- Item Weight: 2.5 pounds
- Shipping Weight: 2.8 pounds
- ASIN: B00LIHGV66
- Item model number: A92PADN-200
- Average Customer Review: 106 customer reviews
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The North Face Surge 2 Backpack (Utility Brown Heather/Power Orange)
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The North Face Surge II Backpack Simplify your modern life on the go with this new 32-liter daypack. Designed with hyper-durable ballistic nylon, this thick-skinned daypack does not take abuse from anything. Fully-dialed features include a separate, zip laptop compartment (fits most 17" laptops), dedicated tablet sleeve, and three other main compartments with plenty of space to stash essentials for a day's outing. Features: FlexVent injection-molded shoulder straps with a top layer of Atilon foam for added support and bottom layer of PE foam for added comfort Comfortable, padded Airmesh back panel with Spine Channel and PE sheet for extra back support Integrated reflective light loop Padded, winged, stowable hipbelt Zippered, dedicated, padded laptop compartment (fits most 17" laptops) Dedicated Neoprene tablet sleeve Main large compartment and secondary compartment with organization Front tricot stash pocket and vertical stash pocket Side zippered power cord pocket Stretch woven side water bottle pockets Product Specifications: Fabric: 420D nylon, 1680D ballistics nylon Average Weight: 3 lbs 1 oz Backpack Dimensions: 19.5” x 14”x 8.5” Volume: 32 liters
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The backpack is INCREDIBLY comfortable, I can barely notice when I have it completely full of stuff!
I only have two regrets about this packpack--first, there is only one side pocket for a water bottle (which is very obvious from the photos) but something I wasn't as keen on was how small the "The North Face" pocket on the front was. It can barely fit my sunglasses in them, so I end up putting them in the pocket directly behind it. That being said, though, it is perfect for my keys and headphones!
Overall a fantastic backpack. Oh also it is basically waterproof too!
The laptop compartment is padded on your back side, as well as the bottom. You could just put the laptop in straight and it would be reasonably protected although I do use a caselogic sleeve for extra protection. The backpack interior stayed dry and held up in light rain (havn't tested during a heavy downpour yet) as well as a bit of sweat on my back during hikes.
I would say the water bottle holder is the only drawback and it could use improvement, as the pouch is a bit short to hold a taller water bottle securely. I got around this by using my own water bottle and filling it from other bottles when I had to, or just buying a shorter water bottle. Not that big a of a deal.
Whether in the city or in the woods on a long trip or just for the day, I highly recommend this bag if you have to keep your laptop with you for part of your trip. Or even if you don't need it all the time the backpack works great as a day bag as well.
This review is based on using the backpack for over a year. Over this time, this backpack was used nearly everyday – from classes, to hikes in the mountains, moving things, etc. The backpack was purchased for about $125.
Design: The inner body of the backpack is spacious and well designed.
- The pocket closest to ones’ back is comfortably able to hold any laptops I’ve tried to stuff in there. There’s a sub-pocket in here designed for tablets and the smallest of laptops. For those of you interested in using this backpack for day hikes, a water bladder can fit in the pocket but there’s nothing to support the bladder from sinking to the bottom.
- Adjacent to the laptop pocket is the main pocket which can hold a lot of stuff. I can fit up to 4 textbooks of medium thickness in this pocket without stacking them vertically. I can fit all my rain gear and several snacks, and only have half the space filled.
- Further away from the body is a secondary, large pocket. This pocket has many smaller pouches for pens and pencils; one small mesh, zippered pocket; and another zippered (non-mesh) pocket. Those that use this backpack for school will really appreciate this pocket; for day hikers though, this pocket is nothing more than additional storage.
- Finally, there are four remaining pockets: one is a small outer pocket that is great for storing phones, wallets, keys, etc. A second pocket on the size has a small space for extra storage (I put my rain cover here). The remaining two pockets are the vertical zippers on the front of the backpack. These pockets have very little room, but are great for items like maps.
While the “core” of the backpack has a lot of good features, the outer part of the backpack leaves a lot to be desired:
- The small pouch on the outside of the pocket (where I put my rain cover) is where a water bottle holder would normally go; consequently, there is only one water bottle holder. And the one holder that is included with the backpack is much too small – a “normal” sized Nalgene cannot fit in this. In fact, I had to buy a skinny water bottle in order to find one that fit in this holder. A plastic water bottle will fit here just fine, but not many reusable bottles will.
- The backpack comes with a chest strap and a hip belt, both of which are virtually useless. If more than ~20 lbs. are in the backpack and I try to tighten the chest strap, one side pops off the backpack. It’s not too hard to reattach the strap, but I can only use the chest strap with low weight in the backpack – when a chest strap doesn’t even matter. As bad as the chest strap is, I think the hip belt is even worse. The fabric is as thin as possible, meaning it can’t really serve its purpose of taking weight off the shoulders, and because of this, just gets in the way when hiking. The addition of the hip belt the worst part of the backpack in my opinion since it’s not even remotely close to being helpful.
- One redeeming feature of the outside of the pack is the fact that they include a place to clip on several carabiners. This is great for carrying miscellaneous, lightweight items.
Craftsmanship: The craftsmanship of the backpack is quite good. The fabric just feels solid. The stitching feels equally solid. The zippers, in my opinion, are where they backpack really shines – they feel very solid and never catch on the fabric. After taking this backpack outside almost every day – in the rain, snow, and lot of sunshine – and many flights, it still feels just like new. Even more impressive is that the color looks just as vibrant as the day I purchased it (I have TNF Red). If you happen to get mud on the backpack (I did a few times), it can be thrown in the washer and it’ll look as good as new afterward.
Warranty: I have mixed feelings about TNF’s warranty. Despite the fact that the material seems rock solid, one day after about a year of use the seam busted in the bottom of the main pocket. In order to get this fixed, I had to pay for shipping to send it to them. The consumer has to pay for return shipping if the alleged defect isn’t covered under warranty (mine was), which makes sense, but I have a pretty negative view of their warranty policy if I have to pay due to defects their product. Snail mail shipping for this backpack was almost 10% of the price of a new backpack, which seems like a lot to make a consumer pay.
Final comments: This backpack is great for people carrying books, computers, and/or lightweight items to work or school. For those interested in using this backpack for day hikes, it’ll suffice, but many other backpacks in a similar price range will do much better in that category. I wouldn't hesitate to buy this backpack again if its only uses were around town, but I'd look elsewhere if even 10% of the backpack's use would go toward dayhiking.
I couldn't ask for more from a backpack. The quality is outstanding (you can tell by the feel of the zippers), it's comfortable to wear, and there is enough versatility with all of the pockets and compartments to make this bag useful in a variety of situations.
I also have a TLS Mother Lode Weekender Convertible (3300 - 3600 cu. in) which I find too heavy and large to comfortably wear as a backpack for any period of time. By contrast, the Surge II at 1950 cu. in. is the ideal size for my needs.