Brad Russell wrote a review of JanSport Carson Backpack - 4900-5500 cu in on October 21, 2003
I like this pack. Admittedly, I am a novice backpacker with limited exposure to backpacks, but I'll tell you what I like and let you make the call. It is a large capacity pack, lots of pockets, highly adjustable, comfortable to wear, seems well constructed. I have heard that early models had some issues with shoulder strap separation. It looks like the plastic attachemnts mentioned in some earlier reviews have been replaced with grommeted nylon webbing. It seems sturdy enough. Needless to say one doesn't hoist a fully loaded pack by the shoulder straps! The external frame seems sturdy and I like the platypus-ready pouch (fits a Hoser-3 perfectly). The only downsides I have found is that it creaks while under load on trail, and for aesthetic reasons I wish the adjustment straps were black or green, anything but the lt. grey (however it probably makes the straps easier to work with in low light conditions, so for some this might be a plus). A good pack at a very good price.