“ Brand: Jansport / Style: Daysac / Max Litres: 25 „
I have had a black one of these backpacks for 5 years, bought new for £17.99 on eBay, used since my first day of college, still in use today with no rips or holes either. As you can imagine, being a graphic design student, I had this bag filled to the brim with books, notepads, pens, paper, all sorts of stationary. It has 2 compartments, the main one that uses 2 zips to keep it closed (which is better as you zip it up in either direction or have them positioned) one with 2 polyethylene frills to pull. The bags main bit of space looks slightly smaller than an A3 size piece of paper (its roughly half a metre in height and 35CM across) and stores books particularly well. The 2nd compartment on the bottom front part of the rucksack uses one zip and has a small open pocket inside. I use this pocket for rubbers, sharpeners, pens etc its good to use as a pencil case. Both zips are really strong and rarely get stuck or snag on other parts of the bag. It has a literally 'handy' handle strap to carry the bag in one hand and 2 long padded arm straps which can be extended or retracted to be a tighter or looser fit. Overal it is a suitable, small/medium sized rucksack that can look like a fashion accessory or an unnoticeable pack. Although it only has 2 compartments, so you can't really separate your stuff and if a drink leaks inside it, almost all your stuff is gunna get ruined.
For an even greater example of what it can contain - I've used it many times to transport an Xbox (also dubbed X-BRICK for its size and weight) video game console with all the cables, games and controllers. I went for the traditional black one, with the brand logo of JanSport in rectangle of white, blue and red. However, JanSport offer a huge amount of different colours, themes and patterns for your own unique preference (for an example, check out amazon's options). I preferred one that could look fine no matter what I wore, because 1. I'm a guy and 2. my fashion sense isn't exactly spectacular or extravagant. For the low price, its totally worth it, seeing as its available in a mountain of versions and lasts longer than 5 years.
I'm in my final year of university now and I've always used Jansport bags to carry my books to lectures. As I'm a literature student I've found this design by Jansport to be the most durable.
The first bag I had was the classic red one, I had this for at least three years, it didn't break and always held what I needed. The only reason I had to replace it was because a small tub of BBQ sauce exploded in the front pouch and I couldn't clean it!
But back to the basics:
The bag itself is your standard backpack, it has two sturdy straps that are easily adjustable, one large pocket where your main contents will go and a smaller front pouch for items such as keys and purses etc.
I've found that the bag itself can easily fit in an A4 folder and a few books after wards and a water bottle (perfect if you're buying it for a student or wanting it for work). It's also good for travelling as it meets the carry-on luggage requirement at airports and I've never had a problem getting it through security.
Despite how much I sometimes put in this bag it always handles the weight easily. Even my 11.7kg laptop doesn't seem to faze it!
The only problem that there seems to be with this bag is that it is not as widely available as I had hoped it would be. I think I purchased my first one on ebags.co.uk which is sadly no longer active but I have seen that they're still available on Amazon for the same price of £20. They're popular in America though so if you happen to be over there they average around $30 which is where I bought my second one.
The best thing about this bag is that it comes in a range of different colours. As mentioned I originally had the plain red one and now own a green checkered one. There's no difference between the bags except the colour and both fit in well on a university campus. There are the standard navy and black colours if you are looking for a backpack for work.
There is a bigger version of this bag available but 25L is bigger than a lot of other backpacks out there and I've found that there's not a lot of space that's wasted with either padding that isn't needed or smaller space that's taken over by design.
Over all this backpack is the best one to go to. I refuse to get any other brand after being with Jansport as I don't want to risk not getting the same quality.
AMAZON.CO.UK - £20 (approx)
US Campus bookstores - $30 (approx)
Navy, Black, Yellow, Red, Pink and an assortment of others
Front utility compartment with organiser. One large main compartment.