Everything you need at a price you can afford.

You've committed to an overnight backpacking trip, and now you need to find a comfortable pack that won't break the bank. Look no further than the modestly priced and fully featured JanSport Katahdin 40L Backpack. The EVA foam back panel, hip-belt, and shoulder straps provide the comfort you need for a long day on the trail while the top-loading main compartment has ample space to stow your sleeping gear.

  • EVA foam back panel provides support and comfort for long days on the trail
  • EVA padded hip-belt and breathable EVA shoulder straps help you to comfortably shoulder heavy loads
  • Top access with a compression lid makes for easy and secure packing
  • 600 denier polyester fabric gives the pack trail-worthy durability
  • Hydration sleeve, port, and tube management on the shoulder straps help you to stay hydrated
  • Side compression straps help to balance the load
  • Front stash pocket keeps a rain jacket or other essentials close at hand
  • Dual water bottle pockets keep fluids close at hand
  • Reflective details increase low light visibility

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5 5

Just What I Wanted

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

The weight was critical to me and the pack weighed exactly 30 ounces on my scale as advertised. you give up a little with a lighter pack, like some padding, but this pack still has all the features I need. It is slim (clean we sometimes say) and yet it has a surprising amount of volume. I did the pi R squared x the length thing and it certainly holds more than 40L. I figured 49 if you really stuff it. It will be my winter day pack . The front stash pocket isn't large enough for snow shoes, but I should be able to figure out a way to strap on snow shoes using the tool loops, compression straps or daisy chain. There are two side zipper pockets not mentioned that will be really really handy in addition to the top lid pocket. That sort of eliminates the drawback to a top loading pack. They mention best use "overnight, travel" but I disagree. Overnight if you travel light and bivy maybe. I think the best use is swing season or winter day hikes when the volume of extra essential gear out grows your little day pack.
The jury is out on how much load is the maximum for this pack, but like I said, I wouldn't recommend it for an overnight pack unless you are an ultralight backpacker. Looks cool, seems well built, and the price was right. I love everything about it. If you find the waist straps excessive you can always cut off half of the excess and heat seal the ends so they don't fray.

1 5


  • Gender: Female

I have purchased many Jansport bags, and this was the worst one I have ever seen. First the material was a very poor quality. And I am sure not waterproof. I work out doors so thats is the biggest complaint. The shoulder straps had zero padding. The waist belt did not have loops to hide all of the excesse straps after you adjust it to your waist size. so they are just hanging, which can be hazardous in my profession. I bought it to use for work to carry around the numerous books and gear I must have at work. The size was perfect. But not up to my standards. After one day of use I decided to return it in exchange for a Deuter Futura 24. Also it is hydration capable, but the reservoir is not seperate from all of te items thats inside the bags. the area for the reservoir is more like how you see in a laptop book bag. So for sure the moisture and condensation from the hydration pack would wet my stuff and yes soak the bag from the inside out. The buckles are so flemsy I think if I would of kept it they would be broken in just a few weeks. The quality of this bag was extremly poor. The equivalent of a cheap 20.00 bag you would buy from BAGMAN in NYC on 34th Steet. Jansport needs to stick to school back packs and duffle bags.