Jansport Eichorn Review
WEIGHT: 4 lbs. 11 oz.
CAPACITY: 60 L
This winter we got to try out a couple new packs from Jansport. One of them being the Eichorn. This heavy duty pack was built tough for the cold weather enthusists out there. It's design is capable of hauling loads consisting of skis on the A-frame carry, tuck away lashing straps for a vertical carry of a snowboard, gear loops for ice axes or ski poles, and a snow resistant roll top that protects the rest of your gear from the harsh weather. Weighing in at nearly 5 lbs. this pack is no lightweight. The noticeable suspect is the heavy duty TPE nylon face, that protects the pack from the edges of your skis or snowboard, ice axes, and other tools that usually cause wear and tear on packs.
The Eichorn has an adjustable suspension system ranging from 16"-19". The measuring system is one of the neater ones I have seen. It has a clear window with a bright orange measuring system that resembles the gauges of older vehicles. An adjustable pack is great these days, but I think there needs to be more than three inches of adjustability. With it's max measurement only reaching 19" I couldn't get a good fit in this pack. It was extremely tight on me, and the aluminum from the Arch Rival™ tubing system was uncomfortable against the back of my neck, which limited my range of motion (looking up). I like the roll top features on winter packs. I find this to be a very effective way to protect your gear from the elements and still allow you easy access to your essentials. However, the Eichorn's roll top includes small snapping metal buttons that locks it closed. I'm a fan of the roll top, but not the snaps.
On the flip side one thing I loved about this pack was it's nicely padded shoulder straps. They're soft, thick, and most importantly you won't find them digging against you uncomfortably while carrying heavy loads.
Some other worthy features include:
- Arch Rival™ suspension system with a tubular aluminum premiter stay for lightweight, flexible load distribution
- Breathable EVA molded back panel
- Padded EVA hipbelt with zippered pockets and gear loops
- Full side zip access to the main compartment
- Quick access top pocket
- Hydration sleeve with exit port and tube management
- Ergonomic, unbound-edge dual density shoulder straps
- Water resistant zippers with finger loop pulls
- Dual hypalon lashing ovals
- Dual water bottle pockets
- Web haul handle
Jansport has been making a serious push lately with their outdoor technical packs, and I don't think the Eichorn is any exception. I just wish it fit me better. If you have a thick build I can't recommend this pack for you. But for the average built snow loving powder hunting snowshoers, skiers, and boarders out there that like to push the limits, this bag was designed for you!