JanSport Big Bear 82

3 reviews
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4-star:   3
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This is the first internal frame pack I have owned,…

Rating: rated 4.5 of 5 stars
Price Paid: $60

This is the first internal frame pack I have owned, and was purchased based on brand familiarity and price (around $60) 7 months ago. Since purchase this pack has seen rolling, wooded hills, flat open prairie, bright sunny trails and a 6 hr steady rain and has done, in my opinion, a stellar job.

I would recommend this pack to anyone; in fact after its first trip (a 20 mile round trip weekend) I purchased the Big Bear 63 for my wife. I believe this pack exceeded the manufactures claims

Specs: (from manufactures description)

82 L (5000 cu in)

33h x 15w x 12d

6000 denier polyester  

3.14 lbs

Fit’s 18” to 20” torso’s

Ergonomic S-curve shoulder straps

Wide hip belt

Dual side water bottle pockets

Top loading with compression hood

Large front panel sleeve

Mesh wet / dry pocket

5 daisy chain clip points

Ice axe loop

Side compression straps


Comfort, price, large capacity.


Top load only, the shoulder strap adjusters slipped when wet.

As a scout leader and moderate backpacker I have always used an external frame pack (the most recent a 4500 cu in pack made by Coleman) due to the ease of packing and the ability to lash on whatever I have needed or felt like carrying, but recently had decided to give an internal frame pack a try.

I like the stability and fit (I am 6' medium build with a 19" torso) of the pack the most (even with loads around 30-35 pounds) compared to the way an external shifts when climbing over logs or ducking a low hanging branch, and feel it is a good trade off for the loss of lashing points (I just started carrying a folding saw instead of a hatchet…lol).

I am not sure if I like the top being the only access to your gear and feel a little more care in how you organize your pack is needed to accommodate this.

If I had to knock this pack for something I would have to say it was the way the shoulder straps would loosen up after they got wet.


I just recently got a Jansport Carson External Pack…

Rating: rated 4.5 of 5 stars
Design: Top-Loading
Size: 5000
Number of Pockets: 4
Max. Load Carried: 25lbs
Height of Owner: 6'-1''
Price Paid: $95.90

I just recently got a Jansport Carson External Pack for a Father's Day gift. I actually exchanged it for the Jansport Big Bear 82. Both packs are certainly great choices for 1-7 days or more.

The only reason I went to the Big Bear is because I do a lot hiking throughout the Anza Borrego Mountains in Southern California, and the particular trails I go on have a lot of trees and brush to navigate around or through, so basically the Carson External frame kind of made me believe I will be hanging myself up on branches or even maybe losing my balance.

Overall I wish I could have both styles, but I have been influenced to go with the Internal Framed Pack. The only difference in cu-in. space is the Big Bear has about 190 cu-in. more space to pack stuff. I pack a sleeping bag, food, water, clothes, and all the other standard things for a 2-3 day trip, and this Big Bear 82 certainly has plenty of storage space.

This pack weighs 4lbs 2 oz empty. Torso length is 16"-19" adjustable. Ergonomic S-Curve shoulder straps which I like very much. They are very comfortable fitting for my body. The pack does have 1 zipper that allows access from the left side of the pack. I would definitely recommend this Jansport Big Bear.


I've been using this pack for about a year now and…

Rating: rated 4 of 5 stars
Size: 5000 ci
Max. Load Carried: 45 lbs
Height of Owner: 5'9"
Price Paid: $99

I've been using this pack for about a year now and have been extremely happy with it. Very light, very durable, and quite comfortable. For the money it is a steal.

Could use more rings to hang gear from, but it is easy to work past.

Manufacturer's Description

Visit JanSport's Big Bear 82 page.

Retailers' Descriptions

Here's what other sites are saying:

Trips are easy with this large-capacity, long torso internal frame pack. Its features are ergonomic with the S-Curve shoulder straps, top-loading main compartment with compression hood, and large front panel sleeve for quick access. The sliding harness adjusts for 18" -22" torso lengths. The dual side water bottle pockets and mesh wet/dry pockets make it very easy to throw your essentials into, which makes it great for hiking and even a day by the lake.

- Rocky Mountain Trail

The JanSport Big Bear is a durable, versatile pack that's lightweight, with a large capacity, designed for week-long backpacking trips. Ergonomic S-curve shoulder straps.Top-loading main compartment with compression hood. Dual side zippered pockets.Large front panel sleeve for quick access to key items. Sliding harness system allows fit adjustment for a wide range of torso lengths. HDPE framesheet with mono 6061 aluminum tubular stays. Hydration-Ready: reservoir sleeve (holds 3-liter reservoir, not included), exit port and tube management. Dual side water bottle pockets. Mesh wet/dry pocket. Side compression straps keep pack close to the body and manage the load. Ice axe loop & haul loop. Bungee compression. Made of 600 denier polyester/300D polyester. Fits torso lengths 19-22". Capacity 5000.3 cu. in. Size: 34"x13.5"x13.5". Wt. 4 lbs. 4 oz.

- Campmor

Papa Bear needs a big pack to carry all his XL-sized gear for a week, so he needs the Jansport Big Bear 82 Backpack. Whether he's a grizzy or a black bear, the pack will fit thanks to an adjustable harness that slides between 19 and 22 inches. And since even bears need a little TLC, Jansport made the pack with comfortable ergonomic S-shaped straps.

- Backcountry.com

Week long trips are easy with this lightweight, large capacity internal frame pack

- SunnySports

JanSport Big Bear 82

previously retailed for:
$59.94 - $144.95

The JanSport Big Bear 82 is not available from the stores we monitor. It was last seen April 12, 2013 at SunnySports.

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