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External frames are back—don't knock it until you try it.

A reissue of JanSport's classic external frame pack, the D2 85 Backpack brings back the vintage style with modern materials to provide a well-ventilated, super rigid pack for hauling large loads over moderately difficult trails.
  • Adjustable aluminum frame fits to your body, provides ample attachment points for gear, and is freestanding thanks to the rigid hip frame
  • Soft S-Curve shoulder straps were designed to fit both men and women
  • Large main compartment (over 5000cu in) features a front-accessed horseshoe panel zipper for easy loading and unloading
  • Removable front pocket lets you trim pack weight or use the pocket as a detachable accessory bag for cooking or hygienic products
  • Separated sleeping bag compartment keeps you bedding separate from your other gear
  • Side loops secure skis or ice tools with the help of side compression straps for use on mountaineering adventures
  • Side and front pockets hold the gear you need while on the trail, like a rain cover, a map, and a camera

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5 5

Great Pack

Have had this pack for a little over a year after looking for something to replace the Kelty I got from my dad that he has carried since the late 60's (he customized the frame to have a similar hip belt design to what this one has). The pack worked equally great on a 7 day 60 pound trip between 10 & 12 thousand feet south of Whitney and most recently on a 3 day 75 pound (a 20 pack fits perfectly in the top compartment) trip in the local mountains. I top pack a 18L (1,100 cu. in.) hydration day pack and lash my sleeping bag to the bottom for a truly staggering capacity pack. At 6' 3" and 220 pounds I find this to be the perfect pack. Its the kind of pack that earns you the nickname of trail gorilla.

Update 2013:
One weakness I have found are the ladder locks on the shoulder straps. They must not be designed for heavy loads. They nearly failed in the middle of a six day trip in Yosemite this past summer. Jansport tried to solve the issue for me but I ended up going with a set of field service ladder locks from Sea to Summit.

2 5

super rigid frame?

The aim of the multi section D2 frame is that it will FLEX as you move thus providing a more comfortable trek. If this pack is indeed RIGID then the new Jansport has missed the boat, and the point. Having examined the frame fittings on another page the hip belt loops are indeed attached with a metal to metal fitting, not the nylon bushings of the original issue D2. Perhaps wrapping the frame with teflon tape then attaching the hip loops will help with the reported noise.

Did anyone at the 'new Jansport' consult the original D2 designers or even LOOK AT an original D2? Some important details have been missed.

SharonAnne

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My 76 is nylon nut but metal bushings..

4 5

Hoping that it is as good as the origina

  • Gender: Female

My husband has the original D2 and has loved it. I've been looking for one with the metal bars that the waist strap hooks onto for several years and was way excited to finally find this one. I won't get to use it on a serious trip until June, but I have high hopes that it will be as amazing as the original.

5 5

D2/D3

just returned from Philmont where my origional 1973 Jansport D3 ripped the place up again. for a 39 year old pack its pretty amazing. It's been to Philmont before, been to 12,441 feet, been to the top of the Adirondacks numerous times. I have treid other packs, but for plain old fashioned trekking, this pack is and will always be the benchmark. I am sorry to see the leather crampon patch and leahter hip suspension straps go, but modern plether is supposed to be good, my recommendation is to let it rip, buy your last pack now before they stop making them again.

Can I buy the whole pack and then slip the...

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Can I buy the whole pack and then slip the fabric/straps and waist belt it onto my D3 Frame? It looks like the D-3 Frame is more substantial as well as the aluminum hip formers...

5 5

D2

Still own the original D2 in excellent condition in the original yellow color. Bag went on top and tent on the bottom (both externally) which left tons of room for gear. Truly the Cadillac of backpacks back then, and it has served well for over 30 years. If this 're-introduction' is even close, you won't be disappointed.

3 5

Jansport D2

I have been looking for another Jansport D2 to come on the market for 15 years. I'm old school too and I had two D2's in the late 70's and 80's and loved them. One of them had the loop handles and I loved it. I just bought a Gregory Baltoro 75 and didn't know the D2 was in production again. I thought about cancelling the Baltoro 75, but after reading some of the reviews about the quality and not having nylon bushings, and not having a water bladder I've talked myself out of it. I long for the day, and like the rest of you will probably never see the original D2 reintroduced. What a loss...I can only give it 3 stars for nostalga sake because I don't think I will be buying a new D2.

