack. I wouldn't have had to get one this year except he had spilled a Monster energy drink in it and it mushed with some kind of candy that was in there too. Yuck. Not only is this worth the money, I actually save money with the JanSports because I don't have to replace them as often.
I actually started purchasing only JanSport backpacks after my younger brother graduated from college. He had gone for 5 years with the same Big Student backpack. I'll bet he still has it somewhere even all of these years later.
The only issue I have, and I wouldn't even call it an issue, is that they made another color that was the more "basic" backpack for the same cheap price as the black one. Navy or brown would even be fine. Maybe they have them now but back in July/August, it was not available. So, both of my kids have identical black JanSports. It makes things a little more tricky at 6:15am.
I recommend this backpack to all parents - especially the ones who have kids that are hard on their backpacks like mine are. I would say you might want to get a darker color just because they can't be just thrown in the washer. They can only be spot cleaned.
****Update**** We're on our 2nd school year for one of these backpacks (see above Monster/candy mixture) and the 3rd year on the other one. They are still shoved to the max every day and still going strong - no rips, tears, busted zippers or holes. Still can't tell which one is which at 6:15, but that's a small price to pay!