JanSport Rockies 100
Price Paid: $169 dollars
I bought mine a decade ago. It is still in great shape after much use.
It seems to me the older version is superior because of added details. To much pack for the average person. As the other fellow said it can hold too much.
This is actually my favorite pack for long excursions as long as it is kept light. It is massive. Hydration pack is excellent!
I have now found an all terrain cart that enables me to really load it up for trail use, not off trail. I can live like a king for a week or so! Am 63 now so that makes it easier for an ol nature lover.
Size: 6000 - 7000 +
Number of Pockets: 4
Max. Load Carried: 65 lbs
Height of Owner: 6'0"
Price Paid: $119
Relative newcomer to backpacking (discounting boy scouts a million years ago) in my early 40s. Didn't know much about "lightweight" gear and was attracted to this item by durability, value and ability to carry loads. Purchased the pack in December, 2001. Used it extensively for in-town training (typically 50 lb. "test" load) and on several over-nighters. Most recent use was on week-long Grand Canyon backcountry excursion. My maximum load was 65 lbs. (carrying 9 liters of water plus food and gear up the Clear Creek Trail). This "monster pack" can haul more weight than I can. The pack showed no noticeable loss of performance at this weight and appears to be capable of more. The adjustable torso length can accommodate ind. well over 6'. A lot of bang for the buck if you need the cubic inches and weight capacity. Pack weighs over 6 lbs. empty. New version for 2002 is the Rockies II 100 (looks like they've made to top pocket detachable (nice) and added a separate pocket for a hydration bladder (unnecessary). The most recent version adds almost a pound...definitely not for ultra-lighters.
I would have given it 5 stars when I bought it but the new features the Rockies II has dropped my rating. I love this pack, I am 6'2" 225 & it fits my body perfectly. I have had it for 3 years and it has not had one problem. I have retired it because I love the new features like the detachable fanny pack, and the hydration option. I completly disagree with the previous poster's view of the hydration option being unnessisary. It is like night and day. I have a Kelty pack now and grabbing the drinking hose and taking a sip while on the move is so much more easy than reaching for a water bottle, unscrewing it and taking a drink. I compare to having dial-up internet and then geting high speed internet. The hydration feature is awesome!!!!
Price Paid: $170
I stumbled upon this page so I thought I would share my thoughts. I owned (and still have) both the Rockies 100 and 100 II. Awesome backpacks for the price. I also am 6-2 225 and it fits my body like a glove. I have moved on to Kelty packs now but I have nothing but praise for Jansport.
If you come across one of these packs used online or at a garage sale, buy it!! They are a great starter pack. Like was mentioned in another post, the hydration add was a godsend on the Rockies II and was the main reason I upgraded. Dial up to high speed internet was a PERFECT example. Being able to drink without stopping and dealing with a water bottle is wonderful!!
Number of Pockets: 4+
Max. Load Carried: 50 lbs
Height of Owner: 5'9"
Price Paid: $85 !!! WOW !!!
I would have paid just short of $200 for this pack but found a great "internet" bargain ! An EXCELLENT pack even for $200. More room than most people should use, but for those of us who require that extra space this is the pack for the job. I'm involved in Search and Rescue here in Western Washington (where it never rains :-) ... ) and the climate and weather can be extreme. The Rockies 100 pulls through in style and comfort. The only two things that I would change would be (1) an upgraded waist buckle to replace the light-weight plastic and (2) make room for an add-on "camel-bak" or similar water storage holder (besides the water bottle holders provided) Great pack !
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