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I'm not totally clear, but it looks like a lot of people are rating this product without ever seeing it in person.

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CJ,I do not need to see the pack in person. The photo above clearly shows that the hip suspension system uses a metal on metal attachment. The original D2 of which I have 3, has a nylon bushing at each attachment point for the hip carry loops.

I don't like the color but that is just me. It really is not a negative.

I have looked at every outdoor store in Phoenix. None have carried the new D2.

Unanswered Question

What is the hip belt size range?

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What is the hip belt size range?

The new D2 hip arms are attached to the...

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The new D2 hip arms are attached to the frame using the same hardware as that used to attach the bag bar. The earliest D series packs I have come across always used hardware including plastic bushings. Does anyone know if the original D2 used bushings or does this re-issue hold true the original design for the hip arms?

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MikeR. My D2 was purchased in the early spring of 1976. I believe that is the 2nd year of manufacture. The hip supports are attached to the frame with nylon bushings.

I have 3 other D Jansport packs. Two have the tubular loops and they too are attached with nylon bushings. The third has a flat polymer bar that the hip belt is attached to. Bushings of any kind on it would be superfluous.

In total I know own 7 D2/3 Jansport packs. However I allowed my partner to lend 3 of the packs to a work colleague. Things happened and we cannot find said colleague to get the packs back. So, I own 7 but have 4 in my possession.

One of the 'loaned' packs had a flat metal bar attached to the hip belt. It too had nylon bushings.

It seems that the nylon bushings were original parts and the resurrected D2 is NOT of the original design.

Fess up Jansport and make it right.

5 5

D2 review

I like the bag a lot. Compared to the original, the bag is superior. Larger zippers can handle a lot more stress without failing, improved shoulder straps. The frame is my only gripe. The way the hip arms are attached is inferior to the original, or at least the earliest models I have seen. The bag seems slightly shorter as well however the earliest model may have been that length. I am beyond thrilled that it is on the market again. If they add the plastic bushings and hardware to connect the hip arms, this pack would be superior to the original in almost every respect.

1 5

Not Your Father's D2

If anyone with an interest in the Jansport name were still involved in the manufacturer of equipment under that name, this pack would never have left the building.

The pack bag appears to be about the same, although the fabric may be a bit lighter than the original, but the frame is terrible by comparison.

The original hip suspension loops had nylon bushings where they connected to the pack frame. Now you have a very poorly machined metal-to-metal connection that simply doesn't work. If you were to tighten them enough so they wouldn't snap and pop with every step, they'd be too tight to even open to put the pack on. I just can't imagine what anyone was thinking when they decided this was an acceptable design.

And the other fittings that hold the various tubing sections of the frame together are similarly poorly machined and also snap and pop and wiggle excessively. The only way I made my new pack even usable for a test trip was to take fittings off two old Jansport frames to re-assemble it.

But there was just no repair for the hip suspension portion without having parts from a real D2, which I don't have. There are some other issues, but without serious help for the frame they wouldn't matter much.

I carried one of the originals for more than thirty years for business and pleasure before it was destroyed in a fire, and I can assure you this is not a reintroduction of the original. I wish it were.cx

5 5

JanSport D2 Backpack

This is THE backpack for long distance or heavy loads. Hip suspension is excellent and allows distributing the load on the shoulders or hips. This can be a welcome relief and allows freedom for the pack - either close to the body or rest on the hips and allow the pack to move about. The comfort of the pack is beyond any other that I have tried, well, maybe the original from the 70's was as good, but this pack is even better. With the capability to load copious amounts of gear in and on the pack it will beat hands down any other pack in the commercial market.
Winter trekking with the pack is a joy. Accessibility to your gear makes quick stops for lunch, changing gear with the weather and quickly getting to your tent all easy tasks.
Standing up on its own is a nice side effect of the design. It makes rummaging and stacking soooo much easier.
The configurations for lashing gear onto this pack is beyond amazing. If need be, throw someone else's pack on top and away you go. A large bear canister fits perfectly on top and is easy to strap down.
If you need to carry stuff, this is the way to go. Even if you are going light, this is still a great pack, not a gossamer but ounce for ounce the carry capacity can't be beat.
It's pricey, but there is a reason. This pack should last for decades with basic care and average abuse. The style is well proven and the quality is solid.
I guess to sum it up, I love it!

