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Does anyone have an opinion on the jansport...

Does anyone have an opinion on the jansport big bear 68, 78 or 82? Why should I spend the extra money for an osprey? Is it that much better? I've never used either and am guessing the osprey is better quality and suspension.. longer lasting easier to carry.. ?? Will I regret it half way up the mountain or 5 yrs from now?

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The extra money spent on an osprey goes into the durability and comfort. I've only used this pack a couple of times; but the quality of suspension is absolutely amazing. If you take care of it, it'll last you many many years. Jansport also makes a good pack, but if you're just now getting into backpacking - take purchasing a pack as an investment. While the jansport may be less expensive, its far less comfortable as well. If you're comfortable when hiking for multiple days, you'll be more focused on your environment and not your aching shoulders. A better backpack makes it more enjoyable and results in more trips!

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You pay more for Osprey for their "ALL MIGHTY GUARANTEE." Osprey will repair for ANY REASON, free of charge, any damage or defect in their product – whether it was purchased in 1974 or yesterday. If they are unable to perform a functional repair on your pack, they will happily replace it.

You won't find a better warranty on the market! Well worth the extra bucks if you ask me.

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I have both an Argon 110 and an older Jansport Rockies 100. Both of them carry way more than I want to anymore, but I can honestly tell you that the Osprey is considerably more comfortable than the S-Curve suspension on my Jansport. So, from that standpoint, you'll be happy. On the other hand, I really miss the convenience of all the external pockets that Jansport packs offer. Both manufacturers have excellent lifetime warranties, and equally responsive and top-notch customer service. However, as knanier mentions, what you're paying for is the quality of the materials, construction, and suspension that goes into a pack that will serve you well for many years. I'm about to turn 49 in a couple days, and just walked in the door from 50 grueling miles, and right this very minute, it's safe to say that comfort easily wins out over handy places to stash stuff. Hope that helped.

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Please do spend the extra $$$ it takes to get the osprey. You wont regret it. I recently purchased an Aether after wasting $$$ on cheaper packs. Buy the good one first time out and it will be cheaper in the long run. Plus you will enjoy your time in the backcountry and you can focus on nature, not your aching shoulders/back/neck!! Enjoy:)