Vintage 1975 JanSport Mountain Dome Tent.

Vintage 1975 JanSport Mountain Dome Tent

This is a Jansport Mountain Dome Tent. As I’ver read it’s the model used by the American assent on K2 in 1975. This early Geodesic tent has features making it befitting of an ascent on the second highest mountain in the world. Those features include an additional tunnel style door and vents. A full covering fly with cut outs for additional guy lines from the tent poles. Snow piled on the flaps around the bottom helped keep the tent anchored in extreme conditions. The poles are original and fit together in individual sections,there’s no shock cord connecting the segments of each of the three poles. The sections are made of a dense plastic or possibly fiber and resin material. I can imagine trying to fit them together, fumbling with them in a K2 basecamp, but they work.

The tent is of course made from nylon. A fine ripstop version up top and a heavy coated nylon on the bottom. The thickness of the bottom would keep out melting snow and reduce the need for a ground cloth. The full fly is made of a tightly woven nylon to be water and wind resistant. The color block pattern is wild and right in line with early JanSport design and marketing.

Tent measures approximately 69″ inches across at its widest and 52″ tall at it’s tallest. I would classify it as a three-man, four-season tent. In total it weighs approximately 10lbs.

1980s JanSport Leather Bottom Day Pack Backpack

Large day pack model has one main compartment, two side compartments with slide through channels between them and the main. This particular pack is an older version than what you may be used to seeing. The main differences are that it’s slightly squatter in shape, has lace through front compressions straps instead of plastic buckles. It also has a leather gussets on the back panel where the straps attach. This was a common practice on earlier day packs that was later foregone to save on production costs.

Lashing squares: 2 top, 2 bottom, 1 front. Large JS branded leather lashing panel as well. compression straps across main compartment front. Padded adjustable shoulder straps and nylon waist strap.

This pack is in good shape for its age. The Cordura upper is pretty clean. There is some slight discoloration around the main zipper at the top and side zippers, as well as on the back. All stitching is intact and complete. The leather bottom shows signs of wear but has no holes or deep gouges. Stitching around the bottom lashing squares is coming undone around the corners but they are still held securely. Inside is clean with fabric backing intact. All zippers and clasps work.

Main compartment measures (across back)
16″ high
13″ wide -at bottom
6″ deep

JanSport Internal Frame Backpack

Early model JanSport internal frame multi-day pack. This bag is the first of its kind I’ve ever came across and I must say, an awesome piece. Constructed of heavy-duty Cordura, this pack features two main compartments. The upper compartment can be divided by a zippable partition and is accessible through the top flap. The second compartment is accessible from the right side bottom. Both compartments have a nylon gator with draw string and cord lock to keep the contents well protected from the elements.Rigidness comes from two flat aluminum or synthetic non removable bars spanning the length of the back panel.

For as much gear as can be carried on the inside of this pack, the external capabilities are ridiculous. This pack has various lashing squares spanning top to bottom making it possible to attach items to the top, front, bottom and sides.

The pack is carried using nicely, but not overly padded straps adjustable top and bottom and secured to the pack with a leather gusset on the back panel. The waist strap is integrated into the pack nicely and forms a nice support to keep weight off the shoulders.

No size tag, but believed to be a Med or Large. See measurements below:

Top of the straps of to the bottom of waist strap = 21″
Back Panel top to bottom 44.5 inches
Back Panel width at top of the straps = 8″
Back Panel width at bottom of the straps = 14

JanSport USA Leather Top Waist Pack Hip Bag

JanSport USA Leather Top Waist Pack Hip Bag

Hip Pack, Waist Bag, Fanny Pack, Bum Bag whatever you want to call it, this is a nice example. This small JanSport USA bag is in very nice condition with some very nice touches. Leather top is accentuated with southwestern design boarder. JS embossed zipper with leather pull. Clean inside with no holes or rips. Nylon waist strap with plastic buckle.

Compartment measures:
11.5 inches across
5 inches tall.

JanSport Duffle/Carry-On Bag – Made in the USA

JanSport Duffle Carry-On Bag - Vintage Made in the USA

For when your leather bottom backpack isn’t enough there’s this – JanSport USA divided duffel bag. Perfect for use as a carry-on or gear bag. Made of the same cordura type material as the backpacks this duffel also features:

  • Heavy duty nylon webbing handles that run the all the way around the bag (hidden on sides behind the pockets).
  • Snap together leather handle
  • Two leather lashing squares on top
  • JS embossed zipper pulls
  • 1 main pocket, 4 external pockets
  • Rainbow zip top access to main compartment

 

JanSport Leather Bottom Large Day Pack

JanSport Leather Bottom Large Day Pack

For your bigger day-to-day loads consider this leather bottom JansSport day pack.  This  model has one main compartment, two side compartments with slide through channels between them and the main. Could possibly be used to hold poles or cross-country skis.  Lashing squares: 2 top, 2 bottom, 1 front. Large JS branded leather lashing panel as well. compression straps across main compartment front. Padded adjustable shoulder straps and nylon waist strap.