Is it set up for use with water bladders...

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Is it set up for use with water bladders?

5 5

D2 re-introduced

I would like to write a review, but I do not have one. Nor can I purchase one at this time. I still have the original, and would like to compare the two in actual use. Jan sewed it, Dad made the tooling, and I designed and produced it. Of all the packs I designed, only the Alpine Phantom was better. I am so happy it has be re-introduced.

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Your"D" series are true classics. I certainly still enjoy mine (D2, Alpine Phantom)

5 5

Another Jansport D2 fanatic

Like Joni,in the review above..I too, have been a fan of the JanSport D2..owning 2 over the last 30 years. The wrap around aluminum hip frame was a stroke of genius design that helped with hip belt adjustments, load balancing and also kept the whole pack and frame upright on the ground when in camp....Unfortunately, the pack itself delaminated 10 years ago and I ended up purchasing a very cool looking big name internal frame pack...big mistake...Hot,sweaty back..no back ventilation..no zipper access to the main compartment and the loads were not nearly as balanced,needed a chiropractic adjustment after my trips...so I went back to an external frame.... since the D2 was not available anymore, I ended up with the JanSport Carson 80...Not a bad pack just not the D2..the sleeping bag compartment is not quite big enough as well as some other shortcomings...Good to see the D2 being offered again...Now, if Jansport could get away from that 70's orange color and give us some red,dark blue or dark grey..I might get one

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I chose the bright orange based on the desire of the climber for whom I made the first back. Jan sewed it, Dad made the tooling, and I designed and built it. Other colors I would choose? no one has ever asked. Murray McCory

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I like the color, nice to be able to be seen from a distance.

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Sam,why not just send your pack to Jansport to have the bag replaced? I believe it has a lifetime guarantee.

5 5

I'm a believer

I am a 56 year old woman who has been using the original D series Jansport for the last 30+ years. I have put plenty of backcountry miles both on trail and off on this pack and have considered internal packs over the years but just can not part with my D series. I have packed 50 lbs and now about 35-40 lbs...the D series distributes whatever weight you put in it! The waist handles have come in handy plenty - I use them to shift the weight when crossing logs or side hilling or for a break after many miles on the trai or to rest my trekking poles. It is nice to have a free standing pack with individual pockets at camp ...my stuff is organized and always handy. The only drawbacks are: 1. can easily put too much weight in your pack as it is so roomy 2. the external frame can interfere when looking up on a steep slope...e.g. not for technical climbing.
I have to say, I am disappointed in the lower pocket in the new model with the words JANSPORT so vividly displayed...a bit tacky don't you think?

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I believe the logo was on that detachable pocket on the original D2s as well, Joni. I didn't notice it much as I rarely had that zip-off pocket attached to my pack.

And the original colors didn't make it look quite so prominent, perhaps?

CX

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I designed the original logo, and placed it on the D2 pack prominently, although less prominently than this one is. I still have an original. I wanted it prominent as it was going up D2 on a climbers back, and was not yet in production. When we produced it, everyone wanted the large logo. Murray McCory

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I concur with the reviews on the D2. I started off with a D3 (smaller bag, same frame) back in "76". It's gone, but I have since acquired a D2 and an Alpine Phantom (still use them). These packs are now "iconic" and even better, were designed and manufactured in the USA. JS was an original in more ways than one and I miss it (the early JS before the takeovers) but time moves on, sometimes for the better, sometimes not.

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I have a duplicate of my original D2 from 1976. Actually I think it IS my original pack. It has all the same identifiable stains, scratches, etc. It has the loop hip carry bars and they do have nylon bushings. I was mistaken; there and not leather patches inside the top of the pack. There ARE straps that I used to keep an LLBean chamois shirt or Eddie Bauer down vest up out of the way. I found this pack on eBay and I am certain I have my old pack returned to me. With what I paid this time plus what I paid for it new I still have less in it than buying the New 'Retro' Orange D2. Someday I will find a new D2 in stock to compare my original D2 with the new D2. I am afraid the new D2 will not compare well.

SharonAnne

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Yes, the logo was on the zip off pocket on my 1976 D2. The zip off pocket was used to carry first aid things. It was lost in the many household moves I made.