JanSport Big Student vs Osprey Hikelite 26L

  • Great for school
  • Durable and well made
  • Lots of pockets
  • Comfortable to carry for long periods of time
  • Good for a laptop
  • Great for traveling
  • This is the Osp
  • Few reasons
  • Light and high quality materials for all day hiking
  • Would absolutely recommend

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Comfort

JanSport Big Student
Expert help needed for our travel bag selections!
My mom throws everything in a Jansport Big Student bag, it's kind of a mess but it works fine. If you're worried about paring things down, do a trial run at home as mmolle also suggested.
Osprey Hikelite 26L
A 'Bag Man' Review
I have several bags, slings, shoulders, backpacks, etc. I have or have had all levels of quality and functionality covering several manufacturers, too (including companies like Osprey, Thule, Maxpedition, Vanquest, Vanguard, Mountainsmith, Deuter, Tumi, and Camelbak, off the top of my head). I guess...
2/5
Freestyle Barracuda
5 years ago
amazon.com
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Size

JanSport Big Student
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JanSport Big Student Backpack
One is a little bit better. Also the price on this one is a little bit higher. This is a little bit more expensive than some of the other backpacks i have, but with good reason, i feel like you're paying for quality when you buy a backpack like this, i really like the straps
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That Internet Guy
4 months ago
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Osprey Hikelite 26L
A 'Bag Man' Review
I have several bags, slings, shoulders, backpacks, etc. I have or have had all levels of quality and functionality covering several manufacturers, too (including companies like Osprey, Thule, Maxpedition, Vanquest, Vanguard, Mountainsmith, Deuter, Tumi, and Camelbak, off the top of my head). I guess...
2/5
Freestyle Barracuda
5 years ago
amazon.com
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Carry-on

JanSport Big Student
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JanSport Big Student Backpack
One is a little bit better. Also the price on this one is a little bit higher. This is a little bit more expensive than some of the other backpacks i have, but with good reason, i feel like you're paying for quality when you buy a backpack like this, i really like the straps
PositivePositive
That Internet Guy
4 months ago
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Osprey Hikelite 26L
A 'Bag Man' Review
I have several bags, slings, shoulders, backpacks, etc. I have or have had all levels of quality and functionality covering several manufacturers, too (including companies like Osprey, Thule, Maxpedition, Vanquest, Vanguard, Mountainsmith, Deuter, Tumi, and Camelbak, off the top of my head). I guess...
2/5
Freestyle Barracuda
5 years ago
amazon.com
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Strap

JanSport Big Student
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JanSport Big Student Backpack
One is a little bit better. Also the price on this one is a little bit higher. This is a little bit more expensive than some of the other backpacks i have, but with good reason, i feel like you're paying for quality when you buy a backpack like this, i really like the straps
PositivePositive
That Internet Guy
4 months ago
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Osprey Hikelite 26L
*Le sigh*
TL:DR, this is a great (perfect?) bag if you have specifically the right sized back for it to go on (which I don't and neither does my partner). Based on it's design alone, this is the perfect bag for me. Things I love about it: 1. Minimalist, well-shaped, compartments and a shove-it compartment, wi...
3/5
Rishi
2 years ago
moosejaw.com
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Zipper

JanSport Big Student
Awesome backpack
The media could not be loaded. I bought this because of the lifetime warranty. Usually my packs fail from just normal use. The cup holder finally failed about a week ago. I have had this for almost 2 years, constant use. I use it to hold my wallet so I carry it everyday. One of the zippers failed ab...
5/5
Alms
1 year ago
amazon.com
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Osprey Hikelite 26L
Zipper broke after less than a year
I was so disappointed when the zipper on my hikelite went out. I've had it for less than a year and I have to replace it now. Compared to other packs I have had in the past, this is the lightest I've been on one. I loved this backpack and the 4-8 week turn around time for repairs is just too much :(...
2/5
M the hiker
4 years ago
moosejaw.com
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Compartment

JanSport Big Student
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JanSport Pack Review: Big Student Backpack
So that's it for the big student, it's an awesome bag.
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JanSport
4 months ago
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Osprey Hikelite 26L
*Le sigh*
TL:DR, this is a great (perfect?) bag if you have specifically the right sized back for it to go on (which I don't and neither does my partner). Based on it's design alone, this is the perfect bag for me. Things I love about it: 1. Minimalist, well-shaped, compartments and a shove-it compartment, wi...
3/5
Rishi
2 years ago
moosejaw.com
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