JanSport SuperBreak One Spacious Padded Backpack

Last updated date: January 4, 2022

DWYM Score

9.5

JanSport SuperBreak One Spacious Padded Backpack

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We looked at the top Backpacks and dug through the reviews from some of the most popular review sites. Through this analysis, we've determined the best Backpack you should buy.

Update as December 28, 2021:
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Overall Take

With durable construction and comfortable, padded straps, this convenient backpack will be an instant favorite. In a cool galaxy print, this book bag boasts a utility pocket, water bottle compartment and a spacious main storage area for books and binders. The back panel of this bag is also padded for extra comfort during long school days.


In our analysis of 111 expert reviews, the JanSport SuperBreak One Spacious Padded Backpack placed 2nd when we looked at the top 13 products in the category. For the full ranking, see below.

From The Manufacturer

Our belief in our packs is strong! Every JanSport comes with a lifetime warranty. Carry your JanSport with confidence, knowing we'll replace or repair any breaks. The SuperBreak One pack designed for comfortable all-day carrying with our straight-cut padded shoulder straps, padded back panel & a web haul handle. The SuperBreak One durable construction is made to last; bag comes in a variety of colors to reflect your style & needs. Simple & convenient bookbag with spacious storage in the main compartment, our signature front utility pocket with built-in organizer, & a side water bottle pocket. Generations have grown up & come to rely on this trusted brand. Over 50 years of schools, work, road trips, discovering fun, freedom & adventure.

Expert Reviews

Expert Summarized Score

7.7
8 expert reviews

User Summarized Score

9.2
7,550 user reviews

What experts liked

It's roomy, lightweight, and lasts for years.
- Good Housekeeping
Sturdy, just the right size for elementary and middle school kids, and comes in tons of colors and patterns.
- Business Insider
Gets the job done at a very reasonable price. Not fancy, with only two compartments, this model stands out for its simplicity.
- Global Backpackers
Lightweight and appropriately sized for older students.
- The New York Times
Padded shoulder straps lead to a comfortable carry. The back of this pack is padded.
- BestReviews
It’s lightweight, durable, and water-repellent, so the JanSport backpack delivers on practicality.
- Verywell Family
Lightweight and simply designed, it’s one that can be used for years to come by multiple members of your family.
- The Spruce
This bag seems comfortable to carry around and provides more than enough storage for my own personal needs of school and work.
- Carry All Guide

What experts didn't like

The brand isn't among the most durable in our tests.
- Good Housekeeping
No additional interior compartments.
- Business Insider
Does not provide as much padding and comfort as our picks.
- The New York Times
Some users report that the stitching has come undone after carrying heavy loads.
- BestReviews
It is not waterproof. It is not suitable for the rainy season or for rough weather.
- Carry All Guide

Our Expert Consultant

Kate Desmond 
Parenting Pro and Safe-Sleep Expert

Kate Desmond is a writer and infant safe-sleep expert. She has spent the last eight years working as the marketing director for Charlie’s Kids Foundation, a nonprofit that aims to educate families about SIDS and safe sleep. In that role, she travels around the country learning and educating caregivers and providers on the latest and greatest safe-sleep information to prevent infant death.

As mom to two elementary-aged daughters, she spends hours researching the best and safest products for her own kids. She is quick to get in the weeds with other mamas, and uses humor to cope with parenting woes from potty-training to teaching kids to read. She writes about the ups and downs of parenting on her blog.

An Overview On Backpacks

While bookbag, knapsack, rucksack and haversack are all names for a bag that can be carried on your back, backpack is the most commonly used term. These handy tools provide campers and hikers with a convenient way to carry their gear and schoolgoers a way to transport all of their books and school supplies. Parents also look to backpacks for easier lugging of all the gear needed for raising a child, from diapers to breast pumps.

If you are in the market for a backpack, there are a few things you’ll want to consider before choosing the one that best meets your needs.

“A good pack has the right number of compartments,” Kate Desmond, our in-house parenting expert and working mom of two, says. “Too many and things can get lost, too few and things can become unorganized.”

