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Laptop & Tablet Backpack Guide

Hit the books this Back To School Season with a laptop backpack that totally makes the grade.

Built with A+ storage options and plenty of styles, you can’t go wrong with our selection of laptop backpacks

Laptop backpacks to protect your tech in style:

Whatever you’ve got going on campus, you need a bag that will cushion your gear with plenty of room for other essentials.

Need space for a water bottle, gym shoes, and charger?

We’ve got your back with the Big Student and Cool Student Backpacks. 

Both the Big Student and Cool Student backpacks are built with a dedicated 15” padded laptop compartment so you can rest easy heading to class, knowing that your laptop is protected. 

If you're after all the best features of our big backpacks, with a more sophisticated look and improved weight distribution, the Main Campus will be your perfect fit with 32L of storage, a dedicated 15” padded laptop sleeve, side compression straps, and side water bottle pocket.

Packed with features and pops of colour, these JanSport favourites can handle anything your day has in store—so your laptop can, too.

Lightweight protection and looking good:

You’ve got enough on your mind with school, work, and everything in between.

Take a major weight off your shoulders with sleek packs that are built to help you carry everything with ease.

The SuperBreak Plus Backpack is super lightweight and comes in epic prints that will always have you looking good. PLUS all the features that will make class a breeze - with a front utility pocket organizer, a side water bottle pocket, an internal padded 15’’ laptop sleeve, and a fully padded back panel.

Keep your laptop protected in a classic silhouette with our Right Pack, or if the modern look is more your vibe, the Hatchet Backpack is the ultimate combination of outdoor style and functionality with a laptop sleeve and tablet pocket.

Remember, a snug fit is key to protecting your laptop on the move.

Take measurements to make sure the laptop compartment isn’t much wider than the tech itself. For example, if you’re eyeing a backpack with a 15’’ laptop sleeve you may want to add a case to a 13’’ laptop to fill out any gaps.

To get B.Y.O.D sorted, check out our Laptop & Tablet Backpack Collection here.

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Perfect Pack Finder Guide

The backpack is the hardest working item of all your school gear.

They're used every day, from transporting the classroom essentials to weekend sports and adventures.

These adventures can pack a fair bit of rough and tumble over the year, not to mention the weight of those heavy school books.

So, it's always worth taking the time to choose the right pack to last the year and beyond.

Everyone has their different needs when it comes to a backpack, and often the bag that fits best varies between your age and size.

If you're not sure which bag could be the one for you, get ready to meet your perfect pack.

For the young go-getter: Cross Town

The Cross Town is the perfect sized school bag for primary students, with plenty of space in the main compartment for notebooks, a lunchbox and the latest craft project. The Cross Town* also skips our zip cover flaps, so closing up is extra easy for students prone to getting them jammed.

*Now made with Recycled Materials.

For the on-campus student: Big Student & Main Campus

If you're about to start high school classes, chances are you'll need a big backpack to carry all your textbooks. With two main compartments, plenty of pockets and a dedicated padded laptop compartment, the Big Student* will carry everything you need and still leave room for PE gear.

*Now made with Recycled Materials.

If you're after all the best features of our big backpacks, with a more sophisticated look and improved weight distribution, the Main Campus will be your perfect fit - ideal for both college and university students.

For the everyday adventurer: SuperBreak Plus & Right Pack

For a light, everyday pack fit for students of all ages, and the versatility needed for weekend adventures, the SuperBreak* range will go anywhere you go. Our iconic SuperBreak Plus* features one main compartment, a padded laptop sleeve and a water bottle pocket, perfect for exploring the city.

*Now made with Recycled Materials.

For a mid-sized bag with a more classic look, ultra-durable Cordura® fabric and a signature suede bottom, the Right Pack will be right there with you for any activity.

Our latest upgrade to the Right Pack III now features a padded 15" laptop sleeve and a side water bottle pocket.

Need a bigger bag?

Sometimes you just have a lot of stuff when it comes to school, so your backpack has to keep up. If you need even more space, try a duffel bag for extra room to hold any overflow or sports gear.

And remember, a bag shouldn't be too heavy for your student to carry - even if you need to pack for the busiest of school days.

This Back To School season, we've got organization, laptop sleeves, water bottle pockets and our Lifetime Guarantee to follow... whatever the feature, JanSport has your perfect school bag.

To find yours now, you can click here.

Happy Packing!

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JanSport Big Student Review - Top Reviews NZ

In case you missed it, our Big Student backpack has been ranked as the ‘Best Bag for Bigger Students” by Top Reviews NZ.

