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JanSportODYSSEY BACKPACK
 
4.0

(based on 5 reviews)

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80%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Comfortable strap (4)
  • Lots of pockets and features (4)
  • Stylish (4)
  • Good protection (3)
  • Rugged (3)

Cons

    Best Uses

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      4.0

      My Odyssey

      By Tim in Public Safety

      from Pittsburgh

      About Me Practical

      Pros

      • Comfortable Strap
      • Lots Of Pockets And Features
      • Tons Of Room

      Cons

      • Clips Break Easily

      Best Uses

        Comments about JanSport ODYSSEY BACKPACK:

        I just received my pack. I like it, even though it was not the pack I was expecting. I believe I have the newer model, I was unaware the Odyssey had been updated. It fits all my everyday carry stuff and then a LOT more room.

        For this review, when I refer to my model, I'm referring to the updated version that I received. I read and watched reviews, which is what I'm basing this off of.

        Differences that I've noticed:
        -The older model had a place for the hydration bladder AND a laptop. My model does not. The pouch the hydration bladder used to be is now a felt lined approximately 3" by 8" pocket.
        -The organization pocket has been rearranged. Not for the worse, there is a sleeve that's a perfect size for a tablet. The clip was replaced with a very small carabiner.
        -The breathable plastic has been replaced with foam. Its very comfortable and seems to breath really well. (See below)
        -In reviews, people complained about the grab handle, saying its flimsy. It works, I don't personally have a problem with it.

        Con's:
        -This is the only con (other than expecting the above listed differences, which isn't really a bad thing) is the mesh pockets on the side. They don't fit my nalgene very well at all. It fits with some pushing, but it takes actual effort to shove it in. I was worried that it would fall out, so I made for the take up strap goes through the nalgene's loop, which works for me.

        Pro's:
        -ITS HUGE!!!!!!!! Legit, when I explored it this morning I was expecting The Doctor to come out.
        -Without being broke in, its comfortable. (updated; still comfortable!)
        -Feel's durable. I've had multiple Jansport bags in the past, so I know the quality is there.

        I'll update this review in the next few weeks. My family and I are going on vacation (which is the reason I purchased this, to swap out for my old pack)

        Post vacation update:
        Two flights, over night in a hotel, a shuttle, 5 day cruise with two ports of call, shuttle back to the air port and two more flights home. I still love this pack, but I found some minor annoyances, and some good key points. I managed to fit two days of cloths for myself, my 2 year old and my wife in the pack on the way down, plus some stuff personal stuff for the planes and airport. Carrying this was super comfortable. I noticed it isn't as breathable as I was led to believe, but It never bothered me enough to complain, just wanted to make it a point to mention. The waist belt (got a load of grief from my wife for looking like a dork) was uber comfortable and distributed the weight nicely. The straps and back foam were also comfortable (mind you I never used the stuff in the older packs to be able to compare). With the amount of stuff we had packed, it did make the pack quite large and difficult to stow in the plane's overhead bin or under the seat. Once we were on the ship I removed the majority of what we had packed for travel and it became our day bag around the ship, and into the ports of call we made. So in light of vacation, ample room for what I needed it for. Oh, the 3x8 pocket I mentioned above, I used more than I thought I would. I would have liked to see that and the hydration portion.

        A few annoyances: The chest strap, the clips and the organizing pocket.
        The chest strap itself I like, I wish there was a place to stow it when not in use. When I have the pack at work, the chest strap just hangs; Which leads to the next annoyance, the clips. The clips feel kinds cheap, and I know they don't stand accidentally being stepped on. My pack was sitting on the ground, I accidentally stepped on one of the chest strap clips and it shattered into 5 or 6 pieces. HOWEVER, I emailed Jansport's warranty and the replacement clip is on the way (sending the pack in would have had a month turn around time, I can put a clip on easily enough). The organizer, the pen holder straps could be smaller to better secure a pen. There are two little felt lined pouches, which could be either a little bigger or deeper for more utilization. I also wish there were more zippered pouches (like in the older packs).

        Still love it, and I would still recommend it. I work two jobs in public safety (Career Firefighter and EMT), going back and forth from job to job I have room for all the stuff I carry (extra uniform, spare cloths, toiletries), PLUS stuff for my toddler and my every day stuff like my book, snacks, stuff.

