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JanSport D2

4 reviews
5-star:   3
4-star:   0
3-star:   0
2-star:   1
1-star:   0
1

Excellent pack for heavy or high volume loads. Very…

Rating: rated 5 of 5 stars
Source: bought it new
Price Paid: $65

Summary

Excellent pack for heavy or high volume loads. Very comfortable. Good for the long haul.
I have used mine for canoe/hunt/fishing trips, hike/camping, hiking in to my deer stand with cold weather gear for sub zero days waiting for deer.

Highly recommended

Pros

  • Pack flexes as you walk.
  • Hip carry system helps when carrying heavy or long, or both.
  • The numerous lashing points are very versatile.
  • It can carry HUGE volumes of gear, sometimes too much.
  • The main bag has 2 compartments with a zippered divider that you can open to make one huge compartment for extra bulky items. I carried a chainsaw in a plastic case that way.

Cons

  • It is relatively heavy empty compared to other packs.

I bought my D2 in 1976. It has been on many canoe/camping/fishing trips. The largest load was about 110-115 lbs. The pack was 60-65 lbs and then the 18.5' Wabash Valley kevlar canoe went on top of the upper frame rail. The longest portage was under a mile. Anything over that and it was a double carry.

I carried this pack for over 20 yrs. on hunting trips in Michigan for deer and bear. I would load all of my gear in the pack with my rifle in the right side ski slot. I would walk in to my stand in my long underwear so as not to work up a sweat then put on the insulating gear at my stand. 

It is by far the best pack I have ever seen. I would not trade it for anything, including one of the new quasi-clone D2s. They need to duplicate the construction of the original D2s. The 'reintroduced D2' does not compare well with the original D2.

kellycx

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


2 years ago
1

Great pack for carrying heavy loads comfortably. I…

Rating: rated 5 of 5 stars
Source: bought it used

Summary

Great pack for carrying heavy loads comfortably.

I bought a D3 in 1981 and it was my first large pack. Hiked a bunch with it on the AT. In 1984, I traded a D3 for a D2 that I still have today. The D2 is a great pack. 

The D2 and D3 are identical in most respects — same size frame, same size main compartments, same hip belt.  The difference is that the D2 was more of a mountaineering pack — instead of 2 side pockets on each side (4 total), it had 1 pocket on each side (2 total) that were sewn on a sleeve that ran the full length of each - skis or wands could fit down the sleeves. 

The D2 also had a crampon pouch on the outside of the lower main compartment while the D3 just had a leather pad to strap crampons on and an extra pocket outside the upper main compartment. (Note: the D5 was the version of the D3 for shorter hikers.) 

The D2 can carry heavy loads — there were a few times where I had around 70-75 pounds of backpacking and climbing gear in it.  Very comfortable pack. 

As noted, the only downside is that it is not as good as an internal pack when bushwacking.    

2

What a great pack! Purchased one as soon as I found…

Rating: rated 5 of 5 stars
Price Paid: $245

What a great pack! Purchased one as soon as I found out that JanSport was making them again.  I collect old JS packs and this bag is outstanding.  Why bother with used packs when you can get the cream of the crop right now?  

It is extremely close to the design of D2 from 1972.  They even have the old style tubular hip arms which are hard to beat for transferring weight to the hips and can be used as a kick stand for the bag. Compared to the original, the zippers are larger on the main compartments which makes it easer to open and can handle more stress.  

The shoulder straps are s-curved and superior as well.  The seams on the inside are lined to prevent the nylon from fraying.  

This bag is truly old school and can haul a ton. Most owners of the original D2s will never part with theirs.  You can get a new D2 for less than old ones are selling on eBay.  To me, a new D2 is a dream come true and JanSport did it right!  Again!

2

Overall feel of pack was cheap, the hip supports weren't…

Rating: rated 2 of 5 stars
Price Paid: $230

Overall feel of pack was cheap, the hip supports weren't bent at the same angles as each other and the the pack bag sewing and construction resembled more of a supermarket-special.

Would be a fine pack if priced lower as it does carry the weight quite well, but no better than any of the current Keltys.

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JanSport D2

previously retailed for:
$150.01 - $247.49

The JanSport D2 is not available from the stores we monitor. It was last seen April 7, 2014 at Campmor.

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