It makes us so happy to read Top Reviews’ recommendations, saying “there have been many oversized bags that sacrifice looks for capacity… but not this one, as it is cleverly designed so you can carry a lot of things and look good at the same time.”

We designed the Big Student with high school or college students in mind, who carry a hefty number of books, let alone all the bits and bobs from tech and sports gear to pens and snacks. Naturally, the Big Student had to have space, and it needed pockets… lots of them.

So, what did we do exactly? Well, we started with the main body of course. We built in a dedicated compartment complete with padding to give a 15” laptop full protection. On top of that, the Big Student has not only one, but two extra main compartment pockets to carry the bulk of the school day.

Remember our classic front pouch? We added extra room to that as well, with more pockets to quickly stash away all those important little supplies. Our design team also thought to put a spin on our classic side H2O pocket, opting for a netted elastic to fit even the thickest of bottles, because the school day surely makes for thirsty work.

As for the Big Student, it’s got room, it has style, and more importantly, it packs plenty of comfort to go with it. JanSport made sure to support the back with a full padded rear panel, and also use padded, ergonomic S-Curve shoulder straps to take off a load of pressure so students can go about their day with ease.

We’re so confident that we’ve made the best pack for bigger students and guarantee it with our Lifetime Warranty.

If you’re keen to hear more of what Top Reviews NZ had to say about our Big Student Backpack, do check out their link below! 

7 Best School Bags In New Zealand - Top Reviews

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Join the fun!

Make all your adventures incredible. 

Carry your gear in super-style. With the Incredibles on your side, anything can happen! 


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JanSport x Mark Gonzales

Introducing our latest collaboration with legendary skateboarder and artist, Mark Gonzales (The Gonz).
This limited edition collection features ten pieces designed with original artwork by The Gonz.
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Disney x JanSport Collection 2017

This year we kicked off our first ever backpack collaboration with Disney, offering brand new limited edition designs featuring Disney's most iconic characters: Mickey Mouse, Minnie Mouse, Donald Duck, Daisy Duck, Goofy and Pluto.
This collection of backpacks and accessories captures the spirit of fun and adventure—with a touch of magic—and is available to shop online and at select retail locations.
Now you can don never-seen-before Disney prints with hand-drawn elements and familiar scenes from Mickey Mouse's adventures on motion picture.
Find Mickey's gang portrayed in playful graphics with elevated details throughout some of our most popular silhouettes, SuperBreak, High Stakes & Super FX.
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JanSport x I Love Ugly Capsule Collection 2016

We are proud to announce our second back-pack collaboration with I Love Ugly.

Due to the worldwide success of the first release, we wanted to release the second collection with strong design ties to the first, with updated aesthetics and materials. The bags are all made out of a high-quality wool felt and a new silhouette is also being introduced - the platform.

This collaboration leverages the best of JanSport’s heritage as the original backpack brand and brings together I Love Ugly’s iconic aesthetic to resonate with the brands refined, sophisticated, simple style to produce three timeless pieces. The bags were designed with three creative professionals in mind; a musician, designer and a photographer.

There will be three styles available.  The Axiom, Iron Sight and Platform.

The packs will be available from here ( as well as the select premier retailers below, nationwide from the 1st of November.

NZ Retailers

I Love Ugly - Auckland / Wellington

Superette - Auckland / Wellington / Christchurch

Loaded - Auckland

Modern Collective - Whangarei 

Fallenfront - Raglan

Sidecar - Nelson

Infinite Definite - Christchurch

Slick Willys - Dunedin

From left to right: Axiom / Iron Sight / Platform

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JanSport heads to Rio for the #liveoutside2016 Campaign

As a brand dedicated to self-expression, JanSport has recently jumped into the world of street art by shining a light on the stories of Brazilian artists and the creation of urban murals. Inspired by the vibrancy of this Olympic destination, authentic content was derived from the wall’s creation, festive street celebrations, and the unforgettable sunsets of Rio de Janeiro. These unmissable images highlight the essence of the city, giving a taste of the streets as photographers follow featured artists through distinctive bohemian hotspots.

The footage effortlessly reflects JanSport’s spirit of freedom, discovery, adventure, and our commitment to the self-expression of youth culture. If you want to become a part of this you can follow the #LiveOutside2016 story and see how it all unfolded behind the scenes. You will find our Rio story on JanSport’s YouTube channel, and dynamic snapshots splashed all over our international JanSport social media pages.

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Follow our Instagram hashtag #LifeUnzipped to view our contemporary content. Here you’ll be able to discover your perfect JanSport backpack, travel destination and style inspiration. With JanSport we’re all about the journey, the discovery of fun, freedom, self-expression and classic New Zealand adventures. Also don’t forget to show us YOUR #LifeUnzipped

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