        • Primary use:
        • Personal

        (4 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        more than I hoped for when I ordered it.

        By Ani

        from Lampasas, TX

        About Me Practical

        Pros

        • Comfortable Strap
        • Good Protection
        • Lots Of Pockets And Features
        • Rugged
        • Stylish
        • Weatherproof

        Cons

          Best Uses

            Comments about JanSport ODYSSEY BACKPACK:

            I have had my odyssey 38 since the 7th grade (6 years) and it is just now wearing out. It has been on every camp out, hiking trip, vacation, and school day (and it's been washed once or twice) with me in the time that I've had it and the only things wrong with it are two rips and a broken zipper. I am not sure about the odyssey 39, but I am considering replacing my 38 with it.

            • Primary use:
            • Personal

            (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Best backpack I've ever owned.

            By Horatio

            from Bolingbrook, Illinois

            About Me Bargain Hunter, Stylish

            Pros

            • Comfortable Strap
            • Good Protection
            • Lots Of Pockets And Features
            • Rugged
            • Stylish
            • Weatherproof

            Cons

              Best Uses

                Comments about JanSport ODYSSEY BACKPACK:

                It cannot get any better. I carry an entire office in this most useful backpack.

                • Primary use:
                • Business

                (2 of 13 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                1.0

                Terribly disappointed

                By John

                from NYC

                About Me Practical

                Pros

                • Stylish

                Cons

                • Grossly Inferior To
                • Insufficient Padding
                • Not Very Much Room
                • Previous Jans Bags
                • Uncomfortable Strap
                • Very Flimsy Shouldstraps

                Best Uses

                  Comments about JanSport ODYSSEY BACKPACK:

                  Use it for work which involves carrying a computer and other papers.
                  I wish I could say something nice about this product besides the colors.
                  The straps are horrible, no padding.
                  I mean compared to previous Jansports, this ranks about a 1/10; yes, it's that bad.

                  • Primary use:
                  • Personal

                  (20 of 26 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  5.0

                  Terrific Backpack!!!

                  By Sam R.

                  from Oak Ridge, NC

                  About Me Practical, Stylish

                  Pros

                  • Capacity
                  • Comfortable Strap
                  • Durable
                  • Good Protection
                  • Great looks
                  • Lots Of Pockets And Features
                  • Rugged
                  • Stylish
                  • Weatherproof

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                      Comments about JanSport ODYSSEY BACKPACK:

                      Great looking pack with tons of room. Love it!

                      • Primary use:
                      • Business

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                      ODYSSEY BACKPACK

                      $100.00

                      The JanSport Odyssey backpack features a versatile padded sleeve designed to fit a 3L hydration system or a 15 inch laptop, tricot lined tablet sleeve, tuck-away hipbelt and ergonomic S-curve shoulder straps.

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                      Color: NAVY MOONSHINE / BLUE STREAK

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                      Versatile padded sleeve designed to fit a 3L hydration system or a 15" laptop | Tricot lined tablet sleeve | Zippered front stash pocket | Tuck-away hipbelt | Quick access loft pocket | #10 zipper on main compartment | Ergonomic S-curve shoulder straps | Two large main compartments | Deluxe utility pocket with organizer | Daisy chain | Dual water bottle pockets | Side compression straps | Ice axe loop | Sternum strap | Die-cut hypalon grab handle

                      Capacity: 2350 cu in / 39 L |Weight: 2 lbs 14 oz / 1.3 kg |Dimensions: 20" x 14" x 12" / 50 x 35 x 31 cm |Laptop Dimensions: 12.5" x 11.5" x 1.5" / 31 x 29 x 4 cm |Fabric: 420 Polyester Dobby / 840 Denier Junior Ballistic Nylon

                      3-5 textbooks|Laptop computer|Hydration Sleeve|Tablet| Outdoor Gear|Change of Clothes|Sun Glasses|Water Bottles| Trail Snacks| Sun Block| Camera|1-3 Large Binders|Notebooks|Calculator|Pens and pencils||Cellphone|MP3 Player