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Jansport Merit Reviews Summary and Buyer's Guide

Last updated July 3, 2019

based on 75 reviews

We have checked tens of reviews and found 9 reasons to buy the Merit - and 3 reasons NOT to buy it.

Check all the pros and cons here.

88% of the reviewers give the Jansport Merit a good or excellent rating!

Excellent (63%)
Good (25%)
Average (6%)
Poor (6%)
Bad (0%)


Reviews Summary

Here's what the reviewers think about the Jansport Merit:

Reviewers like these things about the Jansport Merit

  • One user said the backpack is great if you are looking to cram it full of stuff. It can hold a lot of stuff and still leave plenty of room for more.
  • Operators applaud the two large pockets. 0ne of the pocket has a divider pouch that can easily fit a book or a laptop.
  • Some users realized the two pockets in the front can be used to fit some more items.
  • Most owners found it's material durable and offer so much support all around the bag.
  • Some owners are happy by the way all zippers open smoothly with no binding.
  • Users also discovered it has a mesh pocket convenient for holding a water bottle on the side.
  • A number of owners found the shoulder straps fitting okay. They are very comfortable and easily adjustable.
  • Students love it because of its good organization.
  • Many users are attracted to its ability to sit well even without the waist strap.

Reviewers don't like these things

  • A number of users hate how the zippers are a bit hidden, this is due to the lip like guard around them.
  • Some user noticed it doesn’t have paddings, meaning that lumpy materials in the pack can press into your spine.
  • Others thought the sewing material is somewhat bad.

The bag is recommended for these activities:



vs Jansport Bags

The Jansport Merit ranks #22 compared with the other Jansport bags.

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22Jansport Merit
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vs All Bags

The Jansport Merit ranks #1722 compared with all the bags we have checked.

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1721Jansport Merit
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1724JanSport Waisted
JanSport Waisted

Vs Other Bags

Crowdsourced comparison of the Jansport Merit vs the Jansport Big Student.

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Jansport Merit vs Jansport Big Student

Jansport Merit
Jansport Merit


Based on 75 reviews

  • The Merit is rated a bit worse than the Big Student.
  • In total, we have checked and analyzed 110,157 reviews of the two bags.

Both bags are available in these colors:

Only the Big Student is available in these colors:

Jansport's reputation for day backpacks is well deserved and you'll see why when you wear one of these. Both backpacks are going to be great for anything you need to carry around with you but they clearly have very different focuses overall.

The Big Student is for the college students who might need to carry around a bit more than the usual. The Merit is for tech savvy students with a lighter load. Buy it if you don't need to do too much heavy lifting.

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Last updated on July 03, 2019