The North Face Jester Backpack

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The North Face Jester Backpack Review Facts

The North Face Jester Backpack is a 28-liter redesigned model made of 600D polyester material that is designed for city use. Available in over thirty solid and mixed bold colors, it is lightweight with plenty of space for all of your school or work needs. This model sports newly-designed padded shoulder straps and a back, mesh panel. The main interior compartment is large with a padded protective sleeve for a 15” laptop and plenty of space for textbooks, notebooks, and folders. The front exterior has another smaller such padded section that is ideal for a tablet or smartphone. Over that area is an attached bungee cord to carry things externally such as a jacket or a bike helmet. There are two side mesh pockets for water bottles that are convenient and flexible. All of the pockets have secure zippers for closure, plus there are reflectors all around the Jester for nighttime safety. We discuss all of the details of these features in our full review below.

Editor's Pros & Cons
Pros
  • Back mesh panel is comfortably padded
  • Large books fit well in the main section
  • Laptop sleeve and tablet sleeve
  • Lightweight with plenty of space
  • Over thirty solid and mixed bold colors offered
  • Made of 600D polyester material
  • Multiple pockets and a well-organized design
  • Is a 28-liter backpack designed for city use
  • Shoulder straps are molded for support
  • Pack for college, high school, or grade school
Cons
  • Will not stand on its own because of the flexible material at the bottom
  • Does not have many small pockets for small items
Comfort

Comfort

The comforts of the Jester Backpack include the flexibility and room of the compartments and the way it feels on the back when full. The back, mesh panel is comfortably padded and has a lumbar panel that is highly breathable. When you must carry a load around all day on your back, you want the experience to be sweat-free and cool. You will enjoy the daily use of this backpack because of the ventilation from the breathable materials. The sturdy lumbar panel gives you the needed back support to haul heavy textbooks and accessories for class. There is also a padded haul handle on the top that is comfortable for toting the pack by hand. This is convenient when you are going from class to class in the same building. Simply carrying the pack by hand is easier than putting on the straps each time. You will be comfortable using either carrying method. We did notice a couple of comments from buyers that they were not comfortable with the shoulder straps, saying they were hard. Maybe after some use, they will limber up.
Flexibility

Flexibility

What makes the Jester Backpack flexible are the many pockets it has for storing items and the yoke on the suspension system. The suspension system of updated FlexVent has a flexible yoke. The yoke is formed from the custom shoulder straps that are injection-molded. Its versatility affords the user the freedom and comfort to wear the pack in the best position possible for their body build. There are several pockets of different size and type on the front and in the main compartment in the interior. It has pockets with secure zippers in the front section with the protective tablet sleeve. You can also put other types of electronics, such as smartphones, in this insulated area. Binders and books fit well in the main large compartment where most of your weight bulk should go. There is a large section for a 15” laptop in the main compartment also. Even though this is a small backpack, it does make the user be creative with space and remain organized.
Protection

Protection

This North Face product has the protective measures of reflectors on the pack for your safety, and the insulated sleeves for a laptop and a tablet. It contains a laptop sleeve on the interior that is padded to protect items from falls and bumps. The laptop dimensions are fifteen inches, plus there is an additional tablet sleeve that is padded in the front section. One buyer experienced a scare of dropping the backpack on the ground with a laptop in the padded section. The laptop was fine because of the protective insulation around it. these sections also protect from any liquids being spilled on the devices too. The manufacturer did not say that they are waterproof, but the sealed padding does afford some protection from liquids. For safety reflectors in dark areas or nighttime, the Jester has a bike-light reflective loop, water bottle tabs that reflect, and webbing on the shoulder straps that is reflective for all around safety. These reflectors increase your visibility to others, so you remain safe.
Responsiveness

Responsiveness

This 28-liter backpack is responsive to the needs of the user. Because it is mainly used for purposes of school or city life, the padding for a laptop and a tablet are almost a necessity in such a pack. Children today, even of young ages, have electronics with them during classes that need to be protected in a backpack. Just tossing them in with other items, such as books, notebooks, and pens and pencils are not the best care for these expensive items. The Jester Backpack protects a laptop on the inside well even if it is dropped. Hopefully, this will not happen, but if it does, the laptop or tablet stands a better chance of being unharmed by the experience than if just in a backpack without protection. When the pack becomes dirty enough to wash it, know that it can be put in the washing machine safely and will stand up well to many washings. Also, a responsive feature for the user is the ventilation and maximum support from the spine channel on the back panel of mesh. This will keep the user’s back dry and cool and well-supported.
Stability

