What Are Jansport Backpacks Made Of? 

 June 9, 2023

By  Diane Wuthrich

Jansport backpacks are among the most famous in the world. They are known for their quality, comfort, and durability. But what fabrics are they made of?

Jansport backpacks come in a range of designs. They are usually made with variations of premium polyester, cotton canvas, nylon, as well as Cordura fabrics – all which are renowned for their strength. Many Jansport backpacks also have a suede leather bottom.

Read on below to find out more about what Jansport backpacks are made out of.

What Materials Are Jansport Backpacks Made Of?

Jansport backpacks are known for their quality, making them the brand of choice for individuals looking to invest in a long-lasting pack. They have many crowd favorites, such as these:

Jansport incorporates several tried-and-tested fabrics into their line of backpacks. These include:

Premium Polyester

Polyester is a strong, water-resistant and lightweight fabric. It’s also abrasion-resistant and can hold color efficiently, evident in the many bright colors and patterns available in the Jansport backpacks.

Premium Nylon

Nylon is known for its extremely durable material especially for backpacks that are intended for outdoor use, or those that are meant for daily wear. It’s resistant to heat, water, and chemicals to a certain extent.

Recycled Nylon or Polyester: 

Jansport indicates on their website that many of their backpack fabrics or its interior linings are being upgraded to use 100% or partially recycled fabric. This is part of their ongoing efforts to cut down on waste and improve sustainability in their operations.


Cordura is a nylon-based material that is renowned for its superior tear and abrasion-resistant features. It has a water-repellent finish on the front of the fabric, while behind it’s coated with polyurethane; as a result, the material is tough and not only resistant to damage but also holds up well to moisture, rot, mold, and mildew.

Cotton Canvas

Jansport’s line of denim backpacks are made with cotton canvas material. It’s soft yet durable and lightweight. Cotton canvas backpacks are also a popular choice for school and everyday use because it’s washable; plus, it can easily be customized with patches or other ink transfer accessories.

Suede Leather

Jansport backpacks are known for their suede leather bottoms, a signature feature found in many of its classic models. This does more than just add to the aesthetic appeal; the suede leather, strategically placed on the bottom, are made to withstand exposure to floors or other rough or dirty surfaces while keeping the rest of the backpack fabric clean and your backpack contents protected. 


Jansport backpacks are made with many high-quality fabrics. These are carefully selected to ensure that the wearer gets many years of use with each pack while staying comfortable and stylish.  

About the author

Diane is our head writer and researcher for our backpack informational content. Her everyday carry is a Herschel.

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