Category: Outside


Every year, JanSport looks forward to Memorial Day. Not just for a day off work but because JanSport for the last several years has had the honor of sponsoring and attending, Telluride Mountainfilm, America’s longest running film festival.

We braved some strange Telluride weather but nothing could trump the inspiring film premieres and panels that left us more knowledgeable and more aware of the many issues facing our beautiful planet.

Mountainfilm’s 2015 line-up featured films about amazing feats of climbing, incredible achievements of the human spirit [...] Read More >



Since 1979, Telluride Mountainfilm is one of America’s longest-running film festivals. Through the years, the festival has always been best described by one unchanging word: inspiring. Far more than any other adjective, that’s how festival audiences describe their experience.

In addition to screening leading independent documentary films from around the world, the festival includes a full-day symposium on a contemporary issue, art and photography exhibits, early morning coffee talks, outdoor programs, a book-signing party, an ice cream social, student programs and a closing awards ceremony. Presentations and panels [...] Read More >



#LiveOutside2015 is officially here.

JanSport has joined Arlin and NOVE, two of the most influential muralists on the São Paulo street art scene.  A duo that is described as both harmonic and tumultuous, these two have collaborated on more than 20 walls since 2008. For Live Outside 2015, the duo collaborated on their largest mural to date in the São Paulo, Brazil neighborhood of Pinheiros.

The 131 x 49 feet mural took just over 4 days to complete.  The project wrapped up with a celebration at [...] Read More >



With millions of people visiting the outdoors each year, never before has there been such a need for Leave No Trace education.  In response, the Leave No Trace Center for Outdoor Ethics has selected 12 scenic and popular sites as “Hot Spots.”  Hot Spots have experienced visitor-created impacts including excessive trash, damage to vegetation and trees, trail erosion, and disturbance to wildlife.  These Hot Spots, part of Leave No Trace’s new, multi-year campaign, Leave No Trace in Every Park, will bring Leave No Trace to [...] Read More >



JanSport continuously combs the world to find unique individuals that are influencing their communities through art, music and style. We ask them to take us to the places that fuel their creativity and inspire them to do what they do.

Follow the global stories with @JanSport and #LifeUnzipped.

This February we head Northeast to Toronto to meet Alen Palander, a photographer and urban designer with a unique perspective on his city surroundings. Alen will be taking us to his local hangouts [...] Read More >



JanSport continuously combs the world to find unique individuals that are influencing their communities through art, music and style. We ask them to take us to the places that fuel their creativity and inspire them to do what they do.

Follow the global stories with @JanSport and #LifeUnzipped.

This December we head to one of our favorite Pacific Northwest stops, Portland, Oregon to meet the stylish Tonya, a student with a soft spot for the Beatles and messy hair, [...] Read More >



Bonfire Sessions Austin Recap

March 18, 2014   |   Events, Music, News, Outside   |   0 Comments

SXSW 2014 has now officially come to a close and after a week in Austin we’re ready to  give our feet and our ear drums a rest (well.. at least from fully amplified rock bands in tiny bars.)

Smack in the middle of the week, we kicked off the 2014 Bonfire Sessions with our SXSW show case with sets from Kurt Vile, Cloud Nothings, Gardens & Villa, and Natural Child. Check out some of the photos!

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#Roadlife

March 17, 2014   |   Events, Music, News, Outside, Travel   |   0 Comments

Nobody spends more time living on the road than the bands criss-crossing the American interstate highway system. Touring is tough: and we don’t mean the sort of “touring” enjoyed by the shed and arena bands of the world, living in the relative luxury of tour buses, hotel rooms, and catered meals.

We’re talking about the vast majority of acts out there- the ones hitting the clubs and bars of American, crashing on floors every night, driving 6 hours every day in an Econoline, and sometimes [...] Read More >



The Bonfire Sessions are back

February 25, 2014   |   Events, Music, News, Outside   |   0 Comments

The Bonfire Sessions are back for 2014 with events in five cities across North America. We’re kicking off the year in Austin alongside the annual SXSW music festival.

Join us at Cheer Up Charlies (formerly Club De Ville) on Wednesday, March 12th for a stellar showcase featuring Kurt Vile, Cloud Nothings, The Orwells, and Gardens & Villa. The party kicks off at 8pm and we’ll be keeping the Bonfire Sessions tradition alive with on-the-house beverages [...] Read More >



JanSport x IMG

November 5, 2013   |   News, Outside, Travel   |   0 Comments

When cousins Skip Yowell and Murray Pletz founded JanSport in the late 60′s, the two were primarily building technical mountaineering packs right in the shadow of one of the great mountains of North America: Mount Rainier. The cousins used Rainier as a proving ground for their designs by submitting their inventions to the brutal and often unpredictable conditions of the mountain.

Over 40 years later, we’re still using Rainier as a testing ground for new product developments. This past week we made the trip to [...] Read More >