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Sam Kelly

Sam Kellywrote a review of on August 18, 2011

5 5

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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Sam Kelly

Sam Kellywrote a review of on March 5, 2009

5 5

After Backpacking for over 40 years...Ive come back to the external frame backpack...The Jansport external frame is still is one of the lightest most balanced frame/packs I've used and I have used most of the different designs..The Carson is an updated pack like one(a Jansport) I used in the 80's..In fact I still have it...frame has not changed much but the pack sure has...The pack and frame is a good 2 to 3 pounds lighter than the Jansport Internal frame I have and hauling about 45lbs, I found it to be quite roomy and rugged on a barely used trail in the North Georgia Mountains. The pack retains the cool look of the internal as well as being a front and top loader,you just won't believe how it feels on your back..Check it out!!!!!!

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