Jansport good for a BOB?

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  • #31922

    Letia Johnson

    I saw some Jansports on clearance and I though they were pretty durable. For a bug out bag?

  • #31926


    Any backpack can be a BOB . If you like it , get it . Sometimes the ” cheap ” packs , are actually not bad . What it does for you is gives you something to use , until you find something you like better . The German army ruck isnt bad either .

  • #31935

    Crow Bar

    From what I remember, they were decently constructed.
    I would apply some kind of water proofing to the exterior or get some dry sacks.
    I think fit and comfort would be a bigger factor.

  • #31940


    Aye , and buy a soldering gun . A lot of the packs I really like , are external frame , I just dont want to pay $300 plus for them .  So I have actually made my own external frame  out of plumbing parts , as there are fittings for everything . One of my favorite overnight packs is the Mil-Tec flectarn , put on an Alice pack frame .

    • #31941

      Crow Bar

      I admit I do like packs with some kind of frame more so than ones without frames. I think they carry better and more comfortable.

      I have two Snugpaks that have light weight internal frames.

    • #31945


      I also like them better , it seems like its just easier to customize your pack , if you have something to tie off to , or strap up , not depending on fabric to hold it . If I had extra money to spend , I would either look into an Eberlestock , or one of the Scandinavian packs from Varusteleka .

  • #31950


    I have a few, which I got on clearance


    1. Sturdy
    2. Common to the point where they easily blend in


    1.Weight, not the lightest packs on the market
    2. Small, and dont expand. You wont be able to get much in them

  • #31959

    Atypical Sapien

    My 2 cents worth: Jansport has been around since the ’70s and use to make great gear. Most all gear is made in Asia and all vary in quality. I always carry a spool of dental floss and needles in my kit. Even the best straps and seams will break and split.

    My last two bags came from https://www.sierra.com/   My three season BOB/GHB that I keep in my truck is the same gear split-up when traveling overnight on my motorcycle. I carry the same bag and gear when I go solo backpacking. I have a larger Gregory internal frame bag for the winter because of the bulk of my winter sleeping bag and extra winter gear. I have spent multiple winter nights cross country skiing and overnighted in -30 degree weather. You have to have good gear and skills to live. Cold and wet is not only uncomfortable: it can kill.

    My suggestion for you is to purchase less expensive bags. Fill them with everything that you think that you need in a BOB. Once you have them filled, Kit up.  Walk around your house, neighborhood, etc. If it is ok, then go backpacking. It could be in your backyard but do it for one night.  I would recommend that you go at least far enough that you won’t be tempted to car camp or resupply. It is also best to go with someone that is an experienced backpacker.

    Most lightweight gear is expensive and is not nearly as durable as military grade kit. There is big difference in carrying a 35 pound pack versus a 70 pound pack with virtually the same items. I still weigh my individual gear, food and supplies. After each trip I also make notes of what I carried, what I needed more of and what wasn’t necessary. It all adds up.

  • #31961


    I guess my first question would be how dar and from what location to what location you are bugging out from and to?


    Short day walk home from office jan sport will.work and give you a grey man look plus you wont need as much gear. If bug out is to cabin in the woods 1 week away hiking  over rough terrain then it’s not a good choice.

    Pack aside make sure you have good broken in boots Along with mole skin and extra socks… biggest weight ratio to distance is water…. have a hydration pack but make sure you have a way to filter more along the way because carrying  a week of water is alot of weight and remember you will be drinking like you are in the gym working out. Water finding is a skill learn it even in urban environment when there is no power

    .having good durable clothing that can layer is a big help. If working in office a set of carhart  RIP stop pants with cargo pockets hides pretty well unless in suit and tie job. Which would be have a change of clothes those are useless unless specially made and you stand out as someone with money  and stuff.


    Make sure your boots have good new laces preferably  paracord or I like iron lace. Crappy laces can cause an injury. crappy means any come with foot wear laces.


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