JanSport Driver 8 Core Series Wheeled Backpack Review

As a student I need to carry a lot of books to college every day, as well as my laptop and various other articles of learning, pens, pencils etcetera. After a few months of this I found that I was experiencing excruciating backache, and put it down to all the heavy carrying, so I started to look for alternatives to the satchel I was using. I noticed that a classmate of mine was using a rolling backpack, and when I asked her about it she said it was the JanSport Driver 8 Core Series Wheeled Backpack.

I liked the look of the backpack and the fact that it came highly recommended by my friend, but when she told me the price my face fell as I am a student on a very tight budget and could not afford to pay $120 for a backpack. Fortunately, when doing my research on the Internet I happened to go onto the Amazon.com website and they were offering it for around $80 so I was ecstatic and bought it immediately.

What You Should Look For

Obviously when doing my research I had a few ideas in mind of features that I needed a backpack to have and which were deal breakers for me. Here are a few of the features that I feel that a good backpack should have:

  • Ample Space
  • Ease of Movement
  • Padding to Protect my Laptop
  • Sturdiness and Durability
  • Versatility

Fortunately the JanSport Driver 8 Core Series Wheeled Backpack offers all of the above and much more besides.

Ample Space and Padding

One of the deal-breakers for me was obviously that the backpack needs to be big enough for me to fit all my books that I need for the day, or it would defeat the aim of the object. I am happy to say that the two main compartments are large enough to handle everything I can throw at them, and I just love the large front drawbridge compartment with organizer. I can stash my keys and a few other small articles in the front zippered stash pocket, and either use the side water bottle pocket for my juice or even my spectacles case.

The other deal breaker was a safe spot in which to transport my laptop, as I do need it every day. I cannot afford anything to happen to it or I will not be able to study or do my research and assignments. The JanSport backpack offers a great separate, padded laptop compartment in which my 15-inch laptop fits comfortably.

Comfort of use and Durability

I love the fact that the Metro Roller, as it is also known, is extremely well-manufactured and has big, side-mounted 80mm action wheels with traction, stability control, and an easily retractable handle. This makes pulling it along effortless.


Another feature that was important to me was versatility because I often cycle to college, which is a bit difficult to do with a rolling case. All I have to do to transform this case into a backpack is to ensure that the retractable handle is safely stowed away and slip my arms through the padded shoulder straps (which can be tucked safely away when not in use) and away I go.

What Do Others Think?

Any student will tell you that the research is the only way to go when wanting to purchase something and so I did mine to see what others had to say about various backpacks. I found a few hundred positive reviews about the JanSport Driver Series, and the overall positive comments were what clinched the deal for me.

Here are some of the comments made:

  • “This bag is very sturdy, easy to maneuver and fits everything I need, i.e. computer, books, water bottle, etc. “
  • “This is a great rolling backpack. I can fit 30 pounds of books in it and still roll it easily. It has good stability and plenty of pockets for my belongings. “
  • “I have a number of books, notebooks, etc. that I must lug around for nursing school and with this backpack it’s a breeze. “
  • “I love this rolling backpack as it fits all my books, my 17” Inspire Dell Notebook, and the front pocket is big enough to hold my charger/wallet/car keys/ snacks/and writing materials! “


All JanSport Outdoor Equipment comes with a Lifetime Warranty on the materials and workmanship when the product is used for the purpose intended, under normal conditions, and does not apply to damages caused by typical wear and tear, unreasonable use, or neglect.

Are There Customer Complaints?

Being a student on a very restricted budget, I did not want to purchase something that was of inferior quality or would break easily if I packed it a bit full, so I also did some research on the Internet to see whether there were any complaints about the JanSport Driver Series. I did find one person who complained that the zippers were a bit stiff to use and another who bemoaned the fact that there was not a handle on the bottom “to aid in hoisting into an overhead compartment and such places. ”

Where Can You Buy the JanSport Driver Series Backpack?

Whilst I am sure that you can purchase the backpack at various retailers, my suggestion is Amazon.com, as they are selling it at a great price, offer free super saver shipping & free returns, and it takes about five minutes to complete your purchase online – what more could you ask for?

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