- Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 19.8 x 13.5 inches ; 3.25 pounds
- Shipping Weight: 3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- ASIN: B00LPRY8I2
- Item model number: NF00CHK4
- Average Customer Review: 804 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,346 in Sports & Outdoors (See Top 100 in Sports & Outdoors) Product Warranty: For warranty information about this product, please click here
The North Face Borealis Backpack
|Price:||$59.99 - $128.00|
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- 210D Cordura® brand nylon mini-ripstop (TNF Black
- Made in USA or Imported
- Classic 28-liter backpack updated with easy-to-access pockets and an overhauled suspension system. Padded, fleece-lined 15" laptop sleeve in main compartment protects laptop from bumps and falls.
- The FlexVent™ suspension system boasts custom injection-molded shoulder straps and a padded mesh back panel with a spine channel for maximum support and ventilation.
- Secondary compartment has internal organization with a fleece-lined media pocket, secure zippered pocket and elastic webbing for cord management. Front elastic bungee for external sorage.
- 364 degree reflective bike-light loop, water bottle tabs and shoulder strap webbing. External fleece-lined pocket for sunglasses or electronics. Two water bottle pockets made with stretch mesh offer ability to conceal contents.
- Original North Face, lifetime warranty. Machine wash.
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Stash your gear quickly and hit the road in our redesigned 28-liter Borealis backpack that's constructed with a new suspension system for all-day comfort. The main compartment features a padded, fleece-lined 15" laptop sleeve and the front compartment is equipped with a tablet sleeve to protect and organize your electronics. Finished with easy-access stretch-mesh side pockets and an external bungee cord that allows you lash on additional gear. We are named for the coldest, most unforgiving side of a mountain. We have helped explorers reach the most unfathomable heights of the Himalayas. But The North Face legend begins, ironically, on a beach. More precisely, San Francisco's North Beach neighborhood, at an altitude of only 150 feet above sea level. It was here in 1966 that two hiking enthusiasts resolved to follow their passions and founded a small mountaineering retail store. From the beginning, the brand committed to serving all those who desired to explore and to serving our natural wild lands by helping to conserve them. At our core, we believe exploration creates an indelible bond with the outdoors, inspiring people to protect our land and pass these beliefs down to the next generation.
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I wanted something durable enough for me to be able to use it for the whole year and hopefully longer. It had to be functional before it was beautiful so I needed the right number of pockets in the right location. Personally, I would rather not mess around with a pencil pouch so I wanted to find a bag that had a really small pencil-sized zipper pocket at the top so I could set it upright next to my chair and easily access my writing utensils. I also was looking for a thicker material that was either waterproof, or somewhat water resistant since I walk over a mile to and from campus for class every day.
A laptop pouch wasn’t a necessity since I don’t carry that with me every day but it was something that I would consider a bonus, even better if it was padded. Same goes for the straps, if I could find something padded, awesome. If not, oh well. I liked the idea of having two water bottle holders as well since I do my fair share of coffee drinking and water drinking but again, that wasn’t a deal breaker.
If I could find at least most of these in a bag, all for under $100 I would have been satisfied.
The Northface Borealis backpack has met all of these criteria for me and I really couldn’t be happier with it. I bought mine in the color Zink Grey Heather/Asphalt Grey. It’s extremely durable so far (I’ve had it for just over three weeks now) and I think it’s both functional and aesthetically pleasing.
There’s quite a bit of ‘backbone’ to this backpack and it stands upright on it’s own when there’s stuff inside it. This makes leaning it up on my chair during classes very easy, and there just so happens to be a nice little pouch on top of the bag where I can fit all my pens, pencils, highlighters, and my clicker (a device I need fast access to for almost every class).
This backpack also has little flaps that fold over the zippers that, paired with the thick material, effectively keep rain water from soaking its contents. There is also a perfectly sized laptop pouch that’s padded. It fits my 13” MacBook pro (which has a hard case on it) like a glove. I actually think it was made for it, it’s amazing. As if it could get any better, the straps are padded, and so is the entire back of the bag (what??).
An added bonus that wasn’t in my initial criteria at all is the reflective pieces on the front. Sometimes I walk home in the dark along a somewhat busy road and these are an awesome feature that I didn’t even know I needed.
The only things that are less than perfect about this bag are very minor. Although it has two bottle pockets, I wish they were a little bit deeper. I carry a 750 ml CAMELBAK water bottle and sometimes I’m a little worried that it might fall out but it hasn’t so far, so maybe that’s just a psychological thing. It also has quite a few clips and buckles on it which might be perfect for someone who uses this backpack for camping and hiking but for an average college student who only carries a few pounds worth of stuff at a time, they’re a little unnecessary.
As for features that I’m neutral about, there are quite a few little compartments in the second large zipper pocket that I don’t use at all. They don’t get in my way or anything and I don’t dislike them, I just don’t need them for my own personal use. I know some people love all the organizational pockets though, and this bag certainly has a lot. These might actually be helpful for things like notecards or paper clips or anything that you carry around in multiples that you don’t want scattered across the depths of your backpack.
Overall, this backpack fits my needs perfectly, and my wants very well. I love the way it looks and functions. At $79.99 I really think it was a fantastic purchase and I would definitely recommend it to any college student like me who lives 85% of their life with their backpack by their side.
For years I had a cheap jansport backpack and yes they are very light but they aren't comfortable on the back and all my stuff was tossed around and getting destroyed cos of the lack of compartments. Also it stabbed my back and was super uncomfortable. Now with my new northface my back is feeling good and my stuff doesn't move around in the backpack to stab my bag. I will be using this backpack to travel new York City with, for work and for travel trips. I use this for work and don't carry a purse cos I shove my wallet and phone right in. Tons of pockets!
Now to the rips. I was getting ready for school in the morning and when I tried putting on my backpack, one of the straps wouldn't stay over my shoulder. So, I took it off and saw what the problem was; a ripped strap. It was only a few minutes before I had to leave so I had to be fast on my feet and grab the stitching kit. I quickly stitched it together (which looks terrible, by the way) and went to school. There's another rip, thankfully it's very minor. One of the side pockets where Camelbaks fit perfectly ripped a little. It's fine, but something I would expect NOT to happen for a North Face $80 backpack. Some of the straps have little rips and one of the clips broke. Something more major, the handle on the top of the backpack where the 2 straps are ripped in half. That definitely complicates picking up my backpack. These rips have happened over the course from September to March. The reason I haven't sent it back until now is that I haven't had a long enough break to be without it.
I'm not sure if I just received a really defective bag because my sister's North Face that she has had for 3 years has no rips. Maybe this model (Borealis) is just made cheaper and sold for the same price, I don't know but i'm not a happy customer and I hope I can send it back for a new one soon.