Look over the size and number of compartments within the pack. Do you need to fit a laptop, cell phone, multiple textbooks or an extra set of clothes? Perhaps you’d also like a side pocket for a water bottle or a front pouch to hold your pens and pencils.

“Make sure you have a place to store your phone and wallet and make sure that place is easily accessible,” Desmond advises. “Another feature that earns bonus points with me is the full zipper section for laptops, making TSA a breeze. A zipper compartment for tiny, important things and a side water bottle or sippy cup holder are also absolute musts.”

Check the bookbag’s shoulder straps to make sure they are both padded and adjustable. You don’t want the bag to be loose or the items within it will shift as you walk. You also don’t want it to be so snug that you can’t get it on and off.

“Make sure the backpack you choose is nicely padded in all the right places,” Desmond says, adding that “too-thin straps can leave a mark on aching shoulders.”

Review the material. If you plan to be out and about in harsh weather conditions, a weather-resistant 1200D ballistic polyester is a good choice. A 600D nylon fabric works fine for everyday use, as it is splash-resistant (although not completely waterproof) and not easily scratched or torn.

Locate the bookbag’s dimensions. This will give you a better idea as to what size laptop will fit in the pack. Some bags can only handle smaller laptops, while others are able to accommodate laptops up to 17 inches. And don’t forget to pay attention to weight.

“If a backpack is too heavy without anything in it, imagine the weight when it is full!” Desmond says.

Check for any safety features. This is especially important if you do a great deal of traveling with your trusty pack. If the bag has a lockable zipper, review the product tag to see if the lock comes with the bag, or whether you are required to purchase it separately. It’s also important that the bag has an anti-puncture feature so that a knife or pair of scissors can’t be used to open the pack.

Search for any extras that make the pack more desirable. For example, if you visit the library often and need to charge your devices, you’ll want a bag with a USB charger and built-in charging cable.

Finally, choose a backpack that fits your sense of style. If you have an old soul, choose a vintage pattern. If you have a bubbly personality, you may be more suited to a multi-colored bag. There are plenty of colors and styles to choose from, so you’re sure to find something that matches your charm.

The Backpack Buying Guide

  • Some backpack models come with the option of a three or four-year protection plan. If you prefer to stick with one pack for the long haul and aren’t prone to upgrading yearly, this may be something you want to consider purchasing.
  • The American Chiropractic Association reports that 60% of children who carry a heavy backpack end up with back pain. As a result, the organization recommends that kids stick to wearing backpacks that contain no more than 5 to 10% of their body weight.
  • Carrying weighty backpacks isn’t just dangerous for children. Adults can suffer injuries as well. Researchers at Tel Aviv University found muscle and nerve damage are also possible, so it is especially important to monitor how much you’re carrying in your bookbag at any given time.
  • Always check the product label to see if the backpack is machine washable. Many are not and you don’t want to risk ruining the fabric and durability of the bag.
  • If the pack isn’t machine washable, you’ll need to clean it carefully by hand. Use a soft-bristled brush to dislodge any dirt or mud that may be dried on the bag. Toothbrushes work great for cleaning the zippers and hard-to-reach areas. Should there be loose sand and dirt, you can quickly clean that with the attachment on your vacuum. Next, wet a sponge with luke-warm water (use mild dish soap if needed) and wipe down the surface of the bag. Move on to the zipper and inner compartments before finishing with the shoulder pads and straps. You may need to carefully scrub any spots that have stains. Hang dry the bookbag in a location that does not receive sunlight. Sunlight can cause the color of your pack to fade.
  • Backpacks have plenty of alternative uses. In addition to travel and commutes to school, you can use a bookbag as a purse or diaper bag for your baby. They also work well to carry your beach supplies or picnic lunch at the park. You can even keep emergency supplies in them to prepare for a hurricane or other significant weather event.
  • When comparing backpack prices, you’ll need to take the product’s features into consideration. A bookbag with extra compartments, USB ports and anti-theft locks are going to cost a little more than packs that are more basic. The type of fabric used can also drive up the cost. For example, fabric that is tear-resistant and waterproof is more expensive than your traditional backpack material.