Stability

For fastening purposes, the North Face Jester includes a whistle buckle and sternum strap. You can keep down the clutter with this streamlined pack because it makes you well organized to utilize all the space. For its small size, this incredible pack can hold quite a bit of stuff. You will have to remain diligent in shuffling your stuff around to make use of all the space and keep things where you can find them, but it is well worth the effort. It can possibly hold almost as much as some large packs that have the support frames for stability. This pack is more economical but just as sturdy and smaller. A smaller pack is a lighter pack that is much easier to carry around. As one student said of their school experience, there is a lot of walking to do. You will have to walk with a backpack everywhere you go, so it may as well be one that is as comfortable, lightweight, and study as the Jester.
Style

Style

Over thirty solid and mixed bold colors are offered for this excellent backpack online. You will have a very hard time picking one out because of all the choices unless your school requires a certain color. They are all bright, modern, and stylish, so the fun begins with choosing a hue. One buyer said of the colors that they were better looking than in the photos. Made of 600D polyester material, the Jester is a 28-liter, frameless pack that is designed for city use. It has multiple pockets and a design that is well-organized with thoughtful details. This is actually a redesigned model from previous versions to include comfortable shoulder straps and a cozy back panel. It is a very popular backpack with plenty of online attraction to its small size and wonderful features.
Support

Support

The support features of the Jester include the water bottle pockets, shoulder straps, and the bungee cord on the front. There is a strong bungee cord on the front exterior for additional storage of items such as a jacket or a bike helmet. This allows your hands to remain free when carrying the pack for reasons of safety and comfort. The sturdy shoulder straps are molded for support to provide you with carrying comfort all day long. Besides the amount of storage space that a backpack has, the next most important feature is the shoulder straps. These will take the most abuse and wear of any other spot on the pack. The revision of this Jester model was partly to improve the shoulder straps to make them more comfortable and supportive for the wearer. The last supportive feature that is worth exploring is the two pockets on the sides for water bottles. They are on the exterior for easy access and to keep the liquid-filled containers away from your books, notebooks, and papers on the interior of the pack.
Use

Use

Designed as a school pack for college, high school, or grade school, the Jester Backpack is made for city life. It has enough space for all the books, papers, notebooks, binders, pens, pencils, and markers you need to have with you. Ideal for the active person that is always on the go, it provides great support for the back for those with heavy loads, such as college textbooks. In addition to all the above that it can support, the Jester has protective sleeves for a laptop and a tablet in separate sections. The tablet pocket is one the exterior that can also hold a smartphone too. The one for the laptop is in the main interior compartment. It is not only students who use this bag on a daily basis, as plenty of professional people use it for work purposes too. The Jester is perfect for toting office folders, binders, and paperwork from the office to home and back. It has room for a change of clothing if you stop by the gym with a place to put your shoes in the bungee cord on the outside. if you need to carry a few things or a lot with you every day, then the Jester is a good way to carry them comfortably, safely, and easily.
Version

Version

As a redesigned model from previous versions, this Jester version includes comfortable shoulder straps and a ventilated back panel. Even with this improved design, there were some minor concerns and negative remarks about the Jester online from customers. As a potential buyer thinking of purchasing this model, we thought you would like to know about them. this backpack has trouble standing on its own because of the flexible material at the bottom. This is not a surprise because it does not have a supportive frame to make it stand up. The other complaints concerned the space in this backpack. These included the comments of not enough small pockets for pens and pencils, the pack was smaller than expected, and the main section could have been bigger. Knowing that this is not a large backpack should tip you off that space all around will be limited. We have mentioned the things that will fit in it comfortably without packing it tight. It will hold what a typical student needs for a day. You will probably never have enough pockets no matter how many there are because as a society, we are pocket and compartment crazy. We just love organizing and having plenty of pockets as a rule, and that is a good thing!
Bottom Line

Bottom Line

Since it does not have an internal frame, the North Face Jester Backpack will not stand on its own, plus it could use a few more pockets according to buyers. We all want more pockets in everything we own including most of our clothing and gear, so this is not a surprising comment. This excellent backpack is durable, spacious for its size, sturdy, comfortable, and protective of its contents. It is made for everyday city life that can often be tougher on a backpack than if it had to rough it in the wild. This redesigned model has padded shoulder straps and an improved back mesh panel for comfort. It is a good choice for school or work and will last for many years if needed. We recommend it and think that it will please you and meet all of your